AMG has written down its inventories by 40 million dollars in the second quarter. The metal specialist did that because of the falling prices of many of the commodities that the company is involved with. The price of vanadium in particular fell, although ING analysts say that metal is rising somewhat in the Chinese market.
In the first quarter, AMG already cut expectations for the operating result (EBITDA). That should now come to 150 million dollars this year. If the vanadium prices remain as low as they are now, more bad news may follow for the operating result in the short term, ING market researchers think.
AMG further announced that it had begun selling a 30-year bond loan worth $ 300 million. The metal specialist wants to use that money to expand a factory in Cambridge, Ohio. With this, the company wants to double its recycling capacity for used catalysis. That expansion is an important part of achieving the medium-term objective of an operating profit of 350 million euros, ING notes.
ING has a buy recommendation for AMG with a target price of 37 euros. The AMG share fell by 3.8 percent on Monday at 5.05 pm on Monday at 24.07 euros.