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The Q3 23 results showed a marked slowdown vs Q3 22 and, to a lesser extent, sequentially. The stainless segment was to blame, while High-Performance Alloys continued to perform reasonably well. in a context of lower sales, the cash generation was solid and came in better than expected, which further improved the balance-sheet. We will adjust our numbers and target price downwards but see no real drama in these results.
Companies: Acerinox (ACX:BME)Acerinox SA (ACX:MCE)
Acerinox released an unsurprising set of results.
Europe was still weak, while the US did much better, as expected too.
The High-Performance Alloys division is doing well. Its different cyclicality is a clear plus for the group.
We will not change our numbers much after the release.
Acerinox released a very decent and consensus-beating set of results for Q1 23. Despite the headwinds in stainless in Europe, the group’s geographic balance has helped it improve its results significantly vs Q4 23, thanks to the US and to the smaller Performance Alloys segment. We will upgrade our forecasts at least for the current year, despite the fact we are rather at the high-end of expectations.
Similarly to what peers Aperam and Outokumpu had already communicated, Acerinox posted a very strong performance in FY22, even if there was a significant slow down in Q4. For sure, the current year is likely to be less spectacular, even if no disaster is in sight. We had already factored in this likely scenario looking forward and will not change our numbers and target price materially after this release.
Acerinox released a decent set of Q3 numbers in the current circumstances.
Margins (EBITDA) remained in double-digit territory despite higher energy prices and softer demand.
The group is guiding for a lower EBITDA in Q4 vs Q3, which is no real surprise.
We will revise our estimates a tick down after these numbers.
The valuation however remains undemanding.
Acerinox released a solid set of numbers for Q1 22
These were supported by healthy demand and very strong prices, while the Alloys segment is slowly recovering
Net debt is only increasing due to the working capital build-up
Despite the fact we will revise our (too conservative) forecasts upwards, we may not change our target price materially
The FY21 numbers came in well in line with the street’s and company’s guidance.
The pricing situation has remained good in Q4 and going into FY22 despite the less positive comments on costs (energy and freight), of course if the geopolitical context does not worsen.
Net debt is under control. This comes despite a €460m increase in working capital and allows for a significant return to shareholders.
No big change to our numbers to be expected after this release.
The nine months results came in above expectations.
This was true for both the Stainless Steel and High-Performance Alloys divisions.
The outlook released by the group is very supportive for Q4 21 and possibly Q1 22.
We will revise our numbers upwards.
The Q1 21 results were excellent with the positive trend witnessed since H2 20 continuing in Q2
The final demand and the rebuilding of inventories explain this strong upward trend
Anti-dumping measures, in both the US and Europe, supported this trend
Margins (13% at EBITDA level in Q2, 14% in Stainless) not seen since 2006
The outlook (at least for Q3) is very supportive
Despite the lack of visibility after Q3, we will upgrade forecasts and target price
Q1 results came in above expectations
The stainless steel segment was very supportive
The Alloys segment was still underperforming despite an improving order-book
The group’s margins were close to historical highs
We will fine-tune our numbers after this positive release
FY20 results came in above expectations
The integration of VDM seems to be going alright
The outlook for Q1 21 is rather promising
We will upgrade our numbers and target price
Q320 again showed the resilience of the group
However, High Performance Alloys remained weak
Q4 set to be of the same vein as Q3
No major changes to our numbers
Companies: Acerinox SA
H1 20 results were almost stable on last year’s
Even if the group benefits from the first consolidation of VDM, the group’s performance was very good in Q2 given the context
The outlook calls for a stable situation vs Q2
The group seems on track to reach our numbers for the current year
FY19 numbers were in line with impairments, inventory write-downs and exceptional items leading to lower than expected net results
Net debt is well under control, a good piece of news ahead of the VDM acquisition
The latter will be the main earnings growth driver in the short term, we believe
The outlook looks decent, with no real comment so far on the Coronavirus outbreak
Q3 19 came in line and was in fact slightly higher than the group’s own guidance.
Margins thus remained rather healthy given the context, showing the efforts made on the cost side.
Cash flow was pleasing and deleveraging is still on the cards.
Europe was still suffering (imports and economic slowdown) but the US was supportive.
Q4 should be similar to Q3, while visibility is low on 2020.
We will marginally adjust our numbers to the downside.
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