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Source: Glencore

Highlights

Glencore’s Chief Executive Officer, Ivan Glasenberg, commented:

“Every aspect of life in 2020 has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. Our teams have adapted to these difficult conditions and we are pleased to announce an overall strong financial performance from our various businesses, reflecting the countercyclical earnings power from our large scale Marketing activities, combined with a cash generative industrial asset base, which quickly adapted to the changed environment.

Marketing delivered a half-yearly record Adjusted EBIT performance of $2.0 billion, allowing us to raise full-year guidance to the top end of our long-term $2.2-3.2 billion range. There were consistently good contributions across the board, however oil in particular was able to capitalise on the presence of exceptional market conditions during the half.

Our Industrial activities faced numerous challenges, but for the most part were able to continue operating relatively normally. Unit costs are broadly stable (pre by-product credits), while capex is under close control. In the current economic environment, difficult decisions and actions have been considered for moving certain assets into extended care and maintenance to rebalance markets with oversupply risk and preserve the resources for a better market environment. Impairments of $3.2 billion (net of non-controlling interests and tax) were recognised.

The outlook remains uncertain in the short term. Notwithstanding our cash-generative business and secure liquidity positions, the Board has concluded that it would be inappropriate to make a distribution to shareholders in 2020, instead prioritising the acceleration of Net debt reduction to within our target range (<$16 billion), currently expected to occur by the end of 2020.</em>

Over the longer term, our diversified commodity portfolio, positions us well to play a key role in the next upward economic cycle, benefiting in particular from the commodities required for the transition to a low-carbon economy. We remain focussed on creating sustainable long-term value for all stakeholders.”

US$ million

H1 2020

H1 2019

Change %

2019

Key statement of income and cash flows highlights1:

Net (loss)/income attributable to equity holders

                (2,600 )                     226                    n.m.                    (404)

Adjusted EBITDA

                 4,833                   5,582                        (13)                   11,601

Adjusted EBIT

                  1,472                  2,229                       (34)                    4,151

(Loss)/earnings per share (Basic) (US$)

                   (0.20)                    0.02                    n.m.                    (0.03)

Funds from operations (FFO)2◊

                 3,686                    3,516                          5                  7,865

Cash generated by operating activities before working capital changes

                  4,317                  5,409                       (20)                 10,346

Net purchase and sale of property, plant and equipment2◊

                  1,700                    2,193                       (22)                  4,966

US$ million

30.06.2020

31.12.2019

Change %

Key financial position highlights:

     

Total assets

                111,952              124,076                       (10)

Net funding2,3◊

                36,361                34,366                          6
Net debt2,3◊                 19,695                 17,556                        12

Ratios:

     

FFO to Net debt2,3,4◊

40.8%

44.8%

                        (9)

Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA3,4◊

                     1.81                       1.51                       20

 

H1 Marketing Adjusted EBIT of $2.0 billion; full year expectation revised to the top end of our long-term range

  • Marketing Adjusted EBIT of $2.0 billion (H1 2019: $1.0 billion) reflected oil, in particular, benefiting from the volatile and structurally supportive marketing environment. Metals also contributed significantly, reflecting the relatively quick economic recovery in China

  • Full year Adjusted EBIT guidance now expected at the top end of our long-term $2.2-3.2 billion range

Industrial Adjusted EBITDA, a solid $2.6 billion in a challenging operating environment

  • Metals $2.2 billion (down 16%) and Energy $0.7 billion (down 65%). The majority of our assets operated relatively normally through the half-year, with the Energy assets disproportionately impacted by lower coal prices
  • H1 unit costs were: Copper 109¢/lb, zinc 28¢/lb (64¢/lb ex-gold), nickel (ex Koniambo) 230¢/lb and thermal coal $46/t
  • Full year estimated unit costs: Copper 106¢/lb, zinc 5¢/lb (48¢/lb ex-gold), nickel (ex Koniambo) 257¢/lb and thermal coal $46/t
  • Current industrial metals’ prices are substantially higher than H1 2020’s averages; augurs well for an improved Metals’ Industrial performance in H2
  • H1 Industrial capex was $1.8 billion (H1 2019: $2.3 billion); full year expected around $4.0 billion (previous range of
    $4.0-4.5 billion)

Net loss attributable to equity holders of $2.6 billion

  • Net loss includes impairments attributable to equity holders of $3.2 billion recognised during the period as a result of lower commodity prices related to the economic uncertainty arising from the Covid-19 pandemic (notably thermal coal, oil and zinc) and / or technical reassessments resulting in reduced life of mine or longer-term project realisation expectations
  • Total comprehensive loss attributable to equity holders of $4.2 billion (2019: income of $0.4 billion) includes exchange losses on translation of foreign operations and negative mark-to-market movements on investments held at fair value

Net debt of $19.7 billion (including $0.9 billion of Marketing-related lease liabilities)

  • Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio of 1.81 times is within our <2x cap.</li>
  • Net debt currently above the upper end of our $10-$16 billion target range; given current healthy levels of operating cash flow before working capital changes, expect Net debt to be inside our target range by end of 2020 and down from the start of the year
  • Available committed liquidity of $10.2 billion at 30 June 2020 (31 December 2019: $10.1 billion)

To view the full report please click 
https://www.glencore.com/dam/jcr:50ad1802-2213-43d8-8008-5fe84e3c65ed/GLEN-2020-Half-Year-Report.pdf

For further information please contact:

Investors

Martin Fewings
t: +41 41 709 2880
m: +41 79 737 5642
martin.fewings@glencore.com

Maartje Collignon
t: +41 41 709 3269
m: +41 79 197 4202
maartje.collignon@glencore.com

Media

Charles Watenphul
t: +41 41 709 2462
m: +41 79 904 3320
charles.watenphul@glencore.com

Glencore LEI: 2138002658CPO9NBH955

Notes for Editors

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsibly-sourced commodities that advance everyday life. The Group’s operations comprise around 150 mining and metallurgical sites and oil production assets.

With a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore’s industrial activities are supported by a global network of more than 30 marketing offices.

Glencore’s customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, battery manufacturing and oil sectors. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore’s companies employ around 160,000 people, including contractors.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Important notice concerning this document including forward looking statements
This document contains statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward looking statements” which are prospective in nature. These forward looking statements may be identified by the use of forward looking terminology, or the negative thereof such as “outlook”, “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “continues”, “assumes”, “is subject to”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “aims”, “forecasts”, “risks”, “intends”, “positioned”, “predicts”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words or comparable terminology and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “shall”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather on current predictions, expectations, beliefs, opinions, plans, objectives, goals, intentions and projections about future events, results of operations, prospects, financial condition and discussions of strategy.
By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Glencore’s control. Forward looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and may and often do differ materially from actual results. Important factors that could cause these uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those disclosed in the last published annual report and half-year report, both of which are freely available on Glencore’s website.
For example, our future revenues from our assets, projects or mines will be based, in part, on the market price of the commodity products produced, which may vary significantly from current levels. These may materially affect the timing and feasibility of particular developments. Other factors include (without limitation) the ability to produce and transport products profitably, demand for our products, changes to the assumptions regarding the recoverable value of our tangible and intangible assets, the effect of foreign currency exchange rates on market prices and operating costs, and actions by governmental authorities, such as changes in taxation or regulation, and political uncertainty.
Neither Glencore nor any of its associates or directors, officers or advisers, provides any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this document will actually occur. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which only speak as of the date of this document.
Except as required by applicable regulations or by law, Glencore is not under any obligation and Glencore and its affiliates expressly disclaim any intention, obligation or undertaking, to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. This document shall not, under any circumstances, create any implication that there has been no change in the business or affairs of Glencore since the date of this document or that the information contained herein is correct as at any time subsequent to its date.
No statement in this document is intended as a profit forecast or a profit estimate and past performance cannot be relied on as a guide to future performance. This document does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities.
The companies in which Glencore plc directly and indirectly has an interest are separate and distinct legal entities. In this document, “Glencore”, “Glencore group” and “Group” are used for convenience only where references are made to Glencore plc and its subsidiaries in general. These collective expressions are used for ease of reference only and do not imply any other relationship between the companies.  Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer collectively to members of the Group or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies.
 

Source: Glencore

Highlights

Glencore’s Chief Executive Officer, Ivan Glasenberg, commented:

“Every aspect of life in 2020 has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. Our teams have adapted to these difficult conditions and we are pleased to announce an overall strong financial performance from our various businesses, reflecting the countercyclical earnings power from our large scale Marketing activities, combined with a cash generative industrial asset base, which quickly adapted to the changed environment.

Marketing delivered a half-yearly record Adjusted EBIT performance of $2.0 billion, allowing us to raise full-year guidance to the top end of our long-term $2.2-3.2 billion range. There were consistently good contributions across the board, however oil in particular was able to capitalise on the presence of exceptional market conditions during the half.

Our Industrial activities faced numerous challenges, but for the most part were able to continue operating relatively normally. Unit costs are broadly stable (pre by-product credits), while capex is under close control. In the current economic environment, difficult decisions and actions have been considered for moving certain assets into extended care and maintenance to rebalance markets with oversupply risk and preserve the resources for a better market environment. Impairments of $3.2 billion (net of non-controlling interests and tax) were recognised.

The outlook remains uncertain in the short term. Notwithstanding our cash-generative business and secure liquidity positions, the Board has concluded that it would be inappropriate to make a distribution to shareholders in 2020, instead prioritising the acceleration of Net debt reduction to within our target range (<$16 billion), currently expected to occur by the end of 2020.</em>

Over the longer term, our diversified commodity portfolio, positions us well to play a key role in the next upward economic cycle, benefiting in particular from the commodities required for the transition to a low-carbon economy. We remain focussed on creating sustainable long-term value for all stakeholders.”

US$ million

H1 2020

H1 2019

Change %

2019

Key statement of income and cash flows highlights1:

Net (loss)/income attributable to equity holders

                (2,600 )                     226                    n.m.                    (404)

Adjusted EBITDA

                 4,833                   5,582                        (13)                   11,601

Adjusted EBIT

                  1,472                  2,229                       (34)                    4,151

(Loss)/earnings per share (Basic) (US$)

                   (0.20)                    0.02                    n.m.                    (0.03)

Funds from operations (FFO)2◊

                 3,686                    3,516                          5                  7,865

Cash generated by operating activities before working capital changes

                  4,317                  5,409                       (20)                 10,346

Net purchase and sale of property, plant and equipment2◊

                  1,700                    2,193                       (22)                  4,966

US$ million

30.06.2020

31.12.2019

Change %

Key financial position highlights:

     

Total assets

                111,952              124,076                       (10)

Net funding2,3◊

                36,361                34,366                          6
Net debt2,3◊                 19,695                 17,556                        12

Ratios:

     

FFO to Net debt2,3,4◊

40.8%

44.8%

                        (9)

Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA3,4◊

                     1.81                       1.51                       20

 

H1 Marketing Adjusted EBIT of $2.0 billion; full year expectation revised to the top end of our long-term range

  • Marketing Adjusted EBIT of $2.0 billion (H1 2019: $1.0 billion) reflected oil, in particular, benefiting from the volatile and structurally supportive marketing environment. Metals also contributed significantly, reflecting the relatively quick economic recovery in China

  • Full year Adjusted EBIT guidance now expected at the top end of our long-term $2.2-3.2 billion range

Industrial Adjusted EBITDA, a solid $2.6 billion in a challenging operating environment

  • Metals $2.2 billion (down 16%) and Energy $0.7 billion (down 65%). The majority of our assets operated relatively normally through the half-year, with the Energy assets disproportionately impacted by lower coal prices
  • H1 unit costs were: Copper 109¢/lb, zinc 28¢/lb (64¢/lb ex-gold), nickel (ex Koniambo) 230¢/lb and thermal coal $46/t
  • Full year estimated unit costs: Copper 106¢/lb, zinc 5¢/lb (48¢/lb ex-gold), nickel (ex Koniambo) 257¢/lb and thermal coal $46/t
  • Current industrial metals’ prices are substantially higher than H1 2020’s averages; augurs well for an improved Metals’ Industrial performance in H2
  • H1 Industrial capex was $1.8 billion (H1 2019: $2.3 billion); full year expected around $4.0 billion (previous range of
    $4.0-4.5 billion)

Net loss attributable to equity holders of $2.6 billion

  • Net loss includes impairments attributable to equity holders of $3.2 billion recognised during the period as a result of lower commodity prices related to the economic uncertainty arising from the Covid-19 pandemic (notably thermal coal, oil and zinc) and / or technical reassessments resulting in reduced life of mine or longer-term project realisation expectations
  • Total comprehensive loss attributable to equity holders of $4.2 billion (2019: income of $0.4 billion) includes exchange losses on translation of foreign operations and negative mark-to-market movements on investments held at fair value

Net debt of $19.7 billion (including $0.9 billion of Marketing-related lease liabilities)

  • Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio of 1.81 times is within our <2x cap.</li>
  • Net debt currently above the upper end of our $10-$16 billion target range; given current healthy levels of operating cash flow before working capital changes, expect Net debt to be inside our target range by end of 2020 and down from the start of the year
  • Available committed liquidity of $10.2 billion at 30 June 2020 (31 December 2019: $10.1 billion)

To view the full report please click 
https://www.glencore.com/dam/jcr:50ad1802-2213-43d8-8008-5fe84e3c65ed/GLEN-2020-Half-Year-Report.pdf

For further information please contact:

Investors

Martin Fewings
t: +41 41 709 2880
m: +41 79 737 5642
martin.fewings@glencore.com

Maartje Collignon
t: +41 41 709 3269
m: +41 79 197 4202
maartje.collignon@glencore.com

Media

Charles Watenphul
t: +41 41 709 2462
m: +41 79 904 3320
charles.watenphul@glencore.com

Glencore LEI: 2138002658CPO9NBH955

Notes for Editors

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsibly-sourced commodities that advance everyday life. The Group’s operations comprise around 150 mining and metallurgical sites and oil production assets.

With a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore’s industrial activities are supported by a global network of more than 30 marketing offices.

Glencore’s customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, battery manufacturing and oil sectors. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore’s companies employ around 160,000 people, including contractors.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Important notice concerning this document including forward looking statements
This document contains statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward looking statements” which are prospective in nature. These forward looking statements may be identified by the use of forward looking terminology, or the negative thereof such as “outlook”, “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “continues”, “assumes”, “is subject to”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “aims”, “forecasts”, “risks”, “intends”, “positioned”, “predicts”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words or comparable terminology and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “shall”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather on current predictions, expectations, beliefs, opinions, plans, objectives, goals, intentions and projections about future events, results of operations, prospects, financial condition and discussions of strategy.
By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Glencore’s control. Forward looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and may and often do differ materially from actual results. Important factors that could cause these uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those disclosed in the last published annual report and half-year report, both of which are freely available on Glencore’s website.
For example, our future revenues from our assets, projects or mines will be based, in part, on the market price of the commodity products produced, which may vary significantly from current levels. These may materially affect the timing and feasibility of particular developments. Other factors include (without limitation) the ability to produce and transport products profitably, demand for our products, changes to the assumptions regarding the recoverable value of our tangible and intangible assets, the effect of foreign currency exchange rates on market prices and operating costs, and actions by governmental authorities, such as changes in taxation or regulation, and political uncertainty.
Neither Glencore nor any of its associates or directors, officers or advisers, provides any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this document will actually occur. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which only speak as of the date of this document.
Except as required by applicable regulations or by law, Glencore is not under any obligation and Glencore and its affiliates expressly disclaim any intention, obligation or undertaking, to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. This document shall not, under any circumstances, create any implication that there has been no change in the business or affairs of Glencore since the date of this document or that the information contained herein is correct as at any time subsequent to its date.
No statement in this document is intended as a profit forecast or a profit estimate and past performance cannot be relied on as a guide to future performance. This document does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities.
The companies in which Glencore plc directly and indirectly has an interest are separate and distinct legal entities. In this document, “Glencore”, “Glencore group” and “Group” are used for convenience only where references are made to Glencore plc and its subsidiaries in general. These collective expressions are used for ease of reference only and do not imply any other relationship between the companies.  Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer collectively to members of the Group or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies.
 

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