Indorama Ventures Delivers Best Ever First-Quarter Results Quarterly EBITDA of THB 10,863 Million

Stocks and Financial Services Press Releases Thursday May 10, 2018 16:21
Bangkok--10 May--Indorama Ventures
  • Net Profit of THB 5,814 million, up 31% on YoY basis
  • Driven mostly from organic growth and improving industry structure
  • Strong projects and M&A pipeline for sustainable earnings growth
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, today reported financial results for the first quarter 2018.

The Company has delivered another outstanding set of financial and operating metrics, underpinned by improvement in production volumes and margins across all segments and geographies. EBITDA was $344 million, an increase of 34% YoY, which is reflective of underlying strength in all segments and structural improvement in the polyester value chain. The star performer in the first quarter was PET, which grew its EBITDA by 64%, while Feedstock EBITDA grew 23% and Fiber EBITDA grew 10%. Operating Cash Flow grew 10% to $249 million.

First quarter production volume increased by 6% YoY to 2.3 million tonnes, mainly as a result of organic volume growth, operational excellence projects and higher operating rates as well as the successful integration of the HVA acquisitions announced in 2017. The Company achieved its highest ever quarterly earnings per share of THB 1.04 post dilution of 11% from the partial exercise of warrants.

There was a strong improvement in North America and in EMEA. Asia is also on the path to recovery. However, current earnings from Asia, although improving, are not fully reflective of the fundamental improvements underway in the industry. Strong polyester demand growth, China's ban of waste plastics and improved supply discipline are contributing to Asian earnings, which are expected to gain momentum in the forthcoming quarters.

The global outlook continues to be positive, backed by improving Asian sentiment led by robust demand growth and a favorable demand-supply balance leading to a cyclical upturn of the polyester value chain. Demand for PET continues to grow at around 6%.

In a strategic move to enhance earnings potential and add long-term value to the business in the Americas, the Company has announced the acquisition of a 550,000 tonnes/ annum PET facility in Brazil, and a joint investment in a 2.4 million tonne PTA-PET project at Corpus Christi in the USA.

The Company's Operating Cash Flow over the last twelve months of $941 million, has helped strengthen its balance sheet with the net operating debt to equity ratio improving to 0.39. Our growth plans include several strategic projects and a robust M&A pipeline that will continue to improve returns and add earnings growth over and above our organic initiatives.

Mr. Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures said, "We have started the year with an outstanding performance and an all-time high financial and operational result. This performance reflects the robustness of our strategy, but diversified across the value chain and geographically, the dedication of our employees and the desire to create sustainable growth in value for all our stakeholders. The strength of our balance sheet, predictable cash flows and accretive growth avenue gives me the confidence that we will achieve our stated target of 45% EBITDA growth in 2019 over 2017."

NOTE: Core EBITDA comes after excluding inventory gains/losses from the reported EBITDA.
About Indorama Ventures

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, listed in Thailand (Bloomberg ticker IVL.TB), is one of the world's leading petrochemicals producers, with a global manufacturing footprint across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The company's portfolio comprises Necessities and High Value-Added (HVA) categories of Polymers, Fibers, and Packaging, selectively integrated with self-manufactured Ethylene Oxide/Glycols and PTA where economical. Indorama Ventures products serve major FMCG and Automotive sectors, i.e. Beverages, Hygiene, Personal Care, Tire and Safety segments. Indorama Ventures has approx. 15,000 employees worldwide and consolidated revenue of US$ 8.4 billion in 2017. The Company is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

Indorama Ventures is headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand with global operating sites in
EMEA: The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, France, UK, Italy, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, Nigeria, Ghana, Portugal
North America: USA, Mexico, Canada
Asia: Thailand, Indonesia, China, India, the Philippines, Myanmar

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