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H1 GAINS HIT $385m

Shaikh Daij and Al Baqali

Alba Q2 profit jumps 665% to $246m

MANAMA, August 1, 2021

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), the world’s largest aluminium smelter w/o China, has reported a profit of BD92.6 million ($246.2 million) for the second quarter of 2021, up by 665% year-on-year (YoY), versus a loss of BD16.4 million ($43.6 million) for the same period in 2020. 
 
The company reported basic and diluted earnings per share of fils 65 for Q2 2021 versus loss per share of 12 fils for the same period in 2020. 
 
The total comprehensive income for Q2 2021 stood at BD90.6 million ($241.1 million) versus loss for the second quarter of 2020 of BD18.2 million ($48.4 million) – up by 598% YoY. Gross profit for Q2 2021 was BD123.7 million ($328.9 million) versus BD21.6 million ($57.6 million) for the same period in 2020 – up by 471% YoY. 
 
With regards to the revenue in Q2 2021, Alba generated BD370 million ($984 million) versus BD244 million ($649.1 million) in Q2 2020 - up by 52% YoY. 
 
For the first half of 2021, Alba has reported a profit of BD144.8 million ($385 million), up by 1,461% YoY versus a loss of BD10.6 million ($28.3 million) for the same period in 2020. The company reported basic and diluted earnings per share of fils 102 for first half of 2021 versus basic and diluted loss per share of fils 8 for the same period in 2020. 
 
Alba’s total comprehensive income for H1 2021 was BD149.1 million ($396.5 million), up by 852% YoY, compared to a total comprehensive loss of BD19.8 million ($52.7 million) in H1 2020. Gross profit for the first half of 2021 was BD204.2 million ($543 million) versus BD55.2 million ($146.8 million) in H1 2020 – up by 270% YoY. Alba generated in H1 2021 revenue of BD672.7 million ($1,789 million) versus BD520 million ($1,383 million) in H1 2020 - up by 29% YoY. 
 
Total equity as at 30 June 2021 stood at BD1,230.1 million ($3,271.4 million), up by 14%, versus BD1,079.6 million ($2,871.1 million) as at 31 December 2020. Alba’s total assets as at 30 June 2021 were BD2,496.1 million ($6,638.6 million) versus BD2,353.7 million ($6,259.8 million) as at 31 December 2020 - up by 6%. 
 
Alba’s top-line were driven in by higher LME prices (61% YoY in Q2 2021 and 41% YoY in H1 2021) and partially offset by lower sales volume (a drop of 1% YoY in Q2 2021 and 3% YoY in H1 2021) while the bottom-line for Q2 and H1 2021 was driven by higher top-line and partially impacted by higher selling and distribution Expenses, the company said.
 
Major Operational Highlights in Q2 2021 
* Sales’ volume topped 388,149 metric tonnes (MT) - down by 1% YoY while production reached 391,954 MT, up by 3.5% YoY. 
* Value added sales averaged 65% of the total shipments (vs. 62% in 1Q21).
* Alba achieved savings through Al-Hassalah initiative amounted $56 million (versus $70 million target by year-end 2021). 
* Recipient of Best Corporate Governance Award in Bahrain by Ethical Boardroom for 2021.
* Natural gas price set at $3.75/MMBTU till 31 March 2022. 
* Environmental Conservation Project -Spent Pot Lining (SPL) Treatment Plant in progress (>91%).
 
Industry highlights
Consumption: Strong rebound for global demand underpinned by V-shape economic recovery (+12% YoY)
* Stimulus packages by governments across the globe [$1.2 trillion in US over 8-year period to revive infrastructure and transition to a greener economy; €750 billion recovery program launched by EU] translated in strong metal consumption in key markets.
* Strong come-back for aluminium consumption in North America (+49% YoY) with manufacturing activity reaching an all-time high.
* Rebound in world ex-China consumption (+33% YoY) and Europe’s +29% YoY owing to strong market recovery. 
* Middle East demand up by 17% YoY, a double-digit increase, owing to higher demand in UAE. 
* Chinese market is no longer the bullish driver it used to be with Chinese authorities urging SHFE futures exchange to avoid excessive speculation. Chinese consumption almost flat (+1% YoY).
 
Production: Higher metal demand accelerates supply growth (+7% YoY)
* An all-high record smelting margins enhanced higher capacity utilization rates as smelters are back to normal production after Covid-19.
* Strong come-back for SHFE price (highest level in 13 years) has boosted Chinese production with +9% YoY. 
* North America supply down by 5,000 MT (1,032 Kt in 2Q20 vs. 1,027 Kt in 2Q21) owing to the gradual closure of Alcoa’s Ferndale smelter.
* Primary supply in GCC almost flat owing to 2% YoY supply cuts in UAE.
* LME inventories at ~1.597 million MT as of 30 June 2021 (down by 16% YoY) and LME-cash averaged US$2,399/MT (61% YoY) in Q2 2021. 
 
Commenting on Alba’s financial performance for the first half of 2021, the Chairman of Alba’s Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa stated: “We continued with the strong momentum we’ve started in the first quarter of 2021, and this has led us to set all-time records in our performance: 
We have achieved highest-ever production of 773,887 metric tonnes while value added sales reached new heights with 472,323 metric tonnes (translating into 64% of our sales). These new precedents were made possible thanks to Line 6 Expansion Project. 
- EBITDA margin has beaten the record we have achieved in Q1 2021 and set a new benchmark with 33% (versus 29.8% in Q1 2021). 
- Our profit topped new peak for the first 6-months of 2021 with $385 million, up by 1,461% YoY.
“Our business performance is directly correlated to our safety mindset as we truly believe that productivity and safety are mutually inclusive. Today, we have achieved more than 14 million safe-working hours without LTI.”
 
Alba’s Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali added: “Despite the Covid-19 challenge and global logistics’ issue, Alba has set new benchmarks in its five decades of commercial operations: higher production, higher EBITDA and higher net profit ever achieved in a 6-month period. This unparalleled operational and financial performance is defined by our strong results rather than our attributes. Our results speak louder than words and this strong comeback on all fronts would not have been made possible without the resilience of our workforce and ‘Thinking First, Safety Always.”  - TradeArabia News Service



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