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URALCHEM HOLDING P.L.C. Reports IFRS Financial Results for the Year 2011

URALCHEM HOLDING, one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers in Russia, announced its audited IFRS financial results for the year ended 31 December 2011.
    MOSCOW, RUSSIA, March 31, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- URALCHEM HOLDING P.L.C. (hereinafter URALCHEM Holding or the Company), a Cypriot holding company of the URALCHEM Group (hereinafter the Group), one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers in Russia, announced its audited IFRS financial results for the year ended 31 December 2011.

Revenue increased to US $ 2,080 million, compared to US $ 1,389 million in 2010.
Operating profit increased to US $ 661 million, compared with US $ 205 million in 2010.
Adjusted EBITDA grew to US $ 752 million, compared to US $ 309 million in 2010.
Profit for the year amounted to US $ 445 million, compared with US $ 35 million in 2010.

Key Financial Figures for 2011 and 2010 (US $ million)

2011 2010 Year-on-Year Change, %
Revenue 2,080 1,389 50%
Gross profit 1,212 663 83%
Gross profit margin 58% 48% 21%
Operating profit 661 205 222%
Operating profit margin 32% 15% 113%
Profit for the year 445 35 1,171%
Profit for the year margin 21% 2% 950%
Adjusted EBITDA 752 309 143%
Adjusted EBITDA margin 36% 22% 64%
Cash generated from operating activities 525 135 289%

Dmitry Konyaev, CEO of URALCHEM, OJSC (a Russian holding company of the Group), commented on the 2011 results: "With the favorable market conditions in 2011 the Group achieved record financial and operating results. The volume of marketable production reached 5 million tons, which is in excess of the planned figures. The acquisition of Minudobrenia, Perm will strengthen the Group's position in the nitrogen segment and will allow it to produce 18% to 20% of domestic urea. Thus, URALCHEM can now become the second largest urea producer in Russia."

Financial Results

Revenue for the year 2011 grew to US $ 2,080 million, compared to US $ 1,389 million in 2010. Operating profit amounted to US $ 661 million, or 32% of the revenue, compared with the operating profit of US $ 205 million, or 15% of the revenue in 2010. Profit for the year amounted to US $ 445 in 2011, compared to US $ 35 million in 2010.

During the year ended 31 December 2011, adjusted EBITDA reached US $ 752 million, compared to US $ 309 million the year before, a rise of 143%. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the year 2011 comprised 36% of revenue compared with 22% of revenue for the year ended 31 December 2010.

Markets

The urea market dynamics during the period January to September 2011 were significantly different compared to the same period in 2010; the traditional weakening of the market in the 1st quarter was replaced by a sharp rise in prices, which continued throughout the 2nd quarter and amounted to almost $ 200 / t. Then, after a brief downward correction, prices were restored and stabilized in the range of $ 480 - $ 500 / t FOB Yuzhny port. The main reason for the sharp rise in prices was the imbalance between limited supply and the strong demand from the markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa. In the 4th quarter there was a seasonal slump in prices. The situation was determined by high levels of stocks by traders and producers, as well as by the suppliers' desire to sell their long positions before the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The ammonium nitrate market during the first half of the year basically repeated the dynamics of urea market. However, during the third quarter, because of the effect of lower demand in all major markets, the prices of ammonium nitrate significantly decreased - back to the level of the beginning of the year. During August - September there were price fluctuations within the range of $ 310 - $ 330 / t FOB CIS. In the fourth quarter the decline in prices for ammonium nitrate was mainly due to pressure from the price of urea.

Since the beginning of 2011, the global market of phosphorus fertilizers was characterized by stable shortages that arose due to the decrease in supply from major sources. Prices increased steadily and in September 2011 reached the level that exceeded the same period the year before by 33%. Large volumes of imports of phosphate fertilizers to South Asia and Latin America during the period from the first to the third quarter 2011 allowed large amounts of stocks to accumulate, which led to the decrease in prices in the fourth quarter.

The NPK market in 2011 basically repeated the dynamics of phosphates.

Sales

Against the background of steady high demand for mineral fertilizers in Russia and abroad for most of 2011, the Group's sales rose by 7% compared to 2010, amounting to a total of 4,920 thousand tons. Sales of urea increased by 18%, sales of phosphate fertilizers grew by 10%. Sales of "other chemicals" increased by 55% due to the increase of sales of ammonium nitrate for industrial use, as well as launch of export sales of new products.

Sales of Commercial Products of URALCHEM Group in 2011-2010 (thousands of tons)

Name of Product 2011 2010 Year-on-Year Change, %
Ammonium nitrate and its derivatives 2,169 2,225 -3%
Complex fertilizers 584 591 -1%
Phosphate fertilizers 543 494 10%
Urea 521 440 18%
Ammonia 449 407 10%
Other chemicals, including ammonium nitrate for industrial use 654 421 55%
Total 4,920 4,578 7%

Financial Situation

Due to the increase in revenue, cash generated from operating activities amounted to US $ 525 million for the year ended 31 December 2011, compared to US $ 135 million for the same period the year before.

On 31 December 2011, the Company's net debt amounted to US $ 930.8 million. The weighted average interest rate in the loan portfolio for the year ended 31 December 2011 amounted to 6.35% compared to 9.07% for the year ended 31 December 2010.

URALCHEM HOLDING P.L.C. is a holding company of the URALCHEM Group, which includes four fertilizer manufacturing facilities in Russia. URALCHEM Group is one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers in Russia and the CIS with production capacities of over 2.5 million tons of ammonium nitrate, 2.8 million tons of ammonia, 0.8 million tons of MAP and DAP, 0.8 million tons of complex fertilizers and 1.2 million tons of urea. URALCHEM Group is the second largest ammonium nitrate producer in the world and number one in Russia, the second largest producer of nitrogen fertilizers in Russia. URALCHEM Group's key production assets include Azot Branch of URALCHEM, OJSC in Berezniki, Perm Region; OJSC Minudobrenia, Perm; MFP Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works, OJSC Branch in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Kirov region; Voskresensk Mineral Fertilizers, OJSC in Voskresensk, Moscow region.


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