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Israel Corp. Reports Results for Fourth Quarter of 2018


TEL AVIV, Israel, March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Israel Corporation Ltd. (TASE: ILCO) ("IC") today announced its fourth quarter and annual results for the period ending December 31, 2018.

Selected Financial Figures for the Fourth Quarter Full Year 2018:

$m

Q4/18

Q4/17

2018

2017

ICL

39

74

588

174

Bazan

-

22

61

82

Amortization of excess cost

(3)

(3)

(12)

(13)

Financing, G&A and other expenses at IC headquarter level[1]

(23)

(20)

(96)

(97)

Gain (loss) from re-measurement to fair value of collar[2] options

3

8

(26)

(7)

Tax expenses (income) of IC headquarters

32

-

34

(4)

Net Profit to company's shareholders

48

81

549

135

 

Debt Balances and Liquidity at the IC Headquarters Level[3]

As of December 31, 2018, total financial liabilities were $1,557 million, and investments in liquid assets amounted to $464 million.

Net debt as of December 31, 2018 totaled $1,092 million. The net debt includes the impact of the fair value of the collar transaction, which decrease the economic value of the financial liabilities in the amount of $8 million. The net debt also includes the fair value of derivatives transactions, which increase the economic value of the financial liabilities in the amount of $7 million. As of September 30, 2018, the net debt was $1,110m.

The ICL related collar loan balance was $61 million and $82 million as of December 31, 2018 and September 30, 2018 respectively.

During 2018, IC preformed early repayment of long term loans from banks in the amount of $443m.

IC Total Assets, Net

$m

31/12/2018

31/12/2017

Assets



ICL (~587m shares[4], market value)

3,322

2,361

Bazan (~1,058m shares , market value)

503

505

Total Public Assets

3,825

2,266

Loan to Kenon Holdings and Interest, repaid on 2/1/18

-

240

Total Assets

3,825

3,106

IC's Net Debt[5]

1,039

1,165

Total Assets, net

2,786

1,941

 

Update of Strategy and Change of Office Holders in the Company

On March 13, 2019, IC announced that its Board of Directors has decided on updating the business strategy of the Company. In alignment with the company's natural purpose, as an active investment company with solid business foundations, the updated strategy of the company will include, besides the purpose to keep maximizing the value of the investments in ICL and Bazan, also to make new investments in accordance with the following guiding principles:

IC intends to approach the financial debt holders of the Company in order to update the agreements accordingly.

In connection with updating the business strategy, IC will make changes in its management team. Mr. Avisar Paz will finish his role as the CEO of the Company and will continue to serve as a director in both ICL and ORL, and Mr. Yoav Doppelt will be appointed as the CEO of the Company and will lead the updated strategy in parallel to his position as Chairman of the Board of ICL. The date of Mr.  Avisar Paz's termination of office and Mr. Yoav Doppelt's beginning of office is expected to take place during the second quarter of 2019.

The Board of the Company has instructed the management to submit a comprehensive plan to implement the updated strategy for the Board's approval in the coming months[6].

About Israel Corporation

Israel Corporation Ltd. (TASE: ILCO) ("IC") is a holding company providing focused exposure to well positioned mature assets in the natural resources industry through its c.46% shareholding in Israel Chemicals (NYSE: ICL, TASE: ICL) and its c.33% shareholding in the Bazan Group (TASE: ORL) (also known as Oil Refineries). IC is publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the ticker ILCO and is a TA-35 index constituent.

IC is rated ilA/Stable by Standard & Poor's Maalot.

For further information on IC, see IC's publicly available filings which can be found on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange website at http://maya.tase.co.il.

Please also see IC company website http://www.israelcorp.com for additional information.

Convenience Translation

The financial information found in this press release is an English summary based on the original Hebrew financial statements and is solely for the convenience of the reader. The binding version is the original in Hebrew.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements which may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties that are not under the control of IC, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the disclosures.

[1] During 2017 and in Q4/2017, finance income from the loan to Kenon Holdings at the amount of $17m and $4m respectively, were included

[2] During September 2014, IC entered into a financial transaction in relation to 36.2 million shares of ICL. Under its framework, IC will receive protection from a decrease in the price of ICL shares below an average price, which is set at a level of 90% of the US public offering price of ICL, and the counterparties will benefit from an increase in the share price of ICL shares above an average price, which is set at a level of 130% of the US public offering price of ICL.

[3] Israel Corp and its wholly owned controlled headquarter companies

[4] c.46% on a voting rights basis and c.47% on an issued share capital basis.

[5] Excluding loan and options related to the Collar transaction in an net amount of $53m as of December 31, 2018

[6] The aforesaid in this report regarding the Company's updated strategy, implementation of the strategy guiding principles, increasing and maximizing value for the shareholders, the estimated scope of investments, the manner of the implementation of the strategy and its format, realization of the assets and investments and/or no changes in the Company's net debt over time, includes forward-looking information, as defined in the Securities Law, 5728-1968, which is based on the intentions, assessments and plans of the Company as of the date of this report only. In practice, the aforesaid my not be executed, in whole or in part, or executed in a different format and a different manner than anticipated or planned, and in this scope, there is no certainty that the net debt of the Company will not increase. The aforesaid is subject, inter alia, to the existence of suitable market conditions, receipt of approvals and/or consents from third parties, conditions relating the portfolio companies, the non-occurrence of risk factors associated with making investments and/or with the Company's activity and its held companies and the actual cash flow. Additionally, the objectives of the above strategy (if implemented), might not be realized, in whole or in part, in the short term or the long term. Without derogating from the generality of the foregoing, in the short-medium term the investment strategy might weigh-in on the Company's results, and there might be an increase in the net debt of the Company in the short and medium term, in connection with the beginning of implementation of the updated strategy. For the full report, please see company immediate report dated March 13th, 2019.             

Investor Relations Contacts

Idan Hizki
Director, Business Development & Investor Relations
Tel: +972-3-684-4500 
idanh@israelcorp.com

 

SOURCE Israel Corporation Ltd


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