Rusal Net Profit More Than Triples
“United Co. Rusal PLC said Thursday its net profit more than tripled last year on higher aluminum prices and a strong contribution from 25%-owned OAO Norilsk Nickel. The Russian aluminum giant plans to nearly double capital spending this year to boost capacity in the face of growing aluminum demand.
Rusal CEO Oleg Deripaska said in a statement the company’s strong net-profit growth was driven by significant increases in demand for aluminum and metal prices, and the company expects global demand for aluminium to grow 8% to 43.8 million metric tons this year. He also said aluminum prices will likely remain in a range of $2,500-$2,600 per ton until the end of the year, due to underlying demand and continuing weakness in the U.S. dollar. Prices were volatile last year, ranging from less than $2,000 per ton to as high as $2,500 per ton, he said.”
- The largest part of annual profit ($2.44bln out of $2.87bln) comes from the share in Norilsk Nickel, a low-cost nickel producer.
- Bauxite output of the company increased 4% to 11.8mln tons. Rusal operates 8 mines in Guinea and Guyana.
- Cost increase in both alumina and electricity has driven the industry’s break-even price to above $2,200/ton. Predicted demand increases faster than supply, potentially leading to further price increases. However, large trading stocks could supplement supply and keep the price relatively low for several years.
- Increasing demand partly comes from copper substitution. Rusal benefits in the long term from the high copper price as manufacturers search for alternatives to copper wires.
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