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Nachricht vom 08.05.2019 | 07:30
Befesa S.A.: Befesa expects 2019 earnings to grow 3% to 5% supported by continued global expansion
DGAP-News: Befesa S.A. / Key word(s): Quarterly / Interim Statement/Forecast
PRESS AND INVESTOR ANNOUNCEMENT
First quarter 2019 results
Befesa expects 2019 earnings to grow 3% to 5% supported by continued global expansion
- FY 2019 EBITDA expected to grow 3% to 5%
- Q1 2019 EBITDA at EUR43m, down 3% yoy, as anticipated due to capacity expansion works in Turkey as well as higher treatment charges
- Expansion roadmap, including two plants in China, on track
- Leverage expected to remain stable around current x2.2 levels for FY 2019
Luxembourg, 8 May 2019 - Befesa S.A. ("Befesa"), the European market leader for steel dust and aluminium salt slags recycling services, expects 2019 to be another growth year with EBITDA expected to increase between 3% and 5%. This is based on improved blended zinc prices supported by the company's hedging programme, contributions from organic growth projects and the recovery of stainless steel operations. This guidance already reflects higher reference treatment charges (TC) levied for zinc in 2019. Befesa plans to spend approximately EUR85m in capex in 2019, covering Befesa's first plant in China among other projects, to secure additional profitable growth for 2020 and beyond. At the same time, leverage is expected to remain stable at around the current x2.2.
In the first quarter of 2019, Befesa's revenues decreased by 8% to EUR179m. This was mainly due to lower volumes in Turkey given the temporary plant shutdown, higher TCs and a lower LME price for aluminium alloys compared to the same period of 2018. The plant shutdown in Turkey will last until the end of H1 2019 and will increase plant capacity to 110kt. Correspondingly, Q1 EBITDA decreased by 3.4% to EUR43m. By the end of Q1 2019, Befesa's net debt leverage stood at x2.2 compared to x2.3 in Q1 2018.
Javier Molina, CEO of Befesa, commented: "2019 is a very important year for Befesa. We are on track with all our growth initiatives, including the capacity upgrade of our plant in Turkey and our new washing plant in Korea which we are completing in 2019. In China we have agreements in place for two Steel Dust plants, with ground breaking completed on the first, which will secure profitable earnings growth for the coming years."
Befesa is expanding operations of its Turkish plant from 65kt to 110kt, expecting to ramp operations back up at the beginning of Q3 2019, which will contribute to a stronger H2 2019 compared to H1. At the same time, Befesa's Waelz oxide (WOX) washing facility in South Korea is under development and is expected to start operations at the end of 2019. Additionally, ground breaking at Befesa's first plant in Jiangsu province in China, designed to recycle 110kt of electric arc furnace (EAF) dust per year, occurred in April. The ramp-up of operations in Jiangsu is expected during the second half of 2020. Lastly, Befesa also signed an agreement to develop its second plant in China in the province of Henan and expects to break ground in Q4 2019 with ramp-up of operations scheduled for H1 2021.
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