Press Release

Aurubis on track with good results

Hamburg, Monday, May 15, 2017

 

  • Half-year result of € 118 million meets expectations
  • Earnings forecast for the entire fiscal year 2016/17 is confirmed
  • Efficiency improvement program is launched
  • Aurubis’ strategy for Vision 2025 will be presented at the end of the 2017 calendar year

 

The Aurubis Group (Aurubis) achieved operating earnings before taxes (EBT) of € 118 million in the first half of fiscal year 2016/17 (previous year: € 113 million). The negative measurement effects due to period-end influences of € 26 million in the first quarter of the fiscal year were fully offset in the second quarter.

In addition, the result was driven primarily by good raw material markets, particularly in the recycling area. Higher metal prices have led to a very good supply of copper scrap with correspondingly high refining charges. In concentrate processing, the Group was able to achieve throughput at the high level of the previous year despite the legally mandated shutdown in Hamburg (October/November 2016). The smelting and refining charges of the used concentrates were high, which was primarily attributable to the high proportion of complex materials.

Increased demand for flat rolled products also lead to higher sales in shapes, their preliminary products.

The strong US dollar supported the result since a significant part of Aurubis’ income is US dollar-based.

The global surplus in the sulfuric acid markets had a negative impact on the result due to correspondingly low revenues. Only at the end of the half-year did the supply surplus decline due to shutdowns of other producers and stable demand.

The cathode premium, which Aurubis reduced by US$ 6 to US$ 86 for calendar year 2017, also affected the result. In addition, the demand for copper wire rod remained below expectations due to the temporary inventory adjustments of some cable customers.

“The result corresponds to our expectations. The scrap markets have significantly improved and recycling has made a good contribution to earnings. Our expertise in the processing of complex raw materials makes us less dependent on the currently lower smelting and refining charges in the concentrate market. At the same time, the processing of these raw materials facilitates higher margins for us,” Jürgen Schachler, Chairman of the Executive Board of Aurubis AG, summarized.

The Group’s revenues were € 5,428 million in the first half of the fiscal year, thereby € 703 million above the previous year’s level (previous year: € 4,725 million). This development was primarily due to higher metal prices. Operating ROCE (taking the operating EBIT of the last four quarters into consideration) was 10.4 % due to the lower operating results in the third quarter of 2015/16 and the first quarter of 2016/17 (previous year: 12.7 %).

Aurubis’ EBT on the basis of IFRS amounted to € 272 million (previous year: € 40 million). In contrast to operating earnings, IFRS earnings include measurement effects due to copper price fluctuations and other factors. Therefore, the operating earnings are decisive for Aurubis in assessing the business performance and managing the company.

 

Vision and strategy

Aurubis presented its new Vision 2025 at the Annual General Meeting in March: Passion for metallurgy. Metals for progress. Together with you.

Aurubis’ metals enable progress. Along with its core metal, copper, the Group intends to produce more and varied metals in the future. Currently Aurubis is developing a strategy for achieving its vision of a being multi-metal Group. It will be communicated at the end of the 2017 calendar year.

In addition, the efficiency improvement program, which strives for a permanent increase in EBITDA by more than € 200 million by 2019/20 exclusively through internal optimization measures, is gradually being filled with specific measures.

“We are certain of reaching the stated goal – a more than € 200 million higher result by 2020,” Jürgen Schachler said.

 

Outlook

Aurubis does not expect far-reaching changes either in the raw material or product markets by the end of fiscal year 2016/17.

With high mine output, the company will continue to be well supplied with copper concentrates and be able to obtain higher refining charges due to their complex qualities.

For sulfuric acid, it can be assumed that the currently slightly improved market situation will continue in the second half of the year and have a positive impact on earnings starting in the third quarter of this fiscal year.

On the copper scrap market, the Group expects a sustained high supply with good refining charges in the coming months. However, declining metal prices in the short term could result in a tightening of the market with subsequently lower refining charges.

Solid demand at the previous year’s level is expected for wire rod and shapes. Also on the markets for strip products, Aurubis anticipates stable demand overall in the key market segments during the fiscal year.

 

Since much of the revenue is US dollar-based, a continued positive contribution to earnings can be expected from the strong currency. In addition, income is already expected from the efficiency improvement program. It will lead to additional optimizations at all of the sites.

 “We expect stable raw material and product markets for the rest of the year. We therefore confirm our forecast for the full year: We are assuming significantly higher operating earnings before taxes and a slightly higher operating ROCE,” Jürgen Schachler concluded.

 

Here you can find the complete report on the first half of fiscal year 2016/17.

 

 

 

At a glance

Key Aurubis Group figures

Q2

6M

2016/17

2015/16

Change

2016/17

2015/16

Change

Revenues

€m

2,966

2,327

27 %

5,428

4,725

15 %

Gross profit

€m

393

284

38 %

708

458

55 %

Operating gross profit

€m

324

285

14 %

554

526

5 %

Personnel expenses

€m

120

113

6 %

237

223

6 %

Depreciation and amortization

€m

33

33

0 %

66

65

2 %

Operating depreciation and amortization

€m

32

32

0 %

64

62

3 %

EBITDA**

€m

205

112

83 %

344

116

> 100 %

Operating EBITDA**

€m

136

113

20 %

190

184

3 %

EBIT

€m

172

79

> 100 %

278

51

> 100 %

Operating EBIT

€m

104

81

28 %

126

122

3 %

EBT

€m

170

74

> 100 %

272

40

> 100 %

Operating EBT*

€m

100

77

30 %

118

113

4 %

Consolidated net income/loss

€m

130

55

> 100 %

208

30

> 100 %

Operating consolidated net income

€m

76

57

33 %

90

83

8 %

Earnings per share

2.89

1.20

> 100 %

4.62

0.64

> 100 %

Operating earnings per share

1.68

1.25

34 %

1.98

1.83

8 %

Net cash flow

€m

83

-135

> 100 %

41

-158

> 100 %

Capital expenditure (excl. financial fixed assets)

€m

25

32

-21 %

105

66

59 %

Operating ROCE*

%

-

-

-

10.4

12.7

-

Copper price (average)

US$/t

5,831

4,672

25 %

5,556

4,784

16 %

Copper price (balance sheet date)

US$/t

-

-

-

5,849

4,855

20 %

Employees (average)

 

6,459

6,316

2 %

6,459

6,316

2 %

* Corporate control parameters.

Comments on the results are presented in the explanatory notes to the results of operations, net assets and financial position.

** EBITDA (operating EBITDA) is determined from EBIT (operating EBIT) plus depreciation and amortization (operating depreciation and amortization).

The report may include slight deviations in the totals due to rounding.

Production output/throughput

Q2

6M

2016/17

2015/16

Change

2016/17

2015/16

Change

BU Primary Copper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concentrate throughput

1,000 t

626

598

5 %

1.170

1,199

-2 %

Copper scrap/blister copper input

1,000 t

29

31

-6 %

56

60

-7 %

Sulfuric acid output

1,000 t

598

578

3 %

1.127

1,154

-2 %

Cathode output

1,000 t

157

153

3 %

309

303

2 %

BU Copper Products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copper scrap/blister copper input

1,000 t

77

83

-7 %

168

150

12 %

KRS throughput

1,000 t

57

61

-7 %

122

131

-7 %

Cathode output

1,000 t

131

124

6 %

260

254

2 %

Wire rod output

1,000 t

192

204

-6 %

355

382

-7 %

Shape output

1,000 t

51

48

6 %

94

86

9 %

Flat rolled products and specialty wire output

1,000 t

57

55

4 %

110

105

5 %

 

 

Aurubis - Metals for Progress

Aurubis AG is a leading global provider of non-ferrous metals and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide. The company processes complex metal concentrates, scrap metals, and metal-bearing recycling materials into metals of the highest quality. Aurubis produces more than 1 million tons of copper cathodes annually, and from them a variety of products such as wire rod, continuous cast shapes, profiles, and flat rolled products made of copper and copper alloys. Aurubis produces a number of other metals as well, including precious metals, selenium, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc. The portfolio also includes additional products such as sulfuric acid and iron silicate.

Sustainability is a fundamental part of the Aurubis strategy. “Aurubis responsibly transforms raw materials into value” – following this maxim, the company integrates sustainable conduct and business activities into the corporate culture. This involves a careful approach to natural resources, responsible social and ecological conduct in everyday business, and sensible, healthy growth.

Aurubis has about 7,400 employees, production sites in Europe and the US, and an extensive service and distribution system in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Aurubis shares are part of the Prime Standard Segment of the German Stock Exchange and are listed in the MDAX and the Global Challenges Index (GCX).

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