MOL Group recorded robust Q1 EBITDA supported by strong Upstream performance – Hungary, 06 May 2022

Hungarian MOL Group delivered 833 million dollars Clean CCS EBITDA in Q1 2022, on the back of the very high oil and gas prices. However, results were down by 6 % compared to the previous quarter.

Upstream’s performance drove the results, Downstream was influenced by volatile and controversial macro and price effects so it remained the same as last year, while Consumer Services suffered from the fuel price caps throughout several Central and Eastern European countries. MOL Group produced 510 million dollars free cash-flow, more than half of the 2022 guidance, as all segments generated positive contribution.

Chairman-CEO Zsolt Hernadi said that 2022 brought new challenges once again. Amongst rapidly changing external conditions, volatile and often adverse circumstances, MOL Group proved that we have the ability to react swiftly, an 833 million dollars Q1 2022 Clean CCS EBITDA generation proves that we have been on the right track.

However, the greatest challenges in the upcoming period are no less than to secure energy supply security and maintain our profitability. MOL is making significant efforts to adapt to the new environment and diversify our portfolio further to secure energy supplies to the CEE region. Also, MOL is in the middle of a transformation journey which requires heavy investments. It is very much committed to continue this process in the current volatile environment too. MOL Group has shown resilience during several crises in the past and it will maintain its crucial role in providing a predictable energy supply and remain a trusted partner of its customers, stakeholders and the wider society.

Upstream EBITDA reached 504 million dollars in Q1 2022, increased by 104 % compared to last year’s Q1 result. The good performance was driven by the continuously higher oil and gas prices, the more than 40 dollars/barrel uplift of Brent oil price and the fivefold increase in spot gas prices. Production volumes were down compared to last year’s same period, due to the natural decline in CEE and in Pakistan and the production decline of the ACG asset in Azerbaijan. Simplified free cash-flow contribution of Upstream rose to 420 million from 160 million dollars year-on-year. As for the operations, MOL signed an agreement with Waldorf Production Limited covering the sale of its entire Upstream portfolio in the United Kingdom.

Downstream Clean CCS EBITDA came in at 254 million dollars, exactly the same as last year in the same period as volatile external environment influenced the results both positive and negative ways. Diminishing petchem contribution was offset by higher Refining and Marketing EBITDA generation. Ural differential and gasoil crack- driven margin expansion in March was partly off-set by decreasing price realization and significantly rising energy costs. Meanwhile, sales volumes increased by 11 % year-on-year, pulled by the skyrocketed Hungarian sales as the market has been distorted by the wholesale fuel price cap introduced since mid-February.

Consumer Services EBITDA decreased by 44 % in Q1 2022 compared to the result of last year’s same period, despite sales volume increased by 20 % and the number of transactions increased by 7 % year-on-year, resulting in expanding market share throughout the CEE region. Fuel price regulatory measures in Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina reset EBITDA to around Q1 2017 levels as fuel margins lowered on group-level. On the other hand, non-fuel margin increased of 8 % year-on-year.

In January 2022, MOL signed a set of agreements with Polish Lotos and PKN Orlen covering the sale and purchase of several portfolio elements and as a result MOL acquires 417 service stations in Poland that allows the company to reach third position in the local fuel retail market. This deal is subject to merger clearance.

Gas Midstream Q1 2022 EBITDA reached 48 million dollars, the result is similar to the previous year’s Q1 performance. Further climbing gas purchase prices had negative impact and resulted in more than doubled gas consumption cost.

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