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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Acron Group's Fertiliser Output Up 29% in H1 2017

     

Published: 10:29 CEST 13-07-2017 /GlobeNewswire /Source: ACRON / : AKRN /ISIN: US00501T2096

Acron Group's Fertiliser Output Up 29% in H1 2017

13 July 2017

Acron Group's Fertiliser Output Up 29% in H1 2017

 

Group's Consolidated Output
(including operating results for Acron, Dorogobuzh and North-Western Phosphorous Company)

Product, '000 t

H1 2017

H1 2016 **

YOY, %

MINERAL FERTILISERS

Ammonia

1,258

952

32.1

Incl. in-house consumption

887

919

 

Nitrogen fertilisers

1,927

1,766

9.1

Incl. in-house consumption

525

321

 

AN

990

859

15.2

Incl. in-house consumption

304

92

 

Urea

440

370

18.8

Incl. in-house consumption

221

229

 

UAN

497

536

-7.3

Complex fertilisers

1,394

966

44.3

Incl. in-house consumption

31

9

 

NPK

1,108

941

17.8

Incl. in-house consumption

31

9

 

Bulk blends

285

25

11x increase

Total commercial output for Mineral Fertilisers*

3,144

2,435

29.1

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS

Organic synthesis products

217

177

22.4

Incl. in-house consumption

100

93

 

Methanol

51

35

45.4

Incl. in-house consumption

32

33

 

Formalin

78

66

17.7

Incl. in-house consumption

67

60

 

Urea-formaldehyde resins

88

76

15.9

Incl. in-house consumption

1

1

 

Non-organic compounds

368

339

8.5

Low-density and technical-grade AN

75

109

-30.8

Calcium carbonate

263

201

30.8

Liquid carbon dioxide

27

26

2.4

Argon

3

3

-10.9

Total commercial output for Industrial Products*

485

423

14.6


PHOSPHATE INPUTS

Apatite concentrate

544

584

-6.8

Incl. in-house consumption

449

405

 

Total commercial output for apatite concentrate*

95

179

-46.9

 

TOTAL COMMERCIAL OUTPUT*

3,724

3,037

22.6

*    Commercial output is output less in-house consumption.
**  Excluding Hongri Acron output (due to sale of the plant in 2016)
 
Chairman of Acron's Board of Directors Alexander Popov comments on the results:
 
In H1 2017, Acron Group companies increased mineral fertiliser output nearly by a third to over 3 million tonnes. The record high results were due to the stable operation of the new ammonia unit, commissioned in 2016 at Acron's Veliky Novgorod facility, and to upgrades of core operations at both of the Group's production sites.

Acron's Veliky Novgorod facility increased the capacity of its four urea units, commissioned in 1969-1970, to 1,800 tonnes per day. Once the upgrades on the fifth urea unit are completed, aggregate capacity will reach 3,000 tonnes per day. We also decided to build a sixth urea unit with a capacity of 600 tonnes per day. That project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018.

Acron's Veliky Novgorod facility also posted record high numbers for its NPK units, where an overhaul was started in early 2016. During this period, each of the two units increased NPK output more than 10% to 2,000 tonnes per day from 1,840 tonnes per day. The Company plans to ramp up production to 2,100 tonnes per day.

In 2016, Dorogobuzh completed an overhaul of its ammonium nitrate and NPK units, and the Company launched an upgrade of its ammonia unit this year. Once the project is completed, capacity will be up to 2,100 tonnes per day from 1,740 tonnes per day, for an annual output of 130,000 tonnes.

The decrease in apatite concentrate output at the Oleniy Ruchey mine is due to extensive stripping operations in Q1 2017. At the same time, the output in Q2 2017 reached a historical record high. The mine is expanding, and the start of ore production is scheduled for this year.

Thanks to our investment projects, we intend to continue increasing production volume.

 
Market Trends
 
The mineral fertiliser market in the second quarter is traditionally characterised by low seasonal demand. In this context, the increase in global urea supply pushed prices for this product down from local record highs seen in Q1 2017. The slowdown in India's imports added pressure. At the same time, exports from China shrank to half what they were the previous year. China remains a stabilising factor in the market. According to our estimates, the cost of urea production for most Chinese producers is $245 FOB per tonne because of the high prices for coal, used as a raw material, and the strengthening of the yuan in recent months. Consequently, we do not expect a considerable drop in global urea prices from the current levels.
 
The prices for premium nitrogen fertilisers - ammonium nitrate and urea-ammonium nitrate - also declined in Q2 2017, although more moderately than for the basic product - urea. As a result, these products' premiums increased.
 
NPK prices in Q2 2017 were relatively stable. Amid lowered prices in the nitrogen and phosphorous segments, NPK fertilisers were supported by higher potash prices. NPK premiums to the product basket remain high.
 
Average Indicative Prices, USD/t, FOB Baltic/Black Sea
 

 

Q2 2017

Q1 2017

Q2 2016

Q2 2017 /
Q1 2017 change

Q2 2017 /
Q2 2016 change

NPK 16-16-16

264

262

308

+1.0%

-14.3%

AN

168

202

154

-17.2%

+8.6%

UAN

137

158

143

-13.3%

-4.2%

Urea

191

237

196

-19.2%

-2.5%

Ammonia

284

302

274

-5.8%

+3.6%


Media contacts:

Tatiana Smirnova
Public Relations
Phone: +7 (495) 777-08-65 (ext. 5196)
 
Investor contacts:
Ilya Popov
Investor Relations
Phone:  +7 (495) 745-77-45 (ext. 5252)

 

Background Information

Acron Group is a leading vertically integrated mineral fertiliser producer in Russia and globally, with chemical production facilities in Veliky Novgorod (Acron) and Smolensk (Dorogobuzh). The Group owns and operates a phosphate mine in Murmansk region (NWPC) and plans implementing a potash development project in Perm Krai (VPC). It has a wholly owned transport and logistics infrastructure and distribution networks in Russia and China.

In 2016, the Group sold 6.4 million tonnes of various products to 63 countries, with Russia, Brazil, Europe and the United States as key markets.

In 2016, the Group posted consolidated revenue under IFRS of RUB 89,359 million (USD 1,333 million) and net profit of RUB 25,525 million (USD 381 million). Acron's shares are on the Level 1 quotation list of the Moscow Exchange and its global depositary receipts are traded at the London Stock Exchange (ticker AKRN). Acron employs over 11,000 people.

For more information about Acron Group, please visit www.acron.ru/en.

 
 
 





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