Boulogne-Billancourt (France), May 13th 2020 – Vallourec, a world leader in premium tubular solutions, today announces its results for the first quarter of 2020. The consolidated financial information was presented by Vallourec’s Management Board to its Supervisory Board on May 12th 2020.
Q1 results: stable EBITDA yoy
Revenue of €853 million, down 17% year-on-year, mainly driven by lower Oil & Gas revenue
EBITDA stable at €68 million, versus €67 million in Q1 2019, with margin up +1.5p.p. to 8.0%
Free cash flow consumption of (€181) million versus (€159) million in Q1 2019, driven by usual seasonality of working capital requirement
Net debt at €2,267 million
Measures taken to face Covid-19 and Oil crisis
Safety of employees and contractors as first priority while maintaining service to customers
Workforce reduction in North America of more than 1/3 (more than 900 positions) across all plants and support functions
Full adaptation of variable costs; in addition, €130 million gross savings targeted in 2020
Capex envelope reduced by 20% versus c.€200 million announced in February 2020
Working capital requirement reduction thanks to ongoing action plans, activity decline and usual reverse seasonality towards the end of the year
Balance sheet and liquidity update
Liquidity position at €1,779 million as of March
The resolutions related to Rights Issue of €800 million announced on February 19, 2020 were approved by shareholders at the General Meeting held on April 6, 2020
While the markets remain volatile, the Group intends to proceed with the execution of the rights issue as soon as the operating environment offers improved visibility and when the general market conditions allow
Outlook: while volatility on our markets still presents high uncertainties
2020 activity and results should be significantly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis and associated drop in oil price and E&P capex, despite strong cost savings measures
In comparison with the first quarter, the following ones should see a severe deterioration of results in North America and to a much lesser degree from Industry markets. This should be offset to a good extent by increased activity in offshore Brazil and supported by resilient iron ore prices and long high alloy products backlog in EA-MEA
2020 free cash flow consumption targeted to be significantly reduced from Q1
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Edouard Guinotte, Chairman of the Management Board, declared:
In this unprecedented context marked by the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, our first concern is to ensure the health and safety of our teams. We therefore implemented strict safety measures in all our plants and offices around the world, while maintaining service to customers.
Covid-19 pandemic has also generated a considerable drop in Oil demand and prices, which is ultimately leading our customers to adjust their investments in Exploration and Production. US shale drilling is by far the most affected. At the end of April, the rig count in the US dropped by close to 50% from end of 2019 with no signs of stabilization in sight. In the rest of the world, the drop in activity is expected to be less pronounced and to materialize gradually, while deliveries in pre-salt in Brazil should increase.
We took immediate actions in each of our operations to adjust production capacities and staff consistently with expected activity. We launched the reduction of over 900 positions in the US, while implementing extensive short-time work and furlough in other regions. In addition, fixed costs and capex are being further reduced across the Group.
These are difficult and extraordinary times for our industry, but I would like to commend all Vallourec teams worldwide for their continued focus, professionalism and collective engagement to adapt and work through this crisis.
Despite the current disruption in some of our markets, we will benefit from demonstrated resilience levers, such as increased deep-offshore drilling and sustained activity of our mine in Brazil or the continuous impact of our Transformation Plan. We entered this new crisis relying on restored competitiveness, the greater flexibility of our industrial footprint and a reduced break-even point. We also expect to reap the early benefits of our Acceleration program in H2 2020 and through 2021-2022. I am therefore confident that Vallourec has all the means to weather out this crisis and prepare for the future.
IEA latest simulations indicate that the massive impact of Covid-19 on oil demand should fade over H2 and the ongoing supply cuts would lead the oil market to rebalance accordingly.
Looking further ahead, our value creation levers remain unchanged. We intend to proceed with the execution of the rights issue as soon as the market conditions allow it.
I – MEASURES TAKEN TO FACE COVID-19: HEALTH AND SAFETY
While keeping the safety and protection of its employees and contractors as its first priority, Vallourec is doing its utmost to ensure the continuity of service to its clients.
Operations and working conditions are maintained in strict conformance with recommendations of the World Health Organization as well as governmental and local regulations. We have implemented new rules to avoid contacts and limit the number of employees physically located at the same place, for instance. We have reorganized shift patterns by adapting start and leave time for work shift and we have deployed home officing as a rule when applicable. This is controlled by both local and corporate dedicated coordination cells.
Following Covid-19 lockdown-related measures, our Chinese operations remained closed for one additional week after the Chinese New Year holidays, and our mills in France were shut-down for two weeks in March. All Vallourec plants are now running in consistence with the level of activity.
In the face of this unprecedented situation, Vallourec Group is fully dedicated to maintain its service commitments.
II – ADAPTATION MEASURES TO FACE THE CURRENT STRONG MARKET DOWNTURN
Strong adaptation measures immediately launched and additional gross savings
The Group decided to immediately implement strong adaptation measures by adjusting variable costs and working hours to the activity in each geography.
In North America, a workforce reduction of more than 1/3 (more than 900 positions) across all plants as well as support functions has been decided and will be mostly effective in May 2020.
Additional savings will be generated through strengthening the expenditure control (review of sourcing contracts, lower delegation levels for expenses,..) as well as freezing hiring. Full adaptation of variable costs (including direct labor); in addition, €130 million gross savings targeted in 2020.
The Group will control strictly its cash expenses through the reduction of the 2020 capex envelope by 20% versus c.€200 million announced in February 2020 and of its working capital requirement thanks to ongoing action plans, activity decline and usual reverse seasonality towards the end of the year.
III - CONSOLIDATED REVENUE BY MARKET
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Industry & Other
Over the first quarter of 2020, Vallourec recorded revenue of €853 million, down 17% compared with the first quarter of 2019 (-15% at constant exchange rates) with:
a significant volume impact of -21% mainly driven by Oil & Gas.
a positive price/mix effect of 6% reflecting better price/mix in Oil & Gas EA-MEA despite lower prices in North America.
a currency effect of -2%.
Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals (72% of consolidated revenue)
Oil & Gas revenue reached €552 million in Q1 2020, a €120m decrease or -18% year-on-year (-18% at constant exchange rates), reflecting mainly lower revenue from North America and EA-MEA.
In EA-MEA, Oil & Gas revenue decrease reflected lower shipments, in line with deliveries schedule for large orders.
In North America, Oil & Gas revenue decrease was driven by lower deliveries due to the onshore market slowdown, as well as a pressure on prices which continued in Q1.
In South America, Oil & Gas revenue decrease was due to a currency effect.
Petrochemicals revenue was €61 million in Q1 2020, down 9% year-on-year (-8% at constant exchange rates) notably due to lower volumes of line pipes sold in North America.
Industry & Other (23% of consolidated revenue)
Industry & Other revenue amounted to €193 million in Q1 2020, down 18% year-on-year (-12% at constant exchange rates):
In Europe, Industry revenue was down year on year reflecting mainly lower volumes.
In South America, Industry & Other revenue was down, reflecting lower Automotive volumes and unfavorable currency effect, partially offset by higher volumes in Mechanical Engineering. The mine revenue was almost stable.
Power Generation (5% of consolidated revenue)
Power Generation revenue amounted to €47 million in Q1 2020, down 6% year-on-year. This decrease is due, as previously indicated, to the decline in global demand for coal-fired conventional power plants.
As a reminder, the closure of the Reisholz site in Germany, dedicated to coal-fired conventional power plants, will be effective in H2 2020.
IV - Q1 2020 CONSOLIDATED RESULTS ANALYSIS
In Q1 2020, EBITDA was stable at €68 million and up 1.5p.p. in percentage of revenue to 8.0%, as a result of:
An industrial margin of €161 million, slightly down €7 million compared with Q1 2019, while up 2.5p.p. in percentage of revenue, due to lower activity in Oil & Gas in North America offset to a large extent by positives in other business segments.
A 3.2% decrease in sales, general and administrative costs (SG&A) at €90 million, representing 10.6% of revenue compared with 9.1% in Q1 2019.
Operating result decreased by €10 million to a loss of (€29) million, compared to a loss of (€19) million in Q1 2019, mainly due to a restructuring provision of €21 million recorded in North America related to our adaptation plan partly offset by lower depreciation of industrial assets.
Financial result was negative at (€35) million, a €26 million improvement compared to (€61) million in Q1 2019, reflecting higher financial expenses being more than offset by other financial income for €29 million, including mainly the settlement of a dispute in Brazil for €26 million.
Income tax amounted to (€20) million mainly related to Brazil, compared to (€8) million in Q1 2019.
This resulted in a net loss, Group share, of (€74) million, compared to (€90) million in Q1 2019.
V - CASH FLOW & FINANCIAL POSITION
Cash flow from operating activities In Q1 2020, cash flow from operating activities reached (€31) million, almost stable compared to (€29) million in Q1 2019.
Operating working capital requirement Operating working capital requirement increased by €119 million, reflecting usual seasonality, versus an increase of €113 million in Q1 2019. Net working capital requirement slightly increased to 119 days of sales, compared to 117 in Q1 2019.
Capex Capital expenditure was (€31) million, compared to (€17) million in Q1 2019.
Free cash flow As a result, in Q1 2020, the Group generated a negative free cash flow of (€181) million, compared with (€159) million in Q1 2019.
Asset disposals & other items Asset disposals & other items amounted to (€55) million, as a result of currency effects on net debt and of the repayment of leasing debts (IFRS16) for (€10) million.
Net debt and liquidity As at March 31st 2020, net debt stood at €2,267 million, compared with €2,031 million on December 31st 2019.
As at March 31st 2020, lease debt stood at €115 million.
Cash as at March 31st 2020 amounted to €1,656 million, and €123 million of the €1,934 million committed bank facilities were unused. At the same date, long term debt amounted to €1,745 million and short-term debt to €2,178 million, including €81 million of commercial paper and €1,811 million drawn from the €1,934 million committed banking facilities, of which €100 million maturing in July 2020 and €1,724 million in February 2021.
As at March 31st 2020, the banking covenant ratio, as defined in the banking contracts (4) and tested once a year on December 31st, was estimated at 92%.
VI – Rights issue
The Shareholders Meeting held on April 6, 2020 adopted the resolutions necessary for the implementation of the rights issue of €800 million announced on 19 February 2020.
On April 6, 2020, Vallourec decided a reduction in the nominal value of the shares.
Vallourec launched on April 12, 2020 a reverse stock split on an exchange basis of 40 existing shares for 1 new share. This will be effective on May 25, 2020. Following these transactions, the nominal value of shares will be equal to €0.02.
While the markets remain volatile, the Group intends to proceed with the execution of the rights issue as soon as the operating environment offers improved visibility and when the general market conditions allow.
VII – 2020 OUTLOOK
While volatility on our markets remains high, activity and results should be significantly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis and associated drop in oil price and E&P capex, despite strong adaptations measures.
Oil & Gas
In EA-MEA, while many IOCs are cutting CAPEX by c.25%, NOCs are expected to maintain most of their operations and tendering activities, especially in the Middle East. Our deliveries in coming quarters should benefit from the long backlog in high alloy products booked in 2019.
In North America, shale operators drastically reduce their drilling plans following the massive drop in WTI prices: US rig count was at 374 as of May 8th, a 54% decline versus December 2019. Further reduction in rig count is expected and will strongly impact OCTG shipments over the year.
In Brazil, while Petrobras announced a significant reduction of its 2020 capex, the number of drilled wells is still forecasted to increase. Deliveries of premium OCTG are expected to ramp-up in H2.
Industry & Other
In Europe and Brazil, demand from Industry is expected to be strongly impacted by Covid-19 crisis.
Volume of iron ore produced in Brazil is expected to be in line with 2019, while prices are so far showing resilience.
·Full adaptation of variable costs (including direct labor); in addition, €130 million gross savings targeted in 2020. ·2020 capex envelope reduced by 20%. ·Working capital requirements reduction thanks to ongoing action plans, activity decline and usual reverse seasonality towards the end of the year.
In comparison with the first quarter, the following ones should see a severe deterioration of results in North America and to a much lesser degree from Industry markets. This should be offset to a good extent by increased activity in offshore Brazil and supported by resilient iron ore prices and long high alloy products backlog in EA-MEA.
2020 free cash flow consumption targeted to be significantly reduced from Q1.
Information and Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements include financial forecasts and estimates as well as assumptions on which they are based, statements related to projects, objectives and expectations concerning future operations, products and services or future performance. Although Vallourec’s management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable, Vallourec cannot guarantee their accuracy or completeness and these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that are difficult to foresee and generally beyond Vallourec’s control, which may mean that the actual results and developments may differ significantly from those expressed, induced or forecasted in the statements. These risks include those developed or identified in the public documents filed by Vallourec with the AMF, including those listed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Universal Registration Document filed with the AMF on March 20th 2020.
This press release does not, and shall not, in any circumstances constitute a public offering or an invitation to the public in connection with any offer.
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This announcement is not a prospectus within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and the Council of June 14, 2017 (as amended or superseded, the “Prospectus Regulation”). No securities offering will be opened to the public in France before the delivery of the visa on a prospectus prepared in compliance with the Prospectus Regulation, as approved by the AMF.
In France, an offer of securities to the public may only be made pursuant to a prospectus approved by the AMF. With respect to the member States of the European Economic Area (each, a “relevant member State”), other than France, no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken to make an offer to the public of the shares requiring a publication of a prospectus in any relevant member State. Consequently, the securities cannot be offered and will not be offered in any member State (other than France), except in accordance with the exemptions set out in Article 1(4) of the Prospectus Regulation, or in the other case which does not require the publication by Vallourec of a prospectus pursuant to the Prospectus Regulation and/or applicable regulation in the member States.
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Presentation of Q1 2020 results
Analyst conference call / audio webcast at 6:30 pm (Paris time) to be held in English.
Vallourec is a world leader in premium tubular solutions for the energy markets and for demanding industrial applications such as oil & gas wells in harsh environments, new generation power plants, challenging architectural projects, and high-performance mechanical equipment. Vallourec’s pioneering spirit and cutting edge R&D open new technological frontiers. With close to 19,000 dedicated and passionate employees in more than 20 countries, Vallourec works hand-in-hand with its customers to offer more than just tubes: Vallourec delivers innovative, safe, competitive and smart tubular solutions, to make every project possible.
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July 29th 2020
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Banking covenant:as defined in the banking agreements, the “banking covenant” ratio is the ratio of the Group’s consolidated net debt including the “financial lease debt” and the shareholder loan in Brazil to the Group’s equity, restated for reserves of changes in fair value of financial instruments and foreign currency translation reserve. This indebtedness ratio is tested once a year on December 31st, and must be below a limit of 100% on this date.
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Free cash flow: Free cash-flow (FCF) is defined as cash flow from operating activities minus gross capital expenditure and plus/minus change in operating working capital requirement.
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Working capital requirement: defined as trade receivables plus inventories minus trade payables (excluding provisions).
(4)Banking covenant: As defined in the banking agreements, the “banking covenant” ratio is the ratio of the Group’s consolidated net debt including the shareholder loan in Brazil and the “financial lease debt” (excluding “operational lease”) to the Group’s equity, restated for reserves of changes in fair value of financial instruments and foreign currency translation reserve. This indebtedness ratio is tested once a year on December 31st, and must be below a limit of 100% on this date.