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PAO Severstal (MICEX-RTS: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, today announces its operational results for Q2 2015 and H1 2015.
Q2 2015 GROUP HIGHLIGHTS
● In Q2 hot metal production decreased 1% q/q to 2.29 mln tonnes (Q1 2015: 2.31 mln tonnes). At the same time, crude steel production decreased 4% q/q to 2.85 mln tonnes (Q1 2015: 2.96 mln tonnes). While this suggests lower consumption of scrap material in steelmaking process, it also reflects an impact of scheduled maintenance at the BOF#3 and continuous caster #2 and #4.
● Consolidated sales of steel products increased 4% q/q partially due to seasonal increase in demand, despite anticipated weaker steel consumption domestically. Moreover, Severstal’s proximity to export markets allowed the Company the flexibility to allocate additional volumes for export.
● The share of high value-added (HVA) products in the sales portfolio improved 1 ppt to 47% (Q1 2015: 46%) largely due to a 13% q/q increase in downstream products sales and a reduction in long products sales q/q. These have partially offset a 10% q/q increase in hot-rolled coil sales.
● Coking coal concentrate sales increased 15% q/q in spite of a decrease in ROM-coal output volumes in Q2 at Vorkutaugol on the back of scheduled long-walls repositioning activity in June 2015. The former is largely a low-base effect with washing plant operations being negatively impacted by severe weather conditions in Q1.
● Whilst the pricing environment on the global markets remains challenging, Severstal average USD-nominated selling prices for steel products improved q/q owing to RUB appreciation. Specifically, after catching up with the USD-nominated parity, domestic prices reached an unusual premium vs. export prices. We would expect a gradual normalization of this premium later in the year.