Russian Severstal's Q4 steel output, sales fall on quarter on furnace works

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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[Fellow]Russian Severstal's Q4 steel output, sales fall on quarter on furnace works.
[Ferro-Alloys.comRussian mining and steel company Severstal said Friday its steel output and sales both fell in the fourth quarter, compared with Q3, due to short-term maintenance on steelmaking furnaces at its Cherepovets Iron and Steel Works, although annual sales remained unchanged.

In Q4, Severstal made 2.7 million mt of crude steel, down 10% quarter on quarter, converting this into 2.65 million mt of saleable products, a 6% drop in volumes. Exports comprised 41% of this total, up from 33% in Q3 2019. The company had to divert tonnage away from the domestic market where demand was softening during a seasonal slowdown.

The share of high value-added (HVA) products remained unchanged on the quarter at 45%, supported by higher heavy plate and cold rolled coil sales as volumes of longs and hot rolled coils declined.

In the full year 2019, the company's crude steel output slipped 2% on 2018 to 11.85 million mt, as higher facilities' productivity was offset by lower electric arc furnace output in the second half of 2019 following the sale of the 1 million mt/year EAF-based Balakovo mini-mill.

However, the company kept its steel product shipments flat for the year at 11.15 million mt. (S&P Global Platts)

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