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NOVATEK Announces Consolidated IFRS Results for the Third Quarter and the Nine Months 2018
Mark Gyetvay, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board
Alexander Nazarov, Head of IR
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Maria Dokuchaeva, Press-secretary
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24 October 2018
Moscow, 24 October 2018. PAO NOVATEK today released its consolidated interim condensed financial statements as of and for the three and nine months ended 30 September 2018 prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).
IFRS Financial Highlights
(in millions of Russian roubles except as stated)
* Excluding the effect from disposal of interests in joint ventures.
** Excluding the effects from the disposal of interests in joint ventures, as well as foreign exchange gains (losses).
In the third quarter of 2018, our total revenues amounted to RR 219.4 billion and Normalized EBITDA, including our share in EBITDA of joint ventures, totalled RR 118.1 billion, representing increases of 67.8% and 99.2%, respectively, as compared to the corresponding period in 2017. Our total revenues and Normalized EBITDA, including our share in EBITDA of joint ventures, during the nine months ended 30 September 2018 amounted to RR 594.6 billion and RR 295.7 billion, representing increases of 43.6% and 61.1%, respectively, as compared to the prior year reporting period. The increases in our total revenues and Normalized EBITDA were largely due to the production launches of the first and the second LNG trains at Yamal LNG at the end of 2017 and in July 2018, respectively, as well as a favourable macro-economic environment with increases in average realized liquids and natural gas prices.
In the third quarter and the nine months of 2018, profit attributable to shareholders of PAO NOVATEK increased to RR 45.9 billion (RR 15.23 per share), or by 21.6%, and to RR 121.1 billion (RR 40.17 per share), or by 8.1%, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. Our profit in the reporting periods was significantly impacted by the recognition of substantial non-cash foreign exchange effects on foreign currency denominated loans of the Group and its joint ventures. Excluding the effect of foreign exchange differences, as well as the one-time effect from the disposal of interests in joint ventures, Normalized profit attributable to shareholders of PAO NOVATEK totaled RR 65.5 billion (RR 21.75 per share) in the third quarter of 2018 and RR 166.7 billion (RR 55.31 per share) in the nine months of 2018, representing increases of 87.7% and 47.5%, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017.
Hydrocarbon Production and Purchased Volumes
Hydrocarbon Sales Volumes
Our operational results for the third quarter and the nine months of 2018 were significantly impacted by the production launches of the first and the second LNG trains at Yamal LNG at the end of 2017 and in July 2018, respectively, as well as the acquisitions of new producing fields at the end of 2017 and in the first quarter of 2018 (the Beregovoye, the West-Yaroyakhinskoye and the Syskonsyninskoye fields). As a result, our total natural gas production for the third quarter and the nine months of 2018 increased by 12.6% and 6.3%, respectively, and our total liquids production decreased marginally by 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively.
In the third quarter and the nine months of 2018, our natural gas sales volumes totaled 15.6 billion and 51.0 billion cubic meters (bcm), representing increases of 12.2% and 8.5%, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. The increases were primarily due to sales of LNG purchased from our joint venture Yamal LNG to international markets. As at the end of the third quarter of 2018, we recorded 2.4 bcm of natural gas in inventory balances relating mainly to natural gas in the Underground Gas Storage Facilities and LNG in transit, compared to 1.4 bcm at the end of the third quarter of 2017.
In the third quarter and the nine months of 2018, our liquid hydrocarbons sales volumes amounted to 3.9 million and 12.0 million tons, representing increases of 5.8% and 0.7%, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017, mainly due to changes in inventory balances. As at 30 September 2018, we recorded 850 mt of liquid hydrocarbons in transit or storage and recognized as inventory as compared to 969 mt at 30 September 2017. Our liquid hydrocarbon inventory balances tend to fluctuate period-on-period and are usually realized in the following reporting period.
Selected Items of Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
(in millions of Russian roubles)
The full set of consolidated interim condensed IFRS financial statements, the notes thereto and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations are available on the Company’s web site (www.novatek.ru).
PAO NOVATEK is the largest independent natural gas producers in Russia, and in 2017, entered the global gas market by successfully launching the Yamal LNG project. Founded in 1994, the Company is engaged in the exploration, production, processing and marketing of natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons. The Company’s upstream activities are concentrated mainly in the prolific Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region, which is the world’s largest natural gas producing area and accounts for approximately 80% of Russia’s natural gas production and approximately 15% of the world’s gas production. NOVATEK is a public joint stock company established under the laws of the Russian Federation. The Company’s shares are listed in Russia on Moscow Exchange (MOEX) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE) under the ticker symbol “NVTK”.
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