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ADAMA overcomes headwinds to conclude another quarter with billion-dollar sales

Continues gaining share, crossing the $2 billion mark year-to-date

  • Q2 Sales of $1,002 million, in line with last year in local currencies, lower by 2.1% in US dollar terms
    • Continued robust growth in Latin America and Asia-Pacific, together with contribution of joiners, largely offsetting weather- and supply-related delays in North America, Europe and India
    • Continued price increases, averaging 3% across all regions
    • Jingzhou old site gradually resuming operation, resulting in short supply of high-demand products
    • H1 sales of $2,008 million, exceeding last year’s in constant currencies, lower by 1.8% in US dollar terms
    • Cumulative 8% price increases across the portfolio since the beginning of 2018
    • Lack of high-demand products due to Jingzhou old site disruption constraining H1 sales by approximately $100 million
    • Sales of formulated, branded products in China, other than those from the Jingzhou old site, grew by more than 20% in both the quarter and the half-year
  • Q2 Gross Profit of $327 million
    • Gross margin of 32.6% vs. 33.4% last year
    • H1 gross profit of $673 million, with gross margin of 33.5% vs. 33.9% last year
    • Robust prices largely offset lower volume, higher procurement costs and softer currencies
    • Jingzhou old site disruption constraining H1 gross profit by approximately $35 million
  • Q2 EBITDA of $177 million
    • EBITDA margin of 17.7%, 0.8 p.p. below last year
    • H1 EBITDA of $365 million, with EBITDA margin of 18.2%, in line with H1 of last year
    • Strong containment of operating expenses while recording idleness cost at Jingzhou old site
    • Jingzhou old site disruption, including idleness cost, constraining H1 EBITDA by approximately $50 million
  • Q2 Net Income of $51 million
    • Net income margin of 5.1%, 2.0 p.p. below last year
    • H1 net income of $131 million, with net income margin of 6.5%
    • Jingzhou old site disruption, including expected lower resulting taxes, constraining H1 Net Income by approximately $40 million

BEIJING, CHINA and TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 21, 2019 – ADAMA Ltd. (the “Company”) (SZSE 000553) today reported its financial results for the second quarter and six-month period ended June 30, 2019.

Table 1. Financial Performance Summary

Adjusted, US$m

 

Q2 2019

Q2 2018

%

Change

%

Change

CER

 

H1 2019

H1 2018

% Change

%

Change

CER

Revenues

 

1,002

1,023

-2.1%

-0.6%

 

2,008

2,045

-1.8%

+0.2%

Gross profit

 

327

342

-4.3%

 

 

673

694

-3.0%

 

Gross margin

 

32.6%

33.4%

 

 

 

33.5%

33.9%

 

 

Operating income (EBIT)

 

116

137

-15.6%

 

 

242

273

-11.2%

 

EBIT margin

 

11.5%

13.4%

 

 

 

12.1%

13.3%

 

 

Net income

 

51

73

-30.3%

 

 

131

157

-16.5%

 

Net income margin

 

5.1%

7.1%

 

 

 

6.5%

7.7%

 

 

EBITDA

 

177

189

-6.2%

 

 

365

379

-3.7%

 

EBITDA margin

 

17.7%

18.5%

 

 

 

18.2%

18.5%

 

 

Earnings per share      - USD

 

0.0208

0.0299

 

 

 

0.0535

0.0641

 

 

                                    - RMB

 

0.1419

0.1905

 

 

 

0.3626

0.4083

 

 

 

All income statement items contained in this release are presented on an adjusted basis. A detailed description and analysis of differences between the adjusted income statement and that reported in the financial statements is contained in the “Analysis of Gaps between Adjusted Income Statement and Income Statement in Financial Statements” in the appendix to this release. EPS are the same for basic and diluted. Q2 and H1 2019 include the results of both Bonide and Anpon following the completion of their acquisition.  

 

Commenting on the results, Yang Xingqiang, Chairman of ADAMA’s Board of Directors, said, “In challenging times, the Company’s ability to successfully execute on its growth strategy anchors our strength. Our robust and expanding product portfolio, combined with our strong global market presence, has allowed us to overcome market and supply challenges and deliver a resilient performance.”

Chen Lichtenstein, President and CEO of ADAMA, added, “We now cross difficult market conditions, with adverse weather, industry-wide supply constraints and currency headwinds. In addition, as the gradual ramp-up of production at the Jingzhou old site is ongoing, we still lack sufficient supply of products in high demand. We drive our performance by capitalizing on growth markets, deepening our commercial presence and launching new and differentiated products, and continue to outgrow the market.”

Performance in Context of Market Environment

Significant precipitation in North America in the first quarter followed by unprecedented flooding in the second quarter, alongside extreme dry weather in Europe, India and parts of Asia-Pacific, delayed and reduced application of crop protection products in these regions. Latin America benefited from relatively strong demand in the southern hemisphere off-season. India’s monsoon season started late in the second quarter, delaying the sowing of several summer-planted crops.    

Crop prices have generally remained subdued in the first half of 2019, with the exception of corn, which continues to challenge farmer income in most regions, resulting in continued sluggish demand for crop protection products.

The sustained supply-constrained environment, mostly owing to increased environmental focus in China, has seen continued industry-wide shortages in certain raw materials and intermediates, and resulted in procurement costs remaining elevated compared to the first half of last year. The Company continues to raise its prices in all regions and contain its manufacturing and other operating costs to mitigate this impact.

Looking toward the second half of the year, the Company expects robust growth, as the southern hemisphere regions, which are performing strongly, move into their peak season, as the Monsoon season progresses in India, and as supply constraints start alleviating.

Financial Highlights

Revenues in the second quarter were $1,002 million, in-line with the same period last year in constant currency terms, and somewhat lower in US dollar terms (5% up in RMB terms). Half-year sales reached $2,008 million, slightly above last year in constant currency terms, and somewhat below in US dollar terms (5% up in RMB terms), reflecting the lack of high-demand products due to the Jingzhou old site disruption, which constrained H1 sales by approximately $100 million.

The extended cold and wet conditions in North America, alongside dry weather in Europe, India and parts of Asia-Pacific, delayed and reduced application of crop protection products, while continued tight supply conditions prevented the Company from taking advantage of demand for certain products.

Strong growth in Latin America, led by Brazil, as well as resilient performance in APAC, notably Australia, alongside the contribution of joiners Bonide and Anpon, partially offset these weather- and supply-related delays. The continued supportive pricing environment allowed for the passing on of some of the impact of the constrained supply and higher procurement costs, while mitigating the impact of generally softer currencies. ADAMA continues to drive growth with new launches of differentiated product throughout all regions.

In China, continued strong demand for the Company’s differentiated, formulated and branded products is supporting the shift towards sales through its own channels and away from sales of unformulated, technical active ingredients to intermediaries.

Gross profit in the second quarter was $327 million (gross margin of 32.6%) and $673 million (gross margin of 33.5%) in the half-year, compared to $342 million (gross margin of 33.4%) and $694 million (gross margin of 33.9%) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively (up by 2% and 3%, respectively, in RMB terms). The relatively modest decline in gross margin reflects the benefit of stronger pricing, which compensated for a large part of the impact of the lower available volumes, higher procurement costs and softer currencies. The Jingzhou old site disruption constrained H1 gross profit by approximately $35 million.

Operating expenses. Total operating expenses were $211 million (21.1% of sales) in the second quarter and $430 million (21.4% of sales) in the half-year, compared to $205 million (20.0% of sales) and $421 million (20.6% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. These moderate increases reflect the ongoing containment of expenses, aided by softer currencies as well as net other operating income of $18 million in the half-year from expropriation of land, which offset the inclusion of joiners as well as the recording of a charge in the half-year of $20 million in respect of idleness costs at the Jingzhou old site, as it advances its gradual ramp-up in production.

Sales and Marketing expenses in the second quarter were $160 million (16.0% of sales), and $324 million (16.1% of sales) in the first half, compared to $157 million (15.4% of sales) and $319 million (15.6% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The moderate increase reflects the benefit of expense containment and softer currencies, offset by joiners' first-time inclusion.  

General and Administrative expenses in the second quarter were $36 million (3.6% of sales), and $68 million (3.4% of sales) in the first half, compared to $35 million (3.5% of sales) and $75 million (3.6% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively.  

R&D expenses in the second quarter were $15 million (1.5% of sales), and $31 million (1.5% of sales) in the first half, compared to $12 million (1.2% of sales) and $25 million (1.2% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, reflecting higher spend on strategic research and development projects.

Operating income in the second quarter was $116 million (11.5% of sales) and $242 million (12.1% of sales) in the first half, compared to $137 million (13.4% of sales) and $273 million (13.3% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively.

EBITDA in the second quarter was $177 million (17.7% of sales) and $365 million (18.2% of sales) in the first half, compared to $189 million (18.5% of sales) and $379 million (18.5% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively (up by 0.2% and 2.5%, respectively in RMB terms). The Jingzhou old site disruption, including idleness costs, constrained H1 EBITDA by approximately $50 million.

Financial expenses and investment income. Total net financial expenses and investment income were $49 million in the second quarter and $87 million in the first half, compared to $33 million and $67 million in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. This reflects the impact of both the appreciation of the Israeli Shekel as well as the higher CPI on the Shekel-denominated, CPI-linked bonds, as well as higher interest and hedging costs, while the lower expenses in the corresponding periods last year reflect the benefit of foreign exchange income related to balance sheet positions.

Tax expenses. Net tax expenses were $15 million in the second quarter and $24 million in the first half, compared to $31 million and $49 million in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The lower tax expenses this year were largely due to the lower taxable income, while the higher tax expenses in the prior periods reflected the non-cash impact of the devaluation of the Brazilian Real, resulting in a lower value of local currency-denominated non-monetary assets.

Net income in the second quarter was $51 million (5.1% of sales) and $131 million (6.5% of sales) in the first half compared to $73 million (7.1% of sales) and $157 million (7.7% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively (lower by 26% and 11%, respectively, in RMB terms).    The Jingzhou old site disruption, including the expected lower resulting taxes, constrained H1 Net Income by approximately $40 million.

Working capital at June 30, 2019 was $2,067 million, compared to $1,700 million at the same point last year. The higher level reflects increased trade receivables resulting from the Company’s strong growth in Q4 2018 and the robust performance in Brazil in the first-half of 2019, alongside somewhat lower payable days, notably due to the inclusion of joiners. Inventory levels were higher due to the missing of sales resulting from the weather-related challenges as well as credit restraint in eastern Europe, alongside the build-up of inventory to prepare for the expected growth in the second half of 2019, as well as the first-time additions of joiners.

Cash Flow. Operating cash flow of $144 million was generated in the quarter and $47 million was consumed in the first half, compared to $156 million and $122 million generated in the corresponding periods last year, respectively, mainly reflecting the build-up of working capital and the impact of the partially operational Jingzhou old site.

Net cash used in investing activities was $44 million in the quarter and $203 million in the first half compared to cash outflows of $49 million and $41 million in the corresponding periods last year, respectively, with the higher 2019 outflow reflecting acquisitions, while in the first quarter of 2018, the Company recorded the one-time proceeds from the divestiture of several products in connection with the approval by the EU Commission of the acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina, and outflow of a lesser net amount for the transfer of a similar portfolio of products. Investments in fixed assets, net of investment grants, amounted to $25 million in the quarter and $47 million in the first half compared to $29 million and $56 million in the corresponding periods last year, respectively.  

Free cash flow of $59 million was generated in the second quarter compared to $72 million generated in the same period last year. In the first half, free cash flow consumed was $297 million compared to the $42 million that the Company generated in the corresponding period last year, noting the impact of net proceeds from divestitures in 2018, and outflow for acquisitions in 2019.

Leverage: Balance sheet net debt at the end of the quarter was $866 million, compared to $447 million as of June 30, 2018, reflecting the aforementioned net consumption of cash, acquisitions, the assumption of their debt and dividend paid out.

Increasing collaboration activities. The Company continues to advance collaboration opportunities with other ChemChina group entities, as well as other entities of the Sinochem group, to make the most of its positioning.

Jingzhou Old Site

Following resumption of operations at the Jingzhou old site in late March, the Company is advancing the gradual ramp-up of production. The new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility is operational, and the upgraded biological-decomposition systems are being acclimated to the improved wastewater quality. As this progresses, the Company is still experiencing constrained supply in key products manufactured at the site, especially impacting the Americas, Asia-Pacific, China, and India, Middle-East and Africa, constraining sales and gross profit by approximately $100 million and $35 million, respectively, in the half-year, and recorded approximately $20 million in related idleness costs during the period, bringing the impact from the disruption on EBITDA to approximately $50 million and on Net Income to approximately $40 million. In recent weeks, the Ecological Protection Supervision Team of the central government commenced on-site inspections at many ChemChina group companies, including the Company’s sites in China, as part of its strengthening ongoing environmental and safety focus. ADAMA is working in full cooperation, in the context of its 3-year relocation and upgrade process which is due to conclude next year, to identify and rectify any safety or environmental matter.

Table 2. Regional Sales Performance

 

 

Q2 2019

$m

Q2 2018

$m

Change CER

Change

USD

H1 2019

$m

H1 2018

$m

Change

CER

Change

USD

Europe

267

309

-16.7%

-13.6%

628

702

-13.6%

-10.6%

North America

220

213

+3.7%

+3.5%

400

407

-1.3%

-1.6%

Latin America

196

172

+20.0%

+14.2%

355

311

+22.6%

+14.4%

Asia Pacific

173

167

+7.8%

+3.1%

358

356

+5.2%

+0.7%

 Of which China

86

88

+1.7%

-3.0%

179

173

+7.8%

+3.9%

India, Middle East & Africa

146

162

-6.2%

-10.2%

267

270

+5.9%

-1.4%

Total

1,002

1,023

-0.6%

-2.1%

2,008

2,045

+0.2%

-1.8%

CER: Constant Exchange Rates

Europe: Sales in Europe were lower by 16.7% in the quarter and 13.6% in the first half, in constant currency terms, compared to the corresponding periods last year. This is primarily due to tight supply conditions as well as unseasonably hot weather towards the end of the second quarter, which constrained sales in key countries.

In Northern Europe, sales continued to be impacted by credit restraint in Ukraine, with the Company proactively restricting sales to only those customers with a proven ability to pay, as well as by adverse weather conditions in Germany, reducing crop protection application in all major crops, alongside the tight supply conditions.

In Southern Europe, weak disease pressure in key markets resulted in subdued demand for crop protection products, while supply-related constraints further impacted sales.

In the second quarter, ADAMA launched MERKUR® in France, a differentiated, broad-spectrum three-way herbicide mixture in an innovative formulation, combating weed seed germination and growth. In addition, the Company obtained several new product registrations, including MERPLUS®, a differentiated fungicide for pome fruits in Europe and FLUTEPRID®, a 3-way combination insecticide-fungicide seed dressing for control of diseases and pests in grain crops in Russia.

In US dollar terms, sales in Europe were lower by 13.6% in the quarter and 10.6% in the first half compared to the corresponding periods last year, reflecting positive hedging contribution.

North America: Sales increased by 3.7% in the quarter and were 1.3% lower in the first half, in constant currency terms, compared with the corresponding periods last year, with continued price increases partially offsetting adverse weather conditions.

Significant and extended precipitation in the first quarter, followed by unprecedented floodings in the second quarter, posed significant challenges for farmers, delaying the planting season and reducing planted acreage, impacting sales across key agricultural markets.

In Consumer and Professional Solutions, the Company saw a pleasing contribution from joiner Bonide, despite the challenging weather conditions which similarly impacted the non-crop market.

BRAZEN®, a selective herbicide for grass control in spring wheat and barley in Canada, delivered a strong performance in its first quarter following its recent launch.

In US dollar terms, sales in North America increased by 3.5% in the quarter and were 1.6% lower in the first half, compared to the corresponding periods last year.

Latin America: Latin America delivered exceptionally strong growth in both the second quarter and half year period, with sales up by 20.0% and 22.6%, in constant currency terms, compared to the corresponding periods last year, respectively. Business growth in key countries across the region, alongside continued price increases, more than offset the impact of constrained supply.

The Company continues to grow strongly in Brazil, where robust demand for its corn portfolio overcame supply shortages in certain products. The Company saw strong performance in the key soybean market, leveraging its distinctive product offering, including flagship CRONNOS®, the triple-action fungicide for rust, while benefiting from an increase in planted areas.

Noteworthy performance was recorded in the second quarter in Argentina, despite adverse weather conditions.

During the quarter, the Company launched several new products, including BREVIS®, a differentiated post-bloom fruit thinner in apples in Argentina, as well as KADABRA®, a broad-spectrum mixture insecticide for vegetables in Mexico, and UBERTOP® an insecticide used mainly for the control of a wide range of pests in tomato and cabbage in Central America, while the proprietary NIMITZ® suite of nematicide products was launched in Peru.

In US dollar terms, sales in Latin America increased by 14.2% in the quarter and 14.4% in the first half, compared to the corresponding periods last year, reflecting the impact of softer currencies.

Asia-Pacific: Sales in the region grew by 7.8% in the second quarter and 5.2% in the first half, in constant currency terms, compared to the corresponding periods last year, driven by business growth and continued price increases.

The second quarter saw a strong recovery in Australia, as long-awaited rain bolstered the winter crop season following the severe drought which significantly impacted sales in the country in the first quarter. However, drought conditions continued to impact the broader Asia-Pacific region in the second quarter, reducing crop protection application and constraining sales in many countries.

During the quarter, the Company obtained a number of new registrations for differentiated products, including LEGACY MA-X® for controlling a wide range of broadleaf weeds in Australian winter cereals and pasture, APROPO® fungicide for rice in Philippines, and TOPNOTCH® to control various diseases in Australian wheat and barley.

In China, ADAMA continues to see strong demand for its differentiated, formulated and branded products, and prioritizes the sale of these products through its own channels by rapidly shifting away from selling unformulated, technical product to intermediaries, and in so doing benefiting from the full product positioning as well as end-to-end margin. Sales of these formulated, branded products other than those from the Jingzhou old site, grew by more than 20% in both the quarter and first half.

ADAMA continues to make significant portfolio advances in China, with the launch in the second quarter of LEIWANG®, a combination insecticide to help combat the fall army worm outbreak.

Anpon delivered a solid performance in its first full quarter since joining, compensating for the interruption to supply resulting from the Jingzhou old site.

In US dollar terms, sales in Asia-Pacific grew by 3.1% in the second quarter and by 0.7% in the first half, compared to the corresponding periods last year, reflecting the impact of softer currencies.

India, Middle East & Africa: Sales were lower by 6.2% in the second quarter, yet up by 5.9% in the first half, in constant currency terms, compared to the corresponding periods last year.

Sales in India were impacted by the late Monsoon rains, reducing planting areas and delaying crop protection application, as well as supply constraints in China-sourced products. In the half-year, growth in the region benefited from a strong performance in Turkey.

In US dollar terms, sales were lower by 10.2% in the second quarter and 1.4% in the first half, compared to the corresponding periods last year, reflecting the impact of softer currencies.

Table 3. Revenues by operating segment

Second quarter sales

 

 

Q2 2019

USD(m)

%

 

Q2 2018

USD(m)

%

Crop Protection

 

905

90.3%

 

957

93.5%

Intermediates and Ingredients

 

97

9.7%

 

66

6.5%

Total

 

1,002

100.0%

 

1,023

100.0%

 

First half sales

 

 

H1 2019

USD(m)

%

 

 

H1 2018

USD(m)

%

Crop Protection

 

1,814

90.4%

 

1,905

93.1%

Intermediates and Ingredients

 

194

9.6%

 

141

6.9%

Total

 

2,008

100.0%

 

2,045

100.0%

 

Further Information

All filings of the Company, together with a presentation of the key financial highlights of the period, can be accessed through the Company website at www.adama.com.

 

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About ADAMA

ADAMA Ltd. is one of the world's leading crop protection companies. We strive to Create Simplicity in Agriculture – offering farmers effective products and services that simplify their lives and help them grow. With one of the most comprehensive and diversified portfolios of differentiated, quality products, our more than 7,000-strong team reaches farmers in over 100 countries, providing them with solutions to control weeds, insects and disease, and improve their yields. For more information, visit us at www.ADAMA.com and follow us on Twitter® at @ADAMAAgri.


Contact

Ben Cohen
Global Investor Relations
Email: ir@adama.com

Zhujun Wang
China Investor Relations
Email: irchina@adama.com

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