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Aurubis sees stable annual year after smelter maintenance

2020-02-14 08:59:31   【Print】
Aurubis AG, Europe's largest copper producer, on Thursday maintained its forecast of a stable financial year, although a scheduled maintenance shutdown at its main smelter hit its first-quarter numbers.

Operating earnings before taxes (EBT) in the first quarter of its 2019/20 fiscal year ended Dec. 31 dropped to 31 million euros ($33.Asian Metal Copyright The copper producer said its Luenen smelter in central Germany will undergo scheduled maintenance shutdowns in April and September, which will have an impact of an estimated 11 million euros on its operating EBT.Asian Metal Copyright69 million) from 40 million euros a year earlier.

Last year, Aurubis had flagged that a planned maintenance shutdown at the group's main production plant in Hamburg last October and November was likely to have an impact of nearly 34 million euros on its first-quarter results.

"We successfully carried out the maintenance shutdown in Hamburg in the planned timeframe and budget," said Aurubis CEO Roland Harings. "All of the planned investments and measures were accomplished.Asian Metal Copyright69 million from 40 million euros a year earlier.Asian Metal Copyright We, therefore, expect a considerable improvement in plant availability and a higher concentrate throughput," Harings said, adding the outlook for the current fiscal year is unchanged.

Aurubis repeated that it expects full-year operating EBT of between 185 million and 250 million euros and an operating ROCE (return on capital employed) of between 8% and 11%.

The copper producer said its Luenen smelter in central Germany will undergo scheduled maintenance shutdowns in April and September, which will have an impact of an estimated 11 million euros on its operating EBT.

Aurubis said it expects a good supply of copper concentrate (ore) in the new year, but with low treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs).

.Asian Metal Copyright Last year, Aurubis had flagged that a planned maintenance shutdown at the group's main production plant in Hamburg last October and November was likely to have an impact of nearly 34 million euros on its first-quarter results.Asian Metal Copyright