RHI Magnesita publishes third-quarter 2023 trading update

RHI Magnesita publishes third-quarter 2023 trading update

RHI Magnesita says that its sales volumes declined quarter-on-quarter during the third quarter of 2023, with its refractories plants operating at 70% capacity. The company noted ‘under-absorption’ of fixed costs. However it succeeded in maintaining constant earnings before interest, taxation and amortisation (EBITA) levels in line with the second quarter of the year. As such, RHI Magnesita revised its adjusted EBITA guidance for full-year 2023 to Euro380m from Euro360m. It said that its order book visibility is at ‘normal’ levels, with limited signs of a recovery in demand volumes in 2024, as global construction activity continues to be weak.

Chief executive officer Stefan Borgas said “I am pleased by the strong execution demonstrated by RHI Magnesita during difficult conditions for our key end markets. We are currently benefitting from the strategic investments we have made in reducing our cost base and rationalising our production network, together with improved planning and careful management of our assets through this period of weaker demand. Pricing discipline has helped to maintain EBITA margins at over 11%, offsetting the impact of lower production on our fixed cost base. We have also been able to progress our mergers and acquisitions strategy, with six acquisitions completed in the first nine months of 2023 and a total of nine in the past 24 months.