Revenues of the RHI Group increased by 7.0% in the third quarter of 2012 in comparison to the same quarter of 2011 and amounted to € 459.9 million. While revenues in the Steel Division dropped by 3.7% in a market environment still characterized by uncertainty, the Industrial Division recorded growth of 25.8% as some major projects were delivered. The operating result of the third quarter was up 28.3% on the comparable period of 2011 and amounted to € 50.3 million, thus again exceeding the high level of the previous quarter. Positive restructuring effects of € 6.3 million resulted from the sale of the plant in South Africa. The Group’s EBIT amounted to € 56.6 million in the third quarter, exceeding the figure of the third quarter of 2011 by 44.4%. The EBIT margin rose significantly from 9.1% to 12.3%.
Equity amounted to € 492.8 million at September 30, 2012, after € 471.1 million at June 30, 2012. Cash and cash equivalents rose from € 107.1 million at the end of the second quarter of 2012 to € 234.2 million as a “Schuldscheindarlehen” of € 130 million was issued. Net debt remained nearly constant at € 424.4 million despite high investments in Norway and Turkey. The gearing ratio improved from 90.2% in the second quarter of 2012 to 86.1%.
Net cash flow from operating activities amounted to € 43.0 million in the third quarter despite an increase in working capital by € 10.2 million higher due to reduced trade payables and added up to an accumulated € 91.4 million.
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Due to weaker demand in Europe during the summer months, revenues in the Steel Division, at € 272.1 million in the third quarter of 2012, fell significantly short of revenues in the second quarter of 2012 at € 296.8 million and revenues in the 2011 reference period at € 282.5 million. The operating result dropped from € 21.6 million in the second quarter of 2012 to € 16.5 million in the third quarter of 2012 and was also lower than in the prior-year period of € 20.2 million. The operating result margin, at 6.1%, was below the 7.3% of the previous quarter and also lower than in the prior-year reference period.
Due to the very positive business development in the nonferrous metals business unit, revenues in the Industrial Division, at € 174.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, slightly exceeded the strong revenues of € 169.2 million in the second quarter of 2012 and significantly exceeded the figure of the 2011 reference period of € 138.9 million. The operating EBIT improved from € 21.7 million in the second quarter of 2012 to € 29.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 due to a shift in product mix, also exceeding the operating EBIT of € 14.4 million in the comparable quarter of 2011. The operating result margin, at 16.6%, exceeded that of the previous quarter at 12.8% as well as that of the comparative period of 2011.
Raw Materials Division
Revenues of the Raw Materials Division, at € 59.7 million in the third quarter of 2012, were slightly below the figure of € 62.0 million in the second quarter of 2012, but significantly exceeded revenues of the same period in 2011, at € 48.0 million, due to the acquisition of Premier Periclase Ltd. (PPL) in Ireland in September of the previous year. Operating EBIT decreased slightly from € 5.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 to € 4.7 million in the third quarter of 2012, slightly exceeding the value of € 4.6 million the comparable period of 2011. The operating result margin amounted to 7.9%, falling short of both the figure of 8.7% in the previous quarter and that of the 2011 reference period.
The projects designed to increase backward integration of magnesia raw materials to some 80% are largely going according to plan. The second rotary kiln in Turkey, with an annual capacity of 70,000 tons of high-grade sinter magnesia, was completed in the past quarter, and the gradual commissioning of the fusing lines in Norway with an annual capacity of approximately 80,000 tons of seawater-based fused magnesia was started; consequently, RHI will effectively be self-sufficient outside China.
In Brazil, changed political framework conditions made it necessary to revise RHI’s plans for a production site in the federal state of Rio de Janeiro. At present, the planned refractory product portfolio and the sourcing of local raw material are evaluated.
In the course of the strategy process and of revising the Vision, the RHI Management Board defined financial targets which provide for revenues of € 3 billion and an EBIT margin of 12% or above. The revenue target is to be accomplished through organic growth and acquisitions.
Although the economic environment is weakening, RHI expects a slightly higher level of revenues and a higher EBIT margin in the year 2012 than in the previous financial year. Despite indications that the economy is slowing down, RHI expects revenues for the year 2013 to reach a similar level as in 2012. The EBIT margin should continue to improve further due to a higher level of backwards integration and consistent cost management.