Mexichem Has Posted Another Quarter With Solid Growth in Revenue and Earnings, Reaching Its EBITDA Guidance for 2018

Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: MEXCHEM*) (the Company or Mexichem) announced its unaudited results for the fourth quarter of 2018 and full-year 2018. The figures have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (NIIF or IFRS), having U.S. dollars as the functional and reporting currency. All comparisons are made against the same period of the prior year except for Netafim’s Q1 2017 P&L figures, which are not included in the comparisons. However, proforma financials are included in this report in Appendix I. Unless specified to the contrary, all figures are in millions. In the comments in this report, we will refer to the term Organic Basis or Organically, which excludes: i) Netafim’s results for the quarter; and ii) the related expenses of the CADE and Netafim Ltd. acquisition. For the full-year 2018 numbers, Mexichem also excludes a Brazilian tax legal settlement benefit. The FX translation effect numbers, which are numbers on a constant currency basis or without the FX translation effects, do not includes any positive or negative effect from Venezuela due to the uncertainties of the economic fundamentals of its FX market and due that any effect is not material for the whole Company’s results. In some cases, numbers and percentages have been rounded and may not add up.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, Mexichem posted a 15% year-over-year (YOY) increase in net sales to $1.69 billion, and a 129% YOY increase in net majority income to $32 million. Mexichem also reported consolidated net income of $46 million, compared to a loss of $22 million reported during last years fourth quarter.

This was a challenging quarter due to market conditions and some movements in certain variables in our Vinyl business, but despite these challenges, we were able to achieve our full-year EBITDA guidance while we continue to advance on the execution of our long-term strategy, said Daniel Mart­nez-Valle, Mexichem CEO. During this transformation journey, Mexichem has been working closely with our partners and customers across all our business groups to identify opportunities and provide innovative, best-for-world solutions to solve them. Our full-year earnings success proves we are on the right track.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Q4 2018 Financial and Operating Highlights (compared to Q4 2017) include:

  • Revenue increased 15% to $1.69 billion
  • Consolidated net income and net majority income totaled $46 and $32 million, respectively
  • Operating Cashflow before CAPEX and financing activities (debt, dividends and buyback program) improved 17% and cash conversion increased by 2,600 bp from 122% to 148% in Q4 2018

Full-Year 2018 Financial and Operating Highlights (compared to FY 2017) include:

  • Revenue increased 24% to $7.20 billion
  • EBITDA grew 26% to $1.40 billion and EBITDA margin increased 43 bps to 19.4%. Operating Income increased 32% to $935 million
  • Consolidated net income totaled $483 million, an increase of 126%
  • Operating cash flow before CAPEX and financing activities (debt, dividends and buyback program) improved 18%, while cash conversion remained flat at around 60%
  • ROE and ROIC increased by 370 bps to 13.5% and 100 bps to 9.2%, respectively, reflecting a continuous positive trend
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS:    
mm US$   Fourth Quarter   January – December
Financial Highlights 2018   2017   %Var. 2018   2017   % Var.
Net sales 1,689 1,468 15% 7,198 5,828 24%
Operating income 122 162 -25% 935 708 32%
EBITDA 269 277 -3% 1,397 1,106 26%
EBITDA margin 15.9% 18.9% -298 bps 19.4% 19.0% 43 bps
EBT 47 150 -69% 655 535 22%
Income (loss) from continuing operations 43 123 -65% 460 357 29%
Consolidated net income (loss) 46 (22) N/A 483 214 126%
Net majority income 32 14 129% 355 194 83%
Operating cash flow before capex, debt repayment & dividends 397 339 17% 809 683 18%
Total CAPEX (organic & JV) (83) (81) 2% (283) (289) -2%
Operating cash flow before debt repayment & dividends 313 258 21% 527 394 34%
Free cash flow 114 1,194 -90% 286 1,156 -75%

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

STRATEGY, PERFORMANCE AND BUSINESS GROUP HIGHLIGHTS, AND OUTLOOK

The fourth quarter presented some challenges for us, specifically in our Vinyl business, as we anticipated in the third quarter, because of some adverse market conditions, added by the force majeure announcement in mid-November from Mexichems main ethylene suppliers to our Vestolit subsidiary in Germany. As a result of this action, Vestolit issued a force majeure to its clients while the team worked diligently to resume normal operations as fast as possible. On January 17, Vestolit announced that normal operations had resumed. Thanks to Mexichems resilient business groups, and geographical diversification, the company grew EBITDA by 26% for the full year, fulfilling our commitment to secure EBITDA growth between 25-30% at year-end on a reported basis.

Mexichem continues to see the benefit from the integration of Netafim in our consolidated numbers, along with encouraging trends in the companys Fluent business. Continuing with our strategic approach to business groups and markets, Mexichem is committed to being disciplined, and laser focused on execution.

During the full year of 2018, Mexichem started an evolution that will transform the company into a much more client-oriented organization. This shift will be an important component of Mexichems business operations this year. Mexichem continues to be focused on taking care of our customers needs and relationships by creating global synergies and best-for-the-world solutions, while also is becoming more purpose-driven.

Throughout 2018, Mexichem has shared many examples of how our 22,000 plus employees collaborate with their customers to address some of the worlds most pressing challenges. During the fourth quarter of 2018, Mexichem continued to build on this momentum by amplifying the companys purpose to grow the business and improve the life quality of millions of people around the world.

Mexichem and our Netafim subsidiary recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of that acquisition and continue to demonstrate the value of that game-changing acquistion. Today, Netafim is an integral part of Mexichems Precision Agriculture business, demonstrating to the farmers how to maximize crop yield while reducing overall consumption of resources with its digital farming solutions. Mexichems Precision Agriculture business also partners with governments to help improve the livelihoods of rural farmers with the latest in smart drip and micro-irrigation technologies. Netafim is completing a large community irrigation project in India that spans four different regions, covering over 135,000 acres and benefits nearly 60,000 rural farmers.

Last month, Wavin, part of our Building & Infrastructure business, launched the worlds first, metal-plastic pipe fittings that make a whistling sound after detecting a water leak. The acoustic, leak-alert feature was born through customer feedback to solve the installer challenge of tracing unpressed fittings. The Wavin Tigris K5/M5 is another clear example of how Mexichem focuses on customer needs and then innovates solutions that address them.

Dura-Line, part of our Datacom business, continues its supplier partnership with both Verizon and AT&T. Dura-Line has a sole-source relationship with both companies to supply the conduit needed for wireless, 5G fiber deployments in the U.S. Dura-Line has also entered into a supply agreement with Amazon for its conduit needs for several upgrade projects coming during this year.

Also, in December, Mexichems Specialty Compounds business completed the installation of a new Megolon production line in the U.K., increasing capacity up to 10,000MT per year for halogen free, flame retardant (HFFR) compounds for the wire and cable industry. The project was completed in less than six months and enables Mexichems Megolon brand to meet increasing customer demand for products that achieve higher levels of fire safety as required in the EU.

Mexichem remains strongly committed to our investment-grade rating, and through a continued effort to strengthen our balance sheet, has been executing our de-leveraging strategy, reaching 2.05x net debt to EBITDA ratio at the end of Q4 2018.

During 2018, Mexichems Fluent European and U.S. & Canada operations exceeded expectations, and although the business group faced market challenges in LatAm “ mainly in Colombia, while in Brazil and Mexico “ weve been seeing signs of recovery, at a time when we continue our path to successfully integrate Netafim. During the first months of 2019 Mexichems Vinyl business is expected that will continue working in an ethane supply constrained and in an excess supply environment in caustic soda, while year-to-date PVC prices have been increasing. Finally, for Mexichems Fluor business, as we anticipated, we expect a moderated growth path after an extraordinary 2018. During this year, Mexichem will experience tougher YOY comparables and the stabilization on the refrigerant markets in Europe associated with difficult market conditions which affect the supply-demand dynamics of the F-gas quota system, and better market conditions in our upstream businesses.

For 2019 the Company’s guidance is to grow its EBITDA between 1% to 6% from the 2018 reported EBITDA, in line with the Company’s focus in organic growth with a capital allocation policy oriented to maintain its ROIC positive trend, with a CAPEX of between $400 and $450 million without acquisitions, if any.

FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS

REVENUES

For Q4 2018, revenues totaled $1.69 billion, up $221 million, or 15% from Q4 2017, led by the consolidation of Netafim and higher sales in our Fluor Business Group. Organically, revenue decreased 4% YOY, or $55 million, from which 84% or $46 million were due to FX impacts. On an Organic and constant currency basis (not affecting cash flow but to understand the overall business and segment performance), revenue would have been $1.46 million, a decrease of 1% vs Q4 2017, mainly due to the revaluation of the USD against the Brazilian Real (17%), Euro (3%), Turkish Lira (45%), Argentinian Peso (112%), Pound Sterling (3%), and Colombian Peso (6%), which represent 29%, 19%, 11%, 8%, 7% and 6% of the total $46 million FX impact, respectively. Revenues for our Fluent, Fluor and Vinyl Business Groups increased by 29% (-2% on organic and on constant currency basis), 4% (5% on constant currency basis) and a decrease of 3% (flat on a constant currency basis), respectively.

As was the case in the third quarter, the Fluent Business Group revenue growth was driven mainly by the Netafim consolidation and a strong sales performance in the U.S. & Canada and AMEA, which more than offset a decline in LatAm and, to a lesser extent, in Europe. At Fluor, we continued with the growth trend from better price conditions on one side of the business group, which balanced the slight decline of the weighted average price in its portfolio of products elsewhere. This decline was due to supply-demand market conditions in both Europe and the U.S. At Vinyl, revenues declined mainly because of tighter conditions in PVC prices and the force majeure in our Vestolit subsidiary announced on November 12, 2018. This development was a result of the force majeure declared by Vetolits main ethylene suppliers which in consequence force us to declared force majeure, and as a result reduced PVC, and then the caustic soda, production and sale. The industry also had to deal with an excess of global supply in caustic soda which affected global prices.

For 2018, Mexichems consolidated revenue increased by 24% to $7.20 billion, an increase of $1.37 billion, compared to 2017. On a constant currency and on an Organic Basis, revenue would have increased by 7% to $6.23 billion.

EBITDA

In Q4 2018, EBITDA was $269 million, a 3% decrease compared to the $277 million reported in the same quarter last year. EBITDA margin for the quarter was 15.9%.

Our results for the quarter were challenging YOY. Low-single-digit EBITDA decline was mainly driven by our Vinyl business group. Our Vinyl business group declined its EBITDA by $57 million, or 38%, compared to the same quarter last year. Approximately 70% was mainly due to the tightness in the PVC, caustic soda and ethane markets as we expected and mentioned when we report our Q3 2018. Approximately 30% was due to the force majeure declared on November 12, 2018 by our Vestolit subsidiary in Germany, representing 0.3% and 0.5% of Mexichem’s 2017 total sales and equity, respectively. On January 17, 2019, Vestolit announced it had resumed normal operations. These impacts were offset mainly by: i) the consolidations of Netafim into our Fluent Business Group, which increased its EBITDA by 37% (-21% Organic and in constant currency basis), and ii) better market conditions in our Fluor business group increasing its EBITDA in 16% (17% in constant currency basis).

In Q4 2018, the FX translation effect on EBITDA was slightly negative of $4 million on a consolidated basis. On a constant currency and organic basis (not affecting cash flow but to understand the overall business and segment performance), EBITDA would have been $244 million, down $57 million or a 19% decrease, with an implied EBITDA margin of 17%.

For 2018, EBITDA was $1,397 million, increasing 26%, and fulfilling the Company’s guidance to be between 25% to 30%. EBITDA margin was 19%. On a constant currency and organic basis, EBITDA would have been $1,272 million, an increase of 12%, with an implied EBITDA margin of 20%.

OPERATING INCOME

Mexichem reported operating income for Q4 2018 of $122 million, compared to $162 million reported in Q4 2017, a 25% decrease. On an Organic Basis, operating income decreased $45 million or 24%, to $141 million.

For 2018, reported operating income was $935 million and on an organic basis was $887 million, compared to $708 million and $735 million, respectively, in the same period of 2017, representing an increase of 32% and 21%, respectively.

FINANCIAL COSTS

In Q4 2018, financial costs increased by $62 million, or 477%, to $75 million compared to Q4 2017. The increase was triggered by: i) a decrease of $6 million in favorable interest when compared with Q4 2018 coming from the investment in Q4 2017 of the $1 billion bond issued in September 2017 for the Netafim acquisition; ii) a bank commission increased by $4 million mainly related to the consolidation of Netafim figures in 2018; iii) a negative effect of $38 million related to the monetary position effect from inflation in Venezuela. In Q4 2017, Venezuelan inflation increased from 500% to 2,616%, but the exchange rate was not adjusted during the same period, generating a positive effect of $44 million, while in Q4 2018 the effect of monetary position was positive only by $6 million; and iv) an impact of $18 million related to the mark to market valuation of a financial instrument associated to the Netafim acquisition. The previous impacts were offset by a decrease in FX losses of $5 million.

In 2018, compared to 2017, financial cost increased $108 million or 61% to $284 million. This was a result of i) an increase of $43 million in paid interest mainly related to the issuance of the $1 billion bond in September 2017 for the Netafim acquisition, as well as Netafim interest consolidated in 2018; ii) $11 million in bank fees mainly due to the consolidation of Netafim figures in 2018; iii) a negative effect of $36 million in the monetary position, as explained above, of our Venezuelan operation; and iv) an impact of $18 million related to the mark to market valuation of a financial instrument associated to the Netafim acquisition.

TAXES

In Q4 2018, cash tax increased to $58 million from $7 million in Q4 2017, mainly due to the change in a mix of Mexichems subsidiaries that generate net earnings and those generating net losses, a change in a tax position in Netafim and law changes in the U.S. which reduced the possibility of the usage of foreign tax credits.

Deferred tax shifted from an expense of $20 million in Q4 2017 to a benefit of $53 million in Q4 2018 mainly driven by the reduction of local tax rates in relevant countries and the reduction of the usage of net operating losses (NOLS) in Mexico due to the re-valuation of the U.S. dollar against the Mexican peso when compared with Q4 2017.

The effective tax rate in Q4 declined from 18.0% to 10.6% YOY due to the previously mentioned reasons.

During 2018, cash tax increased $115 million from $111 to $226 million, mainly due to the mix of Mexichems subsidiaries between the profitable entities and those generating losses. Deferred tax shifted from an expense of $67 million to a benefit of $31 million, mainly driven by the reduction of local tax rates in relevant countries. The effective tax rate decreased from 33.3% to 29.8% mainly due to the previously mentioned.

CONSOLIDATED NET INCOME (LOSS) AND MAJORITY INCOME (LOSS)

In Q4 2018, the Company reported consolidated net income of $46 million compared to a loss of $22 million in Q4 2017, representing a three-fold improvement. Net majority income improved 129% to $32 million from $14 million in Q4 2017. These results were achieved due to the previously mentioned reasons.

For 2018, the Company posted consolidated net income of $483 million compared to $214 million last year, an increase of 126%. When adjusted by the discontinued operation in PMV, net income would have increased 29% from $357 million in 2017 to $460 million in 2018. Net majority income increased 83% to $355 million in 2018, compared to $194 million a year earlier. When adjusted by the share of Mexichem (55.91%) in the discontinued operations in PMV, net majority income would have increased 25%, from $274 million in 2017 to $342 million in 2018.

 
USD in millions   Fourth Quarter   January – December
Income statement 2018   2017   % 2018   2017   %
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax 47 150 -69% 655 535 22%
Cash tax 58 7 729% 226 111 104%
Income (loss) from continuing operations after cash tax (11) 143 N/A 429 424 1%
Deferred taxes (53) 20 N/A (31) 67 N/A
Income (loss) from continuing operations 43 123 -65% 460 357 29%
Discontinued operations 4 -145 N/A 23 -143 N/A
Consolidated net income (loss) 46 (22) N/A 483 214 126%
Minority stockholders 15 -36 N/A 128 20 540%
Net income (loss) 32 14 129% 355 194 83%
 
BALANCE SHEET AND OPERATING CASH FLOW HIGHLIGHTS
OPERATING CASH FLOW HIGHLIGHTS
 
  Fourth Quarter   January – December
mm US$ 2018   2017   %Var. 2018   2017   % Var.
EBITDA 269 277 -3% 1,397 1,106 26%
Taxes paid (36) (18) 100% (226) (122) 85%
Net interest paid (21) (3) 600% (183) (137) 34%
Bank commissions (9) (6) 50% (39) (27) 44%
Exchange rate gains (losses) (7) (16) -56% (47) (33) 42%
Change in trade working capital (1) (2) 201 104 93% (92) (103) -11%
Operating cash flow before capex, debt repayment & dividends 397 339 17% 809 683 18%
CAPEX (Organic) (81) (66) 23% (267) (215) 24%
CAPEX (Total JV) (3) (14) -79% (15) (119) -87%
CAPEX JV (OXY share)   45 -100%
NET CAPEX JV (3) (14) -79% (15) (74) -80%
Total CAPEX (organic & JV) (83) (81) 2% (283) (289) -2%
Operating cash flow before debt repayment & dividends 313 258 21% 527 394 34%
Buy-back shares program (15)   (67) (5) 1240%
New debt (paid) (52) 997 N/A 168 961 -83%
Operating cash flow before dividends 246 1,255 -80% 628 1,350 -53%
Shareholders’ dividend (132) (61) 116% (342) (193) 77%
Free cash flow 114 1,194 -90% 286 1,156 -75%
PMV’s insurance A/R   268  
Free cash flow after Insurance 114 1,194 -90% 553 1,156 -52%
(1)   PMV’s insurance A/R is not included in trade working capital calculation.
(2) Trade working capital variation (Dec 18 vs Dec 17) includes Netafim’s proforma results for comparative purposes.
 

In the fourth quarter, operating cash flow before CapEx increased by 17% and cash conversion increased in 2,600 bp from 122% to 148% in the Q4 2018, while taxes and interest paid increased significantly, but FX losses decreased by 56%, mainly as explained in paragraphs above. Change in working capital in Q4 2018 improved vs Q4 2017 by 93% or $97 million, mainly due to cash conversion of the accounts receivables in Fluent Europe as a result of seasonality. Capital expenditures in Q4 2018 slightly increased by 2% to $83 million.

NET WORKING CAPITAL
       
2018 Variation 2017 Variation
dec-18   dec-17  

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dec-18   dec-16  

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Trade Working Capital 602 510 (92) 287 184 (103)

From December 31, 2017 to December 31, 2018, change in working capital improved from a demand of $103 million during 2017 to a demand of $92 million during 2018.

FINANCIAL DEBT
   
Last Twelve Months
Dec 2018   Dec 2017
Net Debt USD million 2,871 1,356
Net Debt/EBITDA 12 M 2.05x 1.23x
Interest coverage 5.59x 5.67x

Note: Net debt USD includes $0.3 million of letters of credit with maturities of more than 180 days that for covenant purposes are considered gross debt, although they are not booked in the accounting debt.

Total financial debt for covenant purposes as of December 31, 2018 was $3.6 billion, while cash and cash equivalents totaled $700 million, resulting in net financial debt of $2.9 billion.

The Net Debt/EBITDA ratio was 2.05x as of December 31, 2018, while Interest Coverage was 5.59x.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET:
  USD in millions
Balance sheet Dec 2018   Dec 2017
Total assets 10,061 9,759
Cash and temporary investments 700 1,900
Receivables 1,150 975
Inventories 866 675
Others current assets 262 403
Property, plant and equipment, Net 3,507 3,626
Intangible assets and Goodwill 3,345 1,910
Long term assets 231 270
Total liabilities 6,892 6,078
Current portion of long-term debt 396 45
Suppliers 1,414 1,362
Other current liabilities 898 723
Long-term debt 3,175 3,210
Long-term employee benefits 182 186
Long-Term deferred tax liabilities 349 231
Other long-term liabilities 478 321
Consolidated shareholders’equity 3,169 3,681
Minority shareholders’ equity 761 878
Majority shareholders’ equity 2,408 2,803
Total liabilities & shareholders’ equity 10,061 9,759
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT:
       
USD in millions Fourth Quarter January – December
Income Statement 2018   2017   % 2018   2017   %
Net sales 1,689 1,468 15% 7,198 5,828 24%
Cost of sales 1,297 1,086 19% 5,261 4,375 20%
Gross profit 392 382 3% 1,937 1,453 33%
Operating expenses 270 219 23% 1,002 745 34%
Operating income (loss) 122 162 -25% 935 708 32%
Interest expenses (income) & bank commisions 77 48 60% 249 177 41%
Exchange rate, net 4 9 -56% 48 48 0%
Monetary position (6) (44) -86% (13) (49) -73%
Financial Costs 75 13 477% 284 176 61%
Equity in income of associated entity (1) -100% (4) (2) 100%
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax 47 150 -69% 655 535 22%
Income tax 5 27 -81% 195 178 10%
Income (loss) from continuing operations 43 123 -65% 460 357 29%
Discontinued operations 4 (145) N/A 23 (143) N/A
Consolidated net income (loss) 46 (22) N/A 483 214 126%
Minority stockholders 15 (36) N/A 128 20 540%
Net income (loss) 32 14 129% 355 194 83%
             
EBITDA 269 277 -3% 1,397 1,106 26%

OPERATING RESULTS BY BUSINESS GROUP:

VINYL Business Group (32% and 40% of Mexichems sales (after eliminations) and EBITDA, respectively, in 2018)

       
mm US$ Fourth Quarter January – December
Vinyl 2018   2017   %Var. 2018   2017   % Var.
Volume (K tons) 580 589 -2% 2,524 2,505 1%
Total sales* 552 568 -3% 2,460 2,317 6%
Operating income 42 98 -57% 357 325 10%
EBITDA 93 150 -38% 557 507 10%

*

 

Intercompany sales were $40 million and $51 million in 4Q18 and 4Q17, respectively. And as of December 2018 and 2017 were $176 million and $184 million, respectively.

In Q4 2018, Vinyl total sales decreased 3% to $552 million from the fourth quarter of 2017, mainly due to lower volumes, tighter conditions in PVC prices, the force majeure in our Vestolit subsidiary announced in November 12, 2018 as a consequence of a force majeure declared by its main ethylene suppliers, which reduced the PVC along with caustic soda production and sale; and an excess of global supply in caustic soda which has been affecting global prices, which was partially offset by the consolidation of Sylvin Technologies that started in January 2018.

EBITDA for the Vinyl Business Group was $93 million, compared to $150 million in Q4 2017, a decrease of 38% or $57 million. This decline resulted from the tightness in PVC, caustic soda and ethane market conditions that we mentioned in the Q3 2018 reporting process we could face, which has been putting pressure in the ethane-to-PVC value chain. EBITDA margin contracted to 16.8% in Q4 2018 from 26.4% reported in Q4 2017. Operating income was $42 million, a 57% YOY decrease.

During Q3 2018, we mentioned that the new ethylene crackers that went online during 2018 drove additional demand for ethane while the U.S. ethane infrastructure distribution capacity remained stable. The result was an increase in prices that, as expected, impacted our PVC cost of production during Q4 2018 and will continue affecting Vinyls financials in the following months until new ethane distribution capacity starts operations, which is expected to happen during the first 8 to 10 months of 2019. Caustic soda market price conditions are affected by a global excess of supply. These market conditions regarding the ethane supply and the caustic soda prices are expected to create challenges and volatility in our Vinyl Business Groups results, however, EBITDA margins will stay roughly at the same levels as they were during 2018 and 2017.

For 2018, despite a slight increase in volume, Vinyl revenues increased 6%, reflecting favorable market price conditions during the first nine months of the year in PVC and caustic soda, due largely to the increase in oil prices and supply market constraints associated with environmental restrictions in Europe and Asia, when compared 2018 to 2017. EBITDA increased 10% to $557 million from the $507 million reported at the end of Q4 2017, with an EBITDA margin growth of 74 bps to 22.6% from Q4 2017s 21.9%. Operating income was $357 million, a 10% YOY increase.

       
mm US$ Fourth Quarter January – December
Resins, Compounds & Derivatives 2018   2017   %Var. 2018   2017   % Var.
Volume (K tons) 504 517 -3% 2,199 2,226 -1%
Total sales* 537 551 -3% 2,382 2,254 6%
Operating income 37 93 -60% 331 311 6%
EBITDA 86 143 -40% 520 482 8%

*

 

Intercompany sales were $53 million and $59 million in the 4Q18 and 4Q17, respectively, and as of December 2018 and 2017 were $216 million and $215 million, respectively. Of these amounts $12 million and $9 million were invoiced to PMV in 4Q18 and 4Q17, respectively and $41 million and $31 million accrued to December 2018 and 2017.

During Q4 2018, Resins, Compounds and Derivatives reported a 3% volume and revenue decline for the aforementioned reasons. EBITDA decrease $57 million, or 40%, to $86 million, with an EBITDA margin of 16.0% coming from 25.9% during the Q4 2017. Operating income declined 60% to $37 million due to the aforementioned reasons.

For 2018, Resins, Compounds and Derivatives volumes decreased 1% on a 6% revenue increase due to better market conditions in both PVC and caustic soda during the first nine months of 2018, and lower and stable ethane prices during the first six months. EBITDA increased $38 million or 8% from $482 million to $520 million resulting in an EBITDA margin of 21.8% or 40 bps higher than the 21.4% in 2017. Operating income was $331 million, a 6% YOY increase.

       
mm US$ Fourth Quarter January – December
PMV 2018   2017   %Var. 2018   2017   % Var.
Volume (K tons) 91 77 18% 377 309 22%
Total sales* 29 26 12% 122 99 23%
Operating income 5 5 0% 26 14 86%
EBITDA 7 7 0% 37 25 48%

*

 

Intercompany sales invoiced to Resins, Compounds and Derivatives were $1.1 million and $1.1 million in 4Q18 and 4Q17, respectively. And, as of December 2018 and 2017 were $3.4 million and $5.6 million, respectively.

PMV revenues grew 12% to $29 million mainly reflecting higher volumes compared to the Q4 2017, associated with the chlorine and caustic soda increase in production, which more than compensated lower prices, while EBITDA remained flat. EBITDA margin decrease by 278 bps to 24.2% from 26.9% during the same period last year, due to the increase in prices in electricity alongside with lower caustic soda prices. Operating income was $5 million flat compared to last year.

For 2018, revenues grew 23% mainly associated with higher volumes. EBITDA grew $12 million or 48%, respectively, mainly due to higher absorption of fixed cost associated with the significant increase in production at the chlorine and caustic soda plant. PMV’s EBITDA margins increased 440 pbs to 30.1% from 25.7%. Operating income was $26 million, an 86% YOY increase.

FLUENT Business Group (57% and 38% of Mexichems sales (after eliminations) and EBITDA, respectively, in 2018)

mm US$   Fourth Quarter   January – December
Fluent 2018   2017   %Var. 2018   2017   % Var.
Sales 985 765 29% 4,077 3,023 35%
Fluent LatAm 259 314 -18% 1,076 1,132 -5%
Fluent Europe 299 315 -5% 1,385 1,321 5%
Fluent USA & Canada 121 108 12% 536 449 19%
Fluent AMEA 41 31 32% 159 138 15%
Netafim 276   945  
Intercompany eliminations (12) (2) 500% (23) (18) 28%
Operating income 21 31 -32% 318 234 36%
EBITDA 104 76 37% 527 385 37%

In Q4 2018, the Fluent Business Groups sales were $985 million, a 29% increase, compared to the $765 million reported a year ago, mainly driven by the consolidation of Netafim and higher revenues in the U.S. & Canada and AMEA. In a constant currency and Organic Basis, the Fluent Business Groups revenues would have decreased 2% to $748 million mainly due to the difficult market conditions we faced in Colombia along the year.

4Q17   mm US$   4Q18   4Q18   4Q18/4Q17
Sales   Sales   FX Total % Var
314 Fluent LatAm 259 23 282 -10%
315 Fluent Europe 299 13 312 -1%
108 Fluent US/Canada 121 121 12%
31 Fluent AMEA 41 3 44 42%
Netafim 276 14 290  
(2) Intercompany Eliminations (12) (12) 500%
765 Total 985 53 1,038 36%
The FX translation effect does not consider any positive or negative effect from Venezuela due to the uncertainties of the economic fundamentals of its FX market and due that any effect is not material for the whole Company’s results.

During Q4 2018, the Fluent Business Groups EBITDA increased 37% to $104 million, compared to $76 million in Q4 2017. This positive performance includes the consolidation of Netafim and better performance of Fluent in the U.S. & Canada and AMEA

EBITDA margin expanded by 60 bps to 10.5% from 9.9%. On a constant currency basis (not affecting cash flow but helping to understand the company and its segments performance) and on an organic basis, EBITDA totaled $79 million, a 21% decrease, compared to the same quarter of the previous year, with an implied EBITDA margin of 11%. Operating income decreased 32% to $21 million. On an organic basis, operating income decreased 26% to $40 million compared to Q4 2017.

In 2018, sales reached $4.1 billion, an increase of 35% compared to the same period last year. Key factors contributing to this growth include the consolidation of Netafim, double-digit growth in the U.S. & Canada and AMEA, and mid-single digit growth in Europe. EBITDA increased 37% during 2018, with an implied EBITDA margin of 12.9%. In an Organic Basis and constant currency basis, EBITDA increased 1% to $415 million, compared to the same period of the previous year, with an implied EBITDA margin of 13%. Operating income was $318 million, a 36% YOY increase while on an Organic Basis it was $270 million or 4% YOY increase.

FLUOR Business Group (12% and 26% of Mexichems sales (after eliminations) and EBITDA, respectively, in 2018)

mm US$   Fourth Quarter   January – December
Fluor 2018   2017   %Var. 2018   2017   % Var.
Sales 193 186 4% 837 681 23%
Operating income 66 53 25% 312 206 51%
EBITDA 79 68 16% 362 259 40%

In Q4 2018, the Fluor Business Group reported a 4% increase in sales, mainly due to better price conditions in one side of the business group, while in the other side, the business experienced a slight decline in the weighted average price in its portfolio of products due to supply-demand market conditions in both Europe and the U.S.

EBITDA in Q4 2018 grew 16% YOY to $79 million, and EBITDA margin was 40.7%, up from 36.3% in Q4 2017. Operating income was $66 million, a 25% YOY increase.

In 2018, revenues and EBITDA increased by 23% and 40% at $837 million and $362 million, respectively, mainly from the above-mentioned factors. EBITDA margin increased 520 bps to 43.3%. In 2018, operating income grew 51% to $312 million.

RECENT EVENTS

  • Notification to Mexichem’s subsidiary Netafim Irrigation Inc. (Netafim) (Netafim Ltd. U.S. subsidiary) of a federal antitrust complaint against Netafim. On September 25, 2018, Netafim became aware that on September 22, 2018 Jain Irrigation Inc., IDC and AVI (collectively, the Jain Parties) filed on September 22, 2018 in the Fresno Division of the Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court, a federal antitrust complaint against Netafim. The complaint essentially alleges that Netafim, along with other manufacturers and distributors, engaged in a group boycott of the Jain Parties in alleged violations of state and federal antitrust law. As of the date of this press release and given the phase in which this procedure is in, it is not possible for the management of the Company to estimate reliably the possible impacts on the Company’s financial results, if any. Netafim is disputing the allegation of wrongdoing and will continue defending itself vigorously in this matter.
  • Advances on the European Commission (EC) inspection for antitrust proceedings against Mexichem’s subsidiary Vestolit. On May 16, 2017, the European Commission (“EC”) initiated an unannounced inspection for antitrust proceedings against Mexichem’s subsidiaries VESTOLIT GmbH and PVC Holding GmbH (meanwhile merged with VESTOLIT). The background of the inspection against VESTOLIT is alleged anti-competitive behavior in interaction with other market players in connection with the pricing mechanism for ethylene in Europe. Ethylene is a raw material purchased by VESTOLIT to produce PVC. As of the date of this press release and given the phase in which this procedure is in, it is not possible for the management of the Company to estimate reliably the possible impacts on the Company’s financial results, if any. Mexichem is fully cooperating with the EC in their investigation.

For all the news please visit the following webpage https://www.mexichem.com/newsroom/

Conference Call Details

Mexichem will host a conference call to discuss our Q4 2018 results on February 28th, 2019 at 10:00 am Mexico City/11:00 am (US Eastern Time). To access the call, please dial 001-855-817-7630 (Mexico), 1-888-339-0721 (United States) or 1-412-317-5247 (International). Participants may pre-register for the conference call here.

A recording of the webcast will be posted on the website within several hours after the call is completed. The webcast can be accessed via the following link: https://services.choruscall.com/links/mexichem190228.html.

The replay can be accessed via Mexichems website at https://www.mexichem.com/.

RECONCILIATION SUMMARY BY BUSINESS GROUP:

Fourth quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Highlights

4Q17   mm US$   4Q18   4Q18   4Q18/4Q17
Sales   Sales   FX Total % Var
568 Vinyl 552 5 557 -2%
765 Fluent 985 53 1,038 36%
1,333 Ethylene (Vinyl + Fluent) 1,537 58 1,595 20%
186 Fluor 193 2 195 5%
Energy  
(51) Eliminations / Holding (41) (41) -20%
1,468 Total 1,689 60 1,749 19%

The FX translation effect do not consider any positive or negative effect from Venezuela due to the uncertainties of the economic fundamentals of its FX market and due that any effect is not material for the whole Company’s results.

4Q17   mm US$   4Q18   4Q18   4Q18/4Q17
EBITDA   EBITDA   FX Total % Var
150 Vinyl 93 93 -38%
76 Fluent 104 3 107 41%
226 Ethylene (Vinyl + Fluent) 197 3 200 -12%
68 Fluor 79 1 80 18%
Energy  
(17) Eliminations / Holding (7) (7) -59%
277 Total 269 4 273 -1%

The FX translation effect do not consider any positive or negative effect from Venezuela due to the uncertainties of the economic fundamentals of its FX market and due that any effect is not material for the whole Company’s results.

12M17   mm US$   12M18   12M18   12M18/12M17
Sales   Sales   FX Total % Var
2,317 Vinyl 2,460 (42) 2,418 4%
3,023 Fluent 4,077 46 4,123 36%
5,340 Ethylene (Vinyl + Fluent) 6,537 4 6,541 22%
681 Fluor 837 (13) 824 21%
2 Energy 2 2  
(195) Eliminations / Holding (178) (178) -9%
5,828 Total 7,198 (9) 7,189 23%

The FX translation effect does not consider any positive or negative effect from Venezuela due to the uncertainties of the economic fundamentals of its FX market and due that any effect is not material for the whole Company’s results.

12M17   mm US$   12M18   12M18   12M18/12M17
EBITDA   EBITDA   FX Total % Var
507 Vinyl 557 (6) 551 9%
385 Fluent 527 1 528 37%
892 Ethylene (Vinyl + Fluent) 1,084 (5) 1,079 21%
259 Fluor 362 (6) 356 37%
1 Energy 1 1  
(46) Eliminations / Holding (50) (50) 9%
1,106 Total 1,397 (11) 1,386 25%

The FX translation effect does not consider any positive or negative effect from Venezuela due to the uncertainties of the economic fundamentals of its FX market and due that any effect is not material for the whole Company’s results.

Mexichem is a global leader supplier of innovative solutions across multiple industries including building and infrastructure, data communications, irrigation and chemicals, and more. With operations in 41 countries, 137 facilities worldwide and more than 22,000 employees, Mexichem has the rights to produce fluorspar in two mines in Mexico, as well as 8 training academies and 18 R&D labs. Operations are divided into three Business Groups: Fluent, Vinyl and Fluor. Mexichem has annual revenues of US$7.2 billion and has been traded on the Mexican Stock Exchange for more than 30 years. The company is member of the Mexican Stock Exchange Sustainability Index and the sustainability emerging markets index FTSE4Good.

Prospective Information

In addition to historical information, this press release contains “forward-looking” statements that reflect management’s expectations for the future. The words anticipate, believe, expect, hope, have the intention of, might, plan, should and similar expressions generally indicate comments on expectations. The final results may be materially different from current expectations due to several factors, which include, but are not limited to, global and local changes in politics, the economy, business, competition, market and regulatory factors, cyclical trends in relevant sectors; as well as other factors that are highlighted under the title Risk Factors on the annual report submitted by Mexichem to the Mexican National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV). The forward-looking statements included herein represent Mexichems views as of the date of this press release. Mexichem undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason unless required by law.

Mexichem has implemented a Code of Ethics that rules our relationships with our employees, clients, suppliers and general groups. Mexichems Code of Ethics is available for consulting in the following link: https://www.mexichem.com/Codigo_de_etica.html Additionally, according to the terms contained in the Securities Exchange Act No 42, Mexichem Audit Committee established a mechanism of contact, which allows that any person that knows the unfulfillment of operational and accounting records guidelines and lack of internal controls of the Code of Ethics, from the Company itself or from the subsidiaries that this controls, file a complaint which is anonymously guaranteed. The whistleblower program is facilitated by a third party. The telephone number in Mexico is 01-800-062-12-03. The website is https://www.ethic-line.com/mexichem and contact e-mail is [email protected]. Mexichems Audit Committee will be notified of all complaints for immediate investigation.

INDEPENDENT ANALYSTS

EQUITY COVERAGE FROM THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS:

1. Actinver      

11. Grupo Santander

2. Bank of America Merrill Lynch

12. HSBC

3. Banorte-Ixe

13. Intercam

4. Barclays

14. Invex Casa de Bolsa

5. BBVA Bancomer

15. Interacciones

6. Bradesco

16. Itau

7. BTG Pactual

17. Morgan Stanley

8. Citigroup

18. UBS

9. Credit Suisse

19. Vector

10. GBM-Grupo Burs¡til Mexicano

20. Scotiabank

INTERNAL CONTROL

Mexichems bylaws provide the existence of the Audit and Corporate Practices Committees, intermediate corporate organs constituted in agreement with the applicable law to assist the Board of Directors to carry on their functions. Through these committees and the external auditor, it is given reasonable safety that transactions and companys acts are executed and registered in accordance with the terms and parameters set by the Board and directives of Mexichem, the applicable law and different general guidelines, criterion and IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards).

APPENDIX I: Mexichem SAB de CV and Subsidiaries Consolidated 2017 Pro-Forma Balance Sheet and Income Statement including Netafim Ltd. Acquisition

Mexichem SAB de CV and Subsidiaries                                
Consolidated Balance Sheet Pro Forma 2017
Netafim Acquisition
 
USD in million Pro-Forma March 2017 Pro-Forma June 2017 Pro-Forma September 2017 Pro-Forma December 2017
Balance sheet March 2017 reported Netafim March 2017 IFRS Acquisition Adjustment March 2017 Pro-forma June 2017 reported Netafim June 2017 IFRS Acquisition Adjustment

June 2017 Pro-forma

September 2017 reported

Netafim September 2017 IFRS Acquisition Adjustment September 2017 Pro-forma

December 2017 reported

Netafim December 2017 IFRS

Acquisition Adjustment

December 2017 Pro-forma

Current Assets                                
Cash and Cash equivalents 597 26 (225 ) 398 735 33 (225 ) 543 740 35 (225 ) 550 1,900 44 (1,225 ) 719
Net Account Receivable 1,055 230 1,285 1,183 259 1,442 1,137 236 1,373 975 224 1,199
Other current assets 1,103 197   1,300 1,127 203   1,330 1,152 234   1,386 1,078 224   1,302
Total Current Assets 2,755 453 (225 ) 2,983 3,045 495 (225 ) 3,315 3,029 505 (225 ) 3,309 3,953 492 (1,225 ) 3,220
Long term assets 5,765 160 1,243   7,168 5,791 165 1,248   7,204 5,759 166 1,248   7,173 5,807 163 1,249   7,219
Total Assets 8,520 613 1,018   10,151 8,836 660 1,023   10,519 8,788 671 1,023   10,482 9,760 655 24   10,439
                                 
Current Liabilities                                
Bank loans and current portion of long-term debt 62 28 200 290 52 31 200 283 53 47 200 300 45 21 200 266
Suppliers and letters of credit of suppliers 1,392 135 1,527 1,479 153 1,632 1,426 144 1,570 1,362 142 1,504
Other current liabilities 590 107   697 647 103   750 600 105   705 723 105   828
Total Current Liabilities 2,044 270 200   2,514 2,178 287 200   2,665 2,079 296 200   2,575 2,130 268 200   2,598
Bank loans and long-term debt 2,253 85 1,000 3,338 2,270 89 1,000 3,359 2,248 85 1,000 3,333 3,210 85 3,295
Long-term other liabilities 515 58 (38 ) 535 574 61 (38 ) 597 615 65 (38 ) 642 739 65 (38 ) 766
Total Liabilities 4,812 413 1,162   6,387 5,022 437 1,162   6,621 4,942 446 1,162   6,550 6,079 418 162   6,659
Capital stock 1,755 184 (184 ) 1,755 1,755 184 (184 ) 1,755 1,755 184 (184 ) 1,755 1,755 184 (184 ) 1,755
Retained earnings and Other comprehensive income 1,014 15   1,029 1,085 38   1,123 1,141 41   1,182 1,048 53   1,101
Controlling interest 2,769 199 (184 ) 2,784 2,840 222 (184 ) 2,878 2,896 225 (184 ) 2,937 2,803 237 (184 ) 2,856
Non-controlling interest 939 1 40   980 974 1 45   1,020 950 45   995 878 46   924
Total stockholders equity 3,708 200 (144 ) 3,764 3,814 223 (139 ) 3,898 3,846 225 (139 ) 3,932 3,681 237 (138 ) 3,780
 
Mexichem SAB de CV and Subsidiaries                                  
Consolidated Income Statement Pro Forma 2017
Netafim Aquisition
   
USD in million Pro-Forma Q1 2017 Pro-Forma Q2 2017 Pro-Forma Q3 2017 Pro-Forma Q4 2017 Pro-Forma 2017
Income Statement Q1 2017 reported Netafim Q1 2017 IFRS Q1 2017 Pro-forma Q2 2017 reported Netafim Q2 2017 IFRS Q2 2017 Pro-forma

January- June 2017

 

Q3 2017 reported

Netafim Q3 2017 IFRS Q3 2017 Pro-forma January- September 2017 Q4 2017 reported Netafim Q4 2017 IFRS Q4 2017 Pro-forma 2017 reported Netafim 2017 IFRS 2017 Pro-forma
Net sales 1,394 227 1,621 1,463 276 1,739 3,360 1,504 199 1,703 5,063 1,468 248 1,716 5,829 950 6,779
    Cost of sales 1,086   154 1,240   1,074   188 1,262   2,502   1,130   139 1,269   3,771   1,086   169 1,255   4,376   650 5,026  
Gross Profit 308   73 381   389   88 477   858   374   60 434   1,292   382   79 461   1,453   300 1,753  
    Operating expenses 187   47 234   165   51 216   450   173   46 219   669   219   59 278   744   203 947  
Operating Income 121   26 147   224   37 261   408   201   14 215   623   163   20 183   709   97 806  
Financial cost 44 6 50 75 5 80 130 44 6 50 180 13 5 18 176 22 198
    Equity income of associated entities (0 ) (0 ) (0 )

(0 ) (1 ) (1 ) (1 ) (2 ) (1 )

(1 ) (3 ) (3 )
Income from continued operations before income tax 77   20 97   149   32 181   279   158   8 166   445   150   15 166   536   75 611  
Cash tax 29 5 34 40 7 47 81 34 3 37 119 7 4 11 110 19 129
    Deferred tax (5 ) (5 ) 23  

23   18   28  

28   47   20  

20   66   66  
Income Tax 24   5 29   63   7 70   99   62   3 65   166   27   4 31   176   19 195  
Income from continued operations 53   15 68   86   25 111   180   96   5 101   279   123   11 135   360   56 416  
    Discontinued Operations 1  

1   4  

4   5   (4 )

(4 ) 1   (145 )

 

(145 ) (144 ) (144 )
Net Consolidated Income 54   15 69   90   25 115   185   92   5 97   280   (22 ) 11 (10 ) 216   56 272  
    Minority Interest 1   3 4   25   5 30   34   30   1 31   65   (36 ) 2 (34 ) 20   11 32  
Net Majority Income 53   12 65   65   20 85   150   62   4 66   215   14   9 24   195   45 240  
             

 

                       
EBITDA 202   34 236   327   47 374   610   300   21 321   931   277   31 308   1,106   133 1,239  

Contact Investor Relations:
Gerardo Lozoya Latapi
Phone:
+ (52) 55.5366.4084
[email protected]
www.mexichem.com