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.