April 26, 2017

27/04/2017: Yara reports increased deliveries but weaker margins

Yara International ASA delivered weaker first-quarter results compared with a year earlier

Net income after non-controlling interests was NOK 1,692 million (NOK 6.19 per share), compared with NOK 2,800 million (NOK 10.22 per share) a year earlier. 

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Excluding net foreign exchange gain and special items, the result was NOK 5.01 per share compared with NOK 9.16 per share in first quarter 2016.

First-quarter EBITDA excluding special items was NOK 3,335 million, down 34 percent compared with a year earlier, driven primarily by lower realised fertiliser prices and higher energy costs.

"Yara reports a weaker result than a year earlier, reflecting lower fertiliser prices and margins. However, we delivered increased sales volumes, both for fertiliser and Industrial products," said Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yara.

"Our ammonia production was lower, underlining the need for our on-going efforts to improve operations. The Yara Improvement Program is on track and has already delivered 90 of the targeted 500 million US dollars of annual earnings improvement within 2020," said Holsether.

Deliveries of Yara-produced fertiliser including blends were three percent higher than in first quarter 2016.

The growth was mainly driven by higher nitrates and compound NPK deliveries in Europe and higher compound NPK deliveries in China and Thailand, two of Yara's most important NPK markets outside Europe.

Adjusted for the divestment of Yara's CO2 business last year, Industrial deliveries were 17 percent higher than a year earlier, with growth for all products.

Lower realised prices and higher gas costs impacted both commodity upgrade margins and premiums for fertiliser and industrial products compared with a year earlier.

Yara's average realised urea and nitrate prices decreased five percent and 15 percent respectively, while realised NPK prices decreased by around 10 percent. Yara's average global gas costs were 28 percent higher than a year ago.

The global farm margin outlook and incentives for fertiliser application remain supportive overall, and while grain prices are stable, prices for several key crops like sugar, coffee, oils and dairy products are higher than a year ago.

In Europe, first quarter nitrogen industry deliveries were six percent higher than a year earlier, but with a slower trend in March as weather-related delays and lower global nitrogen prices delayed purchasing.

However, Yara expects normal nitrogen consumption for the European spring season overall. Yara has established a corporate program to drive and coordinate existing and new improvement initiatives, which will deliver at least USD $500 million of annual EBITDA improvement by 2020, of which an estimated USD 150 million will be realised in 2017.

To meet growing demand for premium products in particular, Yara is expanding capacity in several plants, with most of the projects due to be completed during 2017 and 2018.

Applying current market prices, these projects are expected to generate approximately USD $600 million of annual EBITDA improvement (NOK 6 net income per share) by 2020 when fully operational. 

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