CASABLANCA - Morocco, November 30th, 2017 – OCP S.A. (“OCP” or the “Group”), a global leader in the fertilizer industry, today reported results for the third quarter and the nine-month period ending 30 September 2017.
“OCP’s year-to-date performance demonstrates successful execution of our growth strategy. We reported double-digit, year-on-year growth in revenues and EBITDA and retained our industry leading EBITDA margin for the first nine months of 2017, despite challenging market conditions. These achievements reflect the benefits of OCP’s large-scale investment program, which has enabled us to consolidate our capacity leadership and further strengthen our cost leadership position. OCP’s industrial and*commercial flexibility and global footprint led to higher sales volumes across all key regions, including Europe, North America, Latin America and Africa, with the latter accounting for approximately 30% of our year-to-date total fertilizer exports,” said Mr. Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OCP.
OCP’s positive results over the first nine months of this year underscored the Group’s ability to deliver sound earnings in periods of challenging market conditions.
For the period ended September 30, 2017, revenues increased 13% year-over-year to MAD 35,990 million (US$ 3.68 billion) thanks to strong third quarter results. Exports were higher across all regions, particularly in Africa, Europe and the Americas, driven by higher demand from US, Brazil and Argentina. Rock revenues increased 12% compared to the same period last year, and fertilizer revenues grew 20%, driven by higher volumes.
Several major African countries increased their imports exponentially, and OCP’s exports to Africa increased 50% year-over-year, on volumes of 1.8Mt compared to 1.2Mt for the same period last year.
OCP reported lower year-on-year raw material costs, which along with higher volumes positively impacted our gross profit. Gross profit reached MAD 23,598 million (US$ 2.41 billion) up from MAD 21,544 million (US$ 2.21 bn) a year earlier.
EBITDA for the first nine months was up 10% and totaled MAD 10,097 million (US$ 1.03 bn), compared to MAD 9,170 million (US$ 940 million) for the same period last year. OCP sustained strong EBITDA margin levels at 28%.
OCP continues to emphasize cost efficiencies, notably through the continued ramp up of the slurry pipeline. For the nine months period, cost savings attributable to the pipeline were MAD 1,260 million, compared with MAD 750 million for the year ago period.
Capital expenditure disbursements reached MAD 8,625 million (US$ 882 million) in the first nine months of 2017, higher than last year’s level of MAD 7,567 million (US$ 776 million), with the completion of the first phase of the capex program expected by early 2018.
The third quarter represented the strongest reporting period this year, driving our positive year-to-date comparisons.
Revenues for the third quarter totaled MAD 12,838 million (US$ 1.35 bn) higher by 24% compared with last year’s level of MAD 10,317 million (US$ 1.06 bn). Year-over-year increases in rock and fertilizer sales were key drivers of the third quarter’s positive comparisons, despite lower year-on-year prices. Exports targeted all majors markets, more specifically Africa, despite it being a seasonally low planting period for many African countries.
Operating profit amounted to MAD 2,552 million (US$ 265 million) up from MAD 1,687 million (US$ 173 million) year-over-year.
Third quarter EBITDA increased 29%, outpacing revenue growth, and reached MAD 4,189 million (US$ 438 million) compared to last year’s MAD 3,254 million (US$ 334 million). The resulting EBITDA Margin of 33% slightly up from 32% in the third quarter of 2016.
OCP’s nine-month results show its ability to stimulate and create new demand across the value chain, as well as its resilience during periods of difficult market conditions, thanks to its capacity expansion, flexibility and position as a low cost producer.
In the fourth quarter, OCP anticipates stable crop environment and sees demand driven mostly by Africa and Europe. Looking further ahead, the company believes that the trends observed during October will continue, namely driven by high raw material prices.
For the longer term, OCP will take advantage of continued strong demand across key geographies and particularly from its unique access to the African market and efficient production of customized products. OCP’s competitive advantages along with its global footprint and partnerships have set the stage for continued progress in 2018.
OCP senior management will host a conference call at 10 a.m. EST and 3 p.m. Morocco/London time on November 30th 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.
OCP is a global leader in the fertilizer industry, backed by almost a century’s production history.
OCP has exclusive access to the largest phosphate rock reserve base in the world. It is one of the lowest cost producers of phosphate rock in the industry and has become a leading player in production and trade volumes across the phosphate value chain. OCP employs 21,000 people and contributes to regional development through its mining and fertilizer operations, and through its sustainability program.
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