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EVRAZ Q2 2018 trading update

EVRAZ plc (LSE: EVR; “EVRAZ” or the “Group”) today released its trading update for the second quarter of 2018.

Please note that Q1 2018 production and sales volumes data have been updated due to adjustments in intragroup sales and coal classification. See the respective notes below the tables on pages 2, 4 and 7 for details.

Q2 2018 vs Q1 2018 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • In Q2 2018, EVRAZ’ consolidated crude steel output grew by 3.9% QoQ to 3.5 million tonnes, primarily due to higher pig iron production.
  • Sales of finished products rose by 10.3%, primarily attributable to stronger domestic demand for construction and railway products, as well as improved market demand in North America. This was partly offset by a 7.8% decrease in sales of semi-finished products, reflecting a change in the sales mix.
  • Production of raw coking coal fell by 9.2% QoQ to 5.4 million tonnes mainly following scheduled transition of production at Raspadskaya mine from three to two longwalls.
  • Coking coal product sales climbed by 6.3% QoQ, mainly due to the completion of a longwall repositioning at the Uskovskaya mine and improved weather, which positively affected raw coal shipments.
  • External sales of iron ore products dropped by 13.2% QoQ amid higher consumption of pellets by EVRAZ NTMK after the launch of blast furnace no. 7.
  • Sales of vanadium products rose by 7.7% QoQ, mainly due to sales brought forward from H2 2018 to Q2 2018 to take advantage of strong market conditions.