Leading titanium manufacturer VSMPO-AVISMA expects its output to rise by 20% overall in 2011, driven by recovery in demand for its products, a senior executive said this week.
The Russian corporation has just released its consolidated financial results for 2009, reporting EBIDTA of $176.096 million for the year ($261.4 million including non-cash expenses and not including exchange rate impact).
The consolidated results showed that the group's profit for 2009 fell nearly four-fold to $26.13 million compared with almost $99.04 million in the pre-crisis 2008. Revenue from sales fell 19.8% to $977.84 million.
Both VSMPO's Uniti joint venture with ATI and its Ural Boeing manufacturing 50:50 joint venture with Boeing posted losses in 2009. The $3.29 million loss at Uniti $1.8 million VSMPO share) included a $6.47 million write-down of inventories in response to market conditions.
The weaker financial performance in 2009 could be directly attributed to the global financial and economic crisis, said VSMPO's deputy director of economy and finance Alexey Mindlin.
"In 2010 the financial performance indicators will be somewhat better, however they will also show the impact of the crisis," he commented. "It is worth noting that towards the end of 2010 the titanium market saw a revival in activity, and in 2011 we expect to see a 20% growth in the corporation's production volumes. In order to maintain its competitive position and satisfy the demands of the growing market, VSMPO-AVISMA continues to make significant investments into its production capacities."
The company produced just over 20,000 tonnes of titanium in 2009, and was expected to produce around 24,000 tonnes last year.