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PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works: MMK Group Trading Update for Q3 and 9M 2020

·18-min read

PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK)
13-Oct-2020 / 08:53 CET/CEST
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The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

 

 

 

MMK GROUP'S

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS

 

CONSOLIDATED PRICES

FOR METAL PRODUCTS 

 

MMK GROUP'S PERFORMANCE

ACROSS CORE SEGMENTS

STEEL SEGMENT RUSSIA

 

STEEL SEGMENT TURKEY

COAL MINING SEGMENT

MMK GROUP'S

SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE (ESG)

 

 

 


MMK Group trading update for q3 and 9M 2020

 

13 October 2020

Magnitogorsk, Russia

PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works ("MMK", or the "Group") (MICEX-RTS: MAGN; LSE: MMK), one of the world's largest steel producers, is pleased to announce its Trading Update for Q3 and 9M 2020.

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Q3 2020

VS Q2 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

9M 2020

VS 9M 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARKET OVERVIEW

 

 

Global steel products market: Driven by investment in infrastructure, China's economic recovery gave rise to high domestic demand and prices for rolled steel. Global prices for flat products and rebars returned to pre-pandemic levels in Q3. The rising global prices supported Turkey, which recorded a considerable increase in prices for flat products from the Q2 lows. The US and Europe showed a surge in prices in September: the shutdown of steelmaking capacities resulted in a supply gap in the rolled steel market during a slight recovery in demand in late Q3.

Russian steel products market: During Q3, Russian steelmakers took the lead in pricing on the domestic market for rolled products. The key price drivers in the Russian steel market in Q3 2020 included rising global prices, rouble depreciation, high feedstock costs and pent-up demand for steel products.

Global iron ore market: As in 2019, iron ore prices peaked in Q3, driven by high steel output rates in China. Brazil's iron ore exports started to rebound from the Q1 and Q2 lows, but for the most part of Q3, China's iron ore port inventories were shrinking, causing a feverish demand from Chinese plants and pushing prices up. In September, Chinese demand for rolled steel and iron ore slowed down, sending iron ore prices down.

Russian iron ore market: Supply slightly outpaces demand as Russian iron ore producers maintain high levels of capacity utilisation. In Q3, exports to China reached their highest level in recent years, with sales to Europe declining and demand in the Russian market trending higher. Base prices in Russia are following Chinese indices adjusted for changes in the USD/RUB rate, with discounts offered to domestic consumers for the greater part of 2020 remaining sufficiently stable overall.

Global coking coal market: In Q2 and Q3, commodity exporters were challenged by a sharp drop in steelmaking capacity utilisation rates in the developed economies and India. China's imports were also limited by annual coal import quotas. During that period, spot prices did not exceed USD 105-110 per tonne but soared to USD 135-140 per tonne in September driven by growing prices for steel products and recovering demand outside China.

Russian coking coal market: Russia has long been a buyer's market, consistently putting downward pressure on prices since mid-2019, reaching their lows in Q3 2020. A surge in global spot prices and a much stronger dollar have helped Russian coal companies to recover ground starting from Q4.

Russian metal scrap market: During 2020, scrap prices in Russia were extremely volatile as scrap collection and demand from steelmakers were largely unpredictable. In Q3, Russian scrap prices were on a steady uptrend following the lead of global and Russian steel prices but hit their seasonal peak by the start of Q4.

 

thousand tonnes

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

Crude steel production

2,882

2,358

22.2

8,263

9,392

-12.0

Pig iron production

2,379

2,089

13.9

6,823

7,409

-7.9

Coal concentrate production

721

687

4.9

2,222

1,893

17.4

Iron ore production

811

787

3.0

2,255

2,091

7.9

Finished product sales, including:

2,742

2,223

23.3

7,710

8,535

-9.7

Semi-finished products

0

20

-

20

0

-

Long products

349

272

28.4

977

1,039

-6.0

Flat hot-rolled products

1,052

781

34.7

2,913

3,314

-12.1

HVA products, including:

1,341

1,151

16.5

3,800

4,181

-9.1

Thick plate (Mill 5000)

195

213

-8.5

639

824

-22.4

Flat cold-rolled products

226

192

17.9

663

746

-11.1

Downstream products, including:

919

745

23.3

2,498

2,611

-4.4

Tin plate

44

45

-0.4

131

111

18.0

Galvanised steel

454

377

20.4

1,275

1,387

-8.1

Polymer-coated steel

220

157

40.6

517

516

0.2

Band

29

28

6.4

89

87

2.2

Formed section

20

23

-12.6

87

128

-31.9

Pipe

28

18

52.6

59

41

46.4

Metalware

109

90

20.3

307

299

2.6

Other metal products

14

8

83.0

33

43

-24.4

Share of HVA products

48.9%

51.8%

 

49.3%

49.0%

 

 

USD/tonne

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

Average price per tonne:

535

522

2.5

551

644

-14.4

Semi-finished products

-

255

-

255

0

-

Long products

453

439

3.2

465

539

-13.7

Flat hot-rolled products

439

414

6.0

462

551

-16.2

HVA products, including:

633

618

2.4

643

745

-13.7

Thick plate (Mill 5000)

554

536

3.4

596

735

-18.9

Flat cold-rolled products

517

535

-3.4

553

634

-8.0

Downstream products, including:

678

664

2.1

678

779

-12.8

Tin plate

696

702

-0.9

722

813

-11.2

Galvanised steel

679

630

7.8

655

740

-11.5

Polymer-coated steel

760

790

-3.8

786

914

-14.0

Band

567

593

-4.4

610

698

-12.6

Formed section

571

600

-4.8

675

794

-15.0

Pipe

494

514

-3.9

514

595

-13.6

Metalware

593

637

6.9

629

752

-16.4

Other metal products

713

668

6.7

695

812

-14.4

+2.5% Q-o-Q

AVERAGE SELLING PRICE

 

The average selling price in US dollars grew by 2.5% q-o-q in Q3 2020 to USD 535 per tonne. Prices were bolstered by business activity recovery after the removal of lockdown restrictions and an increase in global hot-rolled prices. The 14.4% y-o-y fall in the average selling price in 9M 2020 was caused by a drop in global steel prices. 

 

thousand tonnes

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

Crude steel production

2,882

2,358

22.2

8,263

9,392

-13.2

Pig iron production

2,379

2,089

13.9

6,823

7,409

-7.9

Finished product sales, including:
 

2,617

2,122

23.3

7,336

8,261

-11.2

Semi-finished products

0

20

-

20

0

-

Long products

349

272

28.4

977

1,039

-6.0

Flat hot-rolled products

1,112

831

33.8

3,038

3,587

-15.3

HVA products, including:
 

1,156

1,000

15.7

3,301

3,635

-9.2

Thick plate (Mill 5000)

195

213

-8.5

639

824

-22.5

Flat cold-rolled products

237

192

23.3

673

743

-9.4

Downstream products, including:

725

594

21.9

1,989

2,068

-3.8

Tin plate

44

45

-0.4

131

111

18.0

Galvanised steel

321

265

21.1

897

952

-5.8

Polymer-coated steel

159

118

35.2

386

408

-5.4

Band

29

28

6.4

89

87

2.3

Formed section

20

23

-12.6

87

128

-32.0

Pipe

28

18

52.6

59

41

43.9

Metalware

109

90

20.3

307

299

2.7

Other metal products

14

8

82.7

32

43

-25.6

Share of HVA products

44.2%

47.1%

 

45.0%

44.0%

 

+23.3% Q-o-Q

SALES OF FINISHED

PRODUCTS

 

+28.4% Q-o-Q

SALES OF LONG PRODUCTS

 

 

+33.8% Q-o-Q

SALES OF HOT-ROLLED

PRODUCTS

 

+15.7% Q-o-Q  

SALES OF HVA PRODUCTS

 

-8.5% Q-o-Q

SALES OF MILL 5000

PRODUCTS

+23.3% Q-o-Q 

SALES OF COLD-ROLLED

PRODUCTS
 

-0.4% Q-o-Q

SALES OF TIN PLATE
 

+21.1% Q-o-Q  

SALES OF GALVANISED STEEL
 

 

+35.2% Q-o-Q

SALES OF POLYMER-COATED STEEL

 

 

Sales of finished products in Q3 2020 grew by 23.3% q-o-q to 2,617 thousand tonnes due to a recovery in business activity and the launch of Hot-Rolling Mill 2500 in July. The decrease in product sales in 9M 2020 by 11.2% y-o-y to 7,336 thousand tonnes was driven by longer scheduled maintenance and worsening market environment on the back of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 28.4% q-o-q rise in long product sales in Q3 2020 to 349 thousand tonnes was primarily driven by construction project restarts and seasonality. Year-on-year, sales were down 6.0% to 977 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, reflecting the slowdown in business activity.

The volume of sales of hot-rolled products in Q3 2020 increased by 33.8% q-o-q to 1,112 thousand tonnes. This was mostly due to the launch of Hot-Rolling Mill 2500 in July after its scheduled reconstruction. Year-on-year, sales of hot-rolled products dropped by 15.3% to 3,038 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, affected by longer scheduled maintenance.

In Q3 2020, sales of HVA products were up by 15.7% to 1,156 thousand tonnes, and their share of total sales reached 44.2%. Year-on-year, sales of HVA products were down 9.2% to 3,301 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, while their share of total sales grew to 45.0%. The major drivers of the change were a decline in sales of Mill 5000 thick plate and the slowdown in business activity.

The 8.5% decrease in sales volumes of Mill 5000 products q-o-q to 195 thousand tonnes was due to a more complex product mix. The 22.5% y-o-y decline in Mill 5000 thick plate sales to 639 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020 was mainly due to changes in order backlog amid a 100% capacity utilisation rate.

Sales of cold-rolled products in Q3 2020 were up 23.3% q-o-q to 237 thousand tonnes, impacted by higher demand from automotive, metalworking and rerolling manufacturers. Year-on-year, sales were down 9.4% to 673 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, due to the major slowdown in business activity along with an accident at the reverse Cold-Rolling Mill 1700 in February 2020.

In Q3 2020, tin plate sales decreased by 0.4% to 44 thousand tonnes, while the capacity utilisation rate remains at 100%. The 18.0% y-o-y growth in tin plate sales in 9M 2020 to 131 thousand tonnes reflects a higher demand from the food industry.

The increase in the sales volumes of galvanised steel in Q3 2020 by 21.1% q-o-q to 321 thousand tonnes was due to a recovery in business activity and higher demand for rolled products used in construction. Year-on-year, sales declined by 5.8% to 897 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020.

In Q3 2020, sales of polymer-coated steel grew by 35.2% q-o-q to 159 thousand tonnes, driven by a seasonal growth in demand. Year-on-year, sales of polymer-coated steel declined by 5.4% in 9M 2020 to 386 thousand tonnes, reflecting the difficult market environment.

 

thousand tonnes

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

Finished product sales, including:

200

154

29.4

521

561

-7.1

Flat hot-rolled products

5

3

61.2

12

14

-9.2

HVA products, including:

194

151

28.7

509

547

-6.9

Flat cold-rolled products

-

-

-

-

4

-

Downstream products, including:

194

151

28.7

509

543

-6.4

Galvanised steel

133

112

18.8

378

435

-13.1

Polymer-coated steel

61

39

57.1

131

108

20.7

Share of HVA products

97.4%

97.9%

 

97.6%

97.6%

 

Intersegment sales from Steel segment Russia

32

53

-39.6

104

288

-63.9

+29.4% Q-o-Q  

SALES OF FINISHED PRODUCTS

 

 

 

 

The Turkish steel segment's sales of finished products in Q3 2020 were up 29.4% q-o-q at 200 thousand tonnes, due to the combined effects of the removal of lockdown restrictions, pent-up demand and business activity recovery in Turkey. In Q3 2020, the Turkish steel segment increased polymer-coated steel sales by 57.1% to 61 thousand tonnes to benefit from the higher margins offered by this product in the current market environment.

The 7.1% y-o-y decline in 9M 2020 sales to 521 thousand tonnes was mainly due to the spread of the pandemic in Turkey and globally. At the same time, polymer-coated steel sales grew by 20.7% y-o-y to 131 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, reflecting the Turkish steel segment's strategy to boost sales of high-margin products.

 

thousand tonnes

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

Coking coal mining

965

909

6.1

3,108

3,483

-10.8

Coking coal processing

1,242

1,202

3.3

3,886

3,429

13.4

Mined

1,149

1,061

8.3

3,568

3,171

12.5

Purchased

93

141

-33.7

318

244

30.6

Toll

-

-

-

-

14

-

Coking coal concentrate

721

687

4.9

2,222

1,893

17.4

+6.1% Q-o-Q  

COKING COAL PRODUCTION

 

 

+4.9% Q-o-Q

COAL CONCENTRATE PRODUCTION

 

 

Coking coal production in Q3 2020 amounted to 965 thousand tonnes, an increase of 6.1% q-o-q, on the back of the completion of face transfer operations. Year-on-year, coking coal production was down 10.8% to 3,108 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, due to the challenging geological conditions at the Chertinskaya-Koksovaya mine and the suspension of mine operations due to an accident in September.

Coal concentrate production in Q3 2020 grew by 4.9% q-o-q to 721 thousand tonnes, driven by higher yields for coking coal and stronger demand for concentrate. The 17.4% y-o-y growth in coal concentrate output to 2,222 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020 was driven by the completion of a beneficiation plant upgrade, which took place throughout 2019.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

LTIFR

0.62

0.29

113.8

0.67

0.93

-28.0

Gross air emissions, thousand tonnes

45.4

38.7

17.3

122.8

147.7

-16.9

Specific air emissions, kg/tonne

17.68

17.83

-0.8

16.86

17.68

-4.6

 

-28.0% Y-O-Y

Ltifr

 

-4.6% Y-O-Y

specific air emissions

In 9M 2020, lost-time-injury frequency rate (LTIFR) decreased year-on-year by 28.0% to 0.67, reflecting a decrease in the number of accidents as part of the implementation of measures to improve the production safety culture and eliminate the root causes of accidents.

Specific air emissions in 9M 2020 were down 4.6% y-o-y to 16.86 kg/tonne, driven by the construction and launch of Sinter Plant No. 5 in mid-2019, which boasts an advanced gas-cleaning system, coupled with the subsequent decommissioning of Sinter Plant No. 4.

In Q3 2020, specific air emissions decreased by 0.8% q-o-q to 17.68 kg/tonne on the back of higher levels of metal product output.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 RESPONSE

 

 

OUTLOOK

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT MMK

MMK is one of the world's largest steel producers and a leading Russian metals company. The Group's operations in Russia include a large steel-producing unit encompassing the entire production chain, from the preparation of iron ore to downstream processing of rolled steel. MMK turns out a broad range of steel products, with a predominant share of high-value-added products. In 2019, MMK produced 12.5 mln tonnes of crude steel and 11.3 mln tonnes of commercial steel products.

ММК is an industry leader in terms of production costs and margins. Group revenue in 2019 totalled USD 7,566 mln, with an EBITDA of USD 1,797 mln. MMK boasts the industry's lowest debt burden. Net debt/EBITDA ratio was -0.13х at the end of 2019. The Group's investment-grade rating is confirmed by the leading global rating agencies Fitch, Moody's and S&P.

MMK's ordinary shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange, while its depositary receipts are traded on the London Stock Exchange. Free float amounts to 15.7%.

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INVESTOR RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

Veronika Kryachko
+7 915 380 6266
kryachko.vs@mmk.ru

 

ESG DEPARTMENT

Yaroslava Vrubel
+7 982 282 9682
vrubel.ys@mmk.ru

 

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

Dmitry Kuchumov
+7 985 219 2874
kuchumov.do@mmk.ru

Oleg Egorov
+7 903 971 8837
egorov.oa@mmk.ru

 

 

 

 

 

KEY UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2020

FINANCIAL CALENDAR

 

22 October

Q3 and 9M 2020 IFRS financials

29 October-
3 November

Moscow Exchange Forum

9-11 November

GS, 12th CEEMEA 1x1 Conference, virtual

9-13
November

Rennaissance Capital, 25th anniversary EM & FM conference, virtual

23-24
November

Non-deal roadshow, virtual

MMK Group trading update for q3 and 9M 2020

 

13 October 2020

Magnitogorsk, Russia

PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works ("MMK", or the "Group") (MICEX-RTS: MAGN; LSE: MMK), one of the world's largest steel producers, is pleased to announce its Trading Update for Q3 and 9M 2020.

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Q3 2020

VS Q2 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

9M 2020

VS 9M 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARKET OVERVIEW

 

 

Global steel products market: Driven by investment in infrastructure, China's economic recovery gave rise to high domestic demand and prices for rolled steel. Global prices for flat products and rebars returned to pre-pandemic levels in Q3. The rising global prices supported Turkey, which recorded a considerable increase in prices for flat products from the Q2 lows. The US and Europe showed a surge in prices in September: the shutdown of steelmaking capacities resulted in a supply gap in the rolled steel market during a slight recovery in demand in late Q3.

Russian steel products market: During Q3, Russian steelmakers took the lead in pricing on the domestic market for rolled products. The key price drivers in the Russian steel market in Q3 2020 included rising global prices, rouble depreciation, high feedstock costs and pent-up demand for steel products.

Global iron ore market: As in 2019, iron ore prices peaked in Q3, driven by high steel output rates in China. Brazil's iron ore exports started to rebound from the Q1 and Q2 lows, but for the most part of Q3, China's iron ore port inventories were shrinking, causing a feverish demand from Chinese plants and pushing prices up. In September, Chinese demand for rolled steel and iron ore slowed down, sending iron ore prices down.

Russian iron ore market: Supply slightly outpaces demand as Russian iron ore producers maintain high levels of capacity utilisation. In Q3, exports to China reached their highest level in recent years, with sales to Europe declining and demand in the Russian market trending higher. Base prices in Russia are following Chinese indices adjusted for changes in the USD/RUB rate, with discounts offered to domestic consumers for the greater part of 2020 remaining sufficiently stable overall.

Global coking coal market: In Q2 and Q3, commodity exporters were challenged by a sharp drop in steelmaking capacity utilisation rates in the developed economies and India. China's imports were also limited by annual coal import quotas. During that period, spot prices did not exceed USD 105-110 per tonne but soared to USD 135-140 per tonne in September driven by growing prices for steel products and recovering demand outside China.

Russian coking coal market: Russia has long been a buyer's market, consistently putting downward pressure on prices since mid-2019, reaching their lows in Q3 2020. A surge in global spot prices and a much stronger dollar have helped Russian coal companies to recover ground starting from Q4.

Russian metal scrap market: During 2020, scrap prices in Russia were extremely volatile as scrap collection and demand from steelmakers were largely unpredictable. In Q3, Russian scrap prices were on a steady uptrend following the lead of global and Russian steel prices but hit their seasonal peak by the start of Q4.

 

thousand tonnes

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

Crude steel production

2,882

2,358

22.2

8,263

9,392

-12.0

Pig iron production

2,379

2,089

13.9

6,823

7,409

-7.9

Coal concentrate production

721

687

4.9

2,222

1,893

17.4

Iron ore production

811

787

3.0

2,255

2,091

7.9

Finished product sales, including:

2,742

2,223

23.3

7,710

8,535

-9.7

Semi-finished products

0

20

-

20

0

-

Long products

349

272

28.4

977

1,039

-6.0

Flat hot-rolled products

1,052

781

34.7

2,913

3,314

-12.1

HVA products, including:

1,341

1,151

16.5

3,800

4,181

-9.1

Thick plate (Mill 5000)

195

213

-8.5

639

824

-22.4

Flat cold-rolled products

226

192

17.9

663

746

-11.1

Downstream products, including:

919

745

23.3

2,498

2,611

-4.4

Tin plate

44

45

-0.4

131

111

18.0

Galvanised steel

454

377

20.4

1,275

1,387

-8.1

Polymer-coated steel

220

157

40.6

517

516

0.2

Band

29

28

6.4

89

87

2.2

Formed section

20

23

-12.6

87

128

-31.9

Pipe

28

18

52.6

59

41

46.4

Metalware

109

90

20.3

307

299

2.6

Other metal products

14

8

83.0

33

43

-24.4

Share of HVA products

48.9%

51.8%

 

49.3%

49.0%

 

 

USD/tonne

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

Average price per tonne:

535

522

2.5

551

644

-14.4

Semi-finished products

-

255

-

255

0

-

Long products

453

439

3.2

465

539

-13.7

Flat hot-rolled products

439

414

6.0

462

551

-16.2

HVA products, including:

633

618

2.4

643

745

-13.7

Thick plate (Mill 5000)

554

536

3.4

596

735

-18.9

Flat cold-rolled products

517

535

-3.4

553

634

-8.0

Downstream products, including:

678

664

2.1

678

779

-12.8

Tin plate

696

702

-0.9

722

813

-11.2

Galvanised steel

679

630

7.8

655

740

-11.5

Polymer-coated steel

760

790

-3.8

786

914

-14.0

Band

567

593

-4.4

610

698

-12.6

Formed section

571

600

-4.8

675

794

-15.0

Pipe

494

514

-3.9

514

595

-13.6

Metalware

593

637

6.9

629

752

-16.4

Other metal products

713

668

6.7

695

812

-14.4

+2.5% Q-o-Q

AVERAGE SELLING PRICE

 

The average selling price in US dollars grew by 2.5% q-o-q in Q3 2020 to USD 535 per tonne. Prices were bolstered by business activity recovery after the removal of lockdown restrictions and an increase in global hot-rolled prices. The 14.4% y-o-y fall in the average selling price in 9M 2020 was caused by a drop in global steel prices. 

 

thousand tonnes

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

Crude steel production

2,882

2,358

22.2

8,263

9,392

-13.2

Pig iron production

2,379

2,089

13.9

6,823

7,409

-7.9

Finished product sales, including:
 

2,617

2,122

23.3

7,336

8,261

-11.2

Semi-finished products

0

20

-

20

0

-

Long products

349

272

28.4

977

1,039

-6.0

Flat hot-rolled products

1,112

831

33.8

3,038

3,587

-15.3

HVA products, including:
 

1,156

1,000

15.7

3,301

3,635

-9.2

Thick plate (Mill 5000)

195

213

-8.5

639

824

-22.5

Flat cold-rolled products

237

192

23.3

673

743

-9.4

Downstream products, including:

725

594

21.9

1,989

2,068

-3.8

Tin plate

44

45

-0.4

131

111

18.0

Galvanised steel

321

265

21.1

897

952

-5.8

Polymer-coated steel

159

118

35.2

386

408

-5.4

Band

29

28

6.4

89

87

2.3

Formed section

20

23

-12.6

87

128

-32.0

Pipe

28

18

52.6

59

41

43.9

Metalware

109

90

20.3

307

299

2.7

Other metal products

14

8

82.7

32

43

-25.6

Share of HVA products

44.2%

47.1%

 

45.0%

44.0%

 

+23.3% Q-o-Q

SALES OF FINISHED

PRODUCTS

 

+28.4% Q-o-Q

SALES OF LONG PRODUCTS

 

 

+33.8% Q-o-Q

SALES OF HOT-ROLLED

PRODUCTS

 

+15.7% Q-o-Q  

SALES OF HVA PRODUCTS

 

-8.5% Q-o-Q

SALES OF MILL 5000

PRODUCTS

+23.3% Q-o-Q 

SALES OF COLD-ROLLED

PRODUCTS
 

-0.4% Q-o-Q

SALES OF TIN PLATE
 

+21.1% Q-o-Q  

SALES OF GALVANISED STEEL
 

 

+35.2% Q-o-Q

SALES OF POLYMER-COATED STEEL

 

 

Sales of finished products in Q3 2020 grew by 23.3% q-o-q to 2,617 thousand tonnes due to a recovery in business activity and the launch of Hot-Rolling Mill 2500 in July. The decrease in product sales in 9M 2020 by 11.2% y-o-y to 7,336 thousand tonnes was driven by longer scheduled maintenance and worsening market environment on the back of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 28.4% q-o-q rise in long product sales in Q3 2020 to 349 thousand tonnes was primarily driven by construction project restarts and seasonality. Year-on-year, sales were down 6.0% to 977 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, reflecting the slowdown in business activity.

The volume of sales of hot-rolled products in Q3 2020 increased by 33.8% q-o-q to 1,112 thousand tonnes. This was mostly due to the launch of Hot-Rolling Mill 2500 in July after its scheduled reconstruction. Year-on-year, sales of hot-rolled products dropped by 15.3% to 3,038 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, affected by longer scheduled maintenance.

In Q3 2020, sales of HVA products were up by 15.7% to 1,156 thousand tonnes, and their share of total sales reached 44.2%. Year-on-year, sales of HVA products were down 9.2% to 3,301 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, while their share of total sales grew to 45.0%. The major drivers of the change were a decline in sales of Mill 5000 thick plate and the slowdown in business activity.

The 8.5% decrease in sales volumes of Mill 5000 products q-o-q to 195 thousand tonnes was due to a more complex product mix. The 22.5% y-o-y decline in Mill 5000 thick plate sales to 639 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020 was mainly due to changes in order backlog amid a 100% capacity utilisation rate.

Sales of cold-rolled products in Q3 2020 were up 23.3% q-o-q to 237 thousand tonnes, impacted by higher demand from automotive, metalworking and rerolling manufacturers. Year-on-year, sales were down 9.4% to 673 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, due to the major slowdown in business activity along with an accident at the reverse Cold-Rolling Mill 1700 in February 2020.

In Q3 2020, tin plate sales decreased by 0.4% to 44 thousand tonnes, while the capacity utilisation rate remains at 100%. The 18.0% y-o-y growth in tin plate sales in 9M 2020 to 131 thousand tonnes reflects a higher demand from the food industry.

The increase in the sales volumes of galvanised steel in Q3 2020 by 21.1% q-o-q to 321 thousand tonnes was due to a recovery in business activity and higher demand for rolled products used in construction. Year-on-year, sales declined by 5.8% to 897 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020.

In Q3 2020, sales of polymer-coated steel grew by 35.2% q-o-q to 159 thousand tonnes, driven by a seasonal growth in demand. Year-on-year, sales of polymer-coated steel declined by 5.4% in 9M 2020 to 386 thousand tonnes, reflecting the difficult market environment.

 

thousand tonnes

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

Finished product sales, including:

200

154

29.4

521

561

-7.1

Flat hot-rolled products

5

3

61.2

12

14

-9.2

HVA products, including:

194

151

28.7

509

547

-6.9

Flat cold-rolled products

-

-

-

-

4

-

Downstream products, including:

194

151

28.7

509

543

-6.4

Galvanised steel

133

112

18.8

378

435

-13.1

Polymer-coated steel

61

39

57.1

131

108

20.7

Share of HVA products

97.4%

97.9%

 

97.6%

97.6%

 

Intersegment sales from Steel segment Russia

32

53

-39.6

104

288

-63.9

+29.4% Q-o-Q  

SALES OF FINISHED PRODUCTS

 

 

 

 

The Turkish steel segment's sales of finished products in Q3 2020 were up 29.4% q-o-q at 200 thousand tonnes, due to the combined effects of the removal of lockdown restrictions, pent-up demand and business activity recovery in Turkey. In Q3 2020, the Turkish steel segment increased polymer-coated steel sales by 57.1% to 61 thousand tonnes to benefit from the higher margins offered by this product in the current market environment.

The 7.1% y-o-y decline in 9M 2020 sales to 521 thousand tonnes was mainly due to the spread of the pandemic in Turkey and globally. At the same time, polymer-coated steel sales grew by 20.7% y-o-y to 131 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, reflecting the Turkish steel segment's strategy to boost sales of high-margin products.

 

thousand tonnes

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

Coking coal mining

965

909

6.1

3,108

3,483

-10.8

Coking coal processing

1,242

1,202

3.3

3,886

3,429

13.4

Mined

1,149

1,061

8.3

3,568

3,171

12.5

Purchased

93

141

-33.7

318

244

30.6

Toll

-

-

-

-

14

-

Coking coal concentrate

721

687

4.9

2,222

1,893

17.4

+6.1% Q-o-Q  

COKING COAL PRODUCTION

 

 

+4.9% Q-o-Q

COAL CONCENTRATE PRODUCTION

 

 

Coking coal production in Q3 2020 amounted to 965 thousand tonnes, an increase of 6.1% q-o-q, on the back of the completion of face transfer operations. Year-on-year, coking coal production was down 10.8% to 3,108 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020, due to the challenging geological conditions at the Chertinskaya-Koksovaya mine and the suspension of mine operations due to an accident in September.

Coal concentrate production in Q3 2020 grew by 4.9% q-o-q to 721 thousand tonnes, driven by higher yields for coking coal and stronger demand for concentrate. The 17.4% y-o-y growth in coal concentrate output to 2,222 thousand tonnes in 9M 2020 was driven by the completion of a beneficiation plant upgrade, which took place throughout 2019.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

%

9M 2020

9M 2019

%

LTIFR

0.62

0.29

113.8

0.67

0.93

-28.0

Gross air emissions, thousand tonnes

45.4

38.7

17.3

122.8

147.7

-16.9

Specific air emissions, kg/tonne

17.68

17.83

-0.8

16.86

17.68

-4.6

 

-28.0% Y-O-Y

Ltifr

 

-4.6% Y-O-Y

specific air emissions

In 9M 2020, lost-time-injury frequency rate (LTIFR) decreased year-on-year by 28.0% to 0.67, reflecting a decrease in the number of accidents as part of the implementation of measures to improve the production safety culture and eliminate the root causes of accidents.

Specific air emissions in 9M 2020 were down 4.6% y-o-y to 16.86 kg/tonne, driven by the construction and launch of Sinter Plant No. 5 in mid-2019, which boasts an advanced gas-cleaning system, coupled with the subsequent decommissioning of Sinter Plant No. 4.

In Q3 2020, specific air emissions decreased by 0.8% q-o-q to 17.68 kg/tonne on the back of higher levels of metal product output.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 RESPONSE

 

 

OUTLOOK

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT MMK

MMK is one of the world's largest steel producers and a leading Russian metals company. The Group's operations in Russia include a large steel-producing unit encompassing the entire production chain, from the preparation of iron ore to downstream processing of rolled steel. MMK turns out a broad range of steel products, with a predominant share of high-value-added products. In 2019, MMK produced 12.5 mln tonnes of crude steel and 11.3 mln tonnes of commercial steel products.

ММК is an industry leader in terms of production costs and margins. Group revenue in 2019 totalled USD 7,566 mln, with an EBITDA of USD 1,797 mln. MMK boasts the industry's lowest debt burden. Net debt/EBITDA ratio was -0.13х at the end of 2019. The Group's investment-grade rating is confirmed by the leading global rating agencies Fitch, Moody's and S&P.

MMK's ordinary shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange, while its depositary receipts are traded on the London Stock Exchange. Free float amounts to 15.7%.

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INVESTOR RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

Veronika Kryachko
+7 915 380 6266
kryachko.vs@mmk.ru

 

ESG DEPARTMENT

Yaroslava Vrubel
+7 982 282 9682
vrubel.ys@mmk.ru

 

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

Dmitry Kuchumov
+7 985 219 2874
kuchumov.do@mmk.ru

Oleg Egorov
+7 903 971 8837
egorov.oa@mmk.ru

 

 

 

 

 

KEY UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2020

FINANCIAL CALENDAR

 

22 October

Q3 and 9M 2020 IFRS financials

29 October-
3 November

Moscow Exchange Forum

9-11 November

GS, 12th CEEMEA 1x1 Conference, virtual

9-13
November

Rennaissance Capital, 25th anniversary EM & FM conference, virtual

23-24
November

Non-deal roadshow, virtual

KEY UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2020

FINANCIAL CALENDAR

 

22 October

Q3 and 9M 2020 IFRS financials

29 October-
3 November

Moscow Exchange Forum

9-11 November

GS, 12th CEEMEA 1x1 Conference, virtual

9-13
November

Rennaissance Capital, 25th anniversary EM & FM conference, virtual

23-24
November

Non-deal roadshow, virtual

ISIN:

US5591892048

Category Code:

TST

TIDM:

MMK

LEI Code:

253400XSJ4C01YMCXG44

Sequence No.:

85776

EQS News ID:

1140429


 

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