CASABLANCA, Morocco, May 17, 2017 – OCP S.A. (“OCP” or the “Company”), a global leader in the fertilizer industry, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.
First quarter revenues increased 10% to MAD 11,401 million (US$ 1.14 billion) from MAD 10,377 million (US$ 1.06 billion) in the year-ago period as higher fertilizer and rock volumes more than offset lower prices across all product categories. Fertilizer volumes rose 46% year-over-year due to higher exports to Brazil and Africa, while strong Latin America demand drove a 25% year-over-year increase in rock volumes.
Gross margin rose 7% to MAD 7,479 million (US$ 745 million), compared with MAD 6,969 million (US$ 709 million) in the first quarter of 2016. Lower raw material prices were more than offset by increased consumption of sulfur and ammonia, in keeping with higher fertilizer volumes.
OCP’s first quarter EBITDA grew 15% to MAD 3,341 million (US$ 333 million), up from MAD 2,893 million (US$ 294 million) in the year-ago period, mainly driven by higher volumes.
EBITDA margin was 29%, a slight increase compared with 28% in the same period of 2016.
First quarter operating profit decreased to MAD 1,684 million (US$ 168 million) from MAD 2,450 million (US$ 249 million) in the first quarter of 2016, reflecting additional amortization charges related to new production units commissioned as part of OCP’s investment program.
Adjusted operating cash flow was MAD 516 million (US$ 51 million) in the first quarter of 2017, compared to MAD 622 million (US$ 63 million) in the prior-year period.
“OCP achieved higher year-over-year revenues, a 15% increase in EBITDA and stable EBITDA margin in the first quarter, reflecting increased fertilizer exports, which were supported by our expanded capacity and a strong pick-up in Brazilian and European demand.
“Phosphate market conditions are evolving in line with our expectations. Following a weak phosphate market environment in 2016, we are seeing positive trends, including increasing prices amid improving demand in key regions. Looking ahead, we expect market conditions to remain supply-driven. On the demand side, we foresee strong trends, backed by stable crop fundamentals, stronger demand and low input prices.
“2017 represents a milestone for OCP’s strategy of cost and capacity leadership, as well as industrial flexibility and commercial agility, as we complete the first phase of our industrial development plan initiated in 2008. By enhancing our production and export capacity, while further reducing production costs, we expect to extend our position across all segments and further consolidate our leadership in the industry,” concluded Mr. Terrab.
In line with OCP’s quarterly communications program, management will not be hosting a conference call to discuss the first quarter 2017 financial results. Regular quarterly conference calls will resume as of the second quarter of 2017. Institutional buyers, bondholders, securities analysts and market makers seeking further clarification on first quarter 2017 results are invited to contact Mrs. Ghita LARAKI, Investor Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCP is the largest phosphate producer in the world and a leading global fertilizer player, backed by almost a century of production history. OCP has exclusive access to the world’s largest phosphate rock reserve base. It is one of the lowest cost producers of phosphate rock in the industry and has become a leading player in production and trade volumes across the phosphate value chain. OCP employs approximately 23,000 people and contributes to regional development through its mining and fertilizer operations, and through its sustainability program.
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This press release includes OCP’s financial figures which are produced in Moroccan Dirhams (the local currency). For ease of presentation, some financial information has been translated into U.S. Dollars, and these translated figures have not been audited. For the purpose of such translated figures, OCP used the following exchange rate table, which sets forth the year average and year-end U.S. Dollar/Dirhams exchange rates for the following periods: