AMAG Austria Metall AG

EANS-News: AMAG Austria Metall AG Q1-Q3/2017: Double-digit revenue and earnings growth

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Ranshofen - Highlights of the first three quarters of 2017:

* Market: rising demand, aluminium price up significantly year-on-year
* Total shipment volumes rise by 3 % to 318,900 tonnes
* Revenue up 15 % to EUR 790.2 million
* Double-digit earnings growth
* EBITDA: +18 % to EUR 129.0 million
* Net income after taxes: +26 % to EUR 48.6 million
* Start of ramp-up of new cold rolling mill
* 2017 outlook: significant EBITDA growth year-on-year


AMAG Austria Metall AG continued its successful trend in the third quarter of
2017. Considerable year-on-year growth was achieved in terms of shipments,
revenue and earnings in the January to September 2017 period.

The total shipments of AMAG amounted to 318,900 tonnes during the first three
quarters of 2017, up 3 % on the previous year's level. The organic growth
programme at the Ranshofen site, in particular, constituted the main driver of
this volume expansion. In terms of aluminium rolled products, shipment volumes
were up by 6 % compared with the first nine months of the previous year to reach
a new record level of 162,500 tonnes (Q1-Q3 2016: 153,900 tonnes).

Helmut Wieser, CEO of AMAG: "We have again successfully translated our
increasing specialisation and technological expertise into business success. We
achieved a further shipments record with our expanded product portfolio and our
new equipment."

The revenue of the AMAG Group rose by 15 % compared with the first three
quarters of the previous year to EUR 790.2 million (Q1-Q3 2016: EUR 687.1
million), especially reflecting the increase in shipment volumes as well as the
higher aluminium price. With an average of 1,933 USD/t, the aluminium price was
up by 23 % compared with the average for the previous year's equivalent period
(Q1-Q3 2016: 1,578 USD/t).

Volume increases, the higher aluminium price and also a better product mix made
a significant contribution to the rise in key earnings figures. Earnings before
interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) improved in a nine-month
comparison from EUR 109.7 million to EUR 129.0 million. This represents 18 %
growth.

Despite higher depreciation and amortisation (EUR 56.9 million compared with EUR
51.1 million in the previous year), the operating earnings (EBIT) of the AMAG
Group of EUR 72.0 million were considerably above the previous year's level of
EUR 58.6 million.

Net income after taxes improved by 26 %, from EUR 38.5 million to EUR 48.6
million.

Cash flow from operating activities in the first nine months of the year
amounted to EUR 66.8 million, compared with EUR 101.5 million in the previous
year's equivalent period. This reduction reflected mainly a higher level of
capital employed due to the higher aluminium price, which more than offset the
effect from the rise in earnings. Cash flow from investing activities amounted
to EUR -87.5 million, compared with
EUR -127.4 million in the previous year. As planned, investment activities
reduced during the 2017 financial year, after the commissioning and ramp-up of
the new cold rolling mill started in June.

AMAG reported total assets of EUR 1,377.5 million as of the end of September
2017 (December 31, 2016: EUR 1,389.7 million). With equity of EUR 622.0 million
(December 31, 2016: EUR 630.5 million), the equity ratio stood at 45.2 % as of
the end of September 2017 (December 31, 2016: 45.4 %). Gearing at the end of
September 2017 was at 47.5 % (December 31, 2016: 35.8 %).


2017 outlook:
Rising demand for aluminium and its alloys offers a promising basis for the
growth path the company is pursuing, and for a positive business trend during
this year and in coming years. For the 2017 financial year, the CRU market
research institute has upgraded its forecasts for demand for primary aluminium
and aluminium rolled products compared with its previous estimate, expecting
growth rates in each case of around 5 % to 63.3 million tonnes (primary
aluminium) and EUR 26.4 million (rolled products).

Helmut Wieser, CEO of AMAG: "We expect attractive growth medium-term in many
areas such as in the automotive, aerospace, packaging, sport and electronics
industries. We are well positioned for this with our modern production
facilities."

For the 2017 financial year, the Management Board anticipates significant year-
on-year earnings growth and is raising its earnings forecast. Taking market
conditions as of the end of September 2017 into consideration, the EBITDA of the
AMAG Group is anticipated to be in a range between EUR 155 million and EUR 162
million. The EBITDA forecast for the full 2017 financial year published in
August 2017 amounted to between EUR 150 million and EUR 160 million. In 2016,
AMAG achieved EBITDA of EUR 143 million.


AMAG - key figures:

 ______________________________________________________________________________
|EUR        |   Q3/2017|   Q3/2016|    Change|    Q1-Q3/|    Q1-Q3/|     Change|
|millions___|__________|__________|__________|______2017|______2016|___________|
|Shipments  |   104,100|   102,700|     1.4 %|   318,900|   309,000|      3.2 %|
|in_tonnes__|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|___________|
|of which   |          |          |          |          |          |           |
|external   |    97,400|    95,900|     1.6 %|   299,300|   285,600|      4.8 %|
|shipments  |          |          |          |          |          |           |
|in_tonnes__|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|___________|
|Revenue____|_____254.8|_____225.7|____12.9_%|_____790.2|_____687.1|_____15.0_%|
|EBITDA_____|______36.5|______36.3|_____0.8_%|_____129.0|_____109.7|_____17.6_%|
|EBIT_______|______16.9|______19.4|___-12.5_%|______72.0|______58.6|_____22.9_%|
|Net income |      11.1|      12.7|   -12.8 %|      48.6|      38.5|     26.1 %|
|after_taxes|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|___________|
|Cash flow  |          |          |          |          |          |           |
|from       |      40.0|      31.9|    25.6 %|      66.8|     101.5|    -34.2 %|
|operating  |          |          |          |          |          |           |
|activities_|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|___________|
|Cash flow  |          |          |          |          |          |           |
|from       |     -20.1|     -33.5|    40.2 %|     -87.5|    -127.4|     31.3 %|
|investing  |          |          |          |          |          |           |
|activities_|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|___________|
|Employees1)|_____1,915|_____1,808|_____5.9_%|_____1,866|_____1,752|______6.5_%|


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|EUR_millions|___________30/09/2017|___________31/12/2016|_______________Change|
|Equity______|________________622.0|________________630.5|_______________-1.3_%|
|Equity_ratio|_______________45.2_%|_______________45.4_%|_____________________|
|Gearing_____|_______________47.5_%|_______________35.8_%|____________________-|

1) Average number of employees (full-time equivalents) including temporary help
workers and excluding apprentices. The figure includes a 20 percent pro rata
share of the labour force at the Alouette smelter, in line with the equity
holding.







Further inquiry note:
Investor contact:
Felix Demmelhuber					
Head of Leitung Investor Relations		
AMAG Austria Metall AG				
Lamprechtshausenerstrasse 61
5282 Ranshofen, Austria			
Tel.:   +43 (0) 7722-801-2203 			 
Email: investorrelations@amag.at

Press contact:
Leopold Pöcksteiner	
Head of Strategy, Communication, Marketing
AMAG Austria Metall AG				
Lamprechtshausenerstrasse 61
5282 Ranshofen, Austria			
Tel.: +43 (0) 7722-801-2205 			 
Email: publicrelations@amag.at

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issuer:       AMAG Austria Metall AG
              Lamprechtshausenerstraße 61
              A-5282 Ranshofen
phone:        +43 7722 801 0
FAX:          +43 7722 809 498
mail:      investorrelations@amag.at
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