INA published financial results for Q1-Q3 2016

Key achievements

  • INA Group’s CCS EBITDA, excl. special items, amounted to HRK 1,559 million
  • Crude oil production up by 11% compared to Q1-Q3 2015
  • Total CAPEX amounted to HRK 968 million, out of which 90% invested in Croatia
  • INA invested in acquisition of Energopetrol

Zagreb, October 28, 2016 – INA Group’s EBITDA in Q1-Q3 2016, excl. special items, reached HRK 1,568 million, while the CCS EBITDA, excl. special items, amounted to HRK 1,559 million. Net profit, excl. special items, amounted to HRK 457 million. CAPEX reached HRK 968 million, meeting the Q1-Q3 2015 level despite the highly challenging external environment. In addition to regular business projects, INA invested in acquisition of Energopetrol.

INA results continued to improve quarter on quarter during 2016, although they still remain lower compared to the 2015 level. Having in mind that the realized hydrocarbon price decreased by 27% compared to the first nine months 2015, net profit decrease of just 10% is stable result in the current environment.

Upstream production remains the main cash generator, as oil production increased 11%, compensating for the natural decline in gas production, mainly offshore.

Refining and Marketing continues to operate in a somewhat less supportive environment, as average crack spreads almost halved compared to the corresponding period of last year. Nevertheless, CCS-based operative result of R&M (including Retail) improved significantly, amounting to HRK (37) million. Refined product sales on the regional market increased, with Slovenia leading the way with a 14% increase compared to first nine months of 2015.

The overall result was impacted by special items related to severance payments which were primarily caused by the new operating model of Retail and amounted to HRK 281 million (on EBITDA level). The financial position of the Company remains stable, with net debt and gearing ratio during the Q1-Q3 2016 period reaching HRK 3,096 million and 22.4% respectively. This was achieved through an approximately HRK 1 billion savings initiative across all Segments, which will successfully mitigate the unfavourable external environment impact due to lower oil prices and average crack spread by the end of the year. In addition to regular business projects, INA invested in acquisition of Energopetrol, now holding management control in the company and adding value to its Retail operations.

In Q1-Q3 2016, E&P EBITDA excl. special items reached HRK 1,602 million. The result was primarily driven by lower Brent and natural gas prices which decreased as a consequence of reduced regulated gas price for households, but also due to more intense market competition. CAPEX in Q1-Q3 2016 amounted to HRK 526 million. Capital investments in Croatia amounted to HRK 452 million, whereas capital investments abroad were HRK 75 million.

In Q1-Q3 2016, R&M (including Retail) CCS EBITDA excl. special items amounted to HRK 184 million while reported EBITDA amounted to HRK (10) million. The result was impacted by external environment trends alongside internal company efforts focused on OPEX saving initiatives, diversification of crude oil portfolio, as well as by positive retail performance including the non-fuel segment, at deteriorated unit sales margins. R&M capital expenditures reached HRK 335 million, primarily driven by maintenance, compliance and investment type projects implemented in Q1-Q3 2016 during the Rijeka Refinery turnaround, together with continued investment activities in logistics development projects and equipment purchasing. Retail expenditures reached HRK 87 million, a HRK 22 million increase compared to the same period in 2015.

Statement of the President of the Management Board of INA Mr. Zoltán Áldott:
“INA delivered strong results in Q3 2016 with EBITDA excluding special items amounting to HRK 845 million, which is a 16% increase over the same period last year despite a still challenging external environment.
In the first nine months of 2016 net profit excluding special items amounted to HRK 457 million, in line with the comparable period last year. Our savings initiative which started in Q1 2016 ensured the company’s stabile financial position with gearing of 22% and enabled CAPEX delivery of almost HRK 1 billion, in line with 2015.
Domestic crude production keeps growing, by 15% compared to the same period last year. Refined product sales are at last year’s level, with even some increase on regional markets. Acquisition of Energopetrol added new value to the company’s Retail operations.

In a weak oil and gas environment with modest refinery margins, a cautious approach in regards to new investments and operative costs stays imperative. Although the financial position has significantly improved compared to previous years, it still requires attention from the management. Still, we are continuing with preparations and investments necessary for the Residue Upgrade Program in Rijeka Refinery, INA’s largest single domestic investment and one of the largest in Croatia ever.”Documents