RHI Magnesita

Problems in Norway strain earnings situation

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3rd Quarter
In the third quarter of 2013, revenues fell to EUR 427.4 million, down 4.0% on
the previous quarter. While the revenues of the Steel Division declined by 3.6%
because business in Europe was weaker than expected, the Industrial Division's
revenues fell by 4.7% especially due to the postponement of projects in the
business unit glass. 

The operating result in the past quarter amounted to EUR 32.2 million and is
burdened by technical problems in the newly constructed fusion plant in Norway
totaling roughly EUR 12 million, and by negative currency effects. Compared with
the operating result of the second quarter of 2013, which was adversely affected
by negative one-off effects of EUR 11 million, this corresponds to an increase
by 18.4%. The operating result margin rose from 6.1% to 7.5%.

EBIT amounted to EUR 30.7 million in the third quarter of 2013 and was
influenced by write-offs of EUR 1.9 million in China resulting from product and
process enhancements. The decline in EBIT compared to the previous quarter is
primarily attributable to the positive effects from the termination of the US
Chapter 11 proceedings recorded in the second quarter of 2013. The EBIT margin
amounted to 7.2% in the past quarter. The tax rate stood at 28.4%. 

Equity amounted to EUR 525.6 million at the balance sheet date on September 30,
2013, after EUR 480.5 million at December 31, 2012. The equity ratio thus rose
from 26.0% at the end of the financial year 2012 to 28.9% as of September 30,
2013. Cash and cash equivalents rose from EUR 121.3 million in the second
quarter of 2013 to EUR 170.3 million due to strong cash flow generation. 

Net cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR 53.7 million and cash
flow from investing activities to EUR (14.1) million in the past quarter.
Consequently, net debt fell from EUR 464.2 million to EUR 430.8 million. The
gearing ratio declined from 88.3% to 82.0%.

in EUR million             Q3/2013    Q2/2013  Delta    Q3/2012 Delta
Revenues                   427.4      445.2    (4.0)%   459.9   (7.1)%
EBITDA                     50.2       102.2    (50.9)%  72.8    (31.0)%
EBITDA margin              11.7%      23.0%    (11.3)pp 15.8%   (4.1)pp
Operating result 1)        32.2       27.2     18.4%    50.3    (36.0)%
Operating result margin    7.5%       6.1%     1.4pp    10.9%   (3.4)pp
EBIT                       30.7       84.0    (63.5)%   56.6    (45.8)%
EBIT margin                7.2%       18.9%    (11.7)pp 12.3%   (5.1)pp
Profit before income taxes 25.0       75.6    (66.9)%   50.5    (50.5)%
Profit                     17.9       60.5    (70.4)%   23.3    (23.2)%
1) EBIT before restructuring costs and result from Chapter 11 proceedings

Revenues in the first nine months of the year 2013 fell by 5.4% compared with
the same period of 2012 and amounted to EUR 1,298.1 million. Although sales
volume in the Steel Division dropped by 6.3% in a weak economic environment, the
decline in revenues was more moderate at 3.4% due to the consistent
implementation of a sales strategy focusing on profitability and an improved
product mix. Revenues in the Industrial Division decreased by 8.0% because of
weaker project business in the segment environment, energy, chemicals, and due
to project postponements in the business unit glass.   

The decline in the operating result by 17.9% to EUR 108.8 million is
attributable to the technical problems which occurred during the start-up phase
of the newly established fusion plant in Norway, lower capacity utilization at
the production sites and negative exchange rate effects.

Due to one-off effects related to the termination of the Chapter 11 proceedings
and the closure of the site in Duisburg, Germany, EBIT rose from EUR 134.3
million to EUR 164.1 million. The EBIT margin thus increased from 9.8% to 12.6%.

in EUR million             9M/2013  9M/2012  Delta                   
Revenues                   1,298.1  1,372.7  (5.4)%                  
EBITDA                     218.3    181.0    20.6%                   
EBITDA margin              16.8%    13.2%    3.6pp                   
Operating result 1)        108.8    132.6    (17.9)%                 
Operating result margin    8.4%     9.7%     (1.3)pp                 
EBIT                       164.1    134.3    22.2%                   
EBIT margin                12.6%    9.8%     2.8pp                   
Profit before income taxes 141.4    124.0    14.0%                   
Profit                     101.2    85.6     18.2%                   
1) EBIT before restructuring costs and result from Chapter 11 proceedings

Provided that the macroeconomic environment remains stable and with no changes
in exchange rates, RHI expects the fourth quarter of 2013 to be the strongest
quarter of the Industrial Division in terms of revenues due to delays of
deliveries in the third quarter, and revenues to increase slightly in the Steel
Division in comparison with the third quarter of 2013. The operating result is
expected to be negatively affected by roughly EUR 10 million in the fourth
quarter due to the technical problems in Norway, which are still unresolved. As
soon as the results of the analyses currently carried out are available, RHI
will report on them. 

For the full year 2013, RHI expects revenues to be slightly below the level of
the previous year. The operating result margin is expected to fall significantly
short of that of the year 2012 due to insufficient coverage of fixed costs
resulting from low capacity utilization, negative currency effects and the
above-mentioned burden on the result in Norway. 

The report on the third quarter of 2013 is available on RHI's website

Further inquiry note:
Investor Relations
Mag. Simon Kuchelbacher
Tel: +43-1-50213-6676
Email: simon.kuchelbacher@rhi-ag.com

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