19 July 2017 — EVRAZ plc (LSE: EVR; “EVRAZ” or the “Group”) today released its operational results for the second quarter of 2017.
Q2 2017 vs Q1 2017 OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:
· Consolidated crude steel output fell by 9.5% quarter-on-quarter to 3.3 million tonnes in Q2 2017, primarily due to planned capital repairs at EVRAZ ZSMK’s oxygen steelmaking converter no. 5 and blast furnace no. 2, as well as planned capital repairs at EVRAZ DMZ’ oxygen-converter plant.
· Production of steel products, net of re-rolled volumes, decreased by 8.0% quarter-on-quarter to 3.0 million tonnes as a result of reduced output of semi-finished products amid planned capital repairs at EVRAZ ZSMK.
· The share of finished steel products in consolidated volumes rose to 63.8% in Q2 2017, up from 55.6% in Q1 2017, due to lower output of semi-finished products in Russia and Ukraine.
· Production of construction products increased by 10.5% quarter-on-quarter, as demand for construction products improved with the beginning of construction season.
· Production of railway products was down 1.9% due to changed product mix on Russian facilities, which was partially offset by higher output in North America (up 10.1% quarter-on-quarter) due to marginally increased demand for rails driven by Class I railroads finalised destocking.
· Output of flat products rose by 8.4% quarter-on-quarter, mostly following planned maintenance outage at EVRAZ Palini e Bertoli in Q1 2017 as well as due to strengthening demand in North America.
· Consolidated raw coking coal output increased by 7.9% following a planned longwall repositioning at the Raspadskaya mine in Q1 2017. In addition, open-pit mining operations were started at the site of the Raspadskaya-Koksovaya mine to produce deficit OS (semi-hard) coking coal grade.