RHI Magnesita

EANS-News: Results of the first half of 2017

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Mid Year Results

Vienna -

* Positive economic environment strengthens business development
* M&A costs and currency effects weigh on margins
* Adjusted operating EBIT exceeds first half of 2016


In the first half of 2017, the RHI Group's revenue was up 3.1% on the
comparative period of 2016 and amounted to EUR 855.8 million. Revenue of the
Steel Division rose by 2.9%, among other things thanks to a positive business
development in the US. The increase in revenue by 2.0% in the Industrial
Division is among other things due to higher project deliveries of the glass
business unit and a satisfactory repair business in the cement/lime business
unit.

Stefan Borgas, CEO of RHI and designated CEO of RHI-Magnesita, comments on the
half-year result: "In the first half of the year, we got many issues on the
right track, even though the figures were somewhat mixed due to one-off effects.
We expect a strong third quarter and are confident to achieve the goals we set."

The operating EBIT amounted to EUR 59.0 million in the first half of 2017 after
EUR 70.2 million in the first half of 2016 and includes external costs of EUR
12.6 million related to the planned combination of RHI and Magnesita as well as
negative currency effects of EUR 9.2 million resulting from the measurement of
balance sheet items. Adjusted for these two effects, the operating EBIT amounts
to EUR 80.8 million in the first half of 2017, which corresponds to a margin of
9.4%. This positive development is among other things attributable to a more
favorable market environment in many customer industries, the associated
improved order situation and the resulting higher utilization of production
capacities. The higher raw material costs resulting from a shortage of supply
could so far not be fully passed on to customers.

EBIT amounted to EUR 49.6 million in the first half of the year and includes
impairments of EUR 5.5 million as a result of the planned sale or closure of the
plant in Aken, Germany. The imminent sale of the Italian San Vito plant and the
Russian Podolsk plant, which produce fused cast refractories for the use in the
glass industry led to impairments of EUR 1.7 million. The negative net effect
from the power supply contract in Norway of EUR 1.2 million resulting from
declining electricity future prices also had a negative impact on EBIT. In
addition, restructuring costs of EUR 1.0 million related to changes in the
product portfolio at the site in Porsgrunn, Norway, were incurred in the first
quarter of 2017.

Net cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR 39.8 million in the
first half of 2017 after EUR 76.7 million in the same period of 2016. Net cash
flow from investing activities amounted to EUR (4.8) million in the first half
of 2017 after EUR (17.1) million in the first half of 2016. Free cash flow thus
amounted to EUR 35.0 million in the first half of 2017 after EUR 59.6 million in
the comparative period of 2016.

Development in the second quarter of 2017
In the second quarter of 2017 the RHI Group's revenue increased by 4.3% compared
with the preceding quarter and amounted to EUR 437.0 million. This increase is
due to higher contributions to revenue by both the Steel Division and the
Industrial Division. Here, revenue growth is above all attributable to the start
of the maintenance season in the oil and gas segment in North America as well as
in Europe.

The operating EBIT amounted to EUR 21.1 million in the past quarter compared
with EUR 37.9 million in the first quarter of 2017 and includes external costs
of EUR 8.8 million related to the planned combination of RHI and Magnesita as
well negative currency effects of EUR 5.6 million resulting from the measurement
of balance sheet items. Adjusted for these two effects, the operating EBIT
amounts to EUR 35.5 million in the second quarter of 2017, which corresponds to
a margin of 8.1%.

Outlook
In its forecast published in July 2017, the International Monetary Fund predicts
global economic growth of 3.5% in the current year after 3.2% in the year 2016.
However, there is considerable uncertainty regarding the impact of the policies
of the newly elected US government. Although the environment in the advanced
economies improved, especially in Europe, the pace of growth in the emerging
markets will continue to influence the global economy to a significant extent.
Based on a current study, the research institute CRU expects a decline in steel
production in China by roughly 1% in the year 2017 and an increase in steel
production outside China by 4%. Based on these estimates, RHI expects a more
positive market environment in 2017. The focus will stay on the generation of
free cash flow in the current financial year in order to reduce net debt
further. Due to the preparations for a successful completion of the planned
combination with Magnesita and the integration of the two companies, external
costs will be incurred.

Closing of the combination with Magnesita expected for late October
The planned combination of RHI and Magnesita has obtained all merger control
clearances. The company is currently working intensively on the preparations for
the share's listing in the Premium Segment of the London Stock Exchange. The
first trading day in London and the closing of the transaction are scheduled for
late October 2017.

Stefan Borgas adds: "London offers the company as the global market leader in
the refractories segment access to an important capital market. At the same time
we will stay loyal to the Vienna Stock Exchange via the new Global Market. With
the combination of the two companies we will open a new chapter in the long
history of RHI."

Financial key figures

in EUR million           1H/17 1H/16 Delta    2Q/17 1Q/17 Delta
Revenue                  855.8 830.2 3.1%     437.0 418.8 4.3%
EBITDA                   89.2  100.6 (11.3)%  40.7  48.5  (16.1)%
EBITDA margin            10.4% 12.1% (1.7)pp  9.3%  11.6% (2.3)pp
Operating EBIT1)         59.0  70.2  (16.0)%  21.1  37.9  (44.3)%
Operating EBIT margin    6.9%  8.5%  (1.6)pp  4.8%  9.0%  (4.2)pp
EBIT                     49.6  68.6  (27.7)%  17.0  32.6  (47.9)%
EBIT margin              5.8%  8.3%  (2.5)pp  3.9%  7.8%  (3.9)pp
Profit before income tax 45.9  62.9  (27.0)%  15.7  30.2  (48.0)%
Profit after income tax  25.7  38.9  (33.9)%  7.2   18.5  (61.1)%


1) EBIT before expenses from derivatives from supply contracts, impairment and
restructuring effects

The half-year report 2017 is now available for download on the RHI website
www.rhi-ag.com [http://www.rhi-ag.com/] under Investor Relations / Financial
Reports.



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

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