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Itafos Reports Q2 2019 Financial Results and Operational Highlights


TORONTO, Aug. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Itafos (TSX VENTURE: IFOS) (the "Company") reported today its Q2 2019 financial results and operational highlights. The Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 are available under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com and under the Investors ? Financial Statements page of the Company's website, www.itafos.com. All dollar values are in US Dollars.

"Our operational results were driven by continued strong performance at Itafos Conda and advancement of the repurpose plan at Itafos Arraias on schedule. Difficult global market conditions globally impacted our financial results, which were otherwise in line with expectations. Overall, we achieved several key milestones during the quarter including record May MAP production at Itafos Conda and securing a multi-year agreement with the OCP Group to supply high quality phosphate rock to Itafos Arraias. Finally, we remain focused on advancing our key development initiatives, including extending the mine life of Itafos Conda and developing our world-class phosphate rock project at Itafos Farim," said Mhamed Ibnabdeljalil, interim CEO of Itafos.

Financial Highlights

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, the Company's financial highlights were as follows:

(unaudited in thousands
of US Dollars except for
 For the three months ended June 30, For the six months ended June 30,
per share amounts) 2019  2018 2019 2018
Revenues, net $103,072  $67,187 $176,250 $125,303
Operating income (loss) $(14,079) $8,605 $(20,089)$11,246
Net income (loss)  (21,597)  4,736  (34,928) 56,060
Adjusted EBITDA  (1,398)  12,120  (470) 21,532
             
Maintenance capex $11,861  $20,045 $17,047 $21,790
Growth capex  3,164   7,121  6,180  14,233
             
Basic loss per share $(0.15) $0.03 $(0.25$0.41
Fully diluted income (loss) per share $(0.15) $0.03 $(0.25$0.41

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, the Company's financial highlights were explained as follows:

As at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the Company's financial highlights were as follows:

(unaudited in thousands of US Dollars)     June 30,
2019
  December 31,
2018
 
Total assets     $566,575  $576,419 
Total liabilities      330,249   304,640 
Net debt      159,884   152,088 
Total equity      236,326   271,779 

As at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the Company's financial highlights were explained as follows:

Itafos Conda Highlights

Itafos Conda continued its strong operational performance with overall production volumes up year-over-year. In addition, Itafos Conda sustained environmental, health and safety excellence with no reportable injuries or chemical releases. Unusually cold and wet weather conditions across key growing regions affected short-term fertilizer buying patterns in the US and caused many growers to defer fertilizer purchases. These developments have increased the fertilizer industry's inventories to near historic highs, putting significant downward pressure on realized phosphate fertilizer prices in the short-term. SPA production and sales were constrained due to finished product rail car and sulfuric acid availability, which were impacted by weather and logistical challenges and correspondingly resulted in a shift to incremental MAP production. Margins were compressed year-over-year primarily due to higher input costs, most notably purchased sulfuric acid, ore and natural gas. The higher inputs costs were related to sulfuric acid contract repricing in 2019, higher ore feed costs driven by increased mining costs and a spike in natural gas price driven by a supply disruption due to an off-site pipeline explosion in late 2018. In addition, Itafos Conda completed a partial planned plant turnaround during H1 2019 and a full planned plant turnaround during H1 2018.

For the three months and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, Itafos Conda's business highlights were as follows:

(unaudited in thousands
of US Dollars except for
 For the three months ended June 30,  For the six months ended June 30, 
volumes and prices)   2019  2018  2019  2018 
Production volumes (t)                
MAP  92,248   80,814   191,003   173,684 
SPA  36,998   34,335   72,531   67,550 
MGA  581   ?   611   ? 
APP  21,107   11,938   26,534   11,938 
                 
Sales volumes (t)                
MAP  121,886   75,690   198,763   161,864 
SPA  34,195   32,342   67,639   58,497 
MGA  1,231   ?   1,261   ? 
APP  18,900   11,938   21,348   11,938 
                 
Realized price ($/t)                
MAP $402  $427  $415  $415 
SPA $997  $918  $1,001  $904 
MGA $555  $?  $565  $? 
APP $472  $432  $472  $432 
                 
Revenues ($)                
MAP $48,067  $32,333  $82,553  $67,242 
SPA, net $34,082  $29,696  $67,715  $52,903 
MGA, net $683  $?  $712  $? 
APP, net $8,925  $5,158  $10,082  $5,158 
                 
Adjusted EBITDA $10,369  $16,889  $21,825  $30,263 

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, Itafos Conda's business highlights were explained as follows:

Itafos Arraias Highlights

The Company is focusing on implementing the Repurpose Plan at Itafos Arraias to optimize its finished fertilizer production with a multi-product portfolio of higher grade SSP, micronutrient SSP and value-added premium PK compound products. The Repurpose Plan is expected to significantly enhance Itafos Arraias' competitive positioning and profitability while reducing its operational and environmental risk profile. To enable the Repurpose Plan, the Company intends to procure higher grade phosphate rock from third parties and, once operational, from Itafos Farim. During Q2 2019, Itafos Arraias entered into a multi-year contract to purchase higher grade phosphate rock from the OCP Group, with the first delivery of rock expected during Q3 2019. In addition, Itafos Arraias purchased, received and processed higher grade phosphate rock from other third parties during Q2 2019.

In addition, the Company has advanced other aspects of the Repurpose Plan, including activities related to third party phosphate rock logistics, site preparation and product portfolio transition. Third party phosphate rock delivery is in progress, new equipment is being commissioned and approvals have been received to sell the new products. Also in connection with advancing implementation of the Repurpose Plan, the Company idled Itafos Arraias' existing mines, tailings dam and the beneficiation plant. Notwithstanding, Itafos Arraias will maintain all licenses and permits in good standing and comply with existing regulations.

Itafos Arraias' production and sales volumes increased quarter-over-quarter as a result of the implementation of the Repurpose Plan. Brazilian buyers continued to curtail purchases of locally produced phosphate fertilizer volume in favor of imported product, taking advantage of US oversupply. Despite lower MAP CFR Brazil prices, Itafos Arraias' realized prices of SSP and SSP+ remained strong, largely driven by the shift in selling of higher grade SSP during Q2 2019 and a strong premium for sulfur-based products. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, Itafos Arraias had not yet achieved commercial production.

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, Itafos Arraias' business highlights were as follows:

(unaudited in thousands
of US Dollars except for
 For the three months ended June 30,  For the six months ended June 30, 
volumes and prices) 2019  2018  2019 2018 
Production volumes (t)               
SSP  19,948   ?   26,511  ? 
SSP+  32,055   ?   40,646  ? 
Excess sulfuric acid  10,600   ?   19,394  ? 
                
Sales volumes (t)               
SSP  14,917   ?   22,050  ? 
SSP+  27,310   ?   33,213  ? 
Excess sulfuric acid  10,600   ?   19,394  ? 
                
Realized price ($/t)               
SSP $220  $?  $202 $? 
SSP+ $250  $?  $246 $? 
Excess sulfuric acid $113  $?  $131 $? 
                
Revenues ($)               
SSP, net $3,290  $?  $4,464 $? 
SSP+, net $6,825  $?  $8,176 $? 
Excess sulfuric acid, net $1,200  $?  $2,548 $? 
                
Adjusted EBITDA $(7,102) $(2,098) $(14,738)$(4,069)

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, Itafos Arraias' business highlights were as follows:

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, Itafos Arraias' business highlights were as follows:

Outlook

The Company is executing its strategy by focusing on:

Additional details are available under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com and on the Company's website, www.itafos.com.

About Itafos

Itafos is a vertically integrated phosphate fertilizers and specialty products company with an attractive portfolio of long-term strategic businesses and projects located in key fertilizer markets worldwide. Itafos is managed by an experienced and diverse team with extensive operations, commercial and financial expertise. Itafos owns and operates Itafos Conda, a vertically integrated phosphate fertilizer business with production and sales capacity of approximately 550kt per year of monoammonium phosphate ("MAP"), superphosphoric acid ("SPA"), merchant grade phosphoric acid ("MGA") and specialty products including ammonium polyphosphate ("APP") located in Idaho, US and Itafos Arraias, a phosphate fertilizer business with production and sales capacity of approximately 500kt per year of single superphosphate ("SSP"), SSP with micronutrients ("SSP+"), premium PK compounds and excess sulfuric acid located in Tocantins, Brazil. Itafos owns and is developing Itafos Paris Hills, a high-grade phosphate mine project located in Idaho, US, Itafos Farim, a high-grade phosphate mine project located in Farim, Guinea-Bissau, Itafos Santana, a vertically integrated high-grade phosphate mine and fertilizer plant project located in Pará, Brazil, Itafos Mantaro, a large phosphate mine project located in Junin, Peru and Itafos Araxá, a vertically integrated rare earth elements and niobium mine and extraction plant project located in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

For more information, or to join the Company's mailing list to receive notification of future press releases, please visit the Company's website, www.itafos.com.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The Company considers both IFRS and certain non-IFRS measures to assess performance. Non-IFRS measures are a numerical measure of a company's performance, that either include or exclude amounts that are not normally included or excluded from the most directly comparable IFRS measures. In evaluating non-IFRS measures, investors, analysts, lenders and others should consider that non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and that the methodology applied by the Company in calculating such non-IFRS measures may differ among companies and analysts. The Company believes the non-IFRS measures provide useful supplemental information to investors, analysts, lenders and others in order to evaluate the Company's operational and financial performance. These non-IFRS financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, nor superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

The Company defines:

Forward Looking Information

Certain information contained in this news release constitutes forward looking information. All information other than information of historical fact is forward looking information. The use of any of the words "intend", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should", "would", "believe", "predict" and "potential" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking information. This information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward looking information. No assurance can be given that this information will prove to be correct and such forward looking information included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon.

Forward looking information is subject to a number of risks and other factors that could cause actual results and events to vary materially from that anticipated by such forward looking information. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from expected results described in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those risk factors set out in the Company's Management Discussion and Analysis and other disclosure documents available under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risks, uncertainties and assumptions are not exhaustive. The forward-looking information included in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and is made as of the date of this news release. Itafos undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information except as required by applicable securities laws.

NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN THE POLICIES OF THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE) ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.

For further information, please contact:

Itafos Investor Relations
investor@itafos.com  
www.itafos.com

 


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