Outokumpu – Significant improvement in 2017, full-year adjusted EBITDA more than doubled to EUR 631 million

Outokumpu Oyj
Financial statements release
January 31, 2018 at 12.00 pm EET

Highlights in the fourth quarter of 2017

Outokumpu’s fourth-quarter adjusted EBITDA amounted to EUR 82 million, compared to EUR 98 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  Profitability declined due to maintenance work and lower deliveries in Europe and higher costs in the Americas, whereas the result was supported by higher ferrochrome volume and prices, as well as improved overall efficiency. Raw material-related inventory and metal derivative gains were EUR 6 million (EUR 0 million)1

  • Stainless steel deliveries were 561,000 tonnes (596,000 tonnes).
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 was EUR 82 million (EUR 98 million).
  • EBITDA was EUR 82 million (EUR 128 million).
  • Adjusted EBIT3 was EUR 30 million (EUR 38 million).
  • EBIT was EUR 30 million (EUR 69 million).
  • Operating cash flow was EUR 104 million (EUR 199 million). 

Highlights of 2017 

  • Stainless steel deliveries were 2,448,000 tonnes (2,444,000 tonnes).
  • Adjusted EBITDA was EUR 631 million (EUR 309 million).
  • EBITDA was EUR 663 million (EUR 355 million).
  • Adjusted EBIT was EUR 414 million (EUR 57 million).
  • EBIT was EUR 445 million (EUR 103 million).
  • Net result was EUR 392 million (EUR 144 million)
  • Operating cash flow was EUR 328 million (EUR 389 million).
  • Net debt decreased to EUR 1,091 million (EUR 1,242 million).
  • Gearing was 40.1% (51.4%).
  • Return on capital employed (ROCE) was 11.3% (2.6%).
  • The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of EUR 0.25 per share for 2017 

1 Figures in parentheses refer to the corresponding period for 2016, unless otherwise stated.
2 EBITDA excluding items classified as adjustments. Adjustments are material income and expense items such as restructuring costs, and gains or losses on sale of assets or businesses.
3 EBIT excluding items classified as adjustments. 

Group key figures            
    IV/17 IV/16 III/17 2017 2016
Sales EUR million 1,465 1,506 1,482 6,363 5,690
EBITDA EUR million 82 128 62 663 355
Adjusted EBITDA 1) EUR million 82 98 56 631 309
EBIT EUR million 30 69 9 445 103
Adjusted EBIT 2) EUR million 30 38 2 414 57
Result before taxes EUR million 0 43 -24 327 -13
Net result for the period EUR million 128 192 -27 392 144
Earnings per share EUR 0.31 0.46 -0.07 0.95 0.35
Diluted earnings per share EUR 0.29 0.46 -0.07 0.90 0.35
Return on capital employed % 11.3 2.6 12.4 11.3 2.6
Net cash generated from operating activities EUR million 104 199 126 328 389
Net debt at the end of period EUR million 1,091 1,242 1,130 1,091 1,242
Debt-to-equity ratio at the end of period % 40.1 51.4 44.4 40.1 51.4
Capital expenditure EUR million 84 61 40 174 164
Stainless steel deliveries 3) 1,000 tonnes 561 596 623 2,448 2,444
Personnel at the end of period   10,141 10,600 10,276 10,141 10,600
1) Adjusted EBITDA = EBITDA – Items classified as adjustments.          
2) Adjusted EBIT = EBIT – Items classified as adjustments.           
3) Excludes ferrochrome deliveries.            


Business and financial outlook for the first quarter of 2018

Driven by healthy underlying stainless steel demand both in Europe and the US, as well as a seasonally strong market, Outokumpu expects higher stainless steel deliveries in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.

However, increased graphite electrode, ferrosilicon and energy costs, as well as weakening US dollar and lower ferrochrome price are expected to have a significant negative impact on profitability.

Outokumpu expects its first-quarter adjusted EBITDA to be higher compared to the previous quarter (IV/17: EUR 82 million). 

CEO Roeland Baan:

“2017 was a successful year for Outokumpu both financially and operationally. I want to start with safety and organizational development. We made tremendous progress on safety and reduced our total recordable incident frequency rate from 8.7 to 4.4 which is well below the industry average. Based on our annual survey, our Organizational Health Index improved by one quartile indicating that we are steadily becoming a high-performing organization.

Outokumpu’s full-year adjusted EBITDA more than doubled from EUR 309 million to EUR 631 million on sales of EUR 6.4 billion. While the strong results were supported by higher ferrochrome and base prices, a big portion of the value creation can be tracked back to our relentless focus on cost control and productivity measures. As an example, we achieved our target to reduce SG&A costs by 25 per cent since 2015 to an annual run rate of EUR 300 million.

I am especially pleased with the substantial progress made in improving the financial position of the company. We met our ambitious target of net debt below EUR 1.1 billion thanks to the solid operating cash flow of EUR 328 million. The profile of our debt also improved with the renewal of our EUR 650 million syndicated credit facility and the redemption of the 2019 bonds. In light of all these positive developments, Outokumpu’s corporate family and senior secured notes ratings were upgraded during the final quarter of the year.

Rigorous execution of our six must-win battles continued in all business areas leading to higher earnings, efficiency improvements and continuously strong market position. Business area Europe’s profitability nearly doubled thanks to our stainless business delivering record high results. The financial performance of our ferrochrome operations was also on a good level despite production volumes being lower due to operational issues. After a tough 2016, Long Products’ profitability recovered to healthy levels as a result of decisive cost control, and the business area is well positioned for further growth. 

In 2017, the Americas team continued to drive improvement measures based on the strong progress achieved the year before. Record-high delivery volumes and tight cost control form a sound basis for further development. Despite some unexpected external factors straining the Americas’ profitability in the second half of the year, the business area’s full-year adjusted EBITDA of EUR 21 million marked a substantial positive swing of almost EUR 50 million over 2016.

As a result of the relentless strategy execution by the whole Outokumpu team during the past two years, we have strengthened our financial position, as well as our status as the leading stainless steel provider on the market. To further lever these strengths, one of our key targets for 2018 is to enhance the reliability of all our operations throughout the whole value chain. Having the best delivery performance of the industry is essential to become the best value creator in stainless steel by 2020.”

Conference call today on January 31, 2018 at 3.00 pm EET

A conference call for investors and analysts will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 3.00 pm EET (8.00 am US EDT, 1.00 pm UK, 2.00 pm CET). The results call will be hosted by Outokumpu’s CEO Roeland Baan and CFO Christoph de la Camp. To participate in the conference call, please dial in 5−10 minutes before the beginning of the event:

Finland: +358 9 7479 0361
UK/Europe: +44 330 336 9105              
US & Canada: +1 646 828 8156
Confirmation code: 1335430 

The event can be viewed live at https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/yb6xwfx2. The stock exchange release and the presentation material will be available before the event at www.outokumpu.com/en/investors.

A recording of the event will be available at www.outokumpu.com/en/investors/IR-events/webcasts as of January 31, 2018 at around 6.00 pm EET.

For more information:

Investors: Tommi Järvenpää, tel. +358 9 421 34 66, +358 40 576 0288

Media: Reeta Kaukiainen, +358 50 522 0924

Outokumpu Group


Outokumpu is a global leader in stainless steel. We create advanced materials that are efficient, long lasting and recyclable – thus building a world that lasts forever. Stainless steel, invented a century ago, is an ideal material to create lasting solutions in demanding applications from cutlery to bridges, energy and medical equipment: it is 100% recyclable, corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free, durable and hygienic. Outokumpu employs some 10,000 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq Helsinki.  www.outokumpu.com      outokumpu.com/stainless-news