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Metinvest announces 1Q 2018 operational results

27 April 2018

Metinvest B.V., the parent company of a vertically integrated group of steel and mining companies (jointly referred to as "Metinvest" or "the Group"), today announces its operational results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2018.






OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

(kt)1Q 20184Q 2017∆ kt∆ %1Q 20181Q 2017∆ kt∆ %
Crude steel 1 825 1 906 -81 -4% 1 825 2 070 -245 -12%
Iron ore concentrate (total) 6 924 7 024 -100 -1% 6 924 6 680 244 4%
Coal concentrate (total) 633 566 67 12% 633 792 -159 -20%


METALLURGICAL SEGMENT

Hot metal production

(kt)1Q 20184Q 2017∆ kt∆ %1Q 20181Q 2017∆ kt∆ %
Hot metal 2 156 2 154 2 0% 2 156 1 984 172 9%
  Azovstal 987 1 011 -24 -2% 987 953 34 4%
  Ilyich Steel 1 169 1 143 26 2% 1 169 784 385 49%
  Yenakiieve Steel 0 0 0 0% 0 247 -247 -100%

 

Crude steel production

(kt)1Q 20184Q 2017∆ kt∆ %1Q 20181Q 2017∆ kt∆ %
Crude steel 1 825 1 906 -81 -4% 1 825 2 070 -245 -12%
  Azovstal 1 022 1 100 -78 -7% 1 022 1 085 -63 -6%
  Ilyich Steel 803 806 -3 0% 803 716 87 12%
  Yenakiieve Steel 0 0 0 0% 0 269 -269 -100%


In 1Q 2018, the Group’s hot metal output remained almost unchanged q-o-q at 2,156 kt. The increase in production at Ilyich Steel of 26 kt fully offset the decrease in output at Azovstal of 24 kt, caused by a scheduled major overhaul on blast furnace no. 6, which lasted for nine days.

In 1Q 2018, Metinvest’s crude steel production fell by 4% q-o-q to 1,825 kt. This was mainly due to a reduction in steel output at Azovstal of 78 kt, amid a shutdown of basic oxygen furnace no. 2 for a scheduled major overhaul of 28 days.

In 1Q 2018, hot metal production at the Mariupol sites increased by 24% y-o-y. Hot metal output at Ilyich Steel rose by 385 kt y-o-y, driven by a stable supply of raw materials, which had been irregular in 1Q 2017, thus increasing production of steel and merchant pig iron.

 

Metal product output [1]

(kt)1Q 20184Q 2017∆ kt∆ %1Q 20181Q 2017∆ kt∆ %
Semi-finished products 788 797 -9 -1% 788 460 328 71%
 Pig iron 474 414 60 14% 474 144 330 229%
 Slabs 313 383 -70 -18% 313 301 12 4%
 Square billets 1 0 1 0% 1 15 -14 -93%
Finished products 1 476 1 472 4 0% 1 476 1 586 -110 -7%
 Flat products 1 199 1 181 18 2% 1 199 1 182 17 1%
 Long products 231 221 10 5% 231 355 -124 -35%
 Railway products 11 36 -25 -69% 11 16 -5 -31%
 Tubular products 35 34 1 3% 35 33 2 6%
TOTAL 2 264 2 269 -5 0% 2 264 2 046 218 11%


In 1Q 2018, the Group’s output of merchant semi-finished products remained largely unchanged q-o-q at 788 kt. At the same time, hot metal utilisation was redistributed, increasing output of merchant pig iron by 60 kt and decreasing production of merchant slabs by 70 kt.

In 1Q 2018, Metinvest’s output of merchant semi-finished products climbed by 71% y-o-y, as production of merchant pig iron and slabs increased by 330 and 12 kt, respectively, amid a favourable market situation.

In 1Q 2018, the Group’s output of finished products remained almost unchanged q-o-q at 1,476 kt.

  • Output of flat products increased by 18 kt to 1,199 kt, due to a rise in production at Ilyich Steel of 73 kt, which offset a 41 kt decrease at Azovstal caused by lower steel output and a 14 kt fall at the European re-rolling mills.
  • Output of long products rose by 10 kt to 231 kt, due to an increase at Promet Steel of 17 kt amid improved business relations with square billet suppliers, which helped offset a reduction at Azovstal of 7 kt, caused by a lack of orders for rolled sections.
  • Output of rail products dropped by 25 kt to 11 kt due to fewer orders from the Ukrainian railway operator, Ukrzaliznytsya.
  • Output of pipes edged down by 1 kt to 35 kt.

In 1Q 2018, Metinvest’s output of finished products fell by 7% y-o-y.

  • Amid a market recovery, output of flat products increased by 17 kt, mainly due to greater production of plates at Ilyich Steel (134 kt) and the European re-rolling mills (6 kt), offsetting a decrease in plate output at Azovstal (101 kt), as well as coil production at Ilyich Steel (16 kt) and the European re-rolling mills (6 kt).
  • Output of long products decreased by 124 kt, while output at Promet Steel and Azovstal increased by 68 and 6 kt, respectively.
  • Output of rail products fell by 5 kt amid fewer orders.
  • Output of pipes increased by 2 kt.

 

Coke production [2]

(kt)1Q 20184Q 2017∆ kt∆ %1Q 20181Q 2017∆ kt∆ %
Coke (total) 1 346 1 329 17 1% 1 346 977 369 38%
Coke (merchant) 362 350 12 3% 362 210 152 72%

In 1Q 2018, the Group produced 1,346 kt of coke, up 1% q-o-q and 38% y-o-y. The y-o-y increase was largely driven by a 349 kt rise in production at Avdiivka Coke, which has had eight coke-oven batteries in operation since May 2017.

 

 

MINING SEGMENT

Iron ore concentrate and pellet output [3]

(kt)1Q 20184Q 2017∆ kt∆ %1Q 20181Q 2017∆ kt∆ %
Iron ore concentrate (total) 6 924 7 024 -100 -1% 6 924 6 680 244 4%
Iron ore products (merchant) 3 605 3 763 -158 -4% 3 605 3 617 -12 0%
Iron ore concentrate 1 882 2 378 -496 -21% 1 882 2 456 -574 -23%
Pellets 1 723 1 385 338 24% 1 723 1 161 562 48%

In 1Q 2018, Metinvest’s overall iron ore concentrate production slightly dropped q-o-q to 6,924 kt amid decreases in output at Central GOK and Northern GOK of 167 and 108 kt, respectively, which were offset by a 175 kt increase at Ingulets GOK. Production rose at Ingulets GOK due to the stable operation of ore beneficiation plant no. 2. Output at Central OK dropped amid lower operational efficiency of transportation equipment and increased stripping operations.

In 1Q 2018, the Group’s output of merchant iron ore products dropped by 4% q-o-q to 3,605 kt due to:

  • a decrease in merchant concentrate output of 496 kt amid lower overall concentrate output and higher output of merchant pellets;
  • an increase in merchant pellet production of 338 kt, caused by rises in production at Northern GOK and Central GOK of 228 and 110 kt, respectively, following low output in 4Q 2017 due to scheduled major overhauls and changes in the order book in favour of pellets.

In 1Q 2018, Metinvest’s overall iron ore concentrate production rose by 4% y-o-y. That said, output of merchant concentrate decreased by 23% y-o-y to 1,882 kt due to higher intragroup consumption (456 kt) and the redirection of iron ore concentrate for pellet production (118 kt). Merchant pellet output increased by 48% y-o-y to 1,723 kt amid lower intragroup consumption (185 kt) and changes in the order book in favour of pellets (377 kt).

 

Coal concentrate production [4]

(kt)1Q 20184Q 2017∆ kt∆ %1Q 20181Q 2017∆ kt∆ %
Coal concentrate (total) 633 566 67 12% 633 792 -159 -20%
Coal concentrate (merchant) 15 37 -22 -59% 15 178 -163 -92%

 

In 1Q 2018, production of coal concentrate at United Coal grew by 12% q-o-q to 633 kt due to improved available operating time, as there was no annual leave period.

In 1Q 2018, output of coal concentrate dropped by 20% y-o-y, mainly due to the cessation of coal production in Ukraine.



[1] Excludes intragroup sales and intragroup consumption; figures for 2017 were updated

Pig iron merchant pig iron

Flat products include hot-rolled plates, as well as hot-rolled, cold-rolled and hot-dip galvanised sheets and coils

Long products include hot-rolled sections (light, medium, heavy), rebar, merchant bars and wire rod

Rail products include light and heavy rails and rail fasteners

Other pipes include other ERW (electric resistance welded) pipes and seamless pipes

[2] Merchant coke production figures exclude intragroup sales and consumption.

[3] Figures for the production of merchant iron ore products exclude intragroup sales and consumption.

[4] Overall coal concentrate production figures present coal production in equivalent of coal concentrate. Merchant coal concentrate production figures exclude intragroup sales and consumption.

For editors:

Andriy Bondarenko
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +41 22 591 03 74 (Switzerland)
Tel.: +380 44 251 83 24 (Ukraine)
andriy.bondarenko@metinvestholding.com

Yana Kalmykova
Manager of Investor Relations
Tel.: +380 44 251 83 36 (Ukraine)
yana.kalmykova@metinvestholding.com

METINVEST GROUP is a vertically integrated group of steel and mining companies that manages every link of the value chain, from mining and processing iron ore and coal to making and selling semi-finished and finished steel products. It comprises steel and mining production facilities located in Ukraine, Europe and the US, as well as a sales network covering all key global markets, and has two operating segments, Metallurgical and Mining. Its strategic vision is to become a leading vertically integrated steel producer in Europe, delivering sustainable growth and profitability resilient to business cycles and providing investors with returns above the industry benchmarks. For the 12 months ended 31 December 2017, the Group reported revenues of US$8.9 billion and EBITDA margin of 23%.

METINVEST HOLDING, LLC is the management company of Metinvest Group.