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RHI Increases Earnings again in the Third Quarter of 2012

While revenues in the Steel Division dropped by 3,7 % in a market environment still characterized by uncertainty, the Industrial Division recorded growth of 25,8 % as some major projects were delivered. The operating result of the third quarter was up 28,3 % on the comparable period of 2011 and amounted to EUR 50,3 million, thus again exceeding the high level of the previous quarter. Positive restructuring effects of EUR 6,3 million resulted from the sale of the plant in South Africa. The Group’s EBIT amounted to EUR 56,6 million in the third quarter, exceeding the figure of the third quarter of 2011 by 44,4 %. The EBIT margin rose significantly from 9,1 % to 12,3 %. Equity amounted to EUR 492,8 million at 30 September 2012, after EUR 471,1 million at 30 June 2012. Cash and cash equivalents rose from EUR 107,1 million at the end of the second quarter of 2012 to EUR 234,2 million as a “Schuldscheindarlehen” of EUR 130 million was issued. Net debt remained nearly constant at EUR 424,4 million despite high investments in Norway and Turkey. Net cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR 43,0 million in the third quarter despite an increase in working capital by EUR 10,2 million higher due to reduced trade payables and added up to an accumulated EUR 91,4 million. Due to weaker demand in Europe during the summer months, revenues in the Steel Division, at EUR 272,1 million in the third quarter of 2012, fell significantly short of revenues in the second quarter of 2012 at EUR 296,8 million and revenues in the 2011 reference period at EUR 282,5 million. The operating result dropped from EUR 21,6 million in the second quarter of 2012 to EUR 16,5 million in the third quarter of 2012 and was also lower than in the prior-year period of EUR 20,2 million. The operating result margin, at 6,1 %, was below the 7,3 % of the previous quarter and also lower than in the prior-year reference period. Due to the very positive business development in the nonferrous metals business unit, revenues in the Industrial Division, at EUR 174,8 million in the third quarter of 2012, slightly exceeded the strong revenues of EUR 169,2 million in the second quarter of 2012 and significantly exceeded the figure of the 2011 reference period of EUR 138,9 million. The operating EBIT improved from EUR 21,7 million in the second quarter of 2012 to EUR 29,1 million in the third quarter of 2012 due to a shift in product mix, also exceeding the operating EBIT of EUR 14,4 million in the comparable quarter of 2011. Revenues of the Raw Materials Division, at EUR 59,7 million in the third quarter of 2012, were slightly below the figure of EUR 62,0 million in the second quarter of 2012, but significantly exceeded revenues of the same period in 2011, at EUR 48,0 million, due to the acquisition of Premier Periclase Ltd. (PPL) in Ireland in September of the previous year. Operating EBIT decreased slightly from EUR 5,4 million in the second quarter of 2012 to EUR 4,7 million in the third quarter of 2012, slightly exceeding the value of EUR 4,6 million the comparable period of 2011. The operating result margin amounted to 7,9 %, falling short of both the figure of 8,7 % in the previous quarter and that of the 2011 reference period. The projects designed to increase backward integration of magnesia raw materials to some 80 % are largely going according to plan. The second rotary kiln in Turkey, with an annual capacity of 70000 t of high-grade sinter magnesia, was completed in the past quarter, and the gradual commissioning of the fusing lines in Norway with an annual capacity of approximately 80000 t of seawater-based fused magnesia was started; consequently, RHI will effectively be self-sufficient outside China. In Brazil, changed political framework conditions made it necessary to revise RHI’s plans for a production site in the federal state of Rio de Janeiro. At present, the planned refractory product portfolio and the sourcing of local raw material are evaluated. (11/2012)


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