In 2017, EBITDA increased by 2% mainly due to higher metal prices.
Strong EBITDA margin remains among the highest in the global industry.
CAPEX increased in 2017 due to the active construction phase of Bystrinsky GOK and upgrade of refining capacities at Kola MMC.
An increase in net debt by 31 December 2017 was caused by dividend payments in the amount of USD 3 bn and one-off changes in the net working capital. The net debt to EBITDA ratio used to calculate final dividends for 2017 was at 1.88х.
In 2017, Nornickel’s net profit amounted to USD 2.1 bn.
The Company paid the highest dividend yield in the global metals and mining industry.
After completion of the main of production reconfiguration programme Talnakh Concentrator reached its design capacity and achieved target recovery rates in 2017. This also led to the normalisation of the work-in-progress inventory levels and helped Nornickel to increase output of all key metals from the Company’s own Russian feedstock and meet the production targets for 2017. In addition, the Company substantially decreased low-margin processing of purchased from third parties.
For more details on production outlook, please see the Strategy Day presentation (slide 26) available on the Company’s website.
For more details on historical production see page.
Nornickel’s investment programme for 2018–2020 includes several large-scale energy projects aimed at modernizing the Company’s captive hydroelectric power plants and enchancing the use of renewable energy sources.
In 2017, sulphur dioxide emissions decreased by 11% from 2015. The decline came as a result of the Nickel Plant shutdown, upgrade of Talnakh Concentrator and the transition to hot briquetting technology at Kola MMC. The emissions within Norilsk city limits dropped by 30–35%.
The decrease in headcount in 2017 resulted from the disposal of noncore assets, implementation of a programme to improve labour productivity, and cost optimisation.
The 2017 LTIFR (Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (non-fatal LTIs) / total number of hours worked1,000,000) is in line with the industry average. The number of fatal injuries decreased by 46% thanks to the implementation of new safety standards and launch of the Risk Control project. The number of accidents among the contractors’ employees also declined.