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Rompetrol Rafinare, gross turnover of nearly 4 billion dollars and record operational results in the first nine months of 2019

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Rompetrol Rafinare, member company of KMG International, recorded a gross turnover of over 3.9 billion USD in the first 9 months of 2019, down 6% compared to the same period last year. This was mainly influenced by the lower market shares of petroleum products compared to those recorded in the same period last year.

Consolidated operational profit (EBITDA) exceeded 100 million USD, and the consolidated net result recorded a loss of 26.9 million USD, strongly affected by the volatility of the profile market.

Independent of the operational activity, the consolidated results were impacted by the market environment and the pressure of the gross refining margins, which in the first months of the year decreased substantially, from 51.3 USD / t, to 37.6 USD / t.

The European refining margin decreased by -5.4 USD / MT (-11.5%) in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the third quarter of 2018 and by -12 USD / MT (-27.4%) in the first 9 months of 2019, compared to the similar period of 2018, as a result of significant pressure on them, caused by the increase in the price of the Urals crude oil and by the decrease of the European cracks on petrol and diesel.

In the January – September 2019 period, the company has continued the programs of optimization of the production processes and efficiency of the operating costs. The programs started in 2014 and have continued until now. At the same time, the outlook shows that in the fourth quarter of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, the refining margins will increase based on the new IMO (International Maritime Organization) regulation, which imposes a reduction from 3.5% (currently) to 0.5% of the sulfur content of marine fuel from 1 January 2020.

The company has proposed for this year total investments of over 60 million dollars in 3 production units from Navodari and Ploiesti. During January-September, several projects were implemented to improve the processes and the operational flow, among which are: Advanced Process Control (a digital solution that allowed improving the production activities), the modernization of the In-Line Blending plants (Petromidia Navodari) or the implementation of a modern vapor recovery system, by creating a new VRU installation (Vega Ploiesti).

The value of the exports made by the Petromidia N?vodari, Vega Ploie?ti and the Petrochemical Division of Rompetrol Rafinare, exceeded in the first 9 months of 2019 the threshold of 1 billion dollars (1.15 billion USD).

Rompetrol Rafinare continued to be one of the main contributors to Romania's state budget, paying over 453 million USD in the third quarter of 2019 and over 1.18 billion USD in the first 9 months of 2019.

The main shareholders of Rompetrol Rafinare SA are KMG International (54.63% - directly and indirectly) and the Romanian State, through the Ministry of Energy (44.7%).

In the refining segment, the company recorded a gross turnover of over 3.3 billion dollars in the first 9 months of 2019, down 7% compared to the level reached last year.

At the same time, EBITDA operating profit decreased from 135 million USD to almost 72 million USD during the period January - September 2019.

From an operational point of view, Rompetrol Rafinare continued to achieve record results. At the level of the Petromidia refinery, 4.756 million tons of raw material were processed, the highest result reached by the Petromidia refinery, for a period of 9 months, with an additional 18 thousand tons compared to the historical record last year.

At the same time, the highest production of special aviation fuel was obtained, as a result of the optimization of the production processes. In the first 9 months of 2019, 312 thousand tons of Jet A1 resulted, close to the level reached during the whole of 2018.

Petromidia also achieved important results in terms of white product yield (86.1% wt), mechanical availability (97.5%), technological loss (0.814% wt) and energy intensity index (96.9%).

In September, Petromidia celebrated 40 years since the first installation (Atmospheric Distillation) was put into operation. In the four decades, the largest refinery in Romania processed a total of over 125 million tons of crude oil. Of the total, almost half (59.6 million tons) was processed between 2007 and September 2019, under the management of KazMunayGas.

A recent study made by one of the most important rating agencies in the field shows that Petromidia has reached a complexity index of 11.4 and is one of the youngest refineries in Europe (by international standards).

As for the Vega refinery (the oldest processing unit in Romania - since 1905 - and the only domestic producer of bitumen and hexane), the total processing of raw materials in the first months of 2019 was 324,663 tons, a record for January - September.

Also, record levels were reached for the production of hexane (72 thousand tons) and bitumen (84 thousand tons), based on the high market demand.

The two refineries in the Rompetrol Rafinare portfolio, Petromidia Navodari and Vega Ploiesti, operate in perfect synergy and are capable of supplying the raw material / semi-finished products needed to obtain value-added products.

The total production of polymers in the petrochemical segment was 92.2 kt, down 22.4% from the first 9 months of 2018. The decrease of the production of polymers was mainly determined by the low operating rate in the poly-polyethylene installations, as a result of unfavorable market conditions.

The results of the petrochemical division continued to be affected by market pressure on margins, reaching the lowest level in the last decade in the first 9 months of 2019.

The low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in the petrochemical segment operates 100% with imported ethylene, and the polypropylene (PP) plant operates with raw material produced and delivered internally by the Petromidia refinery.

The petrochemicals segment is the only producer of polypropylene and polyethylene in Romania, constantly managing to increase its market share in the secondary product categories. Its dynamic development strategy assures the company a competitive position on the internal market, but also on the regional one - the Black Sea and Mediterranean area, Central and Eastern Europe, aiming to maintain the competitive advantage, once the market stabilizes.

The consolidated gross turnover for the distribution segment reached over 2.2 billion USD in the first 9 months of 2019, down 2% compared to the same period of 2018. Also, the distribution segment reached in the first months of 2019 an EBITDA indicator level of 49.5 million USD, up 33% over January - September 2018.

The opening of more than 70 new fuel distribution points (fuel stations and internal bases) in the last year, but also the significant growth on the NFR segment (non-fuel retail), have supported the evolution of the distribution segment. Total domestic sales of fuel amounted to 1.87 million tons, up 2.5% compared to January - September 2018.

At the end of September 2019, the distribution segment of Rompetrol Downstream comprised 944 sales points - own stations, partner stations, express stations and internal bases.

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