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20 November: Third quarter trading update 2020: Bekaert reports progressive rebound

11/20/2020 | 03:19am

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20 November 2020 7:30 a.m. CET

Third quarter trading update 2020

Bekaert reports progressive rebound

Sales, trends and actions

Despite a continued high level of uncertainty, the third quarter marked a turning point in most markets. Bekaert's third quarter consolidated sales were up +24% from the weak second quarter of 2020 and sales volumes were just -2% below the volumes of the same quarter last year. Consolidated sales for the first nine months of 2020 were well below the same period last year (-14% at constant exchange rates) due to the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020.

The external developments in the three-month period July-September 2020 were:

  • A significant demand rebound in tire markets
  • The positive sales evolution in various markets in Latin America, China, India, and EMEA
  • Strong adverse currency movements

Bekaert's actions in the third quarter focused on:

  • Continued reinforcement of protective measures to limit the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and safety of our employees and their families
  • Agile supply chain management across the value chain, ensuring supply continuity to customers
  • Further improving the product and business mix, in line with our strategy to upgrade the business portfolio
  • Continued tight control on working capital and capital expenditure to further deleverage debt
  • Further mitigating and structural measures to improve the financial performance of the Group
  • Post-balancesheet date: the successful issue of a 7-year € 200 million retail bond

Outlook

The structural improvement actions implemented since the end of 2019 and our agile response to Covid-19 have demonstrated their effectiveness in strengthening Bekaert's resilience.

While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to create a high level of uncertainty, the recovery of demand in most of our markets and the lasting benefits from structural improvement actions will enable us to make a step-up in performance in the second half of 2020.

Despite lower overall sales than last year, we expect the underlying EBIT for the full year 2020 to be close to 2019, resulting in an improved underlying EBIT margin.

Driven by strong cash generation and disciplined working capital and debt management, we have brought down the net debt leverage below 2 at the end of the third quarter and will maintain this net debt on underlying EBITDA level as a target - ahead of plan - for the close of 2020.

Press & Investors Katelijn Bohez T +32 56 76 66 10 bekaert.com

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Consolidated and combined sales for the first nine months of 2020 - in millions of €

Consolidated sales

2019

2020

Share

Variance1

Organic

FX

Rubber Reinforcement

1 494

1 146

42%

-23%

-22%

-1%

Steel Wire Solutions

1 108

982

36%

-11%

-7%

-5%

Specialty Businesses

311

288

11%

-7%

-6%

-1%

BBRG

365

330

12%

-10%

-7%

-3%

Group

15

9

-

-

-

-

Total

3 293

2 755

100%

-16%

-14%

-3%

Combined sales2

2019

2020

Share

Variance1

Organic

FX

Rubber Reinforcement

1 625

1 236

38%

-24%

-21%

-3%

Steel Wire Solutions

1 608

1 385

43%

-14%

-4%

-10%

Specialty Businesses

311

288

9%

-7%

-6%

-1%

BBRG

365

330

10%

-10%

-7%

-3%

Group

3

-

-

-

-

-

Total

3 911

3 239

100%

-17%

-11%

-6%

Consolidated sales

Combined sales

Rubber Reinforcement

42%

Rubberversterking

38%

Steel Wire Solutions

36%

Steel Wire Solutions

43%

Specialty Businesses

11%

Specialty Businesses

9%

BBRG

12%

BBRG

10%

2020 quarter-on-quarter progress - in millions of €

Consolidated sales

1st Q

2nd Q

3rd Q

Q3:Q2

Q3 y-o-y3

Rubber Reinforcement

417

292

437

+50%

-9%

Steel Wire Solutions

345

294

342

+16%

-4%

Specialty Businesses

98

87

103

+18%

-5%

BBRG

115

114

101

-11%

-18%

Group

2

6

1

-

-

Total

977

793

985

+24%

-8%

Combined sales2

1st Q

2nd Q

3rd Q

Q3:Q2

Q3 y-o-y3

Rubber Reinforcement

451

308

476

+55%

-9%

Steel Wire Solutions

490

402

493

+23%

-8%

Specialty Businesses

98

87

103

+18%

-5%

BBRG

115

114

101

-11%

-18%

Total

1 154

911

1 174

+29%

-9%

  1. Comparisons are made relative to the first nine months of 2019, unless otherwise indicated.
  2. Combined sales are sales of consolidated companies plus 100% of sales of joint ventures and associates after intercompany elimination.
  3. Q3 year-on-year sales: 3th quarter 2020 versus 3th quarter 2019.

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Sales by segment

Rubber Reinforcement: strong, progressive rebound in the third quarter

Bekaert's Rubber Reinforcement business, significantly affected by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the first half of the year, reported a stronger than expected rebound in the third quarter (sales up +50% from the second quarter). The sales volumes of the third quarter were only slightly below those of the same quarter last year (-1.6%) with strong demand in Asia and a progressive rebound to fairly normal levels in EMEA.

Year-to-date, the business unit reported a sales decrease of -23.3% compared to the first nine months of 2019. This stemmed from lower volumes (-17.4%), unfavorable currency movements (-1.3%), and passed-on wire rod price changes and other price-mix effects (-4.6%).

The business unit projects sales to further increase in the last quarter of the year, driven by strong demand in tire markets.

Steel Wire Solutions: continued good demand in Europe and pick-up in Latin America

In the three-month period July-September 2020, the business unit Steel Wire Solutions reported +2.8% organic growth, driven by higher volumes compared to the same quarter last year (+1.2%) and a positive impact from passed-on wire rod price changes and other mix effects (+1.6%). Currency effects turned highly negative in the course of the third quarter (-6.9%) and more than offset the organic growth. Sales remained solid in EMEA and China and picked up significantly in Latin America.

The turning point in the third quarter could not offset the significant contraction of the first half. The business unit reported a year-to-date sales decrease of -11.4% compared to the first nine months of 2019, driven by unfavorable currency movements (-4.5%) and an organic volume decline (-6.9%).

Steel Wire Solutions' sales are expected to remain solid in the last quarter of 2020 despite the usual seasonality effects.

Specialty Businesses: no major changes in demand conditions

The business unit Specialty Businesses reported a sales decrease of -7.3% in the first nine months of 2020, particularly driven by the impact of the pandemic on demand in Building Products and Fiber Technologies.

Demand from construction markets improved toward the end of the third quarter but is projected to slow down by year-end, in line with the usual seasonality. Fiber technologies saw improved demand in automotive applications and continued good demand for filtration solutions in Asia, offset by weaker sales in mature markets and in aerospace and aviation in particular. Combustion Technologies picked up in the third quarter of 2020 and the Sawing Wire activities remained limited. We expect no major changes in business conditions in the last quarter of the year, except for the usual seasonality.

Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group: sales trending lower

Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG) recorded a sales decline of -9.7% compared with the first nine months of 2019, driven by lower volumes (-11.3%) and adverse currency effects (-2.7%), partly compensated by the positive aggregate impact (+4.3%) of passed-on wire rod price changes and an improved business mix.

Part of the volume decrease was a result of BBRG's strategy to reduce its presence in lower margin applications. In addition, weak ropes demand in North America and softening markets for A-cords pulled volumes down in the third quarter.

We project fourth quarter revenue to broadly remain in line with the third quarter.

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Strengthening our financial position and reducing net debt

On 7 October 2020, Bekaert launched a new issuance of bonds with a maturity of 7 years for a total amount of up to € 200 million, all of which was raised in one day. The retail bond, with an annual coupon of 2.75%, enables Bekaert to optimize its debt maturity. The proceeds of the bond will be used to pay back part of the convertible bond (€ 380 million) that matures in June 2021. The difference will be paid from cash. In October, Bekaert paid back the EIB loan (€ 75 million) and a matured bond (€ 46 million) from cash. The very strong liquidity position of Bekaert allows to significantly improve the debt/cash balance of the Group.

Net debt was € 834 million on 30 September 2020, € -143 million down from year-end 2019 (€ 977 million) and

  • -347million down from € 1 181 million on 30 September 2019. The company's working capital efforts, stringent capital expenditure discipline, and positive cash flow generation will continue to help improve the balance sheet. As a result, net debt on underlying EBITDA reduced below 2.0, versus 2.5 at the end of the third quarter of 2019 and 2.1 at the close of last year.

Investment update and other information

Bekaert's investments in PP&E amounted to € 54 million in the first nine months of 2020 (versus € 72 million in the same period last year).

On 28 September 2020, Bekaert announced the signing of an agreement with Almasa aimed at merging Proalco SAS (subsidiary of Bekaert) with the steel wire activities of Almasa SA, both located in Colombia. The partnership intends to create value by combining expertise and resources in offering existing and new steel wire products and solutions to the market. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals and is expected to close before year-end 2020. It will add approximately € 20 million in annual revenue to Proalco SAS, which generated € 65 million in revenue in 2019.

On 4 September 2020, Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG) concluded a strategic partnership with Ideol, an internationally recognized leader and pioneer in floating offshore wind. The partnership aims at developing a new industry-transforming synthetic mooring solution to meet the fast accelerating floating offshore wind market's capacity expansion plans, cost reduction requirements, and lead-time expectations.

Between 1 July 2020 and 30 September 2020, no own shares were purchased or disposed of. As a result, Bekaert held an aggregate 3 846 325 treasury shares on 30 September 2020, unchanged from 30 June 2020.

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Financial Calendar

Third quarter trading update 2020

20

November

2020

The CEO and the CFO of Bekaert will present the trading update to the investment

20

November

2020

community at 03:30 p.m. CET. This conference can be accessed live upon registration

via the Bekaert website (bekaert.com/en/investors) in listen-only mode.

2020 full year results

03

March

2021

2020 annual report available on bekaert.com

26

March

2021

First quarter trading update 2021

12

May

2021

General Meeting of Shareholders

12

May

2021

2021 half year results

30

July

2021

Third quarter trading update 2021

19

November

2021

Disclaimer

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of management regarding future events, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Bekaert is providing the information in this press release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release in light of new information, future events or otherwise. Bekaert disclaims any liability for statements made or published by third parties and does not undertake any obligation to correct inaccurate data, information, conclusions or opinions published by third parties in relation to this or any other press release issued by Bekaert.

Company Profile

Bekaert (bekaert.com) is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. We pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with 28 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 5 billion in combined revenue in 2019.

Press & Investors Contact

Katelijn Bohez

Phone: +32 56 76 66 10

E-mail: katelijn.bohez@bekaert.com

www.bekaert.com

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