LUXEMBOURG, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- First quarter highlights:
- Net sales were EUR377.0 million, up 30% from the prior year period
- Operating Result was EUR57.2 million versus EUR27.2 million in the prior year Period
- Net Income was EUR30.0 million versus EUR13.0 million in the prior year period
- Adjusted EBITDA was EUR65.7 million versus EUR36.7 million in the prior year period
Oxea Sarl, a leading global supplier of Oxo Intermediates and Oxo Derivatives, today announced first quarter net sales of EUR377.0 million, a 30% increase compared with the corresponding period the prior year. Oxea's continued strong performance in the first quarter of 2011 further underlines the robustness of the business model. Continued recovery in the US and European regions coupled with strong demand from Asia again contributed to another set of excellent results. The operating result more than doubled to EUR57.2 million compared with EUR27.2 million in the corresponding period of the prior year and operating margins increased to 15.2% compared with 9.4% in the prior year period. EBITDA margins increased substantially to 17%. Q1 2011 Adjusted EBITDA at EUR65.7 million reflects an excellent performance for Oxea and underlines the continued strong relationships with customers and the valuable contribution of Oxea's employees to the success of the business. After the refinancing in July 2010, net debt has been reduced to approximately 1.9x EBITDA on an LTM basis.
Three months ended In EUR million March 31, Unaudited 2011 2010 --------------------------------------- Net Sales 377.0 289.3 Gross Profit 68.1 34.0 SG&A (10.3) (7.6) R&D (1.5) (1.5) Other operating income/(expense) 0.9 2.3 Operating Result 57.2 27.2 Net Income 30.0 13.0 --------------------------------------- Adjusted EBITDA 65.7 36.7
Sales for the three months ended March 31, 2011 were EUR377.0 million, a 30% increase compared with the corresponding period of the prior year. The increase was driven by an increase of 5% in total volumes, improved product mix and the pass through of higher raw material costs to customers. The volume increase was particularly strong in our Oxo Derivatives segment, where volumes were some 11% higher than in the prior year period. Volumes in the Intermediates segment were some 3% higher than in the prior year period. EUR 200.0 million of our revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2011, resulted from sales in Europe, EUR107.4 million in NAFTA and EUR69.6 million in the rest of the world compared to EUR143.7 million, EUR80.0 million and EUR65.6 million respectively in the prior year period.
Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2011 doubled to EUR68.1 million compared with EUR34.0 million in the corresponding period of the prior year. The increase of EUR34.1 million was attributable to higher volumes in both Oxo Intermediates and Derivatives segments and improved margins which more than offset the increase in raw materials and manufacturing fixed costs such that gross profit increased to 18.1% of sales compared with 11.8% in the corresponding period of the prior year.
Selling general & administration expense (SG&A)
SG&A expense for the three months ended March 31, 2011 increased to EUR10.3 million compared with EUR7.6 million in the corresponding period of the prior year. The increase is primarily attributable to increased selling costs associated with higher volumes, and higher personnel costs including salary increases and accruals for employee bonuses.
Other operating income/(expense)
Net other operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2011 amounted to EUR0.9 million compared with EUR2.3 million in the corresponding period of the prior year. The decrease is primarily attributable to net foreign exchange losses compared with net foreign exchange gains in the corresponding period of the prior year.
Operating result Operating result for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was EUR57.2 million compared with EUR27.2 million in the corresponding period of the prior year period as a result of increased volumes and improved operating margins partly offset by higher SG&A expense other lower other operating income.
Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was EUR30.0 million compared with EUR13.0 million in the corresponding period of the prior year as a result of the improvement in margins and higher sale volumes with a corresponding increase in operating profit partly offset by higher interest expense arising from the refinancing in July 2010 and higher income taxes.
EBITDA margins increased to 17%. Adjusted EBITDA was some EUR65.7 million compared with EUR36.7 million in the corresponding period of the prior year driven by the improved volumes and improved operating margins.
The company continued to generate positive free cash flow. In the first quarter of 2011 Oxea generated EUR20.0 million in cash from operating activities compared with a utilization of EUR8.6 million in the corresponding period of the prior year as a result of increased earnings and improved working capital which were partly offset by higher cash taxes. Cash used in investing activities was EUR5.6 million compared with EUR4.0 million in the corresponding period of the prior year driven by an increased capital expenditure. Cash used in financing activities was EUR23.9 million compared with EUR2.2 million in the corresponding period of the prior year as a result of the semi annual payment of interest on the Senior Secured Notes issued in July 2010.
Oxea is a global manufacturer of Oxo intermediates and derivatives such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters and amines. These products are sold in the merchant market (where sales are to third party customers) and used for the production of high-quality coatings, lubricants, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, flavorings and fragrances, printing inks and plastics. In the 12 months ending December 2010, Oxea generated revenue of about EUR1.4 billion with approximately 1,330 employees in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Forward looking statements
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Use of non IFRS financial information:
* EBITDA is defined as net income for the year before financial result, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA, is a supplemental measure of our performance and liquidity that is not required by or presented in accordance with IFRS. EBITDA is not a measurement of our financial performance or liquidity under IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to profit for the period presented, results from operating activities or any other performance measures derived in accordance with IFRS or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. We believe EBITDA facilitates operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by eliminating potential differences caused by variations in capital structures (affecting interest expense), tax positions (such as the impact on periods or companies of change in effective tax rates or net operating losses) and the age and book value and amortization of tangible and intangible assets (which have an effect on related depreciation expense). We also present EBITDA because we believe it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of similar issuers, the majority of which present EBITDA when reporting their results. Finally, we present EBITDA as a measure of our ability to service our debt.
* Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA adjusted to remove the effects of certain non-cash and non-recurring expenses and charges. Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental measure of our performance and liquidity that is not required by or presented in accordance with IFRS. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of our financial performance or liquidity under IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to profit for the period presented, results from operating activities or any other performance measures derived in accordance with IFRS or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. We believe Adjusted EBITDA facilitates operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by eliminating certain non-recurring expenses and charges. We also present Adjusted EBITDA because we believe it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of similar issuers. Finally, we present Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of our ability to service our debt.
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