Posted at 11/14/18, 7:30 PM Press releases

Rompetrol Rafinare, results in the first 9 months of 2018

Rompetrol Rafinare, a member company of KMG International, registered in the first nine months of the year an increase by over 44% of its gross turnover, as compared to the ratio reached in the similar period of 2017, up to a level of USD 4.1 billion. This evolution was mainly influenced by the ascending trend of the international quotations for the oil products.

Consolidated Ratios

 

Q3 2018

Q3 2017

%

9 months 2018

9 months 2017

%

Gross turnover

USD

1,533,869,684

1,157,260,127

33%

4,138,011,919

2,875,674,702

44%

EBITDA

USD

72,624,962

95,361,710

-24%

158,505,541

152,900,573

4%

Net result

USD

30,519,163

63,144,381

-52%

33,297,905

56,114,245

-41%

 
 








Note: The consolidated financial statements of Rompetrol Rafinare include the results of Rompetrol Rafinare S.A. and the results of the subsidiaries Rompetrol Quality Control S.R.L., Rom Oil S.A., Rompetrol Downstream S.R.L., Rompetrol Logistics S.R.L. Rompetrol Gas S.R.L. and Rompetrol Petrochemicals S.R.L.
 

At the same time, the operational result - EBITDA obtained by the company was of USD 158.5 million, 4% higher than the result of the period January - September 2017, in the context of an increase in the volumes of raw materials processed and products sold. In the first 9 months, the two refineries – Petromidia Navodari and Vega Ploiesti increased by 19% the quantities of raw materials processed, reaching 4.73 million tons and 314 thousand tons, respectively.

The net result recorded by the company in the first three quarters of the year was positive, of approximately USD 33.3 million, decreasing by 41% due to the negative impact of exchange rate differences and other events with nonrecurring character. Moreover, this was also affected by the volatility of the raw materials and of the oil products, taking into account that, in the first 9 months, crude oil had an increase of 39%, and fuels had an increase of 28% for Euro 5 gasoline and 35% in the case of Euro 5 diesel fuel.

At European level, the refining margins registered a decrease by 13.1% in the period September as compared to the similar period of 2017 and stabilized at an average of USD 48.2/ton. The level of USD 72/barrel for the quotation of crude oil is the highest of the past 4 years, with a maximum of $ 83.6 / barrel on September 28, 2018.

This year, the company continued its programs for optimization of processing costs and of operational expenses, and also Petromidia refinery managed to improve by 5% its gross refining margin.

Rompetrol Rafinare continues to be the largest exporter of oil products of Romania, the quantities of oil products delivered for export by the refining and petrochemistry divisions to the subsidiaries of KMG International from Bulgaria, Moldova and Georgia and its partners in the Black Sea region amounted to USD 1.42 billion in the first nine months of the year (approximately 66% higher than the ratio of the similar period of the previous year).

The company is an important taxpayer to the Romanian State budget, paying over USD 1.2 billion in the period January-September of the year, of which USD 441 million in quarter III 2018.

The main shareholders of Rompetrol Rafinare SA are KMG International (54.63% - direct and indirect) and the Romanian State, through the Ministry of Energy (44.69%).
 

Refining segment

 

 

Q3 2018

Q3 2017

%

9 months 2018

9 months 2017

%

Gross turnover

USD

1,312,724,103

941,538,983

39%

3,560,653,420

2,355,470,391

51%

EBITDA

USD

58,999,263

68,974,986

-14%

135,739,035

111,221,191

22%

Net result

USD

30,224,109

42,034,454

-28%

47,695,112

24,824,208

92%

Operational

 

           

Raw materials - Petromidia

 Kt

1,651

1,560

6%

4,738

3,982

19%

Raw materials - Vega

 Kt

120

112

7%

314

264

19%

Production - gasoline

 Kt

421

394

7%

1,277

1,020

25%

Production - diesel & jet

 Kt

879

817

8%

2,441

2,105

16%

Sales of fuels - domestic

 Kt

646

611

6%

1,731

1,561

11%

Sales of fuels - export

 Kt

618

537

15%

1,828

1,396

31%

Note: The refining sector includes the results of the company Rompetrol Rafinare SA which operates Petromidia and Vega refineries.
 

On the refining segment, the company achieved a gross turnover of USD 3.56 billion in the first nine months of the year, increasing by approximately 51% as compared to the same period of 2017.

At the same time, EBITDA operational result increased by 22% as compared to the same ratio for the period January – September 2017, up to a level of USD 135.7 million. The company succeeded in doubling its net profit, from USD 24.8 million in the first nine months of 2017 to approximately USD 47.7 million.

The financial results were supported in the same period by the improvement by 5% of the gross refining margin of the unit located on the Black Sea shore, up to a level of USD 51.3/ton and by 19% of the quantities of raw materials processed (4.73 million tons) and of the fuels produced (gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel – 3.71 million ton).

At present, the activity of the production units is stopped/reduced for the performance of major inspection works scheduled, which shall allow for their maintenance at optimum production capacities and for the creation of a framework necessary for future investments.

Moreover, they shall also ensure the continuous operation of Petromidia refinery until 2020, when the general revision that takes place every 4 years is scheduled. The estimated value of the works amounts to USD 21.5 million, to which approximately USD 4.5 million may be added for other additional operations.

In the first nine months of the year, Vega Ploie┼čti refinery processed a total quantity of 314 thousand tons, an increase by 19% as compared to the similar period of 2017. At present, the refinery is the longest lasting unit of this kind in Romania and is the only internal manufacturer of bitumen and hexane.

The degree of using the processing capacity in the period January - September increased by 19% in the case of Petromidia refinery (99.2%), respectively by over 20.3% for Vega refinery (126.8%).
 

Petrochemistry segment

 

 

Q3 2018

Q3 2017

%

9 months 2018

9 months 2017

%

Gross turnover

 USD

50,717,970

54,213,091

-6%

165,070,378

134,197,285

23%

EBITDA

 USD

(4,014,283)

(281,055)

-1328%

(12,845,829)

(3,770,350)

-241%

Net profit / (loss)

 USD

(8,274,813)

(2,112,039)

-292%

(27,365,090)

(7,614,875)

-259%

Operational

 

           

Processed propylene

 kt

37

35

7%

115

95

21%

Processed ethylene

 kt

14

16

-14%

48

44

11%

Total Sales

kt

48

53

-9%

156

135

15%

Note: The petrochemistry segment includes the petrochemistry activity in Rompetrol Rafinare, as well as the activity of Rompetrol Petrochemicals SRL
 

In the first nine months of the year, the petrochemistry division registered a turnover of USD 165 million, increasing by 23% as compared to the level registered in the similar period of 2017. At present, this continues to be the only manufacturer of polypropylene and polyethylene in Romania.

In the context of the small margins - the lowest in the past 7 years, of the unfavourable market conditions, as well as of the high costs of imported raw materials (ethylene for the polyethylene installations), the company recorded, in the period January - September, a negative operational result - EBITDA and net result, namely losses of USD 12.8 million and USD 27.4 million.

Under these circumstances, the company decided to keep the high-density polyethylene - HDPE installation in stand-by, after it successfully completed, in the first half of the year, its revision and testing works (verification/revamping of equipment, endorsements, technological trials, etc.).

By its petrochemistry division, Rompetrol Rafinare increased by 21% the quantity of processed propylene and by 11% the ethylene processed in the first nine months of the year, as compared to the volume reached in the similar period of 2017. The raw material for the polypropylene installation is ensured by Petromidia refinery, while the raw material (ethylene) for the low-density polyethylene installation is imported.

The total sales of polymers in the period January - September increased by 15% as compared to the similar period of last year, up to a level of 156 thousand tons.
 

Distribution segment

 

 

Q3 2018

Q3 2017

%

9 months 2018

9 months 2017

%

Gross turnover

 USD

896,905,679

722,296,073

24%

2,352,458,955

1,774,311,849

33%

EBITDA

 USD

18,194,519

28,093,854

-35%

37,324,728

47,268,474

-21%

Net profit / (loss)

 USD

11,405,114

25,056,154

-54%

16,834,158

40,704,405

-59%

Operational - sales

 

           

Retail fuels

 Kt

203

202

1%

532

520

2%

Wholesale fuels

 Kt

364

364

0%

962

903

7%

LPG quantities sold

 Kt

103

93

11%

329

264

25%

Note: The distribution segment includes the results of the subsidiaries Rom Oil, Rompetrol Downstream, Rompetrol Quality Control, Rompetrol Logistics and Rompetrol Gas
 

In the period January - September, the distribution segment registered an increase by 33% of the gross turnover as compared to the similar period of 2017, in the context of an increase of the international quotations and, implicitly, of the domestic prices for oil products, as well as due to the increase in the volume of products sold.

At international level, the quotations of fuels increased in the first nine months of this year by approximately 28% for Euro 5 gasoline (USD 683/ton) and by 35% for Euro 5 diesel fuel (USD 638/ton) as compared to the level registered in the similar period of 2017. In quarter III, the increase of the fuel quotations was more stressed as compared to Q3 2017, by 31% for gasoline and 37.6% for diesel.

At the same time, the depreciation of 2.4% of RON to USD (quarter III 2018 as compared to quarter III 2017) made the effective appreciation in the national currency of the two quotations to be of approximately 25.5% for gasoline and 29.3% for diesel fuel.  The excise duties for fuel added to this, in this period they were higher than in 2017 by approximately 15% for gasoline and 16% for diesel fuel.

These evolutions were not fully reflected in the prices of the fuels traded internally, they increased in quarter 3 of the year, as compared to Q3 of 2017 by approximately 25.7% for gasoline and 21.7% for diesel fuel.

Thus, the financial ratios obtained by the distribution segment in the first nine months were of USD 37.3 million for the operational result EBITDA - decreasing by 21% as compared to the level of the similar period of the previous year, and of USD 16.8 million for the net result - a decrease by 59%.

Rompetrol Downstream succeeded an increase by 8% of the quantities of fuel sold (gasoline, diesel fuel, LPG), from approximately 1.69 million tons in the period January - September 2017 to 1.82 million tons in the first nine months of this year. On the retail segment, the company registered an increase in volumes of 2%, this evolution being supported by the rebranding program of the Rompetrol gas stations and of the distribution points of vehicle LPG, by continuation of the programs for optimization and reduction of the operational costs, as well as by the opening of 4 new stations.

As regards the wholesale segment, it extended its presence from the beginning of the year with 85 new internal units of 9 and 20 cubic meters, the total quantities sold by this channel being, in the first nine months of the year, 7% higher than those in the similar period of last year.

At the end of September 2018, the distribution segment of Rompetrol Downstream included 895 points of sale (own gas stations, partner gas stations, express stations, internal units), increasing by 102 units as compared to September 2017.
 

* The consolidated financial statements of Rompetrol Rafinare include the results of Rompetrol Rafinare S.A. and the results of the subsidiaries Rompetrol Quality Control S.R.L., Rom Oil S.A., Rompetrol Downstream S.R.L., Rompetrol Logistics S.R.L. Rompetrol Gas S.R.L. and Rompetrol Petrochemicals S.R.L.

** The results presented are unaudited and consolidated, and the reporting was made in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
 

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KMG International