HAIFA, Israel, May 18 /PRNewswire/ --
- Consolidated net Income Increases to $75 Million, Compared to $2 Million in First Quarter 2008
- Adjusted Refining Margin USD/bbl 4.4, net of Change in Inventory Values and IFRS Impact, 30% Higher Than USD/bbl 3.4 Reuters' Mediterranean Ural Cracking Margin Benchmark
- Refining Sector Adjusted EBITDA[i] Reached $32 Million, Compared to $2 Million Loss in First Quarter 2008
Oil Refineries Ltd. (TASE: ORL.TA) (Oil Refineries or the Company) announced today its financial results for three month period ending March 31, 2009. Results reported in US Dollars and under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
First Quarter 2009 Highlights
- Adjusted refining margin USD/bbl 4.4, compared to USD/bbl 2.4 adjusted refining margin for first quarter 2008 - Adjusted refining margin 30% higher than quarterly average Reuters' quoted Mediterranean Ural Cracking Margin of USD/bbl 3.4 - Adjusted EBITDA for the refining and trading sector totaled $32 million, compared to a $2 million loss in first quarter 2008 - Net profit of $75 million compared to $2 million in the first quarter 2008
As accepted by major leading international refiners and marketers of oil and its products, the results below are presented as reported as well as net of the accounting provision, or reversal of provisions, for inventory write offs or mark ups, in addition to buying and selling timing and derivative accounting method under IFRS. This, in order to enable a common base for comparison of the Company's ongoing operations.
First Quarter 2009 Results
Adjusted refining margin for the first quarter totaled USD/bbl 4.4 (USD/ton 32.5), compared to the average Mediterranean Ural Cracking Margin quoted by Reuters for the first quarter 2009 of USD/bbl 3.4 (USD/ton 24.8). Adjusted refining margin for the first quarter 2008 totaled USD/bbl 2.4 (USD/ton 17.7).
During the first quarter of 2009, the price of crude oil rose from approximately $37 per barrel at the end of 2008 to approximately $50.0 per barrel at the end of the first quarter 2009. At the end of the first quarter, refining margins were lower than at the end of 2008, primarily due to the relative increase in oil prices as well as the end of the winter season. The increase in crude oil prices had a substantial impact on the Company's first quarter results. The Company maintains a basic un-hedged inventory of 600,000 tons of crude oil. The change in the value of this inventory does not draw a cash flow impact on the Company, therefore the Company reports its operating results also excluding the impact of the changing oil prices as well as additional impacts such as the change in value of derivatives - this, in order to enable comparable analysis of the Company's ongoing performance.
Production capacity, for the first quarter of 2009, totaled 1,811 thousand tons, compared to a 1,846 thousand tons produced in the first quarter 2008. During the first quarter the Company witnessed an 11% decline in demand in the local market, primarily resulting from the decline in diesel demand, partially offset by increased demand for gasoline. The flexibility of the Company's units, paired with its ability to export to its main regional markets enabled the Company to adapt product quantities, mix and marketing to maximize profits while preserving market share.
Utilization rate for the quarter totaled 88.7%, compared to 91.4% in the first quarter last year.
Consolidated reported EBITDA for the first quarter 2009 totaled $98 million, compared to $34 million in the first quarter 2008.
Refining and Trading sector adjusted EBITDAi reached $32 million in the first quarter 2009, compared to a $2 million adjusted EBITDA loss in the first quarter 2008. During the quarter, the trading sector primarily contributed to supporting the Company's core business, sourcing raw materials with a view to maximizing margins in the refining and aromatic areas.
Consolidated operating profit for the first quarter totaled $80 million, compared to a $16 million in the comparable quarter last year. Refining and Trading sector operating profiti reached $22 million in the first quarter 2009, compared to a $12 million adjusted operating loss in the first quarter 2008.
Operating profit from the Petrochemicals Segment totaled $8 million in the first quarter, compared to $9 million in the first quarter 2008. The Petrochemicals Segment includes the results of the Polymers Section and the Aromatics Section. The Polymers Section generated an operating profit of $2 million in the first quarter, compared to break even in the first quarter 2008. The higher operating profit follows an increase in quantities sold following increased production in the polypropylene plant activated in 2007. Operating profit of the Aromatics Section in the first quarter totaled $6 million, compared to $9 million in the first quarter 2008. In recent weeks there has been an increase in aromatic prices following the sharp increase in demand from South East Asia.
Finance income for the quarter totaled $14 million, compared to a finance expense of $17 million in the first quarter 2008. The finance income primarily resulted from the strengthening of the US dollar against the Israeli shekel and its impact on the company's shekel based loans.
Consolidated net income for the first quarter totaled $75 million, compared to $2 million in the first quarter 2008.
Implementation of Strategic Plan
Periodic Maintenance and Upgrade of Crude Unit 4 - starting June 2009, and for a period of 6 weeks, the company expects to undertake maintenance and upgrading activities on Crude Unit 4. The upgrade, for a total investment of $50 million, is expected to contribute to the units increased utilization while increasing refining flexibility, subsequently contributing to an increase in refining margins already from the third quarter 2009. The company is preparing for the periodic maintenance by increasing inventory and import to meet demand during the period.
Mild Hydrocracker - In May 2009 the Company will complete the first phase in converting the HVGO into a mild hydrocracker. The conversion is expected to contribute to increased flexibility by increasing gasoil production capacity by 1.5% per year.
Full Hydrocracker - Following the strategic plan approved establishment of a 25 kbpd hydrocracker, the Company is in advanced negotiations with equipment suppliers, as well as dealing with finalizing the financing package.
Mr. Yashar Ben Mordechai, CEO of Oil Refineries: Oil Refineries continues to take advantage of both its strategic location in the Mediterranean Basin as well as its refining units' flexibility in order to maximize refining margins. Under the auspice of its trading sector, the Company continued to identify and take advantage of global trends in both crude oil and aromatics in order to maximize margins and improve profitability. During the quarter the company pre-identified the increasing prices of benzene in North America and a significant increase in aromatic prices following a considerable increase in demand from South East Asia resulting from the regional governments' stimulus programs. This trend enabled the Company to exploit its units' flexibility as well as trading contacts to channel aromatic products to these high value-added markets.
Yashar Ben Mordechai continued and stated that: ORL continues to upgrade its installations in order to further improve utilization and expand margins, already starting the third quarter of 2009. The operation of the first stage of the mild hydrocracker is expected to come online this month and increase the output of gasoil by 1.5%. Furthermore, refining unit 4 is expected to be upgraded during June-July as part of its periodic maintenance shutdown. Furthermore, we continue to implement the efficiency steps with a view to cutting costs and better positioning the Company's to navigate the fluctuating markets.
Mr. Yossi Rosen, Chairman of the Board of Oil Refineries: Oil Refineries' management continues to assimilate the business strategy plan, remaining committed to continuing to implement the environmental investment aspects of the strategic plan. During the quarter the Company continued to negotiate with equipment suppliers and formulate a financing package to establish a full hydrocracker facility. This hydrocracker is expected to substantially contribute to driving profitability, adding value and serving as a major growth driver. Once the negotiations are completed and the financing plan put in place, these will be brought before the Board of Directors. Furthermore, during the second quarter of 2009 the Company is expected to activate the first stage of the mild hydrocracker, and initiated the upgrade of refining unit 4, a process which will be completed at the beginning of the third quarter. These two investments are expected to increase refining flexibility, unit utilization rates and refining margins already during the second quarter of 2009.
The Company will also be hosting a conference call later today at 10:00am EDT. On the call, management will present a presentation reviewing the first quarter 2009 highlights and industry trends. The presentation can be downloaded from the Company's website http://www.orl.co.il : Investor Relations Financial Reports prior to the call. To participate in the conference call, please call one of the following teleconferencing numbers. Please begin placing your calls at least 10 minutes before the conference call commences. If you are unable to connect using the toll-free numbers, please try the international dial-in number.
US Dial-in Numbers: 1-888-723-3164
UK Dial-in Number: 0-808-101-2717
Israel Dial-in Number: 03-918-0610
International Dial-in Number: +972-3-918-0610
at: 10:00am Eastern Daylight Time, 7:00am Pacific Time; 3:00pm UK, 5:00pm Israel
A replay of the call will be available, after the call, on the Company's website at http://www.orl.co.il.
About Oil Refineries Ltd.
Oil Refineries Ltd. (ORL), located in the bay area of the city of Haifa, operates Israel's largest oil refinery. ORL operates sophisticated and state-of-the-art industrial facilities with refining capacity of 9 million tons of crude oil per year, with a Nelson Complexity Index of 7.4, providing a variety of quality products used in industrial operation, transportation, private consumption, agriculture and infrastructure. The Company is also active in the area of Polymers and Aromatics through its holdings in Carmel Olefins Ltd and Gadiv Petrochemical Industries Ltd. The Company also provides power and heat services to industrial customers in the Haifa Bay, as well as infrastructure services. ORL is traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the ticker ORL. For additional information please visit the Company's website: http://www.orl.co.il.
The above noted in this release includes forward-looking statements based on Company data, as well as Company plans and estimations based on this data. The activity, results and other data may be substantially different in reality given uncertainty and various risks, including those discussed under risk factors in the Company's financial statements and Director's reports.
Oil Refineries Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position
In thousand US Dollars
As at March 31, March 31, December 2009 2008 31, 2008 (Unaudited) (Audited) Current assets Cash and cash equivalents 12,607 41,858 14,840 Short-term deposit 63,746 - 25,000 Derivatives at fair value through profit or loss 12,820 10,389 15,374 Investments in other financial assets at fair value through profit or loss 95,427 275,386 101,509 Trade receivables 236,399 469,185 253,215 Other receivables 75,049 121,628 82,642 Inventory 717,370 1,161,466 569,407 Current tax assets 39,734 26,004 42,047 Total current assets 1,253,152 2,105,916 1,104,034 Non-current assets Investments in equity-accounted investees 35,725 44,552 36,005 Loan to Haifa Early Pensions Ltd. 71,117 88,833 84,740 Long term loans and debit balances 2,522 2,039 2,606 Derivatives at fair value through profit or loss 26,921 65,055 64,369 Employee benefit plan assets 4,619 7,397 5,007 Property, plant and equipment 1,117,021 1,005,136 1,083,446 Intangible assets and deferred expenses, net 24,555 22,140 25,170 Total non-current assets 1,282,480 1,235,152 1,301,343 Total assets 2,535,632 3,341,068 2,405,377
Oil Refineries Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position (cont.)
In thousand US Dollars
as at March 31, March 31, December 2009 2008 31, 2008 (Unaudited) (Audited) Current liabilities loans and credit 476,544 282,423 380,339 Trade payables 326,382 698,994 270,594 Other payables 67,319 101,884 (*) 70,971 (*) Derivatives at fair value through profit or loss 1,384 22,808 1,853 Provisions 12,185 27,309 12,949 Total current liabilities 883,814 1,133,418 736,706 Non-current liabilities Debentures 649,655 772,287 726,554 Bank loans 210,799 437,537 233,749 Liabilities for finance lease 7,656 8,403 8,448 Other long-term liabilities 7,306 - 7,394 Derivatives at fair value through profit or loss 8,339 - 6,900 Employee benefits 54,616 70,417 (*) 67,930 (*) Liabilities for deferred taxes 91,209 116,363 65,827 Total non-current liabilities 1,029,580 1,405,007 1,116,802 Total liabilities 1,913,394 2,538,425 1,853,508 Equity Share capital 472,478 472,478 472,478 Capital reserves 20,953 29,783 16,564 Retained earnings 58,438 300,382 133,196 Total equity 551,869 802,643 622,238 Total liabilities and capital 2,405,377 3,341,068 2,535,632
Oil Refineries Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Comprehensive Income
In thousand US Dollars
Three months ended Year ended March 31, March 31, December 2009 2008 31, 2008 (Unaudited) (Audited) Revenue 984,358 1,885,696 8,257,458 Cost of sales, refinery and services 880,977 1,824,174 (*) 8,324,149 Revaluation of open transactions in derivatives on prices of goods and margins, net 1,245 20,487 (*) (7,465) Total cost of sales 882,222 1,844,661 8,316,684 Gross profit (loss) 102,136 41,035 (59,226) Selling expenses 8,773 10,468 40,582 General and administrative expenses 13,121 14,732 67,061 Negative goodwill created upon acquisition - - (14,535) Operating profit (loss) 80,242 15,835 (152,334) Financing revenue 58,772 31,412 (*) 64,979 Financing expenses (44,407) (48,084)(*) (126,034) Financing income (expenses), net 14,365 (16,672) (61,055) Company's share in profits (losses) of associates (net of tax) 4,591 (5,070) (3,111) Profit (loss) before taxes on income 99,198 (5,907) (216,500) Tax benefits (taxes on income) (24,607) 8,000 107,292 Net profit (loss) for the period 74,591 2,093 (109,208) Other components of comprehensive income Actuarial gains (losses) from a defined benefit plan, net 167 - (9,318) Capital reserve for translation differentials (254) - (1,078) Group's share of other comprehensive income of an equity accounted investee (4,799) - (10,433) Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax (4,886) - (20,829) Comprehensive income for the period 69,705 2,093 (130,037) Earnings (loss) per share Net basic and diluted earnings (losses) per ordinary share (in USD) 0.037 0.001 (0.055)
Oil Refineries Ltd.
Selected Pro-forma Consolidated Data from the Report of the Board of Directors on the State of the Corporation's Affairs for the Period
In millions US Dollars
Refining Trade Polymers Aromatics Three months ended 31.3 31.3 31.3 31.3 31.3 31.3 31.3 31.3 .09 .08 .09 .08 .09 .08 .09 .08 Revenue 784 1,562 58 79 84 108 58 137 Inter-company operations 86 186 - - - - 9 12 Total sales 870 1,748 58 79 84 108 67 149 Cost of sales 778 1,717 57 77 50 34 (3) 16 Inter-company operations 9 12 - - 27 68 58 117 Total cost of sales 787 1,729 57 77 77 102 55 133 Gross profit 83 19 1 2 7 6 12 16 (loss) Selling, general and administrative expenses 11 14 1 - 4 5 6 7 Inter-company operations - - - - 1 1 - - Operating profit 72 5 - 2 2 - 6 9
Adjustments to consolidated Consolidated 31.3.09 31.3.08 31.3.09 31.3. 08 Revenue - - 984 1,886 Inter-company operations (95) (198) - - Total sales (95) (198) 984 1,886 Cost of sales - - 882 1,844 Inter-company operations (94) (197) - - Total cost of sales (94) (197) 882 1,844 Gross profit (loss) (1) (1) 102 42 Selling, general and administrative expenses - - 22 26 Inter-company operations (1) (1) - - Operating profit - - 80 16 Financing income (expenses) 14 (17) Share in the profit (loss) of investees 5 (5) Profit (loss) before taxes on income 99 (6) Tax benefits (income tax) (24) 8 Net profit 75 2
[i] Adjusted EBITDA relates to the reported EBITDA, net of inventory gains\losses, buy\sell timing differences and IFRS-derivative transaction recording impact.
Company Contact: Igal Salhov, Chief Financial Officer, Oil Refineries Tel. +972-4-878-8152 ContactIREn@orl.co.il Investor Relations Contact: Ehud Helft \ Fiona Darmon GK Investor Relations Tel. (US) +1-646-797-2868 \ (Int.) +972-54-566-3221 firstname.lastname@example.org
Company Contact: Igal Salhov, Chief Financial Officer, Oil Refineries, Tel. +972-4-878-8152, ContactIREn@orl.co.il. Investor Relations Contact: Ehud Helft \ Fiona Darmon, GK Investor Relations, Tel. (US) +1-646-797-2868 \ (Int.) +972-54-566-3221, email@example.com