MOL Group upgrades 2019 guidance after robust Q3 results

  • Full-year 2019 EBITDA guidance raised while capex guidance is unchanged
  • Clean CCS EBITDA remained nearly flat (-3%) at USD 689 mn, bringing Q1-Q3 EBITDA to USD 1.84 bn
  • Simplified free cash flow remained positive both in Q3 and year to date, despite organic capex nearly doubling year on year to USD 1.37bn as the company pushes forward with strategic transformational projects
  • Downstream CCS EBITDA improved by 4% year-on-year basis and Upstream EBITDA decreased due to low hydrocarbon prices, but MOL’s integrated business model provides a natural hedge for oil and gas price volatility
  • Consumer Services EBITDA rose by 15% in local currency terms and by 10% in USD

Budapest, 31 October 2019 – Today, MOL Group announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2019. Despite a weaker macro environment and much lower oil and gas prices, strong Q3 EBITDA allows MOL Group to raise 2019 full year guidance to „around USD 2.4 bn” from „around USD 2.3 bn.

Upstream EBITDA declined to USD 235mn in Q3, reflecting lower oil and significantly lower gas prices. The volume of hydrocarbon production slightly decreased by 1 % year-on-year in Q3 and stood at 107,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), but year to date production of 112 thousand boepd remains above the full-year guidance.

Downstream segment’s Clean CCS EBITDA improved by 4 % to 272mn USD in the third quarter, as refinery margins rebounded from the H1 decrease. Motor fuel demand continued to expand by 3% in the relevant CEE region and supported the downstrem results. MOL’s biggest ever organic investment, polyol plant construction site works boosted up in Q3 and progresses as scheduled.

Consumer Services reached new all-time high quarterly result at USD 161mn, up by 10% year-on-year as both non-fuel and fuel margins expanded further, and the segment benefits from the strong regional fuel demand trends as well. MOL’s flagship Fresh Corner branded non-fuel concept rollout dynamically continues across the network, the number of reconstructed sites with Fresh Corners rose to 794 from 615 a year ago.

The Gas Midstream segment reached USD 27mn EBITDA in Q3, 8% higher than a year ago.

Chairman-CEO Zsolt Hernádi commented the results: “The strong financial delivery of our resilient, integrated business model in the first 9 months allows us to upgrade our full-year 2019 Clean CCS EBITDA guidance to around USD 2.4bn (from around USD 2.3bn). We also continue to generate positive simplified free cash flow, thus fully funding even the nearly doubling organic investments, as we push forward with our strategic transformational projects. The flagship polyol plant remains on track and on schedule, with major construction site works boosted up in Q3 and overall completion now exceeding 35%.”

About MOL Group

MOL Group is an integrated, international oil and gas company, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. It is active in over 40 countries with a dynamic international workforce of 25,000 people and a track record of more than 100 years in the industry. MOL’s exploration and production activities are supported by more than 75 years’ experience in the hydrocarbon field. At the moment, there are production activities in 8 countries and exploration assets in 13 countries. MOL Group operates four refineries and two petrochemicals plants under integrated supply chain management in Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia, and owns a network of 2,000 service stations across 10 countries in Central & South Eastern Europe.

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