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The Orica (ASX:ORI) share price falling, profits down 31%

The Orica share price has dropped by after reporting a 31% reduction in its statutory net profit after tax today in its full year results
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The Orica Ltd (ASX: ORI) share price has dropped by 4.7% to $16.16 at the time of writing.

This comes after revealing a 31% reduction in its statutory net profit after tax (NPAT) in its full year results released this morning.  

Main highlights of Orica’s FY20 results

Orica chief executive Alberto Calderon says that the company was operating in an extremely difficult market this year as COVID-19 severely impacted its customers in the emerging markets countries.

He also attributed the fall in earnings to the higher gas costs on the east coast of Australia, which directly increased the company’s expenses.

Nevertheless, Calderon is still optimistic, saying that the explosives maker will deliver a “significant” increase in earnings in the year ahead.

Some of the headline metrics announced by Orica today were:

  • NPAT for the 12 months ended 30 September was $168 million, down 31% on the prior corresponding period
  • Underlying EBIT of $605 million, down 9%
  • Those numbers were on the back of a 5% drop in revenue to $5.61 billion
  • Underlying earnings per share (EPS) decreased by 23% to 75.7 cents per share.
  • An unfranked final dividend of 16.5 cents per share to be paid on 15 January 2021

Calderon stated:

While the COVID situation means the year ahead cannot be predicted with any great certainty, the impacts are temporary. With most of our customers operations returning to pre-COVID activity, we have cautious optimism about the year ahead. With continued momentum, we expect to deliver a significant increase in EBITDA and a return to EBIT growth in the year ahead.”

We will stay focused on what we can control – making our operations as efficient as possible, driving our growth engines, and working hard to minimise our impact on the environment and deliver climate-resilient economic growth.

Milestones achieved

There was a bright side to today’s downbeat results as Orica announced several milestones it says it has achieved during the year.

These include the successful acquisition of Exsa and the commencement of the production of ammonium nitrate in its Burrup plant.

Orica says that it has also rolled out its BlastIQ platform to 87 sites – which would enable the company to gain insights into and digitally manage the drill and blast information and processes.

The company says that it has reduced its greenhouse gas emission by 9% during the financial year, and has new reduction targets of at least 40% by 2030.

The Orica share price performance in 2020

The Orica share price has performed dismally in 2020, having lost 23% in a year headlined by the pandemic. The share price was at one point trading as low as $14.27 in March, before arriving at yesterday’s closing price of $16.97. At this price, Orica commands a market cap of $6.9 billion.       

Orica is one of the world’s largest suppliers in providing commercial blasting and tunneling solutions. It manufactures and distributes a wide variety of explosives and blasting chemicals and products to the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors. It was founded in 1874 and is now a top 50 ASX company by market cap.

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