Vale Posts Wider-than-Expected Loss in Q3, Lags Revenues
Mining giant Vale S.A.VALE reported weak results for third-quarter 2015. The company suffered a loss per share of 19 cents for the quarter, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 7 cents. The company had reported earnings of 13 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.
Depreciation of the Brazilian currency with respect to the U.S. dollar and unfavorable product prices were the primary reasons behind Vale's dismal performance in third-quarter 2015.
Gross operating revenue dropped 28.4% year over year and 6.6% sequentially to $6.6 billion. The top line also lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $8.1 billion. Of total gross revenue, sales of ferrous minerals accounted for 66%; coal 1.9%; base metals 20.5%; fertilizer nutrients 11.3%; and the remaining 0.3% was sourced miscellaneously.
Geographically, 19.5% of revenues were generated from South America, 53.6% from Asia, 6.2% from North America, 16.8% from Europe, 3.4% from the Middle East and 0.4% from Rest of the World.
In third quarter, cost of goods sold totaled $5 billion, down 22.5% year over year. Selling, general and administrative expenditure was $131 million, while research and development expenses amounted to $121 million; declining 52.2% and 37.6% year over year, respectively.
Balance Sheet/Cash Flow
Exiting third-quarter 2015, Vale had cash and cash equivalents of $4.4 billion compared with $7.9 billion recorded in the year-ago period. Non-current liabilities came in at $44.3 billion, down from $49.1 billion recorded a year ago.
Net cash generated from operating activities totaled $1.6 billion compared with $2.9 billion in the year-ago quarter. Capital spending totaled $1.9 billion versus $3.3 billion in third-quarter 2014.
Vale expects to improve its business with the help of specialized cost-saving plans, productivity enhancement schemes, growth projects and superior yield in the N4WS mine, going forward. Moreover, supported by efficient disinvestment programs and appropriate capital-deployment strategies, the company aims to stabilize its absolute debt level in the upcoming quarters.
Other Stocks to Consider
Vale currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other well-ranked stocks in the industry include Atlas Iron Limited AGODY , Fortescue Metals Group Limited FSUGY and AK Steel Holding Corporation AKS . All three stocks hold the same Zacks Rank as Vale.
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