MOSCOW (MRC) -- Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, recorded a net profit of EUR 131 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to EUR 129 million in the same quarter in 2012, reported the company.
The improvement in net profit in the third quarter versus the second quarter of 2013 was driven by continued good results in Base Chemicals and an improved result for Polyolefins despite a continuing soft market. The fertilizer business delivered a lower result in the third quarter due to operational challenges and some weakening of the market environment. Borouge continued its good performance and delivered a strong result. Net debt decreased in Q3 2013 with Borealis’ financial position remaining strong reflected in a gearing (net debt/equity) of 47% at the end of the quarter.
Borouge continued to perform well during the quarter, with the expansion of its plant in Abu Dhabi gaining momentum as preparations begin for a start-up in 2014. In line with its commitment to advancing sustainability in the petrochemicals industry, Borouge achieved Responsible Care 14001 certification for its entire global operations, being the first company in the Gulf to do so.
"We are pleased with our results during the third quarter, although we were held back because of some plant operability issues in the ammonia area," states Mark Garrett, Borealis Chief Executive. "We will continue our work to optimise our European Polyolefin business and assets in order to improve our profitability and grow in these volatile markets. We will take the necessary decisions now, always in line with our values, to be fit for the future. At the same time, we will continue to optimise and expand our fertilizer business, in order to create a more diversified business portfolio whilst also supporting the further growth and development of Borouge."
As MRC informed previously, earlier this year, Borealis and Borouge, the world's leading providers of innovative, value-creating solutions for the wire and cable industry, announced the dedicated roll-out of the technology platform Borlink in Russia. Key innovations of Borlink include a tailor-made high pressure (HP) process for the production of high purity low density polyethylene (LDPE) base polymers with superior electrical properties and the introduction of a closed or controlled loop (from monomer to final packaging) which avoids contaminants and ensures homogenous and high-quality, clean compounds.
Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and operates in over 120 countries with around 5,300 employees worldwide, generating EUR7.5 billion in sales revenue in 2012.