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First quarter 2021 results

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Aperam S.A. / Key word(s): Quarter Results
First quarter 2021 results

07-May-2021 / 07:00 CET/CEST


 

"Record earnings"

 

Luxembourg, May 7, 2021 (07:00 CET) - Aperam (referred to as "Aperam" or the "Company") (Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Paris, Brussels: APAM, NYRS: APEMY), announced today results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.
 

Highlights

  • Health and Safety: LTI frequency rate of 2.6x in Q1 2021 compared to 1.4x in Q4 2020
  • Steel shipments of 493 thousand tonnes in Q1 2021, 14% increase compared to steel shipments of 431 thousand tonnes in Q4 2020
  • Adj EBITDA of EUR 175 million in Q1 2021, compared to EUR 109 million in Q4 2020
  • Net income of EUR 116 million in Q1 2021, compared to EUR 101 million in Q4 2020
  • Basic earnings per share of EUR 1.45 in Q1 2021, compared to EUR 1.26 in Q4 2020
  • Cash flow from operations amounted to EUR 106 million in Q1 2021, compared to EUR 106 million in Q4 2020
  • Free cash flow before dividend of EUR 58 million in Q1 2021, compared to EUR 88 million in Q4 2020
  • Net financial debt of EUR 56 million as of March 31, 2021, compared to EUR 67 million as of December 31, 2020     

 

Strategic initiatives

  • Leadership Journey​(R)2 Phase 4:​ Gains reached EUR 8 million in Q1 2021 - the starting quarter of the phase 4 program. This compares to cumulative target gains of EUR 150 million by the end of 2023
  • Preparing for the next phase of growth in specialties: Investment in revamping the hot rolling mill for long products at Imphy and re-start of the AOD converter project in Genk that was put on hold in 2019. Both projects, together with the planned specialties center in Gueugnon, will further contribute to the reorientation of our product portfolio towards specialties
  • Placing the circular economy at the core of Aperam's growth strategy: On May 6, 2021, Aperam announced a strategic transaction to further strengthen its cost and ESG leadership position with the signature of a Share Purchase Agreement with Franz Haniel & Cie. Gmbh to acquire ELG.

 

Prospects

  • Adj EBITDA in Q2 2021 is expected to increase versus Q1 2021
  • Net financial debt in Q2 2021 is expected to slightly decrease versus Q1 2021

 

 

Timoteo Di Maulo, CEO of Aperam, commented:

 

"I am proud to report the best quarter in Aperam's history. Through the Leadership Journey(R) we adapted our flexible business model for capturing opportunities during the economic recovery. In Europe, volumes have notably strengthened. While demand relating to the refilling of the value chain will eventually fade, our order book indicates solid volumes and better prices in Q2. In Brazil our flexible multi-product business set a new earnings record due to strong demand, paired with higher prices and a strong mix. The acquisition of ELG will open a new chapter for Aperam as we invest in the growing recycling and circular economy business."

 

 

 

Financial Highlights (on the basis of financial information prepared under IFRS)

(in millions of Euros, unless otherwise stated)

Q1 21

Q4 20

Q1 20

Sales

1,177

916

1,049

Operating income

140

118

34

Net income attributable to equity holders of the parent

116

101

29

Basic earnings per share (EUR)

1.45

1.26

0.36

Diluted earnings per share (EUR)

1.45

1.26

0.36

 

 

 

 

Free cash flow before dividend

58

88

18

Net Financial Debt (at the end of the period)

56

67

108

 

 

 

 

Adj. EBITDA

175

109

70

Exceptional items

-

50

-

EBITDA

175

159

70

 

 

 

 

Adj. EBITDA/tonne (EUR)

355

253

160

EBITDA/tonne (EUR)

355

369

160

 

 

 

 

Steel shipments (000t)

493

431

438

 

Health & Safety results

 

Health and Safety performance based on Aperam personnel figures and contractors' lost time injury frequency rate was 2.6x in the first quarter of 2021 compared to 1.4x in the fourth quarter of 2020.

 

Financial results analysis for the three-month period ending March 31, 2021

Sales for the first quarter of 2021 increased by 28% to EUR 1,177 million compared to EUR 916 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. Steel shipments increased from 431 thousand tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2020, to 493 thousand tonnes in the first quarter of 2021.

 

EBITDA increased during the quarter to EUR 175 million from EUR 159 million (including net exceptional gains of EUR 50 million made of PIS/Cofins tax credits related to prior periods recognised in Brazil for EUR 65 million, partly offset by social costs and restructuring charges related to asset optimization in Europe for EUR (15) million)3 for the fourth quarter of 2020. Europe benefited from seasonally higher volumes while Brazil remained at a comparable level due to seasonal factors. Prices continued to recover from their 2020 lows. Higher raw material prices generated positive inventory valuation effects.

 

Depreciation and amortisation was EUR (35) million for the first quarter of 2021.

 

Aperam had an operating income for the first quarter of 2021 of EUR 140 million compared to an operating income of EUR 118 million for the previous quarter.

 

Financing income (costs), net including the FX and derivatives result for the first quarter of 2021 were positive at EUR 4 million, including cash cost of financing of EUR (3) million.

 

Income tax expense for the first quarter of 2021 was EUR (28) million.

 

The Company recorded a net income of EUR 116 million for the first quarter of 2021.

Cash flows from operations for the first quarter of 2021 were positive at EUR 106 million, despite a working capital increase of EUR 121 million. CAPEX for the first quarter was EUR (46) million.

 

Free cash flow before dividend for the first quarter of 2021 amounted to EUR 58 million.

 

During the first quarter of 2021, the cash returns to shareholders amounted to EUR 35 million, consisting fully of dividend.

 

 

Operating segment results analysis

 

Stainless & Electrical Steel (1)

 

(in millions of Euros, unless otherwise stated)

Q1 21

Q4 20

Q1 20

Sales

977

774

827

Adjusted EBITDA

140

89

53

Exceptional items

-

50

-

EBITDA

140

139

53

Depreciation, amortisation & impairment

(30)

(34)

(30)

Operating income

110

105

23

Steel shipments (000t)

483

432

426

Average steel selling price (EUR/t)

1,969

1,723

1,876

(1) Amounts are shown prior to intra-group eliminations

 

 

The Stainless & Electrical Steel segment had sales of EUR 977 million for the first quarter of 2021. This represents a 26% increase compared to sales of EUR 774 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. Steel shipments during the first quarter were 483 thousand tonnes, an increase of 12% compared to shipments of 432 thousand tonnes during the previous quarter. Volumes in Europe increased seasonally and also benefited from refilling of the industrial value chains. Brazil shipments remained at a comparable level despite Q1 being a seasonal trough quarter. Average steel selling prices for the Stainless & Electrical Steel segment increased by 14% compared to the previous quarter.

 

The segment generated EBITDA of EUR 140 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to EUR 139 million (including EUR 64 million due to PIS/Cofins tax credits related to prior periods recognised in Brazil and EUR (14) million of social costs) for the fourth quarter of 2020. Profitability was supported by higher volumes and prices and a low double-digit inventory valuation gain in Europe and a record adjusted EBITDA in Brazil due to higher prices and a stronger mix.

 

Depreciation and amortisation expense was EUR (30) million for the first quarter of 2021. 

The Stainless & Electrical Steel segment had an operating income of EUR 110 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to an operating income of EUR 105 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.

 

  

 

Services & Solutions(1)

 

(in millions of Euros, unless otherwise stated)

 

Q1 21

Q4 20

Q1 20

Sales

531

381

450

Adjusted EBITDA

45

14

9

Exceptional items

-

1

-

EBITDA

45

15

9

Depreciation & amortisation

(3)

(3)

(3)

Operating income

42

12

6

Steel shipments (000t)

208

163

186

Average steel selling price (EUR/t)

2,448

2,224

2,331

(1) Amounts are shown prior to intra-group eliminations

 

The Services & Solutions segment had sales of EUR 531 million for the first quarter of 2021, representing an increase of 39% compared to sales of EUR 381 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. For the first quarter of 2021, steel shipments were 208 thousand tonnes compared to 163 thousand tonnes during the previous quarter. The Services & Solutions segment had higher average steel selling prices during the period compared to the previous period.               

 

The segment generated EBITDA of EUR 45 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to EBITDA of EUR 15 million, including EUR 1 million in Brazil due to PIS/Cofins tax credits related to prior periods for the fourth quarter of 2020. EBITDA increased versus Q4 2020 due to higher volumes, higher prices and an inventory valuation gain.

 

Depreciation and amortisation was EUR (3) million for the first quarter of 2021.

 

The Services & Solutions segment had an operating income of EUR 42 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to an operating income of EUR 12 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.             

 

 

Alloys & Specialties(1)

 

(in millions of Euros, unless otherwise stated)

Q1 21

Q4 20

Q1 20

Sales

125

103

155

EBITDA

12

15

9

Depreciation & amortisation

(2)

(2)

(3)

Operating income

10

13

6

Steel shipments (000t)

7

7

9

Average steel selling price (EUR/t)

17,330

15,122

16,572

(1) Amounts are shown prior to intra-group eliminations

 

 

The Alloys & Specialties segment had sales of EUR 125 million for the first quarter of 2021, representing an increase of 21% compared to EUR 103 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. Steel shipments were stable during the first quarter of 2021 at 7 thousand tonnes. Average steel selling prices were higher during the quarter.

 

The Alloys & Specialties segment achieved EBITDA of EUR 12 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to EUR 15 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. The decrease in EBITDA was due to a price/cost squeeze and lower inventory valuation gains.

 

Depreciation and amortisation expense for the first quarter of 2021 was EUR (2) million.

 

The Alloys & Specialties segment had an operating income of EUR 10 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to an operating income of EUR 13 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.

 

 

Recent developments

 

  • On February 24, 2021, Aperam announced the publication of its Annual Report 2020 (Link).

 

  • On February 25 and March 15, 2021, Aperam announced shareholding notifications by M&G plc for respectively crossing downwards and upwards the 5% voting rights threshold with reference to Transparency Law.

 

  • On April 29, 2021, Aperam announced the publication of its "made for life" report for 2020, which constitutes Aperam's sustainability report (Link).

 

  • On May 6, 2021, Aperam announced a strategic transaction to further strengthen its cost and ESG leadership position with the signature of a Share Purchase Agreement with Franz Haniel & Cie. Gmbh to acquire ELG. The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory  approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed during the second half of 2021.

 

 

New developments

 

  • On May 7, 2021, Aperam announced the publication of the convening notice for its Annual General Meeting of shareholders, to be held on June 8, 2021 without physical presence as permitted by Luxembourg law in context of the Covid-19 outbreak. Arrangements are made to provide for the opportunity for shareholders to vote electronically and by proxy voting and attend a virtual questions & answers session.

 

Investor conference call / webcast

 

Aperam management will host a conference call / webcast for members of the investment community to discuss the first quarter 2021 financial performance at the following time:

 

Date

New York

London

Luxembourg

Friday,

May 7, 2021

07:00 am

12:00 pm

01:00 pm

 

Link to the webcast: https://channel.royalcast.com/landingpage/aperam/20210507_1/

 

The dial-in numbers for the call are: France : +33 (0) 1 7037 7166; USA: +1 212 999 6659; UK: +44 (0) 33 0551 0200

 

The conference password is Aperam.

 

 

Contacts

 

Corporate Communications / Laurent Beauloye: +352 27 36 27 103; laurent.beauloye@aperam.com

Investor Relations / Thorsten Zimmermann: +352 27 36 27 304; thorsten.zimmermann@aperam.com

 

 

About Aperam

 

Aperam is a global player in stainless, electrical and specialty steel, with customers in over 40 countries. The business is organised in three primary operating segments: Stainless & Electrical Steel, Services & Solutions and Alloys & Specialties.

 

Aperam has a flat Stainless and Electrical steel capacity of 2.5 million tonnes in Brazil and Europe and is a leader in high value specialty products. In addition to its industrial network, spread over six production facilities in Brazil, Belgium and France, Aperam has a highly integrated distribution, processing and services network and a unique capability to produce stainless and special steels from low cost biomass (charcoal made from its own FSC-certified forestry).

 

In 2020, Aperam had sales of EUR 3,624 million and steel shipments of 1.68 million tonnes.

 

For further information, please refer to our website at www.aperam.com.

 

 

Forward-looking statements

 

This document may contain forward-looking information and statements about Aperam and its subsidiaries. These statements include financial projections and estimates and their underlying assumptions, statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations with respect to future operations, products and services, and statements regarding future performance. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "target" or similar expressions. Although Aperam's management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors and holders of Aperam's securities are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of Aperam, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed or identified in Aperam's filings with the Luxembourg Stock Market Authority for the Financial Markets (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier). Aperam undertakes no obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. In particular, the length and severity of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, including its impacts in the sector, macroeconomic conditions and in Aperam's principal local markets may cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements.

 

 

 

 

 

APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

(in million of EURO)

March 31,

2021

December 31,

2020

March 31,

2020

ASSETS

 

 

 

Cash & cash equivalents (C)

367

358

297

Inventories, trade receivables and trade payables

737

616

641

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

109

151

85

Total Current Assets & Working Capital

1,213

1,125

1,023

 

 

 

 

Goodwill and intangible assets

422

429

445

Property, plant and equipment (incl. Biological assets)

1,503

1,522

1,555

Investments in associates, joint ventures and other

2

2

4

Deferred tax assets

87

94

126

Other non-current assets

78

83

70

Total Assets (net of Trade Payables)

3,305

3,255

3,223

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt (B)

47

53

40

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

331

317

274

Total Current Liabilities (excluding Trade Payables)

378

370

314

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt, net of current portion (A)

376

372

365

Deferred employee benefits

148

148

146

Deferred tax liabilities

112

117

124

Other long-term liabilities

45

44

45

Total Liabilities (excluding Trade Payables)

1,059

1,051

994

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to the equity holders of the parent

2,242

2,200

2,225

Non-controlling interest

4

4

4

Total Equity

2,246

2,204

2,229

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity (excluding Trade Payables)

3,305

3,255

3,223

 

 

 

 

Net Financial Debt (D = A+B-C)

56

67

108

 

 

 

APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

 

(in million of EURO)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2021

December 31, 2020

March 31,

2020

Sales

1,177

916

1,049

Adjusted EBITDA (E = C-D)

175

109

70

Adjusted EBITDA margin (%)

14.9%

11.9%

6.7%

Exceptional items (D)

-

50

-

EBITDA (C = A-B)

175

159

70

EBITDA margin %

14.9%

17.4%

6.7%

Depreciation, amortisation & Impairment (B)

(35)

(41)

(36)

Operating income (A)

140

118

34

Operating margin %

11.9%

12.9%

3.2%

Result from associates and other investments

-

(1)

-

Financing income (costs), net

4

42

(7)

Income before taxes

144

159

27

Income tax (expense) benefit

(28)

(58)

2

Effective tax rate %

19.5%

35.8%

(8.0)%

Net income attributable to equity holders of the parent

116

101

29

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (EUR)

1.45

1.26

0.36

Diluted earnings per share (EUR)

1.45

1.26

0.36

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding (in thousands)

79,895

79,895

79,816

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding (in thousands)

80,203

80,204

80,076

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 

(in million of EURO)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2021

December 31, 2020

March 31,

2020

Operating income

140

118

34

Depreciation, amortisation & Impairment

35

41

36

Change in working capital

(121)

(6)

(21)

Income tax paid

(2)

(1)

(3)

Interest paid, (net)

(2)

(1)

(1)

Other operating activities (net)

56

(45)

18

Net cash provided by operating activities (A)

106

106

63

Purchase of PPE, intangible and biological assets (CAPEX)

(46)

(19)

(45)

Other investing activities (net)

(2)

1

-

Net cash used in investing activities (B)

(48)

(18)

(45)

Proceeds (payments) from payable to banks and long term debt

(6)

(29)

(45)

Dividends paid

(35)

(35)

(32)

Other financing activities (net)

(3)

(2)

(2)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(44)

(66)

(79)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(5)

1

(17)

Change in cash and cash equivalent

9

23

(78)

 

 

 

 

Free cash flow before dividend and share buy-back (C = A+B)

58

88

18

 

 

 

 

 

 Appendix 1a - Health & Safety statistics

 

Health & Safety Statistics

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2021

December 31,

2020

September 30,

2020

Frequency Rate

2.6

1.4

1.9

Lost time injury frequency rate equals lost time injuries per 1,000,000 worked hours, based on own personnel and contractors.

 

 

 

 Appendix 1b - Key operational and financial information

 

Quarter Ending

March 31, 2021

Stainless & Electrical Steel

Services & Solutions

Alloys & Specialties

Others & Eliminations

Total

Operational information

 

 

 

 

 

Steel Shipment (000t)

483

208

7

(205)

493

Average steel selling price (EUR/t)

1,969

2,448

17,330

 

2,325

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial information (EURm)

 

 

 

 

 

Sales

977

531

125

(456)

1,177

EBITDA

140

45

12

(22)

175

Depreciation & Amortisation

(30)

(3)

(2)

-

(35)

Operating income / (loss)

110

42

10

(22)

140

 

 

Quarter Ending

December 31, 2020

Stainless & Electrical Steel

Services & Solutions

Alloys & Specialties

Others & Eliminations

Total

Operational information

 

 

 

 

 

Steel Shipment (000t)

432

163

7

(171)

431

Average steel selling price (EUR/t)

1,723

2,224

15,122

 

2,049

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial information (EURm)

 

 

 

 

 

Sales

774

381

103

(342)

916

Adjusted EBITDA

89

14

15

(9)

109

Exceptional items

50

1

-

(1)

50

EBITDA

139

15

15

(10)

159

Depreciation, amortisation & impairment

(34)

(3)

(2)

(2)

(41)

Operating income / (loss)

105

12

13

(12)

118

 

 

 

Appendix 2 - Terms and definitions

 

Unless indicated otherwise, or the context otherwise requires, references in this earnings release report to the following terms have the meanings set out next to them below:

 

Adjusted EBITDA: operating income before depreciation, amortisation and impairment expenses and exceptional items.

Adjusted EBITDA/tonne: calculated as Adjusted EBITDA divided by total steel shipments.

Average steel selling prices: calculated as steel sales divided by steel shipments.

Cash and cash equivalents: represents cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments.

CAPEX: relates to capital expenditures and is defined as purchase of tangible assets, intangible assets and biological assets.

EBITDA: operating income before depreciation, amortisation and impairment expenses.

EBITDA/tonne: calculated as EBITDA divided by total steel shipments.

Exceptional items: consists of (i) inventory write-downs equal to or exceeding 10% of total related inventories values before write-down at the considered quarter end (ii) restructuring (charges)/gains equal to or exceeding EUR 10 million for the considered quarter, (iii) capital (loss)/gain on asset disposals equal to or exceeding EUR 10 million for the considered quarter or (iv) other non-recurring items equal to or exceeding EUR 10 million for the considered quarter.

Financing income (costs): Net interest expense, other net financing costs and foreign exchange and derivative results.

Free cash flow before dividend and share buy-back: net cash provided by operating activities less net cash used in investing activities.

Gross financial debt: long-term debt plus short-term debt.

Liquidity: Cash and cash equivalent and undrawn credit lines.

LTI frequency rate: Lost time injury frequency rate equals lost time injuries per 1,000,000 worked hours, based on own personnel and contractors.

Net financial debt: long-term debt, plus short-term debt less cash and cash equivalents.

Net financial debt/EBITDA or Gearing: Refers to Net financial debt divided by last twelve months EBITDA calculation.

Shipments: information at segment and group level eliminates inter-segment shipments (which are primarily between Stainless & Electrical Steel and Services & Solutions) and intra-segment shipments, respectively.

Working capital: trade accounts receivable plus inventories less trade accounts payable.

 

 

 

 


1 The financial information in this press release and Appendix 1 has been prepared in accordance with the measurement and recognition criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted in the European Union. While the interim financial information included in this announcement has been prepared in accordance with IFRS applicable to interim periods, this announcement does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as defined in International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting". Unless otherwise noted the numbers and information in the press release have not been audited. The financial information and certain other information presented in a number of tables in this press release have been rounded to the nearest whole number or the nearest decimal. Therefore, the sum of the numbers in a column may not conform exactly to the total figure given for that column. In addition, certain percentages presented in the tables in this press release reflect calculations based upon the underlying information prior to rounding and, accordingly, may not conform exactly to the percentages that would be derived if the relevant calculations were based upon the rounded numbers. This press release also includes Alternative Performance Measures ("APM" hereafter). The Company believes that these APMs are relevant to enhance the understanding of its financial position and provides additional information to investors and management with respect to the Company's financial performance, capital structure and credit assessment. These non-GAAP financial measures should be read in conjunction with and not as an alternative for, Aperam's financial information prepared in accordance with IFRS. Such non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures applied by other companies. The APM's used are defined under Appendix 2 "Terms & definitions".

2 The Leadership Journey(R) is an initiative launched on December 16, 2010, and subsequently accelerated and increased, to target management gains and profit enhancement. The fourth phase of the Leadership Journey(R) is targeting EUR 150 million gains for the period 2021 - 2023 via a combination of cost, growth and mix improvement measures.

3 Net exceptional gain of EUR 50 million in Q4 2020 related to PIS/Cofins tax credits related to prior periods recognised in Brazil for EUR 65 million, partly offset by social costs and restructuring charges related to asset optimization in Europe for EUR (15) million.

 

 

 



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