In a Feb. 18 research note, BMO Capital Markets analyst Edward Sterck reported that Glencore International Plc's (GLEN:LSE) H2/19 results were "better than expected" and its dividend was "significantly higher than our forecast."
Sterck reviewed the operational and financial results from full-year 2019.
The highlight was the 15% EBITDA beat. EBITDA came in at US$11.6 billion versus BMO's US$10.8 billion estimate and exceeded consensus' expectation as well, though to a lesser degree. The EBITDA beat "was led by a much stronger-than-expected performance from the copper division on lower unit costs," noted Sterck.
The best performing divisions in 2019 were copper and coal, Sterck pointed out. Copper and coal EBITDA were US$3 billion and US$3.6 billion, 17% and 16% higher than BMO's forecasts, respectively. Marketing EBITDA was US$2.6 billion, and zinc EBITDA was US$1.8 billion, both in line.
The year's underperformers were nickel and ferroalloys, indicated Sterck, which missed BMO's projections by 6% and 39%, respectively.
At year-end, Glencore's net debt was US$17.6 billion, around the amount BMO expected.
Sterck pointed out that another of Glencore's 2019 achievements was increasing its 2020 dividend based on its solid financial performance. This year's dividend is US$0.20 per share, more than double BMO's estimate of US$0.08 per share "but in line with the 2019 payout."
Also in 2020, production guidance remains unchanged, however, the company expects lower unit costs in copper and coal. As for debt, Glencore estimated it to be US$14–15 billion at year-end.
BMO has a Market Perform rating and a £2.50 per share on Glencore. The company's stock is currently trading at around £1.97 per share.[NLINSERT]
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