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United Company RUSAL Plc: Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Trading Update

Donnerstag, 16.02.2017 01:25



HONG KONG --(BUSINESS WIRE)--

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UNITED COMPANY RUSAL PLC (Paris:RUSAL) (Paris:RUAL)
(Incorporated under the laws of Jersey with limited liability)
(Stock Code: 486)

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Trading Update

This announcement is made by United Company RUSAL Plc (“UC RUSAL” or the “Company”) pursuant to Rule 13.09 of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, the Inside Information Provisions under Part XIVA of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571, Laws of Hong Kong) and applicable French laws and regulations.

Shareholders and potential investors are advised to exercise caution when dealing in the shares of UC RUSAL.

UC RUSAL announces its operating results for the fourth quarter (“4Q16”) and 12 months 2016 (“12M16”)1.

Aluminium

  • Aluminium production2 in 4Q16 totaled 930 thousand tons (+1.0% QoQ), with Siberian smelters representing 94% of total aluminium output. Smelters utilization remained on average at a high of 95%.
  • In 4Q16 aluminium sales totaled 922 thousand tons (-6.0% QoQ), including value added product (VAP3) sales of 405 thousand tons. Aluminium sales dynamics are largely explained by the previous period high base effect and seasonal increase of goods in transit (to be realized in the next period).
  • In 4Q16 the average aluminium realized price4 increased 2.6% QoQ to USD1,799/t. The increase was largely driven by the London Metal Exchange (“LME”) QP5 component growth which increased by 2.7% QoQ to USD1,648/t in 4Q16. The average realised aluminium premium was USD151/t in the period.
  • In 12M16 aluminium production totaled 3,685 thousand tons (+1.1% YoY).
  • In 12M16 aluminium sales volumes totaled 3,818 thousand tons (+4.9% YoY). The increase was largely attributable to the additional volumes of the Boguchansky smelter. 12M16 VAP sales grew to 1,677 thousand tons (+6.7% YoY). The average realized price in 12M16 was USD1,732/t (-13.4% YoY). The average price reduction is explained by the structurally different market environment in the 12M 2015 versus 12M 2016 and lower aluminium LME prices and premiums YoY.

Alumina

  • In 4Q16, total alumina production increased 4.0% QoQ, totaling 1,939 thousand tons. Russian operations accounted for 34% of the total output. The production growth at Nikolaev (+12.3% QoQ) refinery was attributable to the capacity upgrade. The rest of the Group alumina assets performance was largely in line with the production plan.
  • In 12M16 alumina output totaled 7,527 thousand tons (+1.7% YoY). The production increase largely came from the Russian (namely Urals, Bogoslovsk) and Ukrainian (Nikolaev) refineries as a result of modernization and debottlenecking of the capacities.

Bauxite

  • In 4Q16, bauxite output totaled 2,841 thousand tons (-11.5% QoQ). The Timan mine bauxite output reduced by 26.6% QoQ from 911 thousand tons due to higher volumes of waste mined in 4Q16. In the next quarter the output at the facility is expected to normalize. The bauxite and nepheline ore6 output dynamics at the rest of the Group’s assets are largely explained by the mining works schedule.
  • In 12M16, bauxite output totaled 12,187 thousand tons (+0.6% YoY). Nepheline ore output increased 7.8% YoY to 4,432 thousand tons.

Market overview 7

  • The LME aluminium price reached USD1905/t in February 2017 and has remained stable above $1800/t, since the beginning of the year. This was attributable to a growing global metal deficit (approximately 0.7 million tons deficit in 2016) driven by the US, EU and continued supply moderation in China coupled with significant production cost inflation.
  • Aluminum premiums in key consuming regions started to improve at the end of 4Q16 with a 20% rise on average at the beginning of this year compared to October-December 2016. This was due to strong demand and a reduced supply in key regions after smelting capacity reduction/closures (North America, Australia).
  • Global aluminium demand grew by 5.5% YoY in 2016 to 59.7 million tons. Demand rose in the world (excluding China) by 3.4% YoY to 28.3 million tons, while China’s growth reached 7.6% YoY to 31.4 million tons.
  • China’s economy hit its growth target last year accelerating towards the end of the year. China’s economic growth remained relatively stable in 4Q16, ensuring the government achieved its full-year growth target. Gross domestic product expanded 6.7% YoY in 2016, above the official target of 6.5%. The China Caixin Manufacturing PMI rose to 51.9 in December 2016 from 50.9 in November 2016, avoiding contractionary territory for a sixth straight month.
  • In North America recent US Presidential elections saw a surge in economic optimism. The proposed infrastructure spending plan pushed most indicators upwards by the end of the year. The US manufacturing sector ended 2016 on a buoyant note, with promising signs that growth could pick up further in 2017. The pace of growth signaled by the PMI in December (54.7) was the strongest for almost two years, driven almost entirely by rising demand from domestic customers, with exports hindered by the dollar’s recent surge.
  • The Eurozone manufacturing sector also ended 2016 on a high note. PMI climbed up to 54.9 in December. Underlying the improved performance of the Eurozone manufacturing sector was the faster growth of production and new orders. Rates of expansion in both were either at, or close to, the steepest increase since early 2011.
  • The final months of 2016 saw Japan’s economy expand with exports rebounding meaningfully along with production backed by the sharp depreciation of the yen and improving global demand. The PMI posted 52.4 in December, up from 51.3 in November, signaling a sharper improvement in manufacturing conditions in Japan.
  • In 2016, Russia’s key economic indicators continued to decrease but in the second half of 2016, producers PMI demonstrated steady growth, peaking in November/December at 53.7, which is the highest for 69 months. Relatively cheap ruble keeps domestic producers competitive for both domestic and export markets.
  • Overall global aluminum supply rose by 3.6% YoY to 59 million tons in 2016.
  • IAI and CRU data show that during 2016, primary aluminium production in the world excluding China rose 2.2% YoY to 26.7 million tons mostly due to growth in Asian countries and Eastern Europe. According to the Aladdiny agency, aluminum production in China increased by 5.5% YoY to 32.3 million tons. This was as a result of new capacity ramping up in 4Q16.
  • Despite 4 million tons per annum of new Chinese capacity in 2016 and some restarted capacity it’s expected that the Chinese market will develop into a moderate surplus and still be at a high risk of supply tightness due to the possibility of new environmental measures against pollution and a decline in new capacity additions. This would be similar to what we have witnessed and was implemented in the steel sector.
  • In 2017, the Chinese aluminium supply continues to be challenged by significant cost inflation, environmental regulation as well as the continuation of Supply side reform.

KEY OPERATING DATA

GROUP PRODUCTION DATA 8

(‘000 tons)   4Q16   3Q16   Change,

%

(QoQ)

  12M16   12M15   Change,

%

(YoY)

 
Aluminium 930 920 1.0% 3,685 3,645 1.1%
utilisation rate 95% 94% 95% 93%
Aluminium foil and packaging products 22.5 21.4 5.0% 84.7 89.1 -4.9%
 
Alumina 1,939 1,865 4.0% 7,527 7,402 1.7%
 
Bauxite 2,841 3,211 -11.5% 12,187 12,112 0.6%
Nepheline 978 1,135 -13.8% 4,432 4,111 7.8%
 

GROUP SALES DATA

(‘000 tons)   4Q16   3Q16   Change,

%

(QoQ)

  12M16   12M15   Change,

%

(YoY)

 
Aluminium sales 922 981 -6.0% 3,818 3,638 4.9%
including
BOAZ aluminium product sales 31 41 -24.4% 140 12
other third party aluminium products sales 39 45 -13.2% 88 28
VAP sales
(included in the total aluminium sales) 405 443 -8.7% 1,677 1,572 6.7%
Realized price, USD/ton 1,799 1,754 2.6% 1,732 2,001 -13.4%
 

ALUMINIUM PRODUCTION

(‘000 tons)   Interest   4Q16   3Q16   Change, %

(QoQ)

  12M16   12M15   Change, %

(YoY)

 
Russia (Siberia)
Bratsk aluminium smelter 100% 254 251 1.1% 1,005 1,005 0.1%
Krasnoyarsk aluminium smelter 100% 257 256 0.5% 1,024 1,013 1.2%
Sayanogorsk aluminium smelter 100% 135 132 2.3% 530 525 0.9%
Novokuznetsk aluminium smelter 100% 54 53 1.1% 213 209 1.8%
Irkutsk aluminium smelter 100% 105 104 0.5% 415 410 1.2%
Khakas aluminium smelter 100% 74 73 1.3% 293 289 1.2%
 
Russia — Other
Nadvoitsy aluminium smelter 100% 3 3 -3.2% 13 12 2.2%
Kandalaksha aluminium smelter 100% 18 17 2.8% 68 66 3.5%
 
Sweden
Kubikenborg Aluminium (KUBAL) 9 100% 31 31 -1.1% 124 116 7.1%
 
Total production 930 920 1.0% 3,685 3,645 1.1%
Remelting of third-party primary aluminium at Volgograd smelter 9 8 7.9% 39 26 48.4%
Total aluminium products output including remelting10 939 929 1.0% 3,724 3,671 1.4%
 

Foil and packaging production results

(‘000 tons)   Interest   4Q16   3Q16   Change, %

(QoQ)

  12M16   12M15   Change, %

(YoY)

 
Russia
Sayanal 100% 9.2 9.1 1.6% 34.4 38.3 -10.2%
Ural Foil 100% 5.3 4.3 23.7% 17.8 17.9 -0.5%
Sayana Foil 100% 1.1 0.9 20.8% 3.5 3.3 7.0%
 
Armenia
Armenal 100% 6.9 7.1 -3.8% 29.0 29.7 -2.1%
 
Total production 22.5 21.4 5.0% 84.7 89.1 -4.9%
 

Other aluminium products output and silicon output

(‘000 tons)   4Q16   3Q16   Change, %

(QoQ)

  12M16   12M15   Change, %

(YoY)

 
Secondary alloys 6.3 6.8 -7.5% 25.0 21.6 16.0%
Silicon 15.5 14.4 7.4% 59.3 60.4 -1.9%
Powder 4.3 5.1 -17.1% 18.7 17.2 8.5%
 

ALUMINA PRODUCTION

(‘000 tons)   Interest   4Q16   3Q16   Change, %

(QoQ)

  12M16   12M15   Change, %

(YoY)

 
Ireland
Aughinish Alumina 100% 509 493 3.3% 1,967 1,983 -0.8%
 
Jamaica
Alpart11 100%
Windalco 100% 155 152 2.0% 609 596 2.2%
 
Ukraine
Nikolaev Alumina Refinery 100% 407 363 12.3% 1,510 1,481 2.0%
 
Italy
Eurallumina 100%
 
Russia
Bogoslovsk Alumina Refinery 100% 250 238 4.6% 961 941 2.1%
Achinsk Alumina Refinery 100% 214 227 -5.4% 916 880 4.0%
Urals Alumina Refinery 100% 205 200 2.8% 803 772 4.1%
Boxitogorsk Alumina Refinery 100%
 
Guinea
Friguia Alumina Refinery 100%
 
Australia (JV)
Queensland Alumina Ltd (20%) 20% 198 192 2.9% 760 749 1.5%
 
Total alumina production 1,939 1,865 4.0% 7,527 7,402 1.7%
 

BAUXITE MINING

(‘000 tons wet)   Interest   4Q16   3Q16   Change,

%

(QoQ)

  12M16   12M15   Change,

%

(YoY)

 
Jamaica
Alpart 100% 69 82 -16.3%
Windalco 100% 510 526 -3.0% 2,054 1,957 4.9%
 
Russia
North Urals 100% 607 612 -0.8% 2,367 2,537 -6.7%
Timan 100% 669 911 -26.6% 3,064 2,861 7.1%
 
Guinea
Friguia 100%
Kindia 100% 805 881 -8.7% 3,538 3,499 1.1%
 
Guyana
Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc 90% 250 281 -11.0% 1,094 1,176 -7.0%
 
Total bauxite production 2,841 3,211 -11.5% 12,187 12,112 0.6%
 

Nepheline ore production 12

(‘000 tons wet)   Interest   4Q16   3Q16   Change,

%

(QoQ)

  12M16   12M15   Change,

%

(YoY)

 
Kiya Shaltyr Nepheline Syenite 100% 978 1,135 -13.8% 4,432 4,111 7.8%
 

JOINT VENTURE OPERATING RESULTS

    4Q16   3Q16   Change,

%

(QoQ)

  12M16   12M15   Change,

%

(YoY)

 
Boguchanskaya HPP13
Electricity generation (mwh) 50% 3,452 4,026 -14.2% 13,969 13,077 6.8%
 
Boguchansky aluminium smelter14
Aluminium production (´000 tons) 50% 37 37 0.5% 149 25
 
Bogatyr Komir and Bogatyr Trans
Coal production (50%) (Kt) 50% 6,023 3,822 57.6% 17,525 17,250 1.6%
Transportation volumes (50%) (Kt of transportation) 50% 1,663 1,560 6.6% 6,236 6,542 -4.7%
 
By order of the Board of Directors of
United Company RUSAL Plc
Aby Wong Po Ying
Company Secretary

16 February 2017

As at the date of this announcement, the executive Directors are Mr. Oleg Deripaska, Mr. Vladislav Soloviev and Mr. Siegfried Wolf, the non-executive Directors are Mr. Maxim Sokov, Mr. Dmitry Afanasiev, Mr. Ivan Glasenberg, Mr. Maksim Goldman, Ms. Gulzhan Moldazhanova, Mr. Daniel Lesin Wolfe, Ms. Olga Mashkovskaya, Ms. Ekaterina Nikitina and Mr. Marco Musetti, and the independent non-executive Directors are Mr. Matthias Warnig (Chairman), Mr. Philip Lader, Dr. Elsie Leung Oi-sie, Mr. Mark Garber, Mr. Dmitry Vasiliev and Mr. Bernard Zonneveld.

All announcements and press releases published by the Company are available on its website under the links http://www.rusal.ru/en/investors/info.aspx, http://rusal.ru/investors/info/moex/ and http://www.rusal.ru/en/press-center/press-releases.aspx, respectively.

1 Operating data is based on preliminary data and may be updated in the 4Q16 financial results.
2 Aluminium production represented by salable products output (the number includes all facilities excluding Volgograd remelting).
3 VAP includes alloyed ingots, slabs, billets, wire rod and high, super, medium purity aluminium. The VAP sales for 3Q16, 9M 2016 and 12M2015 were updated as a result of addition of high, super, medium purity aluminium volumes.
4 The realised price includes three components: LME component, commodity premium and VAP upcharge.
5 QP (quotation period) prices differ from the real time LME quotes due to a time lag between LME quotes and sales recognition and due to contract formula speciality.
6 Kiya Shaltyr Nepheline ore is used as a feedstock for alumina production at Achinsk alumina refinery.
7 Unless otherwise stated data for the Market overview section is sourced from Bloomberg, CRU, CNIA, IAI and Antaike
8 Unless stated otherwise the production data throughout the report is presented on equity-adjusted basis (for exceptions please refer to the data of the Boguchansky smelter and Boguchanskaya HPP). Production volumes are calculated based on the pro rata share of the Company´s (and its subsidiaries´) ownership.
9 Does not include remelting of the metal from other UC RUSAL smelters
10 Here and further “total production” may not be equal to the arithmetic addition of the numbers above presented in the table. The differences arise due to the rounding of exact numbers (including decimals).
11 The Alpart was sold to an external party (see UC RUSAL’s announcement dated 19 July 2016). The results of Alpart are excluded from UC RUSAL Consolidated Financial Statements from 3Q 2016.
12 Nepheline ore used as a feedstock for alumina production at the Achinsk alumina refinery.
13 Boguchanskaya HPP data is represented by 100% of energy generated (not on an ownership pro rata basis).
14 Boguchansky aluminium smelter data is represented by 100% of volumes produced (not on an ownership pro rata basis).

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