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Monday 29 April, 2019

Evraz Plc

EVRAZ Q1 2019 TRADING UPDATE

RNS Number : 3638X
Evraz Plc
29 April 2019
 

EVRAZ Q1 2019 TRADING UPDATE

29 April 2019 - EVRAZ plc (LSE: EVR; "EVRAZ" or the "Group") today released its trading update for the first quarter of 2019.

 

 

Q1 2019 vs Q4 2018 HIGHLIGHTS

 

·      In Q1 2019, EVRAZ' consolidated crude steel output climbed by 12.4% QoQ to 3.5 million tonnes, primarily as a result of higher pig iron production following the completion of capital repairs at EVRAZ ZSMK's blast furnace no. 3 at the end of Q4 2018.

·      Total steel product sales rose by 8.4% QoQ, driven by higher crude steel production. Sales of semi-finished products surged by 29.0%, primarily due to increased pig iron and crude steel output. This was partly offset by a 2.7% reduction in sales of finished products, which was mostly attributable to lower sales of construction products in Russia and tubular and railway products in North America.

·      Production of raw coking coal remained flat QoQ. In Q1 2019, external sales volumes of coking coal products declined by 4.1% as coking coal concentrate sales subsided from the elevated levels during the longwall repositioning at Yuzhkuzbassugol's Uskovskaya mine in Q4 2018.

·      Sales of vanadium products fell by 5.3% QoQ, mainly due to a sharp decline of demand from the automotive industry and high stock levels at steel makers, accumulated during a period of sharp FeV price increase.

 

Product, '000 tonnes

Q1

2019

Q4

2018

Q1 2019/ Q4 2018, change

Q1

 2018

Q1 2019/ Q1 2018, change

Total crude steel production

3,488

3,102

12.4%

3,351

4.1%

Russia

2,986

2,599

14.9%

2,730

9.4%

Ukraine

0

0

n/a

154

n/a

North America

502

503

-0.2%

467

7.5%

Total raw coking coal mined

6,844

6,853

-0.1%

5,969

14.7%

Total coking coal concentrate
production

3,684

4,221

-12.7%

4,154

-11.3%

Iron ore products production

3,636

3,367

8.0%

3,431

6.0%

Total sales of steel products *

3,187

2,939

8.4%

3,068

3.9%

   Semi-finished products

1,335

1,035

29.0%

1,303

2.5%

   Finished products

1,852

1,904

-2.7%

1,765

4.9%

Total sales of third-party steel products

180

228

-21.0%

170

5.9%

Sales of coking coal products

2,656

2,770

-4.1%

2,713

-2.1%

Sales of iron ore products

464

460

0.9%

585

-20.7%

Sales of vanadium final products **

2,518

2,659

-5.3%

3,108

-19.0%

Note. Numbers in this table and the tables below may not add up to totals due to rounding.

* Q1 2019 production and sales volumes of EVRAZ North America are preliminary

** in tonnes of pure vanadium

 

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

 

A conference call to discuss the trading update will be held on Monday, 29 April 2019, at:

·      2 pm (London time)

·      4 pm (Moscow time)

·      9 am (New York time)

Key speakers:

·      Alexey Ivanov, Senior Vice President, Commerce and Business development,

·      Alexander Erenburg, Vice President, Head of the Vanadium Division

·      Sergey Stepanov, Vice President, Head of the Coal Division

·      Alexander Vasiliev, Chief Financial Officer, EVRAZ North America

To join the call, please dial:

 

+ 44 (0)330 336 9411

UK

+7 495 646 9190

Russia

+1 929 477 0448

US


Conference ID: 3551607

 

To avoid any technical inconvenience, it is recommended that participants dial in 10 minutes before the start of the call.

 

The Q1 2019 Trading update presentation will be available on the Group's website, www.evraz.com, on Monday, 29 April 2019, at the following link:

http://www.evraz.com/investors/presentations/

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This document contains "forward-looking statements", which include all statements other than statements of historical facts, including, without limitation, any statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "targets", "believes", "expects", "aims", "intends", "will", "may", "anticipates", "would", "could" or similar expressions or the negative thereof. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors beyond the Group's control that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Group to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, among others, the achievement of anticipated levels of profitability, growth, cost and synergy of recent acquisitions, the impact of competitive pricing, the ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals and licenses, the impact of developments in the Russian economic, political and legal environment, volatility in stock markets or in the price of the Group's shares or GDRs, financial risk management and the impact of general business and global economic conditions. Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding the Group's present and future business strategies and the environment in which the Group will operate in the future. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date as of which they are made, and each of EVRAZ and the Group expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in EVRAZ' or the Group's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based. Neither the Group, nor any of its agents, employees or advisors intends or has any duty or obligation to supplement, amend, update or revise any of the forward-looking statements contained in this document.
 

STEEL SEGMENT

 

Total production volumes (RUSSIA, UKRAINE, KAZAKHSTAN and EUROPE)

Product, '000 tonnes

Q1 2019

Q4 2018

Q1 2019/ Q4 2018, change

Q1 2018

Q1 2019/ Q1 2018, change

Pig iron production

2,712

2,348

15.5%

2,571

5.5%

EVRAZ ZSMK

1,471

1,090

35.0%

1,397

5.3%

EVRAZ NTMK

1,241

1,258

-1.4%

1,020

21.7%

EVRAZ DMZ

0

0

n/a

153

- n/a

Crude steel production

2,986

2,599

14.9%

2,884

3.5%

EVRAZ ZSMK

1,895

1,494

26.8%

1,790

5.9%

EVRAZ NTMK

1,091

1,105

-1.3%

940

16.1%

EVRAZ DMZ

0

0

n/a

154

n/a

Total steel products production, net of re-rolled
volume

2,622

2,354

11.4%

2,549

2.9%

EVRAZ ZSMK

22.5%

4.9%

EVRAZ NTMK

794

845

-6.0%

679

16.9%

EVRAZ DMZ

0

0

n/a

132

-100%

EVRAZ Palini e Bertoli

97

82

18.3%

91

6.6%

EVRAZ Caspian Steel

45

51

-11.8%

39

15.4%

Iron ore products production

3,636

3,367

8.0%

3,431

6.0%

Pellets (EVRAZ KGOK)

1,643

1,571

4.6%

1,651

-0.5%

Sinter (EVRAZ KGOK)

898

908

-1.1%

831

8.1%

Concentrate saleable (EVRAZ KGOK, Evrazruda)

1,095

888

23.3%

949

15.4%

Coking coal concentrate production

454

519

-12.5%

522

-13.0%

From own raw coal*

256

294

-12.9%

282

-9.2%

From third-party raw coal

198

225

-12.0%

240

-17.5%

Gross vanadium slag production**

4,446

4,377

1.6%

4,020

10.6%

Note. Numbers in this table and the tables below may not add up to totals due to rounding.

*  from Coal segment

** in tonnes of pure vanadium

 

In Q1 2019, pig iron output at EVRAZ' Russian mills grew by 15.5% QoQ to 2.7 million tonnes following the completion of capital repairs at EVRAZ ZSMK's blast furnace no. 3.

Crude steel output climbed by 14.9% QoQ to 3.0 million tonnes following an increase in pig iron output.

Iron ore products' output rose by 8% QoQ to 3.6 million tonnes mainly due to improved performance of Evrazruda and increased demand for own-produced iron ore at EVRAZ ZSMK after the completion of capital repairs at blast furnace no. 3

 

 

Total sales volumes (RUSSIA, UKRAINE, KAZAKHSTAN and EUROPE)

Product, '000 tonnes

Q1 2019

Q4 2018

Q1 2019/

Q4 2018, change

Q1 2018

Q1 2019/ Q1 2018, change

Coke

65

251

-74.1%

110

-40.9%

Steel products, external sales

2,583

2,323

11.2%

2,586

-0.1%

Semi-finished products

1,279

1,003

27.5%

1,303

-1.8%

   Slabs

482

387

24.5%

422

14.2%

   Billets

646

504

28.2%

763

-15.3%

   Other steel products *

151

112

34.8%

119

26.9%

Finished products

1,304

1,320

-1.2%

1,283

1.6%

   Construction products

729

771

-5.4%

735

-0.8%

   Railway products

343

334

2.7%

308

11.4%

   Flat products

91

84

8.3%

94

-3.2%

   Other steel products

141

130

8.5%

146

-3.4%

Steel products, inter-segment sales

186

151

23.2%

129

44.2%

Third-party steel products, external sales

180

228

-21.1%

170

5.9%

Iron ore products, external sales

464

460

0.9%

585

-20.7%

Pellets

464

458

1.3%

585

-20.7%

Other

0

2

-100.0%

0

n/a

Sales of vanadium final products**

2,518

2,659

-5.3%

3,108

-19.0%

 Note. Numbers in this table and the tables below may not add to totals due to rounding.

* includes tonnes of pig iron

** in tonnes of pure vanadium

 

In Q1 2019, external sales of steel products rose by 11.2% QoQ, mostly due to higher crude steel production volumes. Sales of semi-finished products jumped by 27.5%, mostly due to the completion of capital repairs at EVRAZ ZSMK's blast furnace no. 3, which affected sales in Q4 2018.

 

Sales of finished products dropped by 1.2% QoQ, mainly driven by lower sales of construction products, which were down 5.4% QoQ due to a decrease of market demand in retail in Q1 2019 amid seasonal slowdown of construction works in Russia.

 

Sales of vanadium products fell by 5.3% QoQ, mainly due to a sharp decline of demand from the automotive industry and high stock levels at steel makers, accumulated during a period of sharp FeV price increase.
 

 

Cash cost, US$/t

Q1

2019

Q4

2018

Q1 2019 / Q4 2018, change

 Q1

2018

Q1 2019 / Q1 2018, change

Slab cash cost vertically integrated

223

195

14.4 %

256

-12.9 %

Iron ore products (Fe 62%)

37

42

-11.9 %

38

-2.6 %

 

Average selling prices

US$/tonne (ex works)

Q1

2019

Q4

2018

Q1

2018

Coke

223

202

264

Steel products

481

504

544

Semi-finished products*

381

424

439

Construction products

522

535

618

Railway products

743

662

720

Other steel products

593

627

628

Pellets

75

66

61

Metal Bulletin Ferro-Vanadium basis 78% min, free DDP,
consumer plant, 1st grade Western Europe**

73.33

108.60

61.90

Ryan's Notes N.A. FeV 80% min, US ex-warehouse, duty paid**

87.93

118.65

63.32

* includes prices for pig iron

** US$/kgV

 

In Q2 2019, pig iron production volumes are expected to remain flat.

 

 

 

 

STEEL, NORTH AMERICA SEGMENT

 

Production and sales volumes

Product, '000 tonnes

Q1

2019

Q4 2018

Q1 2019/

Q4 2018, change

Q1 2018

Q1 2019/ Q1 2018, change

Crude steel

502

503

-0.2%

467

7.5%

EVRAZ U.S. mills

234

233

0.4%

228

2.6%

EVRAZ Canadian mills

268

270

-0.7%

239

12.1%

Total steel products production, net of re-rolled volume

524

575

-8.9%

515

1.7%

EVRAZ U.S. mills

350

368

-4.9%

342

2.3%

EVRAZ Canadian mills

175

206

-15.0%

173

1.2%

Sales of steel products

548

585

-6.3%

482

13.7%

Semi-finished products

56

32

75.0%

0

n/a

Construction products

70

74

-5.4%

69

1.4%

Railway products

99

117

-15.4%

96

3.1%

Flat-rolled products

132

126

4.8%

142

-7.0%

Tubular products

191

236

-19.1%

175

9.1%

* Q1 2019 production and sales volumes are preliminary

 

In Q1 2019, total output of steel products dropped by 8.9% QoQ due to a reduction of 15.0% QoQ at EVRAZ Regina. The latter was caused by lower line pipe production volumes, which was due to lower US sales driven by US tariffs and duties, as well as lower LDP production due to increased changeover time as mills switched through multiple orders.

 

Total output of steel products at EVRAZ Pueblo fell by 11.0% QoQ as output of construction products declined amid lower demand for concrete reinforcing bar, which was driven by late start of construction season and reduced railway product output due to unplanned rail mill downtime in March 2019.

 

Sales of construction products decreased by 5.4% QoQ due to lower demand for concrete reinforcing bar, as inclement weather caused a slowdown of construction activity.

 

Railway product sales slid by 15.4% QoQ, driven by unplanned rail mill downtime in March 2019 at EVRAZ Pueblo, while market fundamentals remain strong.

 

Sales of flat-rolled products jumped by 4.8% QoQ as demand recovered in Q1 2019, after customers reduced inventory in Q4 2018. The sales growth was also impacted by a planned maintenance outage in Q4 2018 and a rail car shortage at the year-end that limited shipments.

 

Sales of tubular products dropped by 19.1% QoQ due to the temporary shutdown of the coating operation, which impacted line pipe shipments, as well as to lower sales of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) due to declining drilling activity in Western Canada.

 

Prices for tubular products were up during Q1 2019, reflecting higher prices for prevailing scrap and other inputs, as well as improved demand. Prices for construction products went down in Q1 2019 due to a seasonal reduction in market demand and surplus domestic capacity in the US. Prices for flat-rolled products were little changed compared with Q4 2018.

 

Average selling prices

US$/tonne (ex works)

Q1

2019

Q4

2018

Q1

2018

Construction products

840

889

705

Flat-rolled products

1,055

1,074

781

Tubular  products

1,400

1,267

1,243

 

In Q2 2019, crude steel output is expected to drop by 2-5% QoQ amid a reduction in tubular volumes due to the seasonal decline on Canada's OCTG market. Flat-rolled products are expected to climb by 5-7%, driven by customer production schedules. Construction products are expected to grow by 3-5% and railway products are expected to recover by 5-10% following the unplanned downtime in March 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

COAL SEGMENT

 

Production volumes

Product, '000 tonnes

Q1

2019

Q4

2018

Q1 2019/ Q4 2018, change

Q1 2018

Q1 2019/ Q1 2018, change

Raw coking coal (mined)

6,844

6,853

-0.1%

5,969

14.7%

Yuzhkuzbassugol

2,606

2,188

19.1%

2,720

-4.2%

Raspadskaya

3,916

4,376

-10.5%

3,008

30.2%

Mezhegeyugol

322

289

11.4%

241

33.6%

Coking coal concentrate (production)

3,229

3,702

-12.8%

3,631

-11.1%

Produced at Yuzhkuzbassugol coal
washing plants

1,433

1,428

0.4%

1,770

-19.0%

Produced at the Raspadskaya coal
washing plant

1,796

2,274

-21.0%

1,861

-3.5%

 

In Q1 2019, overall raw coking coal output was flat QoQ, primarily due to higher production at Yuzhkuzbassugol's mines following the longwall move at the Uskovskaya mine in Q4 2018.

 

This was partly offset by lower production volumes at Raspadskaya' mines after the decision was taken to optimise production and reduce spending on contractor services at Razrez Raspadsky given the high inventories of raw coal that built up in Q4 2018 amid record mining volumes of GZh-grade coal.

 

Output of coking coal concentrate fell by 12.8%, primarily due to high level of accumulated inventories at the end of Q4 2018 and in Q1 2019.


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Sales volumes

Product, '000 tonnes

Q1

2019

Q4

2018

Q1 2019/ Q4 2018, change

Q1

2018

Q1 2019/ Q1 2018, change

External sales

2,656

2,770

-4.1%

2,713

-2.1%

Raw coking coal

497

313

58.5%

323

53.9%

Coking coal concentrate

2,160

2,457

-12.1%

2,391

-9.7%

Intersegment sales

1,519

1,472

3.2%

1,443

5.3%

    Raw coking coal

396

409

-3.1%

396

0.0%

Coking coal concentrate

1,123

1,063

5.7%

1,047

7.3%

 

In Q1 2019, external sales volumes of coking coal products dropped by 4.1% as coking coal concentrate sales subsided from the elevated levels during the longwall repositioning at Yuzhkuzbassugol's Uskovskaya mine in Q4 2018. A deficit of K-grade coal caused by the switch to longwall operations at the Raspadskaya-Koksovaya mine also contributed to the QoQ fall in coal concentrate sales.

 

Cash cost, US$/t

Q1

2019

Q4

2018

Q1 2019 / Q4 2018, change

 Q1

2018

Q1 2019 / Q1 2018, change

Coking coal concentrate

48

46

4.3%

45

6.7%

 

Average selling prices

 

US$/tonne (ex works)

 

Q1

2019

Q4

2018

Q1

2018

Raw coking coal

57

67

75

Coking coal concentrate

117

113

135

 

In Q1 2019, coking coal selling prices rose in line with global benchmarks.

 

In Q2 2019, raw coal production is expected to increase QoQ after the completion of the Alardinskaya mine's transfer and the Raspadskaya-Koksovaya mine's switch to longwall mining.

 

 

Notes:

Semi-finished products include slabs, billets, pipe blanks and other semi-finished products.

Construction products include beams, channels, angles, rebars, wire rods, wire and other construction products.

Railway products include rails, wheels, tyres and other railway products.

Flat-rolled products include commodity plate, specialty plate and other flat products.

Tubular products include large-diameter line pipes, ERW pipes and casings, seamless pipes and other tubular products.

Other steel products include rounds, grinding balls, mine uprights, strips, etc. They also include railway products for Ukraine.

 

 

 

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For further information:

 

Media Relations:

London: +44 207 832 8998                               Moscow: +7 495 937 6871

[email protected]

 

Investor Relations:

London: +44 207 832 8990                              Moscow: +7 495 232 1370

[email protected]

 

 

EVRAZ is a vertically integrated steel, mining and vanadium business with operations in the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, USA, Canada, Czech Republic and Italy. EVRAZ is among the top steel producers in the world based on crude steel production of 14 million tonnes in 2018. A significant portion of the company's internal consumption of iron ore and coking coal is covered by its mining operations. The company's consolidated revenues for the year ended 31 December 2018 were US$12,836 million, and consolidated EBITDA amounted to US$3,777 million.


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