Henkel increased sales by 8.9% in the first half of the year

Henkel increased sales by 8.9% in the first half of the year

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Germany-based Henkel recorded 8.9% organic sales growth in 1H 022 and raised its full-year guidance, said the company.

In nominal terms, the company's revenue in January-June increased by 9.9% to 10.9 billion euros, according to its report. Net profit fell by half, to 448 million euros from 947 million euros. Earnings before taxes and interest (EBIT) fell to 684 million euros from 1.3 billion euros a year earlier. Adjusted operating profit decreased by 18.5% to 1.17 billion euros.

Western Europe grew 1H organic sales by 2.2%, Eastern Europe by 23.2%, Africa and the Middle East by 3.2% and North America by 9.2% , in Latin America - by 16.9%, in the Asia-Pacific region - by 6.1%. Business unit Adhesive Technologies (adhesives and technologies) in January-June showed organic sales growth of 12.2%, Beauty Care (cosmetics) - 0.4% (8.2%), Laundry & Home Care (cleaners and detergents) funds) - by 7.4%.

According to the new Henkel forecast, organic sales growth in 2022 will be 4.5-6.5%, not 3.5-5.5% as previously expected. The fall in earnings per share is still expected in the range of 35% to 15% excluding changes in exchange rates, EBIT margin - at the level of 9-11%.

In April, the company decided to withdraw from the markets of Russia and Belarus. "Henkel is carefully considering all options and intends to complete the process by the end of the year," the company said in a statement.

Since the beginning of 2022, Henkel's capitalization has decreased by 8.6%, to 27.7 billion euros.

We remind, Henkel Adhesive Technologies strengthens its capabilities for predictive maintenance solutions by investing in Direct-C LTD (Direct-C), Edmonton, Canada. The company has developed a sophisticated sensor technology for the early detection of hydrocarbon leakages. With the investment Henkel aims to further expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business and to drive the implementation of innovative digital applications.

Huntsman announced agreement to sell Textile Effects Division

Huntsman announced agreement to sell Textile Effects Division

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Huntsman Corporation announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Textile Effects division to Archroma, a portfolio company of SK Capital Partners, said the company.

The total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately USD718 million, which includes the assumption of approximately USD125 million in net underfunded pension liabilities as of December 31, 2021. The acquisition is being partially funded with preferred equity, of which Huntsman is taking up to USD80 million, an amount SK Capital Partners will seek to syndicate prior to the transaction closing.

Over the last twelve months ending June 30, 2022, the Textile Effects division reported sales of USD772 million and adjusted EBITDA of USD94 million. Huntsman anticipates cash taxes on the transaction of approximately USD50 million. Huntsman intends to report Textile Effects as discontinued operations beginning in the third quarter of 2022. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first half of 2023.

Peter Huntsman, Chairman, President, and CEO commented: "Over the past seven months, we have conducted a comprehensive strategic review of our Textile Effects division, including detailed discussions with a wide range of relevant parties. After evaluating several different options and thoroughly reviewing prospective offers for the business, our Board of Directors decided that SK Capital would be a better owner of the business over the long-term than Huntsman and that the value they offered was in the best interests of our shareholders. After closing, Textile Effects will combine with SK Capital's Archroma business to create a world leader in textile chemicals and dyes, with a leadership in sustainability and innovation.

"We expect the cash proceeds from this divestiture to be deployed in-line with our current balanced capital allocation program which includes strategic investments and acquisitions to further strengthen our core businesses as well as returning cash to shareholders through both our dividend and share repurchase program."

BofA Securities is serving as Huntsman's financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as its legal advisor.

We remind, Huntsman Corporation announced the start of commercial operation of a new methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) splitter at its Geismar site in Louisiana. The USD180 million splitter gives Huntsman the ability to produce more high value, differentiated grades from the crude MDI manufactured at the plant, thereby enabling growth in key customer applications.

PDVSA pauses oil-for-debt shipments to Europe, wants product swaps

PDVSA pauses oil-for-debt shipments to Europe, wants product swaps

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Venezuela has suspended new crude shipments to Europe under an oil-for-debt deal and has asked Italy's Eni and Spain's Repsol to provide it with fuel in exchange for future cargoes, three people familiar with the matter said, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Venezuela's oil company PDVSA no longer is interested in the oil-for-debt deals that the U.S. State Department authorized in May, the sources said, which allowed the state company to resume shipments to Europe after a two-year suspension caused by U.S. sanctions.

Washington authorized the shipments as long as cargo proceeds were used to pay off accumulated debt PDVSA owed to joint ventures with Eni and Repsol. "PDVSA wants to go back to oil swaps, and that is not possible yet," said a person involved in cargoes previously delivered to Europe. "There's zero interest in the oil-for-debt deals."

Venezuelan oil shipments, particularly those sent to refineries in Spain, have helped Europe reduce purchases of Russian oil since the invasion of Ukraine. But the deal's terms have not provided needed cash or fuel to PDVSA, whose own refineries are struggling to produce gasoline and diesel after years of underinvestment and lack of repairs.

PDVSA, Eni, Repsol and the U.S. State Department did not immediately reply to requests for comment. According to PDVSA's shipping schedules, there are no loading windows assigned to Eni or Repsol for Europe-bound cargoes in August, even though stocks of diluted crude oil (DCO) at the Jose port rose to almost 5 MM barrels as of Aug 8.

PDVSA wants to get fuel in exchange for its crude, while using a portion of the cargoes' value to offset billions of dollars in debts to joint venture partners including Chevron, Eni and Repsol, according to the sources. The deal reshuffle could help the Venezuelan company reanimate its Orinoco Belt extra heavy oil operations, which need imported diluents such as heavy naphtha, and ease the country's motor fuel deficit.

Since last year, PDVSA has relied mostly on Iranian diluents to turn its extra heavy crude into exportable grades. Since June, Eni received a total of 3.6 MM barrels of Venezuelan diluted crude oil (DCO), according to the PDVSA's documents and tanker tracking data. Most of that volume was later delivered by Eni to Repsol, which has a larger capacity for refining the South American country's heavy sour crude grades.

As per MRC, Eni believes it will be able to completely replace Russian gas imports by 2025 as uncertainty over Moscow's energy supplies to Europe forces countries to seek alternative sources. After signing new gas supply agreements with Algeria, Egypt and Congo earlier this year, Eni sees additional opportunities arising in other countries including Libya, Angola, Mozambique, and Indonesia, as well as in its home country.

How China manages refined fuel exports

How China manages refined fuel exports

MOSCOW (MRC) -- China's refined fuel exports are likely to sink in 2022 to the lowest in seven years as the country seeks to maintain ample domestic supplies while refinery output posts a rare decline, said Reuters.

Regional rivals like India and South Korea are the probable primary beneficiaries of China's export cuts, which allow them to step up to fill shortages in Europe and elsewhere after the Ukraine crisis strained global fuel markets.

Beijing manages exports of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel under a quota system, issuing several batches of allocations over a year and viewing product shipments to global markets as a tool to manage domestic supply and demand balances.

Most quotas go to state oil groups, including China National Petroleum Corp, China Petrochemical Corp, China National Offshore Oil Corp, Sinochem Holdings and China National Aviation Fuel Company. Mega refiner Zhejiang Petrochemical Corp is the only private company with export allowances.

Through 2019 the government specified quotas by product, but since then it has allowed exporters to decide what to export from a general allocation.

Exports of very low sulphur fuel oil, a marine fuel that meets International Maritime Organization standards, are managed under a separate quota system. Bunker fuel volumes from bonded zones - which are considered as exports - have been rising since 2020 as China works to build its eastern port of Zhoushan into a regional shipping fuel hub that rivals Singapore.

As per MRC, five major Chinese companies including two of the country's largest oil producers will delist from the New York Stock Exchange. Sinopec and PetroChina -- two of the world's biggest energy firms -- will apply for "voluntary delisting" of their American depositary shares, the companies said in separate statements. The Aluminum Corporation of China, also known as Chalco, as well as China Life Insurance and a Shanghai-based Sinopec subsidiary.

Pemex requests USD6.5 bn more funding for refinery

Pemex requests USD6.5 bn more funding for refinery

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Mexico's state-oil company Pemex requested this week almost USD6.5 bn in additional funding from the government to pay for works at the"'Dos Bocas" refinery this year, according to a document and two sources familiar with the matter, said Reuters.

The additional funding is to cover works not initially included in the project's proposal, higher construction and startup costs, according to the document and sources. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador considers the new refinery a signature project and has argued it will help the country cut a longstanding dependence on gasoline and diesel imports.

The additional funding would take the refinery's price tag to USD14.6 B, the documents and the sources said, far above the original budget of USD8.9 B. The document, seen by Reuters, cites higher costs for building "associated" components in infrastructure needed to operate the refinery as the main reason for the increase.

Petroleos Mexicanos' (Pemex) board approved - by a majority but not unanimous vote - to request USD5.6 B from the government to continue the works, as well as USD853 MM for costs associated with the start-up of the Olmeca refinery, commonly known as Dos Bocas after the area where it is being built.

Pemex will own and operate the refinery, Mexico's eighth. Pemex, Mexico's finance ministry and energy ministry did not immediately respond for a request for comment. Up until June, USD10.3 B had been spent on the refinery, the document showed.

In April, sources close to the project told Reuters the refinery would cost at least USD14 B while other reports have put the final price tag several billion dollars higher. Lopez Obrador said in June the refinery would end up costing significantly more than the USD8.9 B that had been approved initially. At the time he estimated a price tag of USD11 B and USD12 B.

We remind that n late January, 2022, Pemex signed a long-term crude supply contract with Royal Dutch Shell Plc as part of its acquisition of the Deer Park refinery in Texas. Pemex and Shell in May, 2021, announced the transaction, which is worth almost USD600 MM and will make the Mexican firm the sole owner of the refinery near Houston. The facility has capacity to process 340,000 bpd. Shell will supply about 200,000 bpd of foreign and US crude to the plant for at least 15 years.