AdvanSix Q2 earnings beat consensus despite weak fundamentals

AdvanSix Q2 earnings beat consensus despite weak fundamentals

MOSCOW (MRC) -- AdvanSix’s Q2 net income and adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell sharply year on year as sales fell nearly 27%, the US-based integrated nylon 6 producer reported.

The adjusted EBITDA margin fell to 15.4%, from 18.1% in Q2 2022.

Market-based pricing was unfavourable by 19% compared with Q2 2022, reflecting lower nutrient values reducing ammonium sulphate pricing, as well as lower nylon pricing.

Raw material pass-through pricing was unfavourable by 6% following a net cost decrease in benzene and propylene, both inputs to cumene which, in turn, is a key feedstock for AdvanSix’s products.

Sales volume fell about 2%, driven by soft end market demand impacting portions of the company’s nylon and chemical intermediates product lines.

The volume decline was partially offset by higher domestic ammonium sulphate volume to meet strong in-season customer demand.

We remind, AdvanSix, a diversified chemistry company, announced on 7 Jun 2023 a new nylon offering with 100% post-consumer recycled content, providing a circular solution to help customers meet sustainability goals and create a variety of products, from home office furniture and durable packaging to fast, fuel-efficient cars.

MEGlobal has nominated September prices

MEGlobal has nominated September prices

MOSCOW (MRC) -- MEGlobal has nominated its September 2023 monoethylene glycol (MEG) Asian Contract Price (ACP) at USD810/tonne, stable from its August ACP, said the company.

The price is on a CFR (cost & freight) Asia basis.

We remind, MEGlobal has nominated its August 2023 monoethylene glycol (MEG) Asian Contract Price (ACP) at USD810/tonne, up by USD20/tonne from its July ACP.

SONGWON Industrial Group announces Q2/2023 fnancial results

SONGWON Industrial Group announces Q2/2023 fnancial results

MOSCOW (MRC) -- SONGWON Industrial Group published its Q2 and half-year financial results for the 2023 financial year, said Coatingworld.

Over the quarter, the Group achieved consolidated sales of 269,232 Million KRW marking a decrease in revenues over the same quarter of the previous year of 21.4% (342,735 Million KRW). Year-to-date (YTD), the Group realized consolidated sales of 536,399 Million KRW, representing a 21.3% decline over YTD June 2022 (681,168 Million KRW) and recorded a drop in net profit to 22,582 Million KRW (Q2/2022: 82,097 Million KRW). The Group’s gross profit margin achieved in Q2/2023 was 16.4% and YTD 15.9 % reflecting a decrease of 8.3%-points and 9.6%-points over the prior year comparable period.

As anticipated, geopolitical tensions, volatile economic conditions, and the downturn in demand across the various regions observed in Q1/2023 continued throughout Q2/2023, impeding the performance of SONGWON's Divisions.

Q2/2023 was sluggish for Division Industrial Chemicals due to a challenging market environment with aggressive pricing strategies and intense competition compounded by the low demand, lack of reliable customer forecasting and shorter visibility. Revenues fell by 23.7% to 198,774 Million KRW in Q2/2023, compared to the same period in 2022 (Q2/2022: 260,406 Million KRW). In the first six months of 2023, the Division reported a decline in sales of 22.5% (YTD: 394,721 Million KRW) over the previous year (YTD June 2022: 509,271 Million KRW).

In Q2/2023, increased product availability and fierce price competition, mainly from Asia as well as the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict negatively impacted Polymer Stabilizers. However, overall performance was stable and comparable to Q1/2023. Demand for Fuel and Lubricant Additives remained similar to Q1/2023 and volumes in Q2/2023 were also comparable with Q1/2023. Revenues were negatively affected by the declining raw material and freight costs applied to the previously implemented raw material pricing formula mechanisms. Coatings experienced a slow 2nd quarter due to higher market supply than demand. This led to further price reductions compared to Q1/2023 with additional price erosion caused by falling raw material prices.

For Division Performance Chemicals, the 2nd quarter remained comparable to the previous quarter with no significant changes. The Division achieved revenues of 70,458 Million KRW in Q2/2023, 14.4% lower than in the previous year (Q2/2022: 82,329 Million KRW). YTD, the Division achieved sales of 141,678 Million KRW, marking a 17.6% decline compared to the same reporting period in 2022 (YTD June 2022: 171,897 Million KRW).

Throughout Q2/2023, Tin Intermediates saw slight impfrovements in turnover, volumes, and margins, driven by high tin metal and end-product prices as well as signs of automotive market recovery in China and Europe. With no market recovery in Asia, the PVC market remained weak but sales outside of Asia positively impacted profitability. Stable raw material prices supported profitability for Solution Polyurethanes and Thermoplastic Polyurethanes in Q2/2023, but the continuing economic recession negatively affected customers' operations and stagnant demand in Korea has led to ongoing intense competition.

Faced with ongoing geopolitical uncertainty, inflationary pressures and a macroeconomic environment with low visibility, 2023 is proving to be a challenging year for the industry. Moving into Q3/2023, SONGWON expects continuing weak demand and further declines in raw material and logistics prices. Despite this, the Group is optimistic about the effectiveness of its actions to address market imbalances and the positive impact of new products on future revenues and profitability. SONGWON will continue to pursue its strategy, monitor global developments and prioritize customer needs. Looking to the next six months with caution, the company is confident that it is well-positioned to face emerging challenges and remain a reliable supplier to its customers.

We remind, Songwon appoints Omya to represent their PVC stabilizers SONGSTAB in Australia & New Zealand, said the company. This is an expansion of the strategic partnership of Omya with Songwon and also with their other business units, said the company.

Russian seaborne diesel exports rise by 7% in August

Russian seaborne diesel exports rise by 7% in August

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Russia's seaborne diesel and gasoil exports rose by 7% to about 1.7 million metric tons in the first 14 days of August from the same period in July on strong production volumes after seasonal refinery maintenance eased, data from traders and Refinitiv Eikon showed, said Reuters.

In August so far, Turkey remains the top destination for diesel exports from Russian ports, taking about 42% of total supplies, or nearly 720,000 metric tons, Refinitiv shipping data showed. Diesel loadings from Russia to Brazil totaled about 140,000 metric tons since the start of this month.

Among the leading Russian diesel importers to Africa in August, Refinitiv data showed Ghana (75,000 metric tons), Morocco (68,000 metric tons) and Togo (60,000 metric tons). No Russian diesel cargoes were seen heading to Saudi Arabia this month, with only one going to the kingdom in July, according to shipping data.

About 180,000 tons of Russian diesel are destined in August for ship-to-ship (STS) loadings near the Greek port of Kalamata. The final destinations for those volumes are as yet unknown, but usually those cargoes end up in Turkey and Middle East countries.

Another 230,000 tons of diesel loaded in Russian ports since the start of August do not yet have a confirmed destination. All the shipping data above are based on the date of cargo departure.

We remind, most Russian fuel exports from the Baltic and Black Sea regions are now pricing above a price cap set in February by a G7-led coalition designed to limit Moscow's revenues in the aftermath of its invasion of Ukraine.

EQUATE announced August MEG India contract price

EQUATE announced August MEG India contract price

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Global monoethylene glycol (MEG) producer EQUATE has nominated its August 2023 MEG India Contract Price (ICP) at USD472/tonne CFR (cost & freight) India Main Ports, said the company.

The August nomination was USD17/tonne higher than the July number.

We remind, EQUATE has nominated its June 2023 MEG India Contract Price (ICP) at USD501/tonne CFR (cost & freight) India Main Ports. The June nomination was USD7/tonne lower than the May number.