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Bekaert published Q3 23 revenues which missed street forecasts as the slump in volume came in worse-than-expected. Consolidated sales declined by 8% sequentially, when consensus was expecting a c. +5% rebound. Bekaert finally issued a quantitative FY23 guidance, calling for a 7% cut to our top line expectation. Our 8.6% underlying EBIT forecast met the freshly issued FY23 target. The first comments on the FY24 perspectives lacked optimism. We expect the 7 December CMD to be focused on growth dri
Companies: NV Bekaert (BEKB:EBR)Bekaert SA (BEKB:BRU)
Bekaert reported FY22 results in line with the guidance, underlined by better-than-expected FCF generation stemming from well-managed WC. The return to shareholders looks attractive with a yield at 8.8% based on €90m of dividend payments and the unexpected €120m of buyback (again). Given the health of Bekaert’s balance sheet, this return could have been higher but external growth remains a priority. The FY23 performance will depend on the rebound of the Chinese market. “New Bekaert” appears to b
Bekaert’s Q3 trading update came in with a strong price effect, yet decreasing sequentially on tougher comps, and plunging volumes on par with the performance in H1 22. The company finally issued a guidance for FY22, topping our expectation on top-line growth but slightly falling short of our adjusted EBIT forecast. The company also confirmed its mid-term targets, which point to structural improvements and decreased cyclicality. 2023 is likely to be a good stress test.
Bekaert’s Q1 trading update was above expectations on the back of a huge price effect offsetting the weak volumes especially in China. Despite the split between price mix and pass-through pricing being unknown, this once again confirmed the company’s good pricing power coupled with the positive trend in the ongoing portfolio rotation. The initial comments on the FY22 outlook call for an increase in our top line and EBIT expectations. Chinese lockdowns remain the key uncertainty.
Bekaert reported a guidance-beating set of FY21 results on the back of revenue growth combining a +9% volume effect and a +19% price effect. Despite the seasonally lower profitability in H2 and cost headwinds, the company comfortably met its outlook, with underlying EBIT landing 50bps ahead of the AV estimate. The absence of guidance for FY22 reflects the high uncertainty on the market environment although the management has reiterated its mid-term outlook as a sign of confidence. A €120m buybac
Bekaert posted record H1 21 on every line. With a positive alignment of the volume rebound, skyrocketing raw material prices, and improving price/mix, the underlying EBIT margin landed at 12.4%. Management has started to weigh up M&A options to use the rapidly growing cash pile. Mid-term outlook was upgraded only two months after Bekaert’s CMD.
Having postponed the date from last March to give the new CEO time to settle in, Bekaert finally held its CMD with an expected upgrade to FY21 guidance, and a mid-term outlook in radical continuation of its current strategy. The main limitations remain the uncertainties about raw material headwinds which could lead to sticky margins on the worst-case scenario. Uncertainty also surrounds M&A targets and the magnitude of cost reductions, while the most recent track record calls for management effe
Bekaert posted strong results in every respect. Despite FY20 consolidated sales down by 13% yoy, profitability and cash generation came in at record levels (FY20: underlying EBITDA margin of 12%, FCF up by 8% yoy) and paved the way for a massive deleveraging (net debt down 40% yoy). The company’s new CEO shows confidence looking into 2021.
Q3 20 trading update: the top line was pushed by tyre demand while the margin outlook exceeded expectations. Consolidated sales recovered +24% qoq, while FX acted as a brake. Management resumed FY20 guidance, expecting the underlying EBIT margin to rise despite sales down yoy. As a result, the net debt/underlying EBITDA ratio should end the year below 2.0x.
Companies: Bekaert SA
Bekaert posted a 20.2% yoy revenue contraction, mainly affected by its 42.2% exposure to the tyre & automotive sector (-29.1% yoy) and 18.9% exposure to the Construction sector (-28.8% yoy). Limiting this contraction, the basic materials and energy & utilities sectors grew by 33.4% yoy and 10.6% yoy, respectively. This translated into a €87m EBIT (benefiting from lower overhead costs, temporary plant shutdowns, and an increased focus on higher margin activities). As of now, the company has not g
FY19 results show negligible revenue growth and double-digit growth in the underlying EBIT margin. Rubber Reinforcement, Speciality businesses, and BBRG have done well, while Steel Wire weighed. Additionally, the company achieved significant deleveraging. Bekaert aims to improve its profitability progressively during 2020-21 to achieve a 7% underlying EBIT margin.
The Q3 19 top-line growth remains decent
However, the tyre business is seen as slowing in Q4
We will downgrade our forecasts for FY19 and going forward
H1 19 results show a decent level of growth with improved margins Rubber Reinforcement and BBRG have done quite well, while Steel Wire and Speciality Businesses weighed The outlook, albeit vague, suggests a slowdown in H2 We will fine-tune our numbers, with no big change to be expected though
- Q1 19 revenues sound, despite a favourable comparison basis
- Steel wire market is still under pressure
- Tyre and construction markets are doing well
- No change to our numbers on the release
In a short trading update, Bekaert reported first nine months consolidated sales of €3,227m, up +5%, while organic growth was +10%, led by volumes (+3%) but mainly price increases and a favourable mix (+7%).
In Q3, volume growth moderated to +1.4% yoy as strong demand from the automotive and construction markets were partly offset by weaker industrial steel wire markets, reflecting the impact of rising trade tensions in the global economy. The aggregate effect of passed-on wire rod price incre
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Last week we attended a site visit to i3’s assets in central Alberta in Canada – the company’s largest producing area. We were left with a favourable impression of the magnitude of the company’s operations in the region, of the professional operational running of these, and of the overall level of opportunity in this well-established oil and gas province.
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Good news for Reabold, which is set to receive £5.2m of the second tranche payment from Shell imminently for the Victory gas field it acquired last year. The final £4.4m payment is due once the development approval for the field is received from the NSTA in the coming months. These funds will allow RBD to progress its two onshore gas developments in the UK and Italy and consider further distributions to shareholders. Partner funding of these projects remains an issue, but RBD’s risk/reward profi
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We have been roadshowing Trident Royalties all week during which time the company released an announcement that they have entered into a commitment letter with BMO and CIBC for a new $40m revolving credit facility (RCF), with the potential to increase the facility to $60m via an accordion feature. The proceeds from the $40m are going to be used to repay the existing secured debt facility of $40m with Macquire in Q1 next year.
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Andrada Mining (“Andrada”; “ATM”) has produced its first laboratory scale high-grade spodumene concentrate from mineralised pegmatite at Lithium Ridge (ML133). The material was sourced from the drill core of three holes through two separate pegmatite ore bodies drilled earlier this year. The weighted average feed grade was 1.69% Li2O (15.2% Spodumene), with a 76% Li2O recovery, producing a 6.8% Li2O high-grade spodumene concentrate suitable for lithium carbonate production. A second drill progra
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