Fertiglobe, the strategic partnership between ADNOC and OCI Global, the largest nitrogen fertiliser producer in the Middle East and North Africa region, and an early mover in sustainable ammonia, today reported Q3 2023 revenues of $525 million, adjusted EBITDA of $199 million, adjusted net profit of $41 million, and free cash flows of $126 million.
Own-produced sales volumes rose by 8% for the third quarter relative to the same period last year, driven by 10% higher own-produced urea sales volumes.
For the nine months ended 30 September 2023, the company reported revenues of $1.8 billion, adjusted EBITDA of $715 million, adjusted net profit of $261 million, and free cash flows of $458 million.
Fertiglobe's board of directors approved dividends of $275 million for H1 2023, equivalent to 12 fils/share. The company's healthy free cash flow conversion and strong balance sheet (net cash position of $28 million or 0.0x net leverage / LTM adjusted EBITDA as of 30 September 2023) enable it to maintain dividend payments while investing in value accretive growth projects.
Ahmed El-Hoshy, CEO of Fertiglobe, commented, "Despite the traditional summer lull for fertiliser sales, we saw nitrogen prices maintain their positive momentum in Q3, driven by tightening markets on planned and unplanned supply disruptions, restocking demand, as well as expectations of reduced exports from China. Nitrogen prices have increased significantly from their troughs in the second and third quarters, and we expect the benefits from these increases to materialise in the fourth quarter."
The short-term outlook is further underpinned by a strong order book for ammonia and urea sales in Q4 2023. In the medium to longer term, the nitrogen outlook remains favourable, with limited incremental supply additions over the next several years, healthy farm economics, and elevated energy prices raising marginal cost floors, particularly going into winter.
The company's own-produced Q3 2023 sales volumes were up 8% year-on-year, primarily due to 10% higher own-produced urea sales volumes. The expected recovery in demand ahead of the spring application season in the Northern Hemisphere should continue to support prices going in Q4 2023, and Fertiglobe remains ideally positioned to serve key import markets.
In the third quarter, nitrogen prices reflected tighter market balances due to record low inventory levels, healthy demand from crucial importing regions, restrictions on Chinese urea exports, and supply disruptions.
El-Hoshy added, "Alongside ADNOC, we recently announced the pilot deployment of the world's first modular CycloneCC carbon capture unit at our Fertil plant in the UAE, with the potential for broader deployment across our operations, if successful. Looking ahead, we are committed to leveraging our state-of-the-art ammonia facilities and global distribution infrastructure to expand our low-carbon ammonia capacity as part of our commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of our operations and meeting increasing demand for low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia."
Fertiglobe has recently launched initiatives to further optimise its cost structure and reinforce its top quartile cash cost positioning, targeting $50 million in recurring annualised savings by the end of 2024. Key focus areas include enhancements to the operating model, improvements in logistical capabilities, and increased capex and opex efficiencies.
Meanwhile, Fertiglobe's manufacturing improvement plan remains on track to deliver further operational and cost efficiencies between 2023 and 2025.
Following quarter-end, Fertiglobe has reached a commercial agreement with a group of its core relationship banks on the terms of a new $500 million term facility, which is expected to be executed shortly. Once the facility is executed, the proceeds will be used to refinance shorter-term borrowings, further improving Fertiglobe's maturity profile and liquidity in line with the company's commitment to an investment-grade capital structure.
As of 30 September 2023, Fertiglobe reported a net cash position of $28 million, compared to a net cash position of $287 million as of 31 December 2022, allowing it to continue balancing the pursuit of future growth opportunities with an attractive dividend pay-out.
Fertiglobe announced the board of directors' approval of H1 2023 dividends at $275 million, equivalent to 12 fils per share, payable in the next few weeks.