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ADAMA Reports Results for Third Quarter and First Nine Months of 2020

Strong business growth moderated by global currency weakness against the USD

  • Record Q3 Sales of $978 million, +12% at constant exchange rates (CER), +3% in USD (RMB: +2%)
    • Driven by 11% volume growth, led by continued growth in emerging markets
    • Sales in US dollar terms impacted by an estimated $88 million due to weaker currencies
  • Record 9M Sales of $2,987 million, +8% in CER terms, +1% in USD (RMB: +3%)
    • Continued strong 8% volume growth despite ongoing global COVID-19 constraints
    • Sales in US dollar terms impacted by an estimated $222 million due to weaker currencies
  • Q3 EBITDA of $130 million (Q3’19: $144 million); impacted by estimated $71 million in currency headwinds
    • Strong Q3 volume growth and reduced procurement costs more than offset by significant currency weakness
    • Reduced operating expenses, despite inclusion of recent acquisitions
  • 9M EBITDA of $436 million (9M’19: $509 million); impacted by estimated $164 million in currency headwinds
    • Significant currency weakness more than offsetting continued volume growth, lower procurement costs and reduction in operating expenses
  • Q3 Net Income of $21 million (Q3’19: $42 million); estimated FX impact of approximately $81 million
    • Reflects lower operating income, higher financial expenses
  • 9M Net Income of $95 million (9M’19: $173 million); estimated FX impact of approximately $201 million
    • Reflects lower operating income, higher tax expenses due to BRL weakness in Q1

BEIJING, CHINA and TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, October 29, 2020 – ADAMA Ltd. (the “Company”) (SZSE 000553), today reported its financial results for the third quarter and nine-month period ended September 30, 2020.

Ignacio Dominguez, President and CEO of ADAMA, said, “In these unprecedentedly challenging and concerning times, and despite the widespread constraints on, and changes in, how we do business all over the world, our Company continues to deliver record business growth, both in the third quarter and over the nine-month period. However, while global currencies recovered somewhat against the US Dollar in the third quarter, when compared to the prior year currencies remained generally weaker, especially in emerging markets where our growth is strongest, which continued to restrain our sales growth and has severely impacted our profitability in USD terms. Despite this, our underlying business remains strong, with continued robust business growth and market share gains in certain key markets, combined with lower procurement costs and reduced operating expenses, while we remain focused on helping farmers worldwide to do what they do best, feed the world.”

Table 1. Financial Performance Summary

Adjusted, US$m

 

Q3 2020

Q3 2019

%

Change

FX

Impact

%

Change

CER

 

9M 2020

9M 2019

% Change

FX

Impact

%

Change

CER

Revenues

 

978

953

+3%

-88

+12%

 

2,987

2,962

+1%

-222

+8%

Gross profit

% of sales

 

274


28.0%

295


31.0%

+7%

-75

+18

 

869


29.1%

968

32.7%

-10%

-108

+9%

Operating income (EBIT)

% of sales

 

70


7.1%

83

8.7%

-16%

-72

+70%

 

256


8.6%

325


11.0%

-21%

-164

+29%

Net income

% of sales

 

21


2.2%

42


4.4%

-50%

-81

+142%

 

95


3.2%

173


5.9%

-45%

-201

+71%

EBITDA

% of sales

 

130


13.3%

144


15.1%

-10%

-71

+40%

 

436


14.6%

509


17.2%

-14%

-164

+18%

Earnings per share

- USD

- RMB

 

 


0.0089

0.0614

 


0.0173

0.1210

 


-49%

-49%

 

 

 

 


0.0390

0.2740

 


0.0708

0.4836

 


-45%

-43%

 

 

CER: Constant Exchange Rates

All income statement items contained in this release are presented on an adjusted basis. The number of shares used to calculate both basic and diluted earnings per share in 2019 is 2,446.6 million shares. The number of shares used to calculate both basic and diluted earnings per share in 2020 is 2,423.8 and 2,378.3 million shares for the 9 and 3 month periods, respectively, reflecting the buyback and cancellation of 102.4 million shares from CNAC in July 2020.

These “Adjusted” results exclude items that are of a one-time or non-cash/non-operational nature that do not impact the ongoing performance of the business, and reflect the way the Company’s management and the Board of Directors view the performance of the Company internally. The Company believes that excluding the effects of these items from its operating results allows management and investors to effectively compare the true underlying financial performance of its business from period to period and against its global peers.

A summary of these adjustments and a reconciliation between the Adjusted and Reported financials appears below:

Q3


USD(m)

 

Adjusted


Q3 2020

Adjusted


Q3 2019

Adjustments


Q3 2020

Adjustments


Q3 2019

Reported


Q3 2019

Reported


Q3 2019

Revenues

 

978

953

0

0

978

953

Gross profit

 

274

295

1

0

274

295

Operating income (EBIT)

 

70

83

20

15

49

68

Income before taxes

 

23

48

20

15

2

33

Net income

 

21

42

18

13

3

29

EBITDA

 

130

144

-7

-8

137

152

Earnings per share

 

0.0089

0.0173

 

 

0.0012

0.1200

 

Q3


USD(m)

 

Adjusted


Q3 2020

Adjusted


Q3 2019

Adjustments


Q3 2020

Adjustments


Q3 2019

Reported


Q3 2019

Reported


Q3 2019

Revenues

 

2,987

2,962

0

0

2,987

2,962

Gross profit

 

869

968

2

2

867

966

Operating income (EBIT)

 

256

325

68

66

188

260

Income before taxes

 

135

204

69

63

66

141

Net income

 

95

173

63

57

32

116

EBITDA

 

436

509

-3

-6

438

515

Earnings per share

 

0.0390

0.0708

 

 

0.0131

0.0476

For a detailed description of the above adjustments, please refer to the appendix to this release.

Performance in Context of Market Environment

During the third quarter of 2020, the global agrochemical market is expected to have seen moderate growth, as the residual impact from COVID-19 continues to linger in many markets. Crop prices have recovered in many key crops, however, for some such as cotton, planted acreage was lower due to the lower crop prices at the time of planting during the first half of the year, impacting sales in this segment in markets such as the US, Brazil and Turkey. Governments across the world continue to include farmers in extensive support programs, partially offsetting lost income due to the pandemic.

While global currencies recovered somewhat against the US Dollar during the third quarter, they generally remained significantly weaker when compared to the third quarter and first nine months of 2019, especially in the emerging markets where the Company is seeing its strongest growth.

Following an extended period of industry-wide supply constraints in recent years due to the increasingly stringent environmental regulations imposed on Chinese producers, during the first half of the year, procurement costs of chemical raw materials and intermediates started to decline as general levels of production and supply increased. This increase in production and supply was seen despite some disruptions due to the initial COVID-19 outbreak in the first quarter.

The Company started to benefit from this trend in the third quarter as these lower procurement costs have migrated through the Company’s inventory cycle. However, the lower prices have also had a negative impact on the Company’s sales of chemical raw materials and intermediates, which form part of its Ingredients & Intermediates business in both China and Israel.

Acquisition of Huifeng

On October 29, 2020, ADAMA announced the acquisition of a majority stake in a newly established company that will hold the vast majority of the crop protection synthesis and formulation facilities of Jiangsu Huifeng Bio Agriculture Co., Ltd (“Huifeng”), a leading Chinese crop protection producer and key player in the Chinese crop protection market.

Transaction Overview:

  • Phase I: as announced on November 6, 2019, ADAMA will acquire a 50% stake in Shanghai Dibai Plant Protection Co., Ltd. (“Dibai”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Huifeng focused on the sale and distribution of key formulated crop protection products in China
    • Closing of Phase I is expected to occur in the coming weeks, subject to customary approvals and Closing conditions
  • Phase II: Under the agreement now executed, ADAMA will further acquire:
    • a 51% equity stake in Jiangsu Kelinong Co., Ltd. (“Kelinong”), a newly established, wholly-owned subsidiary of Huifeng to which Huifeng is to transfer its key crop protection synthesis and formulation facilities;
    • an additional 1% in Dibai
  • Following the completion of these transactions, ADAMA will hold 51% of the equity in both Kelinong and Dibai, providing ADAMA with a majority stake in one of China’s leading crop protection manufacturers, and significantly bolstering ADAMA’s commercial presence in the China crop protection market
  • The total cash consideration for both phases of the transaction is approximately RMB 1,224 million (approximately $175 million)
  •  Closing of Phase II is subject to customary Closing conditions, including regulatory and other corporate approvals, and is further subject to full resumption of production at the relevant facilities of Huifeng. Huifeng has made significant progress in the rectification of its environmental issues and is in the process of obtaining approvals to resume production activities.

Financial Highlights

Revenues in the third quarter grew by 12% and by 8% in the nine-month period, in CER terms, compared to the corresponding periods last year. This growth was driven by strong increases in volumes, up 11% in the quarter and 8% in the nine-month period.

Growth in the quarter was led by a strong performance in Latin America, driven by robust volume growth across the region despite widespread COVID-19 related restrictions. Continued growth was also seen in Asia-Pacific as well as in the India, Middle East & Africa region. The noteworthy growth in the quarter in these regions more than compensated for lower sales in Europe and North America, largely due to challenging weather conditions.

In US dollar terms, sales grew by a more moderate 3% in the quarter and 1% in the nine-month period (2% and 3%, respectively in RMB terms), compared to the corresponding periods last year. The lower growth in USD (and RMB) terms reflects the generally weaker currencies, especially in the emerging markets of Latin America and the India, Middle East & Africa regions where the Company is growing the fastest, which constrained sales in US dollar terms by an estimated $88 million and $222 million, respectively, when compared to the same periods last year.

Gross profit in the third quarter was $274 million (gross margin of 28.0%) and $869 million (gross margin of 29.1%) in the nine-month period, compared to $295 million (gross margin of 31.0%) and $968 million (gross margin of 32.7%) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively.

The third quarter saw the Company start to benefit from a marked drop in procurement costs which began earlier in the year and which are now migrating through the Company’s inventory cycle. This was partially offset by somewhat higher manufacturing costs related to the stronger Israeli shekel. However, in both the third quarter and nine-month periods, the strong volume growth and lower procurement costs were more than offset by the material depreciation of global currencies, which constrained gross profit by an estimated $75 million and $184 million, respectively.

Operating expenses: Total operating expenses in the third quarter were $205 million (20.9% of sales) and $613 million (20.5% of sales) in the nine-month period, compared to $212 million (22.3% of sales) and $643 million (21.7% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The Company continues to maintain tight control of its operating expenses, which were also naturally constrained by the impact of COVID-19, and saw a marked decrease in expenses in both the quarter and nine-month periods, despite the inclusion of recent acquisitions. Operating expenses in the 2020 periods also benefited from the global currency weakness against the US dollar when compared to prior periods, while operating expenses in the 2019 periods were net of income related to expropriation of land recorded then.

Operating income in the third quarter was $70 million (7.1% of sales) and $256 million (8.6% of sales) in the nine-month period, compared to $83 million (8.7% of sales) and $325 million (11.0% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The global currency weakness impacted operating income by an estimated $71 million in the quarter and $164 million in the nine-month period.

EBITDA in the quarter was $130 million (13.3% of sales) and $436 million (14.6% of sales) in the nine-month period, compared to $144 million (15.1% of sales) and $509 million (17.2% of sales) recorded in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The global currency weakness impacted EBITDA in the third quarter by an estimated $71 million and $164 million in the nine-month period.

Financial expenses and investment income: Total net financial expenses and investment income were $47 million in the quarter and $121 million in the nine-month period, compared to $35 million and $122 million in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The higher financial expenses in the quarter were due to an increase in financing costs on the NIS-denominated, CPI-linked bonds due to a higher CPI in Israel, as well as the effect on balance sheet positions of the strengthening of the RMB when compared to 2019.

Tax expenses: Net tax expenses in the third quarter were $2 million and $41 million in the nine-month period, compared to $6 million and $30 million in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The lower tax expenses in the quarter were driven by the lower operating income, while the comparative quarter in 2019 saw higher tax expenses due to the devaluation of the Brazilian Real in that quarter, which resulted in non-cash tax expenses due to differences between the functional currency (US dollar) and tax currency (BRL) with respect to the value of non-monetary assets. The higher tax expenses in the nine-month period are largely due to the first-quarter impact of the weakening of the Brazilian Real against the US dollar, which resulted once again in an increase in non-cash tax expenses.

Net income in the third quarter was $21 million (2.2% of sales) and $95 million (3.2% of sales) in the first nine months compared to $42 million (4.4% of sales) and $173 million (5.9% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year. The Company estimates the net impact of the global currency headwinds on Net Income to be approximately $81 million in the third quarter and $201 million in the nine-month period.

Trade working capital at September 30, 2020 was $2,332 million compared to $2,143 million at the same point last year. The Company is holding somewhat higher inventory levels due to a change in geographic and portfolio sales mix, as well as due to the anticipation of further volume growth in coming quarters. The Company also saw an increase in trade receivables, driven largely by its strong growth over the last year in emerging markets, most notably in Latin America and Brazil, where customer credit terms are generally longer. These increases were partially offset by higher trade payables.

Cash Flow: Operating cash flow of $23 million was generated in the quarter and $196 million over the nine-month period, compared to $57 million and $10 million generated in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The lower operating cash flow in the quarter reflects the lower operating income alongside higher levels of working capital compared to the parallel period last year. The higher operating cash flow generated in the first nine months of 2020 mainly reflects a more moderate increase in working capital levels this year than the increase seen in the first nine months of 2019, which was more significantly affected by the inclusion of the working capital of companies acquired during that period.

Net cash used in investing activities was $84 million in the third quarter and $200 million in the nine-month period, compared to $42 million and $245 million in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The increase in cash used in investing activities in the quarter mainly reflects the Company’s acquisition in Greece and somewhat higher investment in fixed assets, while the parallel period in 2019 saw the receipt of proceeds from expropriation of land. Over the nine-month period, although the Company increased its investment in fixed assets compared to the same period last year, the overall decrease in cash used in investing activities largely reflects the relatively higher spend in the same period in 2019 due to the acquisition made in that period.

Free cash flow of $68 million was consumed in the third quarter and $56 million in the nine-month period compared to $7 million generated and $290 million consumed in the corresponding periods last year, respectively, reflecting the lower operating cash flow and higher investment spend in the third quarter of this year, contrasted with the higher working capital build-up and acquisitions seen over the nine-month period in 2019.

Leverage: Balance sheet net debt at September 30, 2020 was $1,163 million, compared to $960 million at September 30, 2019, reflecting the acquisitions and strong working capital growth seen in Q4 2019, as well as the free cash flow consumed in the first nine months of this year.

Table 2. Regional Sales Performance

 

 

Q3 2020

$m

Q3 2019

$m

Change USD

Change

CER

 

9M 2020

$m

9M 2019

$m

Change

USD

Change

CER

Europe

 

181

188

-4.0%

-5.0%

 

790

816

-3.2%

-0.7%

North America

 

145

160

-9.3%

-9.3%

 

518

560

-7.6%

-7.1%

Latin America

 

335

302

+10.9%

+38.7%

 

714

657

+8.6%

+37.7%

Asia Pacific

 

148

138

+7.0%

+5.3%

 

497

496

+0.2%

+3.4%

 Of which China

 

82

76

+9.0%

+5.0%

 

250

255

-1.9%

-0.9%

India, Middle East & Africa

 

170

166

+2.8%

+7.5%

 

468

432

+8.3%

+14.2%

Total

 

978

953

+2.6%

+11.8%

 

2,987

2,962

+0.8%

+8.4%

CER: Constant Exchange Rates

Europe: Sales were lower by 5.0% in the third quarter and by 0.7% in the nine-month period, in CER terms, compared with the corresponding periods last year.

The lower sales in the quarter were largely due to the widespread extreme drought conditions which reduced crop protection application in key crops such as oilseed rape and winter cereals, resulting in some delayed sales, as well as high inventories in distribution channels. During the quarter, ADAMA completed the acquisition of the remaining 51% of Alfa in Greece, bolstering its activities in this important market.

During the quarter, the Company obtained multiple new product registrations in the region, including COLT®, a herbicide for the control of broadleaf weeds in winter cereals and pasture, and FOLPAN GOLD®, a systemic fungicide to combat grapevine mildew, both registered in Bulgaria.

In US dollar terms, sales were lower by 4.0% in the quarter and by 3.2% in the nine-month period, compared to the corresponding periods last year, reflecting the net impact of the relative strengthening of European currencies against the US dollar in the quarter, contrasted with their relative weakness over the nine-month period.

North America: Sales were lower by 9.3% in the third quarter and by 7.1% in the nine-month period, in CER terms, compared with the corresponding periods last year.

Crop protection sales were markedly lower, largely due to disruptive weather conditions in the US which saw windstorms damage corn fields in the mid-west, fires raging in the orchards and vineyards of California and Oregon, and a heatwave challenging cotton farmers in Texas already contending with reduced demand due to the COVID-19 impact on the apparel industry, alongside low insect pressure impacting sales of insecticides. This was partially mitigated by the robust performance of the Company’s Consumer and Professional Solutions business, which continues its strong recovery from the COVID-19 related challenges seen earlier in the year.v

The Company continued to expand its differentiated product offering in the region, following the earlier launches in Canada of CUSTODIA®, a combination fungicide controlling a wide range of diseases in corn, soybeans and wheat, as well as ORIUS®, a broad-spectrum fungicide for wheat, barley and oat crops.

In US dollar terms, sales were lower by 9.3% in the quarter and by 7.6% in the nine-month period, compared to the corresponding periods last year, reflecting the moderate weakening of the Canadian Dollar seen in the first half of the year.

Latin America: Sales grew by a robust 38.7% in the third quarter and by 32.7% in the nine-month period, in CER terms, compared to the corresponding periods last year, driven by significant volume growth in key countries and continued price increases to partially compensate for the material weakness of the currencies in the region, and despite widespread COVID-19 related restrictions.

The Company saw significant volume growth in Brazil, driven by strong performances from its differentiated product portfolio including flagship product CRONNOS®, the triple-action fungicide for soybean rust, GALIL®, a differentiated combination insecticide and TRIVOR®, a dual-action insecticide for rapid and extended control of sucking pests, following its successful 2019 launch.

Noteworthy performances were also recorded in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Paraguay, as well as in Peru, bolstered by the Company’s recent acquisition in the country.

On October 14, 2020, ADAMA acquired a majority stake in FNV S.A., its key crop protection distributor in Paraguay, strengthening the Company’s commercial presence in this important market and providing ADAMA with direct market access, ensuring the sustainability and growth of its key distribution platform.

During the quarter, the Company obtained multiple new product registrations in the region, including ARADDO®, a complete solution for the management of a wide range of glyphosate-resistant weeds in soybean, corn and wheat crops in Brazil.

In US dollar terms, sales in the region grew by 10.9% in the quarter and 8.6% in the nine-month period, compared to the corresponding periods last year, as the robust business growth was heavily impacted by weaker currencies in the region, in particular the significant decline in the Brazilian Real against the US dollar.

Asia-Pacific: Sales grew by 5.3% in the quarter and by 3.4% in the nine-month period, in CER terms, compared to the corresponding periods last year, driven by continued volume growth.

In Asia-Pacific (outside of China), the Company saw strong performance from Australia and New Zealand, benefiting from favorable weather, and more than offsetting challenging seasonal conditions in South East Asia.

During the quarter, the Company obtained multiple new product registrations in the region, including ULTRO® 900 (Carbetamide), a herbicide for the control of grasses in all pulse crops. This is a new active ingredient in Australia for broadacre cropping, the country’s largest cropping segment.

In China, the Company delivered moderate growth in the quarter, with a strong performance from its branded, formulated sales being partially offset by lower prices received for its raw materials and intermediates due to increased supply generally from Chinese producers. The growth in the formulated products was supported by new product launches including AN GUO XUAN®, a protective fungicide for tomatoes, and XIN TUO LONG®, an effective growth regulating solution for cotton harvesting in the Xinjiang region.

In US dollar terms, sales in the region grew by 7.0% in the third quarter but were flat over the nine-month period, compared to the corresponding periods last year, reflecting the strengthening of the Chinese Renminbi against the US dollar in Q3, contrasted with the generally weaker currencies over the nine-month period.

India, Middle East & Africa: Sales grew by 7.5% in the quarter and by 14.2% in the nine-month period, in CER terms, compared to the corresponding periods last year, driven by robust volume growth.

The growth in the region was driven mainly by a strong performance in India, which benefited from above-average monsoon rains and good cropping conditions.

During the quarter, the Company continued to expand its hybrid product offering in the region, launching TRIGUS®, an insecticide for use on sucking pests, in India.

In US dollar terms, sales in the region grew by 2.8% in the quarter and by 8.3% in the nine-month period, compared to the corresponding periods last year, reflecting the impact of softer currencies, most notably the Turkish Lira, the Indian Rupee and the South African Rand.

Table 3. Revenues by operating segment

Third quarter sales

 

 

Q3 2020


USD(m)

%

 

Q3 2019


USD(m)

%

Crop Protection

 

881

90.0%

 

855

89.6%

Intermediates and Ingredients

 

98

10.0%

 

99

10.4%

Total

 

978

100.0%

 

953

100.0%

 

Third quarter sales by segment

 

 

Q3 2020


USD(m)

%

 

Q3 2019


USD(m)

%

Herbicides

 

345

35.2%

 

375

39.3%

Insecticides

 

329

33.6%

 

304

31.8%

Fungicides

 

207

21.1%

 

176

18.5%

Intermediates and Ingredients

 

98

10.0%

 

99

10.4%

Total

 

978

100.0%

 

1,002

100.0%

 

Note: the sales split by product category is provided for convenience purposes only and is not representative of the way the Company is managed or in which it makes its operational decisions.

Nine months sales by segment

 

 

9M 2020


USD(m)

%

 

 

9M 2019


USD(m)

%

Crop Protection

 

2,706

90.6%

 

2,669

90.1%

Intermediates and Ingredients

 

280

9.4%

 

292

9.9%

Total

 

2,987

100.0%

 

2,962

100.0%

 

Nine-month sales by product category

 

 

9M 2020


USD(m)

%

 

9M 2019


USD(m)

%

Herbicides

 

1,231

41.2%

 

1,287

39.3%

Insecticides

 

859

28.8%

 

850

28.7%

Fungicides

 

617

20.6%

 

532

18.0%

Intermediates and Ingredients

 

280

9.4%

 

292

9.9%

Total

 

2,987

100.0%

 

2,962

100.0%

 

Note: the sales split by product category is provided for convenience purposes only and is not representative of the way the Company is managed or in which it makes its operational decisions.

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 a global leader in crop protection, providing solutions to farmers across the world to combat weeds, insects and disease. ADAMA has one of the widest and most diverse portfolios of active ingredients in the world, state-of-the art R&D, manufacturing and formulation facilities, together with a culture that empowers our people in markets around the world to listen to farmers and ideate from the field. This uniquely positions ADAMA to offer a vast array of distinctive mixtures, formulations and high-quality differentiated products, delivering solutions that meet local farmer and customer needs in over 100 countries globally. 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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