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NOVATEK Announces Consolidated IFRS Results for the Second Quarter and the First Half 2021

Moscow, 28 July 2021. PAO NOVATEK today released its consolidated interim condensed financial statements as of and for the three and six months ended 30 June 2021 prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). 

IFRS Financial Highlights
(in millions of Russian roubles except as stated)
2Q 2021
2Q 2020
 
1H 2021
1H 2020
260,552 
140,641 
Oil and gas sales
501,301 
323,236 
3,900 
3,298 
Other revenues
7,734 
5,265 
264,452 
143,939 
Total revenues
509,035 
328,501 
(195,164)
(116,239)
Operating expenses
(373,983)
(262,774)
186 
(14,077)
Other operating income (loss)
(436)
(47,313)
69,474 
27,336 
Normalized profit from operations*
134,616 
66,237 
83,247 
37,655 
Normalized EBITDA of subsidiaries*
159,872 
83,038 
163,230 
71,270 
Normalized EBITDA including share in
EBITDA of joint ventures
*
307,066 
171,938 
(14,648)
(50,903)
Finance income (expense)
(13,040)
90,550 
58,364 
72,007 
Share of profit (loss) of joint ventures,
net of income tax
73,211 
(73,224)
113,190 
34,727 
Profit before income tax
194,787 
35,740 
99,287 
41,564 
Profit attributable to
shareholders of PAO NOVATEK
164,439 
10,884 
88,958 
21,220 
Normalized profit attributable to
shareholders of PAO NOVATEK
*, excluding
the effect of foreign exchange gains (losses)
164,731 
74,767 
29.63 
7.07 
Normalized basic and diluted earnings per share*,
excluding the effect of foreign exchange gains
(losses) (in Russian roubles)
54.86 
24.87 
47,381 
61,340 
Cash used for capital expenditures
88,827 
102,483 
* Excluding the effects from disposal of interests in subsidiaries and joint ventures (recognition of a net gain on disposal and subsequent non-cash revaluation of contingent consideration).

COVID-19 and Macro-Economic Environment

The global economic activity began a gradual improvement during the first half of 2021 from the negative influence of the COVID-19 virus, but questions remain on the sustainability of this recovery. Various countries have reported rising infection rates, the emergence of new virus strains (Delta and Lambda variants) and differing degrees of vaccination penetration. These have all led to stricter lockdown measures in some countries and growing uncertainties on the pace of global economic recovery.

Under these factors, the OPEC+ participants maintained restricted crude oil production targets that, together with the severe cold weather in Europe, Asia, and North America in the beginning of the year, has led to significant increases in benchmark hydrocarbons prices in the first quarter 2021. Starting from May 2021, OPEC+ began to gradually lift the restrictions on crude oil production targets due to the increased mobility of the population, signs of renewed economic activities and the recovery of crude oil demand in the major consumer countries. Nevertheless, benchmark hydrocarbons prices continued to increase in the second quarter 2021 and this increase has positively affected our sales prices in the reporting period.

Further developments surrounding the COVID-19 virus spread remain uncertain and are outside of the Group’s management control, and the scale and duration of these developments are difficult to assess. Despite these uncertainties, the Group continues to demonstrate strong operating results and implement its investment projects in accordance with the Group’s approved corporate strategy. The Group’s management continues to assess the current situation and present macro-economic environment and takes appropriate actions if deemed necessary.

Revenues and EBITDA

In the second quarter 2021, our total revenues and Normalized EBITDA, including our share in EBITDA of joint ventures, amounted to RR 264.5 billion and RR 163.2 billion, respectively, representing increases of 83.7% and 129.0% as compared to the prior year period. In the six months ended 30 June 2021, our total revenues and Normalized EBITDA, including our share in EBITDA of joint ventures, amounted to RR 509.0 billion and RR 307.1 billion, respectively, representing increases of 55.0% and 78.6%, as compared to the corresponding period in 2020.

The increases in total revenues and Normalized EBITDA were largely due to an increase in global commodity prices for hydrocarbons, as well as an increase in natural gas and gas condensate production from the launch of gas condensate deposits of the North-Russkiy cluster in the third quarter 2020.

Profit attributable to shareholders of PAO NOVATEK

Profit attributable to shareholders of PAO NOVATEK increased to RR 99.3 billion (RR 33.07 per share) in the second quarter 2021 and to RR 164.4 billion (RR 54.76 per share) in the six months 2021 as compared to RR 41.6 billion and RR 10.9 billion, respectively, in the corresponding periods in 2020.

Normalized profit attributable to shareholders of PAO NOVATEK (excluding the effects from foreign exchange differences and the disposal of interests in subsidiaries and joint ventures) totaled RR 89.0 billion (RR 29.63 per share) in the second quarter 2021 and RR 164.7 billion (RR 54.86 per share) in the six months 2021, representing increases of 4.2 and 2.2 times, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2020.

The main factors positively impacting the Group’s Normalized profit in the second quarter and the first half 2021 were improved macroeconomic conditions, which resulted in an increase in our hydrocarbons sales prices, as well as an increase in natural gas and gas condensate production volumes.

Cash used for capital expenditures

Our cash used for capital expenditures amounted to RR 47.4 billion in the second quarter 2021 and to RR 88.8 billion in the six months 2021 as compared to RR 61.3 billion and RR 102.5 billion, respectively, in the prior year corresponding periods. A significant portion of our capital expenditures was attributable to the development of our LNG projects, the ongoing development and launch of the fields within the North-Russkiy cluster (the North-Russkoye, East-Tazovskoye, Dorogovskoye and Kharbeyskoye fields), the development of the Verhnetiuteyskiy and West-Seyakhinskiy license area, crude oil deposits of the East-Tarkosalinskoye and Yarudeyskoye fields, as well as capital spent on exploratory drilling.

Hydrocarbon Production
2Q 2021
2Q 2020
 
1H 2021
1H 2020
156.7 
145.3 
Total hydrocarbon production (million boe)
314.8 
295.5 
1.72 
1.60 
Total production (million boe per day)
1.74 
1.62 
19,951 
18,500 
Natural gas production including
proportionate share in the production of
joint ventures (mmcm)
40,106 
37,579 
10,797 
9,567 
Natural gas production by subsidiaries
21,608 
19,341 
9,154 
8,933 
Group’s proportionate share in the natural gas
production of joint ventures
18,498 
18,238 
3,111 
2,921 
Liquids production including proportionate
share in the production of joint ventures (mt)
6,240 
5,969 
1,702 
1,483 
Liquids production by subsidiaries
3,400 
3,054 
1,409 
1,438 
Group’s proportionate share in the liquids
production of joint ventures
2,840 
2,915 

Our total natural gas and liquids production including our proportionate share in the production of joint ventures increased by 7.8% and 6.5% in the second quarter and by 6.7% and 4.5% in the six months 2021, respectively, mainly due to the commissioning of gas condensate deposits within the fields of the North-Russkiy cluster (the North-Russkoye and East-Tazovskoye) in the third quarter 2020. The increase in production from these new fields completely offset declines in production at mature fields of our subsidiaries and joint ventures in both reporting periods.

Hydrocarbon Sales Volumes
2Q 2021
2Q 2020
 
1H 2021
1H 2020
17,703 
16,900 
Natural gas (mmcm)
39,132 
37,586 
 
 
including:
 
 
15,308 
14,434 
Sales in the Russian Federation
34,864 
32,670 
2,395 
2,466 
Sales on international markets
4,268 
4,916 
4,185 
4,166 
Liquids (mt)
8,213 
8,169 
 
 
including:
 
 
1,912 
1,893 
Stable gas condensate refined products
3,525 
3,589 
1,018 
1,090 
Crude oil
2,038 
2,254 
860 
688 
Liquefied petroleum gas
1,703 
1,412 
391 
491 
Stable gas condensate
939 
905 
Other petroleum products

In the second quarter and the six months 2021, our natural gas sales volumes totaled 17.7 billion and 39.1 billion cubic meters (bcm), representing increases of 4.8% and 4.1%, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2020, mainly resulting from an increase in natural gas volumes sold on the domestic market due to the launch of additional production facilities, as well as higher demand from end-customers due to weather conditions. This positive effect was partially offset by a decline in natural gas volumes sold on the international markets due to a decrease in LNG sales volumes purchased primarily from our joint venture OAO Yamal LNG, as a result of an increase in the share of Yamal LNG’s direct LNG sales under long-term contracts and the corresponding decrease in LNG spot sales to shareholders, including the Group.

As at 30 June 2021, we recorded 775 mmcm of natural gas in inventory balances compared to 978 mmcm at 30 June 2020. Natural gas inventory balances fluctuate period on period and depend on the Group’s demand for natural gas withdrawals for the sale in subsequent periods.

In the second quarter and the six months 2021, our liquid hydrocarbons sales volumes totaled 4.2 million and 8.2 million tons (mt), respectively, representing a marginal increase of 0.5% as compared to the corresponding periods in 2020. As at 30 June 2021, we recorded 829 mt of liquid hydrocarbons in transit or storage and recognized as inventory as compared to 659 mt at 30 June 2020. 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)
 
30 June 2021
31 December 2020
ASSETS
 
 
Non-current assets
1,712,007 
1,696,244 
Property, plant and equipment
791,486 
729,407 
Investments in joint ventures
459,293 
450,632 
Long-term loans and receivables
337,755 
391,053 
Current assets
450,032 
362,934 
Total assets
2,162,039 
2,059,178 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
 
Non-current liabilities
243,336 
260,755 
Long-term debt
153,330 
168,988 
Current liabilities
183,929 
159,996 
Total liabilities
427,265 
420,751 
Equity attributable to
PAO NOVATEK shareholders
 
1,717,488 
1,619,964 
Non-controlling interest
17,286 
18,463 
Total equity
1,734,774 
1,638,427 
Total liabilities and equity
2,162,039 
2,059,178 
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 producer in Russia, and in 2017, entered the global LNG 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”.