Oxea Reports Increased Revenues and Earnings in Q4

Feb 25, 2013, 09:31 ET from Oxea GmbH

LUXEMBOURG, February 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Highlights Q4 2012:

* Net sales were EUR343 million versus EUR328 million in the prior year period (+4%)

* Gross profit was EUR47 million versus EUR34 million in the prior year period (+38%)

* Operating profit was EUR43 million versus EUR32 million in the prior year period (+34%)

* Net income was EUR14 million versus EUR9 million in the prior year period (+56%)

* EBITDA was EUR50 million versus EUR38 million in the prior year period (+32%)

* Adjusted EBITDA was EUR44 million versus EUR35 million in the prior year period (+26%)

Oxea, a leading global supplier of Oxo Intermediates and Oxo Derivatives, today announced for the fourth quarter of 2012 a strong earnings increase compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase in revenues and earnings can be recognized across the entire product portfolio and all regions. On a full year basis, revenues of EUR1,459 million were only slightly below the previous year (-1.4%) despite a still soft world economy and overall challenging macroeconomic conditions during 2012. EBITDA of EUR193 million was 5.4% below prior year mainly due to a very strong first quarter of 2011 with high export margins and one-off gains from steep raw material price increases over the average cost value carried in inventories.  In 2012, Oxea again generated strong free cash flows, mainly due to a further significant improvement of Trade Working Capital. Cash provided by operating activities of EUR144 million was used to execute the outstanding two redemption options on the Senior Secured Notes of EUR47 million and to fund the record investment level of EUR96 million. The investments were largely driven by the implementation of the strategic growth projects, leading to a further shift within the product portfolio towards high margin downstream derivatives. The second production facility for specialty esters in Oberhausen was mechanically completed at the end of October and started operations in November 2012. The third production unit for carboxylic acids in Oberhausen is currently being finalized and is expected to be completed in April 2013. Both investments will render a significant contribution to Oxea's earnings in the near future.

    |                                 | Three months ended |  Twelve months ended|
    |                                 | December    31     |December 31          |
    |In EUR million - Unaudited       |2012      |2011     |2012      |2011      |
    |Net sales                        |342.9     |328.4    |1,458.9   |1,479.3   |
    |Gross profit                     |47.1      |33.8     |188.4     |205.4     |
    |SG&A                             |(8.9)     |(10.0)   |(37.3)    |(37.6)    |
    |R&D                              |(1.8)     |(1.8)    |(6.9)     |(6.4)     |
    |Other operating                  |6.9       |9.7      |23.7      |18.2      |
    |income/expense                   |          |         |          |          |
    |Operating profit                 |43.2      |31.7     |168.0     |179.5     |
    |Net income                       |14.4      |8.7      |69.8      |77.0      |
    |EBITDA                           |49.6      |38.3     |193.1     |204.2     |
    |Adjusted EBITDA                  |43.7      |35.5     |180.0     |206.2     |

Net sales  

Net sales for the three months ended December, 2012 were EUR342.9 million, an increase of 4.4% compared with the corresponding period of the prior year. Overall, volumes were 2.6% higher compared with Q4 2011. Oxo Intermediates volumes were up by 1.7% and Oxo Derivatives volumes traded 5.9% higher. Of our revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2012, EUR158 million resulted from sales in Europe, EUR115 million in North America, and EUR69million in the rest of the world compared to EUR141 million, EUR109 million, and EUR78million, respectively, in the prior year period.

Gross profit

Gross profit for the three months ended December 31, 2012 amounted to EUR47.1million compared with EUR33.8 million in Q4 2011, mainly due to higher sales and improved margins.

Selling, general & administration expense (SG&A)

SG&A expense for the three months ended December 31, 2012 amounted to EUR8.9million compared with EUR10.0 million in the corresponding period of the prior year, mainly due to lower consulting fees.

Other operating income/(expense)

Net other operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2012 amounted to EUR6.9 million compared with a net other operating income of EUR9.7 million in the corresponding period of the prior year. The decrease is primarily attributable to lower insurance income.

Operating profit

Operating profit for the three months ended December 31, 2012 was EUR43.2 million compared with EUR31.7 million in the corresponding prior year period, primarily as a result of higher gross profit and lower SG&A expense as explained above.

Financial result  

Net financial expense was EUR14.2 million compared with EUR15.0 million in Q4 2011 mainly due to the bond redemptions executed in 2012.

Net income

Net income was EUR14.4 million compared with EUR8.7 million in the corresponding period of the prior year due to a higher operating profit and lower net financial expense.


EBITDA at EUR49.6 million compared with EUR38.3 million in the corresponding period of the prior year was mainly driven by a higher gross profit partly compensated by lower other income. The latter has been partly normalized leading to an Adjusted EBITDA of EUR43.7m in Q4 2012.

Cash flow

As mentioned above, the company continued to generate positive free cash flow. During 2012, Oxea generated EUR144.0 million in cash from operating activities compared with EUR193.3 million in the corresponding period of the prior year, which included a one-off item of EUR53.2 million from the initial sale of receivables under the ABS program. Cash used in investing activities was EUR95.8 million compared with EUR36.2 million in the corresponding period of the prior year due to higher spending for growth projects.

Cash used in financing activities was EUR145.0 million compared to EUR130.7 million in the corresponding period of the prior year. This included the optional bond redemption of EUR47.1 million (2011: EUR26.7 million) and a payment to shareholders in the amount of EUR50.0 million (2011: EUR55.0 million).

Oxea is a global manufacturer of Oxo Intermediates and Derivatives such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters and amines. These products are sold in the merchant market (where sales are to third party customers) and used for the production of high-quality coatings, lubricants, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, flavourings and fragrances, printing inks and plastics. In 2012, Oxea generated revenue of about EUR1.5 billion with its 1,406 employees in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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EBITDA is defined as net income for the year before financial result, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA adjusted to remove the effects of certain non-cash and non-recurring expenses and charges. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are supplemental measures of our performance and liquidity that are not required by or presented in accordance with IFRS. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements of our financial performance or liquidity under IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to profit for the period presented, results from operating activities or any other performance measures derived in accordance with IFRS or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. We believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by eliminating potential differences caused by variations in capital structures (affecting interest expense), tax positions (such as the impact on periods or companies of change in effective tax rates or net operating losses) and the age and book value and amortization of tangible and intangible assets (which have an effect on related depreciation expense). We also present EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA because we believe it these are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of similar issuers, the majority of which present EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA when reporting their results. Finally, we present EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as measures of our ability to service our debt.

Further inquiry note:

Bernhard Spetsmann
Managing Director (Finance, IT)

Birgit Reichel Communications/PR

Oxea GmbH
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