MYTILINEOS S.A. Announces Financial Results of First Half 2021: On Track to Achieve Record High Profitability

On 27 July 2021, Greece's MYTILINEOS S.A. (RIC: MYTr.AT, Bloomberg: MYTIL.GA, ADR: MYTHY US) announces the financial results of the first half of 2021

Commenting on the Financial Results, Company’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Evangelos Mytilineos said:

 

“MYTILINEOS 1H 2021 financial results, confirms that the Company is on track to achieve record high profitability in 2021, while implementing in parallel its investment plan, in line with the ambitious environmental goals it has set.

 

In the forthcoming quarters, despite the uncertainties due to the pandemic, MYTILINEOS’ financial performance is expected to be significantly enhanced, as demand, aluminum prices and premiums continue to increase, while electricity prices and consumption are growing in tandem. Meanwhile, the Renewables & Storage Development BU and the Sustainable Engineering Solutions BU are executing the existing contracts without any delays, while the Company also expects to benefit from fruition of significant investments that are gradually getting completed (increase in Aluminum capacity production to 250,000 tn -project new era 250-, commissioning of the new 826MW CCGT plant, significant investments in RES both in Greece and abroad)”.

 

During the first half of 2021, MYTILINEOS, in a pioneering event for both Greek and international standards, committed to reduce direct and indirect CO2 emissions by at least 30% by 2030 compared to 2019 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

 

In this context and in view of the major investments currently implemented and others which are scheduled to begin focusing on Energy Transition and Sustainability, MYTILINEOS successfully issued its first “Green” bond, raising €500mn at 2.25% interest rate with maturity in 2026, further improving its outstanding credit profile.

 

Recently, MYTILINEOS concluded two major agreements that are laying the foundation for strong profitability in the forthcoming years. An agreement with PPC regarding the electricity supply as well as another one with Glencore for the sale of Aluminum and Alumina.

 

 

 

 

  1. KEY FINANCIAL FIGURES

 

amounts in m. €

1Η 2021

1Η 2020

Δ %

Q2 2021

Q2 2020

Δ %

Turnover

994

927

7%

470

394

19%

EBITDA

156

145

7%

75

65

16%

EATam

77

69

11%

40

33

19%

EPS*

0.565

0.485

16%

0.292

0.231

26%

Margins (%)

 

 

Δ(bps)

 

 

Δ(bps)

EBITDA

16%

16%

1

16%

16%

-45

EATam

8%

7%

28

8%

8%

11

            *EPS adjusted for treasury shares

 

Compared to the first half 2020 on a consolidated basis:

 

Turnover amounted to €994 million compared to €927 million in 2020, posting an increase of 7%. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) stood at €156 million, compared to €145 million during the first half of 2020 (excluding the effects of non-recurring items, the increase in EBITDA would amount to +29%, at €161 million compared to €125 million in the first half of 2020), benefiting from the significantly improved performance of the Sustainable Engineering Solutions Business Unit, which returned to profitablity after undertaking new contracts, but also from the consistently strong performance of the Metallurgy Business Unit. The aforementioned performance of the Metallurgy and SES BU more than offset the expected lower performance of the Power & Gas BU, due to the scheduled 3-month maintenance of the KORINTHOS POWER plant.

 

Net Profits after taxes and minority interests shaped at €77 million in the first haf of 2021, an increase of 11% compared to €69 million in the corresponding period of 2020. Respectively, earnings per share (EPS) in the first half of 2021, increased by 16% compared to the first half of 2020, while excluding the effects of non-recurring items, the increase in net profits would amount to +51% at €81 million compared to €53 million in the first half of 2020.

 

In the second quarter of 2021, compared to the second quarter of 2020:

 

Turnover and EBITDA rose by 19% & 16% respectively, while the net profits after minority interests came in at €40 million, posting 21% growth, despite Power & Gas BU’s weeker performance.

 

 

 

 

  1. BUSINESS UNITS OPERATIONAL UPDATES

 

2.1.    Power & Gas Business Unit

 

amounts in m. €

1Η 2021

1Η 2020

Δ %

Revenues

387

444

-13%

EBITDA

48

71

-32%

Margins (%)

 

 

Δ(bps)

EBITDA

12%

16%

-355

 

 

Greek Market Data – 1H 2021

 

Production per Unit type [GWh]

1Η 2021

1Η 2020

Δ%

Lignite

2,773

3,000

-8%

Hydros

2,794

1,343

108%

Natural Gas

9,034

8,163

11%

RES1

7,751

6,673

16%

Net Imports

2,188

5,251

-58%

Other

8

1

722%

Total

24,548

24,431

0.5%

1Renewable Energy Sources

 

MYTILINEOS Generation (GWhs)

1Η 2021

1Η 2020

Δ%

Thermal Plants

2,134

2,550

-16%

RES

256

252

2%

Total

2,391

2,802

-15%

 

 

During the first half of 2021, the Power & Gas Business Unit recorded turnover of €387 million, or 39% of the total turnover, compared to €444 million in the respective period of 2020, resulting in a 13% decline.

 

Domestic electricity consumption in the first half of the year remained almost unchanged as the decrease in the first quarter by 5.4% due to the pandemic, was more than offset in the second quarter of the year by the dynamic recovery of the demand (+7.6%).

 

The main characteristic of the first half of 2021 was the significant increase of Natural Gas & CO2 prices, which resulted in extremely strong upward cost pressures, affecting electricity production and subsequently the wholesale market (+49.7% for the first half of 2021 and +117% compared to the second quarter of 2020).

 

MYTILINEOS’ thermal plants production decreased to 2.13TWh, from 2.55TWh in 1H 2020, as the Company proceeded with a scheduled 3-month “Major Inspection” of the Korinthos Power plant during the period between March to May. The power plant has been operating since early June, contributing to Greece’s energy demand. Company’s thermal plants production represents the 8.8% of total demand in the interconnected system and the 23.6% of total natural gas power plants production.

 

Overall, electricity production of MYTILINEOS’ thermal and renewable plants (211MW) amounted to 2.39TWh, which represents a 9.8% share of total domestic demand.

 

Regarding electricity and natural gas supply, Protergia is steadily enforcing its presence in the retail market as the leading independent supplier, with c.315,000 electricity and natural gas customers, while its share in the electricity market has risen to 8.2% at the end of the first half.

 

MYTILINEOS, focused on its target to strengthen its presence in the RES market, announced, in mid-February 2021, the acquisition of a portfolio of 20 solar farms (PV) with a total capacity of 1.48 GW along with a portfolio of 25 battery energy storage projects in Greece. This acquisition will facilitate the increase of market share in the retail electricity supply, while the storage projects will allow the optimization of RES operations and energy management. It is noted that 600MW of the above-mentioned portfolio are reaching the Ready To Build (RTB) status, while at the RES bidding in May, the Company secured a Feed-in-Premium for 140MW of Solar PV.

 

The development of Solar parks (PV) and the Energy Storage projects is implemented by the Renewable & Storage Development Business Unit, extracting significant synergies across the business units.

 

The construction of the new 826 MW gas-fired combined cycle power plant (CCGT), with General Electric’s H-Class technology, is proceeding in accordance with the initial timeline. The commissioning of the power station’s trial operation is expected at the end of Q4 2021, and will significantly contribute to the country’s transition to a lower carbon footprint energy mix. The project is executed by the company’s Sustainable Engineering Solutions Business Unit with important synergies, ensuring reduced investment costs.

 

Following the launch of the new power plant MYTILINEOS will have ~2.3 GW of total installed capacity from thermal and RES plants, as well as the first position amongst the independent suppliers, establishing its position as the largest private integrated utility. MYTILINEOS has gradually acquired the critical size required for efficient operation in the context of the Target Model, which has been introduced since November 2020, as well as from the full liberalization of domestic electricity and natural gas market and the transition to an energy mix with lower CO2 emissions.

 

 

 

2.2.   Metallurgy Business Unit

 

amounts in m. €

1Η 2021

1Η 2020

Δ %

Revenues

305

259

18%

EBITDA

77

70

10%

Margins (%)

 

 

Δ(bps)

EBITDA

25%

27.0%

-185

 

Total Production Volumes (ktons)

1Η 2021

1Η 2020

Δ%

Alumina

427.4

412.5

3.6%

Primary Aluminum

90.2

90.8

-0.6%

Recycled Aluminum

25.3

21.3

18.8%

Total Aluminum Sales

115.5

112.0

3.1%

 

Aluminum & Alumina Prices ($/t)

1Η 2021

1Η 2020

Δ%

3M LME

2,256.3

1,622.3

39.1%

Alumina Price Index

287.9

264.0

9.1%

 

 

During the first half of 2021, in the Metallurgy Business Unit both Alumina refinery and Aluminum smelter operated unobstructed at full capacity, increasing production levels, especially those of the recycled aluminum, aiming to meet surging demand, in line with MYTILINEOS ambitious environmental targets.

 

The Metallurgy Business Unit marked a €305 million Turnover in the first half of 2021, which corresponds to 31% of the total turnover, compared to €259 million of the respective period of 2020.  The EBITDA stood at €77 million compared to €70 million of the respective period in 2020. 

 

The increasing Aluminum prices trend, which started in the second half of 2020 and accelarated during the first half of 2021, lead the average Aluminum (LME 3M) price at the levels of 2,256 $/tn, up 39.1% compared to the previous year. The financial stimulus measures currently implemented in world’s largest economies lifted demand for aluminum products and combined with metal’s low availability, have lead the current LME prices at the level of 2,500 $/tn.

 

Premium prices are expected to remain well supported at current levels, while additional upside risk stems from the news that Russia is set to impose an export tax on aluminum goods from August 1, at a time European market is suffering from the lack of metal, which is expected to support prices in the coming months.

 

The Alumina Price Index (API) also moved higher, reaching an average price of c. 288$/tn, up 9.1% YoY compared to the first half of 2020, failing though to follow surging aluminum price pace. On the other hand, the international economic recovery led to the increase of raw material, energy, transportation costs, as well as CO2 prices, resulting to higher production costs in the first half of 2021 for both Alumina and primary Aluminum.

 

The new Metallurgy competitiveness program, named “Hephaestus” is in full deployment. The program is expected to last until the end of 2021, without any major delays in fulfilling its goals. During the first half of 2021, the largest cumulative production of primary and recycled aluminum was recorded, whilst significant part of the investments in Alumina was concluded.

 

 

2.3.   Renewables & Storage Development Business Unit

 

amounts in m. €

1Η 2021

1Η 2020

Δ %

Revenues

117

179

-35%

EBITDA

8

13

-40%

Margins (%)

 

 

Δ(bps)

EBITDA

6%

7%

 
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