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Grupa Azoty Group reports higher demand in the Agro segment in Q3 2023

The third-quarter financial results of the Grupa Azoty Group are in line with estimates presented on October 26th. The Group generated consolidated revenue of PLN 3,075 million, EBITDA of PLN -348 million, and EBITDA margin of -11.3%.

Top Brand 2023 – Grupa Azoty secures top spot as the strongest chemical brand

Top Brand 2023 is the most comprehensive ranking showcasing the quality of brand image and media popularity of companies on the Polish market. The sixteenth edition of the Best Image Brands Report evaluated 500 brands spanning 50 different industries. The company recognised as Top Brand 2023 within the chemical sector was Grupa Azoty.

Grupa Azoty Group’s estimated financial results for Q3 2023

The three months ended September 30th 2023 saw improved demand, notably in the Agro Segment and, to a degree, in the Chemicals Segment, especially relative to the prior quarter. This led to an increase in production volumes and a decrease in fertilizer inventories. However, most Grupa Azoty products were offered at prices that were lower than those from the previous year by an average of 52%. The Group estimates to have generated consolidated revenue of PLN 3,075m, EBITDA of PLN -348m, and an EBITDA margin of -11.3%.

Grupa Azoty Group ramps up production of specialty and compound fertilizers

The Grupa Azoty Group has released estimates of production volumes for September 2023, showing that production at the Grupa Azoty Group companies is steadily growing in line with rising demand for fertilizers. According to estimates, in September the Group companies produced 64,000 tonnes of compound fertilizers, compared to 54,000 tonnes in August. In the case of specialty fertilizers, the output for September is estimated at 15,000 tonnes, compared with 9,000 tonnes in August. The drop in estimated production of nitrogen fertilizers, from 251,000 tonnes in August to 227,000 tonnes in September, was mainly a consequence of an emergency shutdown at Grupa Azoty ZAK, which the company announced on September 5th.

Grupa Azoty Group financial results significantly affected by market conditions in Europe

Grupa Azoty Group’s financial results for the second quarter of 2023 are in line with the estimates presented on September 18th 2023. In the three months ended June 30th 2023, the Grupa Azoty Group generated consolidated revenue of PLN 3,491m, EBITDA of PLN -608m, and an EBITDA margin of -17.4%. As highlighted in the press release regarding estimated results, the reporting period witnessed the convergence of adverse market factors impacting all producers in the European fertilizer and chemical industry. Those adverse developments arose as a consequence of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the European Union’s decision to suspend tariffs on imports of urea and ammonia from countries outside the EU.

Estimates of financial results of the Grupa Azoty Group for the three and six months ended June 30th 2023

In the three months ended June 30th 2023, the Grupa Azoty Group generated consolidated revenue of PLN 3,491m, EBITDA of PLN -608m, and an EBITDA margin of -17.4%. During the period, the Grupa Azoty Group and other European producers faced macroeconomic headwinds due to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, leading to reduced demand in the markets for the Group companies’ products and their downstream markets. Based on the production volume estimates published by the Grupa Azoty Group since the beginning of this year, we have observed an upward trend in fertilizer demand since the third quarter. If the trend continues, it is expected to have a positive impact on the Group’s financial results in 2023.