Record reported results: KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. announces its first quarter 2021 results
Wednesday, 12 May, 2021
The best operating and financial results in nearly a decade, a substantial decrease in debt, a recommended dividend payout and a new concession, as well as top-tier silver production in world rankings: KGHM announced a summary of the work of the copper company in the first quarter of 2021. The company also published the Integrated Report of KGHM for 2020.
"We are proud of the results of our work. Especially now, when we are commemorating the 60th anniversary of KGHM’s founding. The strategic significance of copper, as a raw material needed in electromobility, renewable energy, electronics and medicine, has a long term outlook. This can also be seen in our results for the first quarter. I wish to emphasise that we are achieving these effects under the conditions imposed by the COVID-19 epidemic, when many sectors of the economy have suffered from the impact of lockdowns. KGHM is consistently enhancing its position as a global champion,” said Marcin Chludziński, President of the Management Board of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.
In the first quarter of this year, KGHM recorded its highest consolidated and standalone operating profit since the acquisition of the Group’s international assets in 2012. The companyalso achieved its highest quarterly consolidated EBITDA margin to date, at 34 percent.
Consolidated adjusted Group EBITDA for the first quarter amounted to PLN 2 608 million, or an increase of 2.3x compared to Q1 2020. Standalone quarterly EBITDA rose by 86 percent compared to Q1 2020 and amounted to PLN 1 675 million.
Worth noting is that EBITDA for the Sierra Gorda mine increased more than six-fold, reaching PLN643 million as KGHM’s share.
This substantial improvement in EBITDA enabled the KGHM Group to record a profit for the period which was PLN 675 million (+98%) higher than that achieved in Q1 2020 and closed the quarter in the amount of PLN 1 365 million. Such a level of quarterly net profit is the highest since the acquisition of the international assets. The same is the case in terms of profit for the period of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. (PLN 975 million).
The increase in Group revenues for the quarter by 27 percent compared to the first quarter of 2020, to PLN 6 745 million, was due to the increase in the prices of basic products. This was despite an adjustment in revenues due to derivatives and a less favourable USD/PLN exchange rate.
Invaluable raw materials
The price of copper in the first quarter of 2021 continued to rise, reaching the levels from 2011. Silver prices remained above 25 USD/koz t. As a result of the economic recovery there was improved sentiment towards these commodities, with stabilisation of the gold/silver ratio at historic averages.
The increase in copper production by the KGHM Group by 6.6% versus Q1 2020, with production in the first quarter of 186 thousand tonnes, was due to the greater availability of feed material and improved availability of production lines, as well as higher recoveries and better ore quality. In the Polish operating segment there was improvement in mining parameters in the Deep Głogów area.
The basic operating costs of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. were higher by 16.6 percent versus the corresponding prior period of 2020, mainly due to higher sales of copper products through the use of a higher amount of purchased metal-bearing materials.
Because of the increase in the amount of the minerals extraction tax paid, there was an increase in C1 cost in KGHM Polska Miedź (C1 excluding this tax was lower by 12.6%, mainly due to the higher valuation of by-products, i.e. silver and gold). In turn, the decrease in C1 recorded by Sierra Gorda of 19 percent compared to the prior year was due to higher revenues from the sale of associated metals, as well as to higher production and sales of copper.
In the first months of 2021 the KGHM Group presented solid operating cash flows and a financing structure based on long-term instruments. During this time the debt indicator, measured as the relation of net debt to EBITDA, fell to 0.8 from 1.7 at the end of the first quarter of 2020 and from 0.9 at the end of 2020.
Equity of KGHM as at 31 March 2021 amounted to PLN 21 491 million, or an increase of PLN 410 million compared to theend of 2020.
Following reviews of the current financial capabilities of the Company (taking into consideration the investment program and the current situation on the metals market), the Management Board of KGHM submitted its proposal to the General Meeting regarding the allocation of profit for 2020. The resolution included the proposal that the amount of PLN 300 million be allocated to a dividend for shareholders, or PLN 1.50 per share.
President Marcin Chludziński summed up the quarter by saying that by advancing the Strategy the Company was able to maintain production in its domestic and international assets as well as keep costs under control. „This guarantees financial security for the company, while ensuring safe working conditions and minimising our impact on the environment and our surroundings. We act in compliance with the idea of sustainable development,” added Marcin Chludziński.
In the first quarter of 2021 the decision was made to define and create Strategic Programs for KGHM. In 2021 the company will continue to improve its production parameters, stabilise its finances and achieve ambitious investments. Especially given that at the end of April the Minister for Climate and the Environment issued a decision granting KGHM concessions for the Bytom Odrzański and Kulów – Luboszyce deposits.
The copper giant is planning further projects aimed at minimising the Company’s impact on its environment. We are continuing the Program to adapt the technological installations of KGHM to the requirements of BAT conclusions for the non-ferrous metals industry together with the restriction of arsenic emissions (BATAs). 11 projects were advanced at the Głogów Copper Smelter and Refinery and the Legnica Copper Smelter and Refinery, of which in the first quarter of 2021 realisation of the following was completed:
A de-leaded slag transport installation (HM Głogów)
A warehouse and storage area for lead-bearing materials (HM Głogów)
KGHM is continuing its sanitary regimes and other restrictions related to the COVID–19 pandemic. The vaccination of company employees is well underway.
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