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PhosAgro 2Q 2019 Fertilizer and MCP Output up 5.8% y-o-y to 2.4 mln t

30.07.2019
Moscow – PhosAgro (MOEX/LSE ticker: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces its operating results for 2Q and 1H 2019. Overall output of phosphate-based and nitrogen-based fertilizers in 2Q increased by 6.4% and 3.9% year-on-year respectively, while sales declined by 3.9% year-on-year to 2.2 million tonnes.

PhosAgro’s production and sales volumes are summarised in the tables below.

Production volumes by type

('000 mt)

2Q ‘19

2Q ‘18

Chg y/y

1H '19

1H '18

Chg y/y

Phosphate-based & MCP

1,782.2

1,674.9

6.4%

3,559.8

3,432.1

3.7%

Nitrogen-based

574.2

552.7

3.9%

1,141.8

1,113.5

2.5%

Total fertilizers

2,356.4

2,227.6

5.8%

4,701.6

4,545.6

3.4%

PhosRock & nepheline

2,930.5

2,774.2

5.6%

5,858.6

5,563.9

5.3%

Other products

39.9

51.7

(22.8%)

86.9

92.4

(6.0%)


Sales volumes by type

('000 mt)

2Q ‘19

2Q ‘18

Chg y/y

1H '19

1H '18

Chg y/y

Phosphate-based & MCP

1,628.8

1,646.7

(1.1%)

3,557.8

3,399.9

4.6%

Nitrogen-based

530.9

600.5

(11.6%)

1,148.3

1,268.0

(9.4%)

Total fertilizers

2,159.7

2,247.2

(3.9%)

4,706.1

4,667.9

0.8%

PhosRock & nepheline

1,142.0

968.0

18.0%

2,263.7

1,923.9

17.7%

Other products

40.5

46.2

(12.3%)

89.7

83.3

7.7%


Commenting on the 2Q 2019 operating results, PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev said:

“PhosAgro continued to deliver solid operational results in 2Q 2019, with the completion of our optimisation programme unlocking additional midstream production capacities and helping to maintain our leading position on the industry cash cost curve. Following the record high 4.7 million tonnes of fertilizers produced in the first half of the year, we reiterate our full-year production guidance of nearly 9.4 million tonnes. We accelerated our domestic sales, which is expected to last into the next quarter. In addition, we significantly increased our presence in CIS markets, demonstrating the advantages of our flexible sales strategy. The above factors helped to mitigate negative market dynamics caused by bad weather conditions in North America and higher than expected DAP exports from China, where domestic demand was low.

“Our total fertilizer sales volumes declined by 3.9% year-on-year in the second quarter, mainly due to a release of urea stocks in 2Q 2018. In 2Q 2019, our sales of NPK(S) and MAP, which are supportive of PhosAgro’s profitability, accounted for 39% and 16% of total sales volumes, respectively.  

“Our focus on the domestic market, where we continued to develop our distribution network, helped us to achieve better sales results on early recovery of seasonal demand. In 2Q 2019, domestic sales of fertilizers rose by 37% year-on-year to 0.8 million tonnes and accounted for 36% of total fertilizer sales volumes in comparison to 25% in 2Q 2018, which was supportive for cash flow generation. 

“Our strategy of going into the distribution chain and establish a presence on the ground with new local offices has enabled us to respond quickly to early signs of demand recovery in Europe, where we increased shipments by 16% year-on-year to almost 0.5 million tonnes in 2Q 2019. 

"In 2Q 2019, prices for phosphate-based fertilizers continued their correction due to ramp up of new units at OCP and Ma’aden, and high activity of Chinese fertilizer exporters on the backdrop of low domestic demand. 

Looking ahead to market conditions next quarters, negative dynamics may be overrun by the approaching autumn season in our main markets of Europe and the CIS, as well as progress on the reduction of DAP capacities in China after Chinese producers announced their intention to slow down operating rates by 4 million tonnes over the next 12 months.”

The table below provides a breakdown of production volumes by major product:

Production volumes by type

('000 mt)

2Q ‘19

2Q ‘18

Chg y/y

1H '19

1H '18

Chg y/y

Apatit mine and beneficiation plant

Phosphate rock

2,621.0

2,537.8

3.3%

5,258.3

5,061.7

3.9%

Nepheline concentrate

309.5

236.4

30.9%

600.3

502.2

19.5%

Phosphate-based fertilizers

DAP/MAP

799.0

721.7

10.7%

1,611.9

1,519.8

6.1%

NPK

701.6

687.4

2.1%

1,301.4

1,334.0

(2.4%)

NPS

113.1

101.0

12.0%

311.4

233.7

33.2%

APP

36.0

58.3

(38.3%)

85.6

110.0

(22.2%)

MCP

89.4

92.0

(2.8%)

185.9

180.2

3.2%

PKS

43.1

14.5

197.2%

63.6

54.4

16.9%

Nitrogen-based fertilizers

AN

138.5

135.7

2.1%

283.8

279.2

1.6%

Urea

435.7

417.0

4.5%

858.0

834.3

2.8%

Other products

STPP

25.9

26.5

(2.3%)

52.1

51.3

1.6%

Other

14.0

25.2

(44.4%)

34.8

41.1

(15.3%)

Feed stock

Ammonia

494.0

493.0

0.2%

985.6

989.1

(0.4%)

Phosphoric acid

675.3

638.5

5.8%

1,349.2

1,294.6

4.2%

Sulphuric acid

1,521.9

1,459.5

4.3%

3,020.3

2,943.4

2.6%


The table below provides a breakdown of sales volumes by major product:

Sales volumes by type

('000 mt)

2Q ‘19

2Q ‘18

Chg y/y

1H '19

1H '18

Chg y/y

Apatit mine and beneficiation plant

Phosphate rock

831.4

732.5

13.5%

1,657.1

1,423.9

16.4%

Nepheline concentrate

310.6

235.5

31.9%

606.6

500.0

21.3%

Phosphate-based fertilizers

DAP/MAP

658.2

727.3

(9.5%)

1,602.5

1,536.0

4.3%

NPK

681.2

663.4

2.7%

1,337.1

1,310.0

2.1%

NPS

117.0

91.1

28.4%

286.5

226.8

26.3%

APP

39.4

49.5

(20.4%)

101.2

97.0

4.3%

MCP

93.7

91.1

2.9%

181.0

176.7

2.4%

PKS

39.3

24.3

61.7%

49.5

53.3

(7.1%)

Nitrogen-based fertilizers

AN

104.5

124.0

(15.7%)

275.1

373.1

(26.3%)

Urea

426.4

476.5

(10.5%)

873.2

894.9

(2.4%)

Other products

STPP

25.3

25.9

(2.3%)

51.2

49.6

3.2%

Other

15.2

20.3

(25.1%)

38.5

33.7

14.2%


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