Alba Discloses its Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full-Year of 2021
Q4 2021 and Full-Year 2021 Financial Performance
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) (Ticker Code: ALBH), the world’s largest aluminium smelter w/o China, has reported a Profit of BD181.2 million (US$481.9 million) for the fourth quarter of 2021, up by 466% Year-over-Year (YoY) versus a Profit of BD32 million (US$85.1 million) for the same period in 2020. The Company reported Basic and Diluted Earnings per Share of fils 128 for Q4 2021 versus Basic and Diluted Earnings per Share of fils 23 for the same period in 2020. The Total Comprehensive Income for Q4 2021 stood at BD183 million (US$486.7 million) versus Total Comprehensive Income for the fourth quarter of 2020 of BD32.9 million (US$87.8 million) – up by 455% YoY. Gross Profit for the fourth quarter of 2021 was BD215.5 million (US$573.1 million) versus BD60.1 million (US$159.8 million) in Q4 2020 – up by 259% YoY.
For the Full-Year of 2021, Alba has reported a Profit of BD451.9 million (US$1,202 million), up by 4,532% YoY, versus a Profit of BD9.7 million (US$26 million) for 2020. Alba reported Basic and Diluted Earnings per Share of fils 319 versus Basic and Diluted Earnings per Share of fils 7 in 2020. Alba’s Total Comprehensive Income for the Full-Year of 2021 was BD458.5 million (US$1,219.4 million), up by 30,467% YoY, compared to a Total Comprehensive Income of BD1.45 million (US$3.9 million) for 2020. Gross Profit for 2021 was BD577 million (US$1,534.6 million) versus BD141 million (US$375 million) in 2020 – up by 309% YoY.
With regards to the Revenue in Q4 2021, Alba generated BD523.3 million (US$1,391.8 million) versus BD278.8 million (US$741.5 million) in Q4 2020 - up by 88% YoY. For the Full-Year of 2021, Revenue topped BD1,584.8 million (US$4,214.9 million), up by 49% YoY, compared to BD1,061.4 million (US$2,822.9 million) for 2020.
Total Equity as at 31 December 2021 stood at BD1,503 million (US$3,997.3 million), up by 39% YoY, versus BD1,079.5 million (US$2,871 million) as at 31 December 2020. Alba’s Total Assets as at 31 December 2021 were BD2,624.6 million (US$6,980.3 million) versus BD2,353.7 million (US$6,259.8 million) as at 31 December 2020 - up by 11%.
Alba’s Board of Directors have proposed to pay a final dividend of Fils 53.14 per share (excluding the treasury shares) totalling BD75.2 million (US$200 million) subject to the approvals of the Company’s shareholders at the Annual General Meeting which will be held in March 2022.
Alba’s top-line was driven in by higher LME prices (44% YoY in Q4 2021 and 45% YoY for the Full-Year of 2021) while the bottom-line for Q4 and Full-Year of 2021 was driven by higher top-line and partially impacted by higher Selling and Distribution Expenses.
2021: Industry Highlights
Strong Market Demand Supported by V-Shape Economic Recovery
- 2021: a golden year for Aluminium being the best performing metal out of major LME base metals
- Robust rebound in Global Demand supported by strong market recovery and economic activity in key markets (+8% YoY)
- Double-digit increase in World ex-China Consumption (+12% YoY) led by Europe (+13% YoY) and North America (+13% YoY)
- Middle East demand up by 10% YoY fuelled by higher consumption in UAE (+11% YoY), Bahrain (+9% YoY) & KSA (+7% YoY)
- Chinese consumption up by 5% YoY thanks to a good pick-up in industrial activity
Strong Aluminium Fundamentals Support Supply Growth by 4% YoY
- European smelting industry hit hard by escalating gas and power prices. 7 Aluminium producers have curtailed their supply since Oct’21 -> meek growth of 1% YoY
- China: a net importer of Aluminium [supply up by 5% YoY] --> which helped to reduce metal surplus outside China
- Middle East supply: a modest increase of 1% YoY (UAE up by 2% YoY & Bahrain up by 1% YoY)
- World market deficit widens by 2021-end with China (-1.1 million MT) and w/o China (-1.2 million MT)
- LME inventories remain low at ~0.9 million MT by end-2021 (versus ~1.3 million MT in 2020)
- Aluminium prices break higher on supply constraints due to European power market. LME-Cash averaged US$2,475/t - up by 45% YoY
2021: Alba Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Highlights
- Collaborated with a top-class consultant to develop a fully-fledged ESG roadmap in line with Bahrain’s Objectives towards ‘Net Zero Emissions’ by 2060.
- A full fledged ESG Roadmap, approved by Alba’s Board of Directors, comprising 6 major priorities: Decarbonisation, Green Energy and Aluminium, Circular Economy and Secondary Aluminium, Employee Welfare, Collaboration and Partnership as well as Transparency, Communications and Due Diligence
- Alba CEO received People First Leader Award in Oct’21 during the GCC GOV HR Awarding Ceremony 2021
- Launched 2nd plant-wide Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) Campaign ‘Shaping Our Future’ on 24 Oct’21; supported Bahrain’s national initiatives to combat climate change with ‘A Tree for Employee’ on 16 Nov’21
- Appointed a new Acting ESG Manager to drive Alba’s ESG transformation on 05 Dec’21
- Released 2020 Sustainability Report with independent limited assurance on compliance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards on 07 Dec’21
- Commissioned Spent Pot Lining (SPL) Treatment Plant, an Environmental Conservation Project, first-of-its-kind in the region on 12 Dec’21
- Closed 2021 with more than 20 million safe working-hours without LTI
2021: Alba Major Operational Highlights
- Closed 2021 with an all-time Production record of 1,561,222 metric tonnes (MT) and higher Sales’ volume of 1,550,857 despite logistics’ challenges
- Value Added Sales averaged 63% of the total shipments vs. 44% in 2020 [VAP in MT: 977,582 up by 44% YoY]
- Made in Bahrain & Branching-out to the World: Alba product-portfolio in more than 50 countries
- Launched new website to offer an up-close and user-friendly experience after unveiling new Vision, Mission and Values in Jan’21
- Promoted 607 employees in 2021, highest ever achieved in Alba’s history, based on Alba’s Master Training Plan (initiated back in 2019), Skills Matrix and Training & Development Programme (TDP) and Al Jisr Programme (launched in 2020)
2022 Alba Priorities
- Deliver on newly-launched ESG roadmap in line with Bahrain’s objectives for ‘Net Zero Emissions’ by 2060
- Evolve Towards Safety Excellence & Keep Alba’s Human Capital Safe Amidst COVID-19
- Meet 2022 Production Target of 1,560,000 metric tonnes & Deliver on AL HASSALAH Savings’ Target of US$100 Million by 2022-end
- Screen Potential Upstream Opportunities to Secure 1/3 Alumina Requirements & Continue Dialogue with Hangzhou Jinjiang Group Co. Ltd
- Capitalise on Aluminium Stewardship Initiative and Ecovadis Certifications to Penetrate New Markets & Increase VAP Sales to 70%
- Progress with PS5 Block 4 to further boost efficiency and Solar Farm
- Engage with consultant to conduct pre-feasibility study for Line 7 smelter
Commenting on Alba’s exceptional financial performance for the full year of 2021, the Chairman of Alba’s Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa stated:
2021 marked our Golden Jubilee of Operations and Alba’s best financial performance ever recorded in its 5 decades.
- Our Production topped 1,561,222 metric tonnes versus 2021 Target of 1,550,000 metric tonnes
- EBITDA entered US$1.636 billion-Club league for Full Year of 2021
- EBITDA Margin, the highest ever achieved in Alba’s history, at 43.5% in Q4 2021 and 38.8% for Full Year of 2021
- Net Profit joins the three-comma club by setting an all-time precedent of US$1.2 billion for Full Year of 2021
This stellar performance, backed by our operational efficiency thanks to Line 6 Expansion Project, was made possible thanks to each and everyone in Alba. I look forward to capitalising on the strong momentum we have established in 2021 to navigate 2022 and set new benchmarks in all aspects including ESG.
Adding further, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Ali Al Baqali said:
Our strong finish in 2021 reflect our disciplined approach to go the extra mile and exceed our own expectations despite the unprecedented challenges we faced with COVID-19 and logistics. This better-than-anticipated top line performance combined with our lean cost mindset allowed us to give back to our shareholders and reduce our overall debt position.
What made 2021 extraordinary is that our Safety performance was behind our all-time productivity – achieving 0 LTIs and more than 20 million safe working hours.”
Alba Management will hold a conference call on Monday 14 February 2022 at 3 PM Bahrain Time to discuss its financial and operational performance for Q4 and Full-Year of 2021, outline the Company's priorities for 2022 as well as provide an update on the current market conditions and outlook for 2022.