CASABLANCA, Morocco, September 12, 2017 – OCP S.A. (“OCP” or the “Company”), a global leader in the fertilizer industry, today reported results for the second quarter and first half ended June 30, 2017.
“OCP consolidated its leadership position in the first half, achieving higher revenues, while maintaining solid profitability and an EBITDA margin ahead of the industry average. This performance reflects our capacity and cost leadership position, together with our commercial flexibility, driving increased sales of customized products to high growth markets where OCP has created and developed demand.
OCP is at the forefront of major structural shifts in the industry. We have successfully cultivated new markets like Africa, which accounted for almost 40% of our first half fertilizer exports, and have expanded our portfolio of customized products to represent more than a third of total fertilizer exports. These achievements, combined with lower production costs and our unique flexibility across the value chain, enable OCP to achieve industry leading performance across cycles and are clearly reflected in our financial results,” said Mr. Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OCP.
First half 2017 revenues grew 7% year-over-year to MAD 23,152 million (US$ 2.33 billion). The increase was supported by 28% growth in rock revenues, 17% growth in fertilizer revenues, and reflects higher rock and fertilizer volumes, which more than offset lower prices across all product categories. During the period, OCP achieved record fertilizer exports, due to strong demand for customized product from the African market, where exports grew 44% as OCP expanded sales to all regions of the Continent.
Gross profit increased to MAD 15,124 million (US$ 1.52 billion), compared with MAD 14,440 million (US$ 1.48 billion) a year earlier due to higher volumes and lower raw material prices. First half 2017 EBITDA was MAD 5,908 million (US$ 594 million), broadly stable compared to MAD 5,916 million (US$ 606 million) for the same period in 2016. EBITDA margin was 26%, slightly below the first half 2016 level of 27%, as the benefit of lower raw material costs as well as increased rock and fertilizer volumes were offset by the impact of lower phosphate prices. Production costs continued to improve as the ongoing ramp up of the slurry pipeline resulted in increased cost savings totaling MAD 807 million in the first half of 2017, compared with MAD 436 million for the year ago period.
First half 2017 EBIT was MAD 3,094 million (US$ 311 million), compared with MAD 4,073 million (US$ 418 million) in 2016. The decline primarily reflects the commissioning of new facilities and their associated depreciation costs
Available cash (cash, cash equivalents) was MAD 3,997 million (US$ 415 million) at June 30, 2017. Net financial debt was MAD 42,896 million (US$ 4.5 billion), and the Net Financial Debt/EBITDA ratio was 3.45x as of June 30, 2017.
Second quarter revenues increased 4% to MAD 11,751 million (US$ 1.19 billion), compared to MAD 11,279 million (US$ 1.16 billion) in the prior-year period. On a sequential basis, revenues rose 7%. Gross profit increased to MAD 7,645 million (US$ 777 million) from MAD 7,471 million (US$ 771 million) in the second quarter of 2016.
Second quarter EBITDA amounted to MAD 2,567 million (US$ 262 million), compared to MAD 3,023 million (US$ 312 million) in the year-ago period.
Second quarter EBIT was MAD 1,193 million (US$ 122 million), compared to MAD 1,685 million (US$ 175 million) in the Q2 2016.
The same factors that impacted first half results are reflected in second quarter financial performance.
OCP’s industrial development program moved forward, with key achievements in the first half at the Jorf Lasfar Platform, including:
Phosphate demand continues to be strong, amid stable crop fundamentals and lower input prices, which are supporting consumption among key import markets, namely India, Latin America and Africa. Looking ahead to the second half of the year, the phosphate market remains supply-driven and price-sensitive to Chinese export behavior. Within this environment, OCP expects to continue to outperform the industry average, thanks to our strong fundamental position.
2017 represents a milestone year for OCP as we complete the first phase of our industrial development plan, which will significantly expand our fertilizer capacity, extend our rock export capacity, and generate further significant operating efficiencies, thereby extending OCP’s market leadership. These strategic initiatives will position OCP as the primary beneficiary of a pickup in market conditions, and help capture a significant portion of phosphate incremental demand growth in the coming years.
OCP senior management will host a conference call at 10 a.m. EDT and 3 p.m. London/Morocco time on September 12, 2017, to discuss the financial results. Qualified institutional buyers, bondholders, securities analysts and market makers are invited to participate in the call. Conference call details are available at OCP’s Investor Relations portal on the Intralinks website. Eligible parties that have not already registered for access to the Intralinks portal may do so by contacting Mrs. Ghita Laraki, Investors Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org
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