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TMK Group releases 3Q20 operational results

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TMK, a producer of tubular products for the oil and gas industry, has announced its operational results for 3Q20 and the first nine months of 2020.

The Group’s results include the operational results of the Russian and European divisions represented by production assets located in Russia, Romania and Kazakhstan.

For comparison purposes, the Group’s operational results are presented net of the operational results of the American division (on 2 January 2020, TMK closed the sale of 100% of IPSCO Tubulars Inc.).

3Q20 vs 2Q20

  • Total pipe shipments were up by 2% quarter-on-quarter, supported by an increase in welded pipe shipments at the Russian division.
  • Seamless pipe shipments decreased by 6% quarter-on-quarter, mainly reflecting lower shipments of seamless OCTG pipe (down 10% quarter-on-quarter) at the Russian division as the result of pre-planned upgrade and maintenance works at the Russian division’s key production facilities.
  • Welded pipe shipments increased by 35% quarter-on-quarter, driven by higher shipments of welded industrial and line pipe at the Russian division, reflecting a gradual recovery in demand after the COVID-19 lockdown period throughout April and May.

9M20 vs 9M19

  • Total pipe shipments were down 14% year-on-year, due to a decline in shipments of welded pipe at the Russian division as well as due to a decrease in seamless pipe shipments at both the Russian and European divisions. The lower shipments year-on-year reflect adverse global macroeconomic conditions, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, oil price volatility and OPEC oil production cuts.
  • Seamless pipe shipments decreased by 8% year-on-year, mainly due to lower shipments of seamless OCTG pipe at the Russian division (down 8% year-on-year) and a deterioration of demand for seamless industrial pipe at the European division.
  • Welded pipe shipments were down 27% year-on-year, reflecting a decrease in shipments across all welded pipe segments at the Russian division.

Igor Korytko, CEO of TMK, said: “The adverse global macroeconomic situation, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, oil price volatility and OPEC oil production cuts, impacted our total shipments in 9M20, which declined year-on-year. At the same time, our key product segment – seamless OCTG – demonstrated some resilience, as we continued to see stable demand for pipes with premium connections. We also saw signs of recovery in demand for industrial pipes in both Russia and Europe. We believe the global market situation is likely to remain challenging until the end of the year, and this may continue to put pressure on pipe consumption in our key markets.”

4Q20 outlook

In 4Q20, the company expects pipe shipments at the Russian division to be supported by seasonally higher demand for OCTG pipe from Russian oil and gas companies following a traditionally weaker third quarter.

In Europe, the company expects the gradual recovery in industrial pipe consumption to continue, assuming that market trends do not deteriorate.

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