Alba Discloses its Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2020

May 4, 2020

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Q1 2020 Financial Performance

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) (Ticker Code: ALBH), the world’s largest aluminium smelter w/o China, has generated Profit of BD 5.7 million (US$ 15.3 million) for the first quarter of 2020, up by 136% Year-over-Year (YoY) versus a Loss of BD 15.8 million (US$ 42 million) for the same period in 2019. The Company reported Basic and Diluted Earnings per Share of fils 4 versus Basic and Diluted Loss per Share of fils 11 for the same period in 2019.

The Total Comprehensive Loss for the first quarter of 2020 stood at BD 1.6 million (US$ 4.3 million) versus Total Comprehensive Loss for the first quarter of 2019 of BD 15.8 million (US$ 42 million) – up by 90% YoY thanks to changes in fair value of cash flow hedge.

Total Equity as at 31 March 2020 stood at BD 1,075.8 million (US$ 2,861.1million), down by 0.3% YoY, versus BD 1,078.6 million (US$ 2,868.6 million) as at 31 December 2019. Alba’s Total Assets as at 31 March 2020 topped BD 2,423.9 million (US$ 6,446.5 million) versus BD 2,420.2 million (US$ 6,436.8 million) as at 31 December 2019 - up by 0.2% YoY.

With regards to the Revenue from Contracts with Customers, Alba generated BD 275.9 million (US$ 733.8 million) in Q1 2020 versus BD 203.5 million (US$ 541.2 million) in Q1 2019 - up by 36% YoY. Alba’s top-line and bottom-line were driven in the first quarter of 2020 by higher metal sales’ volume thanks to Line 6 and impacted by lower LME price [down by 9% Year-over-Year (US$ 1,690/t in Q1 2020 versus US$ 1,859/t in Q1 2019)].

Q1 2020 Industry Highlights:

  • The unprecedented stop in the world’s economic activity has sent shockwaves through the entire Aluminium supply-chain. A quarter of the world population live under lockdown. The Aluminium downstream has lowered output levels or has already shutdown. The auto sector has taken the hardest hit from novel COVID-19 outbreak; other sectors have also witnessed a sharp decline thanks to the closure of extruders, rolling-mills and construction facilities. World Consumption down by 8% YoY; Aluminium demand collapse in major markets: a drop of 10% YoY in Europe and China, 8% YoY in MENA and 6% YoY in North America.
  • Global Production witnessed a modest growth of 2% YoY. Primary Aluminium production in MENA continues - up 12% YoY [mainly on the back of Alba’s Line 6 metal]. Production in North America up by 5% YoY mainly due to higher throughput from Canadian smelters. China production up by 2% YoY [high-cost smelters curtailed their output thanks to drop in SHFE price]. This has led the world market to be in surplus with China (+1,923Kt) and (+299Kt) without China.
  • LME inventories at ~1.164 million MT as of March-end (up by 4% YoY). LME-Cash averaged US$1,690/t (down by 9% YoY) and the Physical premium prices are under downward pressure.

Safety Highlights amidst COVID-19:
  • Working closely with COVID-19 Bahrain National Team to ensure our People’s Safety - Employees and Contractors.
  • Remote work from home for most of office/admin employees (men & women).
  • Adoption of social distancing & adjusting shifts’ schedule to minimize exposure risk.
  • Community support: donating BD 3.5 million aid towards ‘Feena Khair’ initiative as well as participating in various CSR initiatives.

Q1 2020 Alba Highlights:
  • Achieved on 07 April 2020: 20 million working-hours w/o LTIs for first time in Alba’s history.
  • Sales’ volume topped 379,274 metric tonnes (MT) - up by 48% YoY while Production reached 388,637 MT - up by 43% YoY.
  • Value Added Sales averaged 41% of the total shipments.
  • Spent Pot Lining (SPL) Treatment Plant in progress.

2020 Alba Priorities:
  • Continued Focus on ‘Safety Globe’ Initiative. Keep our People (Employees & Contractors) Safe Amidst Novel COVID-19.
  • Meet 2020 Production Target of 1,540,000 metric tonnes.
  • Deliver on Project Titan - Phase IV [Projected Savings of US$100 Million by 2020-end].
  • Focus on Upstream Opportunities to Secure Alumina Requirements.
  • Accelerate Value-Added Sales’ Product Qualification with Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) and Ecovadis certifications.
  • Deliver Spent Pot Lining (SPL) Treatment Plant and Port Upgrade as per Timeline

Commenting on Alba’s financial performance for the first quarter of 2020, the Chairman of Alba’s Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa stated:
“As the world is facing unprecedented times with the novel COVID-19 outbreak, we managed to close the first quarter of this year with overall good performance despite depressed LME prices.
As COVID-19 continues to unfold, our priority is and will remain the Safety of our people – employees and contractors.”

Adding further, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Ali Al Baqali said:
“Thanks to the agility of our supply-chain team and our response strategy to overcome the challenges associated with COVID-19, we have been able to deliver on our commitments towards our clientele across the globe while focusing on our cost-cutting programme ‘Project Titan’ to drive savings.
As we ensure the smooth operation of our plant, we have implemented strict Safety measures to protect our workforce as we navigate together through this crisis.”

Alba Management will hold a conference call on Tuesday 05 May 2020 to discuss Alba's financial and operational performance for Q1 2020 as well as outline the Company's priorities for the remainder of the year.

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