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Hydro's second quarter results 2020 will be released at 07:00 CEST (01:00 EDT, 06:00 BST, 05:00 UTC), on Wednesday July 22, 2020. The quarterly report and presentation slides will be available on www.hydro.com at the same time.





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Hydro’s underlying EBIT for the second quarter of 2020 was NOK 949 million, affected by Covid-19 induced weak markets weighing on prices and volumes. Hydro has taken forceful actions in response to the uncertain situation, protecting people and operations, while generating cash.
•Macro uncertainty amid Covid-19, strong measures in response
•Positive cost developments, weaker prices and downstream volumes
•Record-low production costs at Alunorte
•Improvement initiatives running at full speed
•Positioning Hydro for the future

Hydro’s underlying EBIT for the second quarter was NOK 949 million, compared with NOK 875 million for the same quarter last year. The ramp-up of Alunorte’s production and reduced costs, including record low production cost at Alunorte, contributed positively to the second quarter results. These positive elements were partly offset by reduced realized alumina and aluminium prices in addition to reduced downstream volumes.

“We are maneuvering through a very demanding period, and I’m pleased by our ability to protect people and operations, keeping the wheels turning while preserving cash. At the same time, we are positioning the company for the future,” says President and CEO Hilde Merete Aasheim.

“We aim to strengthen Hydro’s position as a leading sustainable industrial company, through our low-carbon aluminium, represented by Hydro CIRCAL and Hydro REDUXA. We will also aim to grow and diversify our portfolio where Hydro’s capabilities match the megatrends, such as recycling, renewable energy and batteries,” says Aasheim.

Hydro has taken forceful actions in response to the uncertain situation, including strict precautionary actions to ensure health and safety, extensive social and community support, financial measures to protect liquidity and operational measures to adjust capacity, curtail production and cut costs.

“As we have observed the epicenter of Covid-19 move from Europe to the Americas, sustaining our operations in Brazil is a top priority. We have taken extensive precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our people and maintain stable operations. Operations at Paragominas, Alunorte, and Albras are running as normal, and risks are being assessed and managed on an ongoing basis,” says Aasheim.

“We will continuously evaluate further measures as the situation develops,” says Aasheim.

The Covid-19 situation continues to cause significant market uncertainty, with global GDP and industrial production falling during the quarter, leading to a reduction in aluminium demand. Although uncertainty remains high, several countries, and especially China, are showing signs of recovery towards the end of the second quarter.

The global fall in demand and government-imposed restrictions have directly affected certain operations in Hydro. Extruded Solutions, Rolled Products and recycling facilities were impacted the most, with capacity utilization starting to improve towards the end of the quarter. Extruded Solutions and Rolled Products are operating at reduced capacity utilization. Metal Markets recycling facilities were operating under a combination of full curtailments or reduced capacity utilization during the quarter but were largely back to normal operations by the end of the quarter.

Bauxite & Alumina, Primary Metal and Energy have been operating largely as normal during the quarter.

Hydro’s improvement efforts, targeting NOK 4.1 billion by 2020 and NOK 7.3 billion by 2023, are moving forward with full speed, focusing on the cost levers Hydro can control in these uncertain times. Although results are being negatively impacted by the Covid-19 induced market effects, we are seeing positive contributions from cost improvement initiatives across the portfolio, as well as the ramp-up of the Brazilian operations. Alunorte remains on target to reach name-plate capacity by the end of 2020. These efforts have supported the positive cash flow generation in the quarter, a key priority in light of the current uncertain market environment.

Extruded Solutions recognized an impairment of NOK 1.5 billion in the second quarter, reflecting weaker growth expectations in key market segments driven by the negative macroeconomic effects of Covid-19. Primary Metal’s majority-owned primary aluminium plant, Slovalco, recognized an impairment of NOK 0.5 billion in the second quarter, reflecting the continued weak market environment combined with Slovalco’s relatively high cost position.

Hydro had strong liquidity at the end of the second quarter 2020 and held NOK 15.4 billion in cash and cash equivalents, including NOK 7 billion raised in the bond market, and NOK 4.2 billion in short-term deposits, included in short-term investments. The revolving credit facility of USD 1.6 billion was fully available at the end of the quarter.

Hydro's net debt position decreased from NOK 15.2 billion to NOK 13.2 billion at the end of the quarter. Net cash provided by operating activities amounted to NOK 2.2 billion. Net cash used in investment activities, excluding short-term investments, amounted to NOK 1.2 billion.

In addition to the factors discussed above, reported earnings before financial items and tax (EBIT) and net income include effects that are disclosed in the attached quarterly report. Items excluded from underlying EBIT and underlying net income (loss) are defined and described as part of the alternative performance measures (APM) section in the quarterly report.

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Hydro has halted operation of the pipeline transporting bauxite from Hydro’s Paragominas bauxite mine to the alumina refinery Alunorte for extended maintenance, temporarily halting production at the mine, and reducing production at Alunorte.

Hydro had scheduled the replacement of two sections of the pipeline in Q3 and Q4 2020, as part of the long-term maintenance plan for the pipeline. During the planned maintenance work in Q3, it was discovered that a section of the pipeline had deteriorated faster than expected. Based on a technical assessment, it was decided today to extend the maintenance and replace this section of the pipeline earlier than initially scheduled.

The work will commence immediately, and operations are expected to resume within two months.

During this period, production at Alunorte will be reduced, expected to a level between 35-45 percent of full capacity, to balance bauxite inventories. The reduced production will impact the financial results for Q3 2020.

Hydro is taking all necessary measures to mitigate any customer impact.

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The Corporate Assembly in Norsk Hydro ASA has in its meeting on Thursday 10 September elected Ellen Merete Olstad as a new employee-elected member of the Board of Directors of Norsk Hydro ASA, with effect from 10 September 2020 until next election of employee representatives in 2022.

Olstad replaces Svein Kåre Sund as one of the Board's three employee representatives. Sten Roar Martinsen and Arve Baade were re-elected for a period until next election of employee representatives in 2022.

After Thursday’s election, the Board of Directors in Hydro consists of chair Dag Mejdell, deputy chair Irene Rummelhoff, Rune Bjerke, Thomas Schulz, Liselott Kilaas, Marianne Wiinholt, Peter Kukielski, and the employee-elected board members Sten Roar Martinsen, Arve Baade and Ellen Merete Olstad.

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European Union to impose antidumping duties on aluminium extrusions from China

The European Commission announced September 22 its intention to impose provisional antidumping duties on aluminium extrusions originating in China.

Products covered by the duties are profiles, rods, bars, extruded tubes and pipes. Duty rates vary from 30.4 to 48%.

“For Hydro’s around 40 extrusion plants in Europe, the antidumping action is a move that will mitigate unfair competition. For our customers, this will contribute to making sure Europe continues to have a viable extrusion industry which will still have a high level of competition due to its many competitors,” says Egil Hogna, Head of Extruded Solutions in Hydro.

The duties are an outcome of an investigation opened in February 2020. The European Commission has now found that Chinese extrusions have been sold in the European Union at prices so low that they can be considered dumping and unfair competition to domestic producers.

While the provisional duties are expected to be enforced by mid-October, the investigation of the Commission will continue and is expected to be finalized in April 2021. At that point, the tariffs may be confirmed as definitive, modified or removed. If confirmed, the tariff will normally be in place for five years.

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