Q1 2014 Trading Update

May 19 2014


OCI N.V. Q1 2014 Trading Update

 

Financial Performance[1] 

  • Consolidated revenues and EBITDA in the first quarter of 2014 were at similar levels compared to the same period in 2013.

Engineering & Construction Group

  • The Group continues to expand its presence in several key markets, focusing on the United States, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Algeria and we expect improving Engineering & Construction Group margins as recently awarded higher margin projects kick in.
  • From the 1st of January 2014 onwards, OCI will recognize BESIX and certain other construction Joint Ventures (JV’s) according to the equity method rather than proportional consolidation, in compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (IFRS-EU). The adoption of IFRS 11 in 2014 will also be reflected in consolidated backlog.
  • Consolidated backlog excluding projects accounted for under the equity method stood at US$ 3.9 billion as at 31 March 2014, slightly down from US$ 4.0 billion at 31 December 2013. New awards totaled US$ 504 million during the quarter, a 42% increase from US$ 356 million during the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • Had we continued to consolidate BESIX and certain other JV’s proportionately backlog would have stood at US$ 5.9 billion (compared to US$ 5.9 billion as of 31 December 2013) and new awards US$ 1.0 billion during the quarter, a 30% increase from US$ 773 million during the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • We continue to evaluate strategic exit options for our 50% stake in the BESIX Group.

Backlog and New Awards

US$ Million

Q1 2014

Q4 2013

% Δ 

Q1 2013

% Δ 

FY 2013

Excl. BESIX & Certain Other JV’s

Backlog

3,896.0

4,020.7

-3.1%

4,645.5

-16.1%

4,020.7

New awards

503.9

355.5

41.8%

213.9

135.6%

1,437.5

Proportional consolidation

Backlog

5,933.4

5,893.8

0.7%

6,832.8

-13.2%

5,893.8

New awards

1,002.9

772.5

29.8%

700.2

43.2%

2,834.8

 

  • The outlook for new construction awards in the MENA region remains positive as infrastructure and industrial spending packages are materializing. Our business in Saudi Arabia is making good progress and we recently concluded the negotiations for the construction of a cement plant there. We achieve double-digit EBITDA margins in Saudi Arabia, which we expect to have a positive impact on our blended margins for the Engineering & Construction Group going forward.

 

  • The outlook is also strong in the United States, where a rebounding economy and an increase in energy spending will create new awards opportunities. We continue to increase our presence in this large and promising construction market.

Fertilizer & Chemicals Group

  • The Fertilizer & Chemicals Group benefitted from positive contribution from Sorfert and higher volumes during the quarter. The positive developments were partially offset by lower prices year-on-year and a lower contribution from OCI Beaumont as a result of a period of unplanned downtime caused by an electrical power outage.
  • Total product volume sold that was produced by OCI reached 1.4 million metric tons during the first three months of 2014, a 49% increase over the same period last year, primarily driven by:

-   Contribution from Sorfert despite intermittent shutdowns in January and February caused by new export license requirements for all producers in Algeria. These issues were resolved in March and the plant was operating at full capacity in April. We expect Sorfert to continue to produce at capacity for the remainder of the year.

-   Higher operating rates at Egyptian Fertilizers Company (EFC) and Egypt Basic Industries Corporation (EBIC) compared to the first quarter of 2013. However, gas supply in the country remains volatile and the forward visibility is limited. Utilization rates in April were lower than in the first quarter due to reduced gas supply levels.

-   Higher calcium ammonium nitrate volumes following the debottlenecking at OCI Nitrogen.

-   A drop in ammonia and methanol volumes at OCI Beaumont due to the unplanned downtime.

  • Benchmark prices for our products, except methanol, were lower than in the first quarter of 2013, but increased compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.

Benchmark Prices* 

US$ / metric ton

 

Q1 2014

Q4 2013

% Δ

Q1 2013

% Δ

Granular Urea

Middle East, FOB

340

313

9%

420

-19%

Ammonia

Arab Gulf, FOB

452

439

3%

591

-24%

CAN

Germany, CIF

346

295

17%

355

-3%

UAN

France, FOT

295

251

18%

326

-10%

Melamine

Europe ICIS

1,841

1,842

0%

1,921

-4%

Methanol

US Gulf, FOB

629

584

8%

492

28%

* Note that AS benchmark prices have not been provided, as the product is traded volume only

 

Product Volumes (‘000 metric tons)

Product – Sales Volumes

Q1 2014

Q4 2013

% Δ 

Q1 2013

% Δ 

Granular Urea

 

 

 

 

 

OCI Product Sold

429.5

270.0

59.1%

158.5

171.0%

Third Party Traded

25.6

183.1

-86.0%

343.6

-92.5%

Total Granular Urea

455.1

453.1

0.4%

502.1

-9.4%

Ammonia

 

 

 

 

 

OCI Product Sold

313.4

330.6

-5.2%

208.6

50.2%

Third Party Traded

112.0

78.0

43.6%

28.0

300.0%

Total Ammonia

425.4

408.6

4.1%

236.6

79.8%

Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN)

 

 

 

 

 

OCI Product Sold

383.0

353.0

8.5%

268.0

42.9%

Total CAN

383.0

353.0

8.5%

268.0

42.9%

Urea Ammonium Nitrate (UAN)

 

 

 

 

 

OCI Product Sold

104.9

111.0

-5.5%

90.1

16.4%

Third Party Traded

36.3

13.0

179.2%

13.0

179.2%

Total UAN

141.2

124.0

13.9%

103.1

37.0%

Ammonium Sulphate (AS)

 

 

 

 

 

Third Party Traded

475.4

453.0

4.9%

414.5

14.7%

Total (AS)

475.4

453.0

4.9%

414.5

14.7%

Total Fertilizers

 

 

 

 

 

Total OCI Product Sold

1,230.8

1,064.7

15.6%

725.2

69.7%

Total Third Party Traded

649.3

727.1

-10.7%

799.1

-18.7%

Total Fertilizers

1,880.1

1,791.8

4.9%

1,524.3

23.3%

Industrial Chemicals

 

 

 

 

 

Melamine

41.8

38.0

10.0%

38.7

8.0%

Methanol

141.4

167.8

-15.7%

182.9

-22.7%

Total industrial chemicals

183.2

205.8

-11.0%

221.6

-17.3%

Total

 

 

 

 

 

Total OCI Product Sold

1,414.0

1,270.5

11.3%

946.8

49.3%

Total Third Party Traded

649.3

727.1

-10.7%

799.1

-18.7%

Total Product Volumes

2,063.4

1,997.6

3.3%

1,745.9

18.2%



 

 



[1] Quarterly figures are based on unaudited results

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