The result recognised by the Acerinox Group (founded in 1970) in the first quarter of 2022 was the best in its history. The Group ended the first quarter recognising a profit after tax and non-controlling interests of EUR 266 million, a 34% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2021.
Quarterly EBITDA totalled EUR 422 million, a 33% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2021 and 2.6 times more than the first quarter of 2021. It was the sixth consecutive quarter of increased EBITDA and the second best EBITDA in the Group’s history (only surpassed by the fourth quarter of 2006). The EBITDA margin on sales was 18%.
In the first three months of 2022, revenue totalled EUR 2,287, an increase of 59% compared to the first quarter of 2021, driven by the recovery in demand and the improvement in prices, which began in 2021.
The market situation, the control of our costs and the backlog allows us to continue being optimistic for the second quarter of 2022, in spite of numerous uncertainties in the international panorama, the price of energy and the inflation experienced in all of our raw materials and consumables.
We expect EBITDA in the second quarter to be slightly better than that reached in the first quarter. The Group's sales have limited exposure to the conflict caused by the invasion of Ukraine, as they represent just 0.4% of total sales and have completely ceased during the first quarter of 2022. The Group has very diversified supply sources and thanks to the efforts made, we have managed to not depend on raw materials from Russia, with the objective of sourcing them from countries that respect human rights and international law, according to the Responsible Purchasing Policy.
The Group concluded the share buyback programme of 4%, which commenced in December. The cash outflow of the quarter totalled EUR 115 million (the entire programme totalled EUR 125 million).
Our ESG Model is a Commitment to the Future
Acerinox contributes directly and indirectly to the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), mainly to Good health and well-being; Clean water and sanitation; Decent work and economic growth; Industry, innovation and infrastructure; Sustainable cities and communities and Responsible consumption and production.
Acerinox manufactures with a Group-wide average recycled content rate of more than 90% and valorises more than 70% of the waste generated. This is further evidence of Acerinox's commitment to a sustainable world.
The Group has developed a Strategic Sustainability Plan, called 'Impact 360º', the main pillars of which are as follows: