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Grupa Azoty Group financial results significantly affected by market conditions in Europe
Grupa Azoty Group’s financial results for the second quarter of 2023 are in line with the estimates presented on September 18th 2023. In the three months ended June 30th 2023, the Grupa Azoty Group generated consolidated revenue of PLN 3,491m, EBITDA of PLN -608m, and an EBITDA margin of -17.4%. As highlighted in the press release regarding estimated results, the reporting period witnessed the convergence of adverse market factors impacting all producers in the European fertilizer and chemical industry. Those adverse developments arose as a consequence of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the European Union’s decision to suspend tariffs on imports of urea and ammonia from countries outside the EU.
Estimates of financial results of the Grupa Azoty Group for the three and six months ended June 30th 2023
In the three months ended June 30th 2023, the Grupa Azoty Group generated consolidated revenue of PLN 3,491m, EBITDA of PLN -608m, and an EBITDA margin of -17.4%. During the period, the Grupa Azoty Group and other European producers faced macroeconomic headwinds due to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, leading to reduced demand in the markets for the Group companies’ products and their downstream markets. Based on the production volume estimates published by the Grupa Azoty Group since the beginning of this year, we have observed an upward trend in fertilizer demand since the third quarter. If the trend continues, it is expected to have a positive impact on the Group’s financial results in 2023.
Over 50 companies from across Poland took part in the first edition of the ‘Małopolskie Dni Druku 3D’ technology conference
Hosted by Grupa Azoty and Technology Applied in Tarnów, the event centred around the theme ‘The Era of Industrial 3D Printing’. The conference brought together specialists with years of experience in additive manufacturing technologies. During the event, companies showcased their latest innovations in the field.
Grupa Azoty increases fertilizer production
The Grupa Azoty Group has released estimated output figures for August, highlighting the third consecutive month of steady growth in nitrogen fertilizer production. In August, Group companies manufactured an estimated 251,000 tonnes of nitrogen fertilizers, a substantial rise from 140,000 tonnes in May. As regards compound fertilizers, in July the Group reported production of 47,000 tonnes, with estimates for August at 54,000 tonnes. This upward trend has been primarily driven by a marked improvement in demand, especially evident when compared to the demand patterns from the first half of 2023.
Following advancement of Grupa Azoty Unia Tarnów to the play-offs, Grupa Azoty S.A. increases its financial commitment to the Tarnów speedway club
Grupa Azoty S.A. has decided to increase its financial commitment to the speedway club from Tarnów. The funds will secure further support for its sports activities. The results achieved in the regular phase earned Grupa Azoty Unia Tarnów promotion to the play-offs. On September 9th, the team will compete against Texom Stal Rzeszów.
Consent to waiver of certain covenants under Grupa Azoty Group’s financing agreements
On August 31st 2023, Grupa Azoty signed waiver and amendment letters with 13 financing institutions whereby they agreed to waive certain covenants laid down in agreements on the provision of financing to Grupa Azoty and Grupa Azoty Police. The waiver was granted in response to requests submitted by these entities in June 2023. Under the waiver letters, consent was given to waive the net debt/EBITDA covenant as at the end of June 2023. The terms of the waiver letters do not differ from standard terms used in agreements of this type. Grupa Azoty will remain in continued dialogue with the financing institutions.