Mining Giant Vale Turns In Stellar Q1 Results On The Back Of Iron Ore Rally

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Mining Giant Vale Turns In Stellar Q1 Results On The Back Of Iron Ore Rally

 Mining Giant Vale Turns In Stellar Q1 Results On The Back Of Iron Ore Rally
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Summary

  • Vale S.A. has reported strong 2021 first-quarter financial results.
  • The miner’s Q1 FY21 net income was US$4,807 billion higher than the previous quarter.
  • A week earlier, the miner has announced its 2021 first-quarter production results.

Iron ore mining behemoth Vale S.A. has reported robust 2021 first-quarter financial results, primarily driven by the record-breaking iron ore rally of 2021. Iron ore prices have remained on fire since the start of 2021 due to increased economic recovery, triggered by an ease in the pandemic situation in major iron ore consuming nations, including China.

Having smashed the earnings estimates, the Q1 results paint quiet a bright picture for the world’s leading iron ore miner. Let us glance at the reported figures to understand the financial health of the miner.

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Vale’s Q1 FY21 Highlights:

Vale S.A. has reported a net income of US$5.55 billion, which is US$4.807 billion higher than the previous quarter. Lower Brumadinho expenses have given a solid boost to the record-breaking rise in net income.

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The miner’s total adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was US$8.35 billion, with ferrous minerals contributing US$7.811 billion. EBITDA for the base metal division was US$1.011 billion, whereas coal EBITDA stood at negative US$159 million.

The company generated a free cash flow of US$5.847 billion from the Q1 FY21 operations. The cash flow figures are US$971 million higher than previous quarter results. The surge seems to be mainly driven by solid proforma EBITDA and working capital improvement.

The miner has managed to slash its gross debt to US$12.176 billion, a US$1.184 billion drop over the previous quarter, on the back of bond redemption.

Total capex for the quarter accounted to US$1.009 billion, US$435 million lower than the previous quarter.

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How Vale boosted its performance

The strong Q1 FY21 financial performance comes hot on the heels of robust production results released by the company a week earlier, on 19 April 2021.

The company amped up its iron ore business despite the impacts and challenges of COVID-19.

The company's iron ore fines production for the quarter was 14.2 per cent higher than the previous year's figures, as a result of the miner's stabilisation plan, and the resumption of Timbopeba and Vargem Grande halted operations.

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Vale is not alone; various other ASX-listed iron ore miners like Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO), BHP Group (ASX:BHP), Fortescue Metals Group (ASX: FMG), Mineral Resources (ASX: MIN) have also capitalised on rising iron ore prices.

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The company's nickel business also played a supportive role in boosting the quarter results. Production and sales of finished nickel ex-VNC were 6.8 per cent and 8.6 per cent higher in this quarter compared to the previous quarter.

However, the performance was partially offset by lower coal and copper production during the quarter. The impacts of COVID-19 largely hampered both copper and coal's production.

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