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Borealis delivers solid third quarter financial result in challenging yet improving market environment

photo: Borealis CEO Alfred Stern

photo: © Borealis

  • Third quarter result is clear improvement on previous quarter despite continued low prices and margins. Solid demand in many sectors
  • Disciplined cost management enables world-scale strategic growth projects to make satisfactory progress
  • Resilience programme continues to bolster financial position in face of Covid-19-related market volatility
Key figures and ratiosQ3 2020Q3 2019YTD 2020YTD 2019
Net SalesEUR million1,6351,9655,1266,244
Total Sales*EUR million2,0702,3996,2697,526
Net ProfitEUR million163207378734
Reduction / (increase) in net
interest-bearing debt
EUR million53121(341)(29)
Gearing%30%20%

* Net sales of Borealis plus pro-rata sales of at equity consolidated companies

Borealis announces a net profit of EUR 163 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to EUR 207 million in the same quarter of 2019. The lower result was achieved in the face of difficult market conditions characterised by low product prices and reduced demand in some sectors due to the coronavirus pandemic; the result is an increase of EUR 99 million versus the second quarter of 2020, a clear improvement.

The deterioration in profit compared to the third quarter of 2019 was driven by a lower integrated polyolefins margin and a less favourable fertilizer market environment. However, polyolefins sales volumes increased versus the same quarter of the previous year despite less auspicious market conditions. Third-quarter Borouge performance also showed improvement over the previous quarter, but remains below 2019 levels due to lower polyolefins prices and the significantly weaker market environment.

In the third quarter, net debt decreased by EUR 53 million, as strong cash flow from operating activities, dividends from Borouge, the stringent management of investment activities, and cost discipline enabled Borealis to maintain its strong financial position at the end of the third quarter, with a gearing of 30%.

Strategic growth projects

Despite the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic across many industry sectors, including construction and logistics, Borealis made significant progress with its long-term, strategic growth projects which shall extend and deepen the company’s geographic reach and allow for even more customer centricity. These world-scale projects include

  • the Baystar™ joint venture in Texas, US;
  • the Borouge joint venture PP5 Borstar® polypropylene plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a plant of the Borouge 3 complex;
  • and the new propane dehydrogenation plant in Kallo, Belgium.

Review and Outlook

“The third quarter of 2020 has again demonstrated how critical our products are for sustainable living, especially in a crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic,” comments Alfred Stern, Borealis CEO. “We have been able to deliver a solid financial result while maintaining our commitment to our important global growth projects. Our core values of ‘safety first’ and operational excellence have served us well and will enable us to navigate adeptly through this challenging period.”

“While we do see some price improvements, particularly in Asia and the US, the outlook remains uncertain given the high volatility of feedstock prices, but also due to the rise in the number of coronavirus cases, especially in Europe. Borealis is dedicated to remaining a strong partner for customers, suppliers and stakeholders and to remain a leader in driving the transformation to a circular plastics industry.”

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For further information, please contact:

Virginia Mesicek
Senior Manager, External Communications
tel.: +43 1 22 400 772 (Vienna, Austria)
e-mail: virginia.mesicek@borealisgroup.com

photo: Borealis CEO Alfred Stern

photo: © Borealis

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