07/22/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/22/2021 02:05
NLMK Group's EBITDA (LSE, MOEX: NLMK) in Q2 2021 totalled $2.1 bn; EBITDA margin grew by 9 p.p. qoq to 50%. Free cash flow (FCF) reached $864 m. NLMK Group Board of Directors recommended approving Q2 2021 dividends in the amount of 13.62 RUB/share (127% of the FCF).
Q2 2021 key highlights
EBITDA grew by 76% qoq to $2.1 bn (+3.5х yoy) amid increased sales and wider price spreads. EBITDA margin grew by 9 p.p. qoq to 50%.
Free cash flow grew by 91% qoq to $864 m (+2.8х yoy), driven by stronger financial performance.
Net profit grew by 75% qoq to $1.4 bn (+18х yoy).
EBITDA grew by a factor of 2.7 yoy to $3.2 bn due to the widening of the steel products/raw materials price spreads and the implementation of Strategy 2022 projects. EBITDA margin was 46% (+21 p.p. yoy).
Free cash flow increased by a factor of 2.1 yoy to $1.3 bn, driven by EBITDA growth. This was partially offset by higher investment and the outflow of funds for working capital replenishment amid growing prices.
Net profit increased by a factor of 5.8 yoy to $2.1 bn due to gross profit growth, and last year's low baseline effect amid NBH investment cost impairment.
Comment from NLMK Group CFO Shamil Kurmashov:
'In Q2 2021, steel prices continued to grow across all key markets. In the US and the EU, prices hit new highs. Steel product consumption grew due to the realization of deferred demand and government support measures. Steel capacity utilization rates reached pre-crisis levels as facilities that were stopped during the first wave of the pandemic were relaunched. The outstripping growth in steel consumption relative to production led to a decrease in inventories to all-time lows, which brought about a further increase in prices.
'Sales growth and favourable pricing conditions contributed to an increase in NLMK Group's revenue by 44% qoq to $4.1 billion, and an EBITDA growth by 76% qoq to $2.1 billion. EBITDA margin reached 50%. Free cash flow increased by 91% to $864 million.
'Net debt/EBITDA stood at 0.4x; net debt decreased by 6% qoq to $2 billion.
'In line with the Group's Dividend Policy, the management recommended to the NLMK Board of Directors to pay $1.1 billion in Q2 2021 dividends.'