) posted consolidated net loss of $823 million in the second
quarter of 2012, in stark contrast to a profit of $191.9 million
registered in the year-ago quarter. Revenues for the quarter came
in at roughly $3.09 billion, down 11.1% from $3.47 billion in the
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The company registered an operating loss of $470.6 million in the
second quarter compared with an operating income of $476.3 million
a year ago, leading to a contraction in operating margin. Adjusted
earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
(EBITDA) declined 37.1% year over year to $385.4 million in the
For the first half of 2012, net loss amounted to $605 million
compared with a net income of $501 million in the first half of
2011. Revenues for the first half came in at $6.04 billion, down
5.8% year over year.
In the first half of 2012, operating loss was $156.6 million
compared with an operating income of $924.7 million in the first
half of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA dropped 28% year over year to $848.8
The company's results were affected by weak environmental
conditions and foreign exchange losses.
The segment's revenues from external customers in the second
quarter were $881.2 million, down 20.2% from $1,103.8 million in
the year-ago period. Operating income was $192.6 million, 1.3%
lower than $474.5 million posted in the second quarter 2011. The
adjusted EBITDA of the mining segment declined 45.9% year over year
to $301.9 million in the quarter. For the first half of 2012,
revenues declined 6.1% year over year to $1,813.9 million.
The mining segment remained under pressure in the quarter due to
reduced demand and lower prices. The company is also making efforts
to restore production capabilities, increase export sales and
diversify its client base.
The company continued the development of the Elga mine and a
three-million tons per annum seasonal coal washing plant was
launched with commercial scale coal production and processing
scheduled to commence in 2013. The company also resumed operations
at its Sibirginsk mine.
Revenues from the Steel Mining segment, which made up 61% of total
revenues, decreased 7.9% from $1.9 billion a year ago. The segment
reported an operating loss of $471 million versus last year's
operating income of $36.8 million. For the first half of 2012,
revenues were $3.54 billion, down 7.1% year over year.
Ferroalloy segment sales totaled $132.4 million in the quarter, up
0.7% from last year, and constituted 4% of consolidated revenues.
The segment recorded an operating loss of $135.3 million in the
quarter as against an operating loss of $1.1 million last year. For
the first half of 2012, sales increased 0.6% to $257.1 million.
The Power segment generated about 6% of revenues, totaling $174.7
million in the quarter, a year-over-year decline of 1.2%. The
segment's operating loss was $56.2 million in the quarter, down
from a loss of $0.2 million last year. For the first half of 2012,
revenue increased 4% year over year to $418.1 million.
Capital expenditure for the first half of 2012 amounted to $577.7
million, of which $335.6 million was invested in the mining
segment, $208.3 million in the steel segment, $28.0 million in the
ferroalloy segment and $5.8 million in the power segment. As of
June 30, 2012, total debt was at $8.8 billion while cash and cash
equivalents amounted to $150.7 million.
Mechel is a leading domestic steel and coal producer with a strong
position in key businesses, including production of specialty steel
and alloys. The company has the largest coal reserve base in Russia
and is mainly focusing on growth and cost-cutting measures. Mechel
), among others.
The company owns and controls essential infrastructure, including
ports, rolling stock and power plants, which provide access to the
export markets. However, as mentioned earlier, Mechel could be
handicapped because of its high debt and interest burden, and might
not be able to keep up with its huge capital spending program.
The company retains a short-term Zacks #4 Rank (Sell). We currently
have a long-term (more than 6 months) Neutral recommendation on the