Trafigura announces 2017 results showing a strong trading performance

Singapore - 11th December 2017

Trafigura Group Pte Ltd, ("Trafigura"), a market leader in the global commodities industry, has today announced another year of strong trading performance and profit.

The robust global economy drove strong growth in demand for all the commodities that the company trades and a tightening supply-demand balance pushed prices of many products higher. However, the oil and refined product markets were still characterised for much of the year by oversupply and relatively low volatility, reducing margins and arbitrage trading opportunities.

In this mixed environment Trafigura delivered a strong performance. Profit for the year was USD887 million, 9 percent below the level of USD975 million recorded in 2016, but broadly within the range of profits registered in each of the last five years. Gross profit was USD2,239 million, just 2 percent below the year-ago figure of USD2,291 million. Gross margin for the year was 1.6 percent, down from 2.3 percent recorded in 2016.

EBITDA, which Trafigura sees as a more precise measure of operating performance since it strips out investment gains and impairments, was USD1,580 million, 3 percent below the figure of USD1,628 million recorded in 2016. Revenue increased by 39 percent to USD136,421 million from USD98,098 million, reflecting increased volumes and higher commodity prices.

“In commodity markets that are more competitive and transparent than ever, these results demonstrate the benefits of our scale, our resilient and diversified business model, as well as our ability to generate profit consistently throughout the economic cycle,” said Trafigura’s CEO Jeremy Weir.

Highlights of the year included significant growth in volumes handled by both trading divisions, Oil and Petroleum Products and Metals and Minerals, reinforcing the company’s position as a top-tier trader across these markets and in all important geographies. The company’s global reach grew, for example through establishing a leading position in exporting crude oil and refined products from the US and the doubling of oil and products volumes sold into and out of India over the year.

A good profit performance was reported by all trading books, and a near-equal contribution to gross profit by both trading divisions. Metals and Minerals had an exceptionally strong year across the board from non-ferrous concentrates to refined metals and bulk minerals; in Oil and Petroleum Products profit was lower than last year owing to reduced market volatility and margin compression.

Trafigura continued to invest in industrial assets that support access to trading flows. These included investment in the world-class Indian refining and distribution business Essar Oil and through Galena Private Equity Resources Fund into Terrafame, the Finnish nickel, cobalt and zinc producer. During the year the company also announced support for a large order for oil tankers that will be used, when delivered, to carry Trafigura oil cargoes as well as to generate value.

The company was also able to renew and increase its credit facilities at tighter yields and returned to the debt capital markets in a limited way.

“For 2018 we see a positive outlook for the markets in which we trade, underpinned by increasing demand, tightening supply and the potential for greater price volatility. As such we believe the need for the marketing, logistics and risk management services we provide can only grow over the coming year,” concludes Christophe Salmon, CFO for Trafigura.

To download a copy of the 2017 Annual Report click here.

Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials (including oil and refined products and metals and minerals) to clients around the world. The trading business is supported by industrial and financial assets, including 49.6 percent owned global oil products storage and distribution company Puma Energy; global terminals, warehousing and logistics operator Impala Terminals; Trafigura's Mining Group; and Galena Asset Management. The Company is owned by around 600 of its 3,935 employees who work in 63 offices in 35 countries around the world. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth over recent years, growing revenue from USD12 billion in 2003 to USD136.4 billion in 2017. The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade. Visit: www.trafigura.com

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