DTEK boosts coal production at remaining mines 19% in 1H17
Ukraine’s leading coal and power
holding DTEK Energy (DTEKUA) mined 13.5 mmt of coal in 1H17, Concorde Capital calculated
based on sectorwide data reported by Interfax-Ukraine on July 14. DTEK Energy boosted
coal mining in Ukraine 5% yoy in 1H17, with the growth fueled by 19% yoy growth in mining
of hard steam coal in the government-controlled part of Ukraine (to 11.6 mmt). Mining of
anthracite coal by DTEK was 1.9 mmt in 1H17, having stopped in March when the holding
lost its assets on Ukraine's uncontrolled territory.
In June alone, DTEK Energy mined 1.86 mmt of hard steam coal, which
is 10% more yoy and flat compared to May, on a daily average basis.
Total mining of steam coal in Ukraine increased 3.8% yoy to 15.0 mmt
in 1H17, with DTEK’s share having increased to 90% from 89% a year ago.
Alexander Paraschiy: DTEK's first-half growth in hard steam coal production can be
attributed to the low comparison base. The holding reduced its mining in 1H16 due to a
low plan of coal-fired power generation presented by the Energy Ministry in early 2016,
but it boosted coal mining in 2H16 after the plan was upgraded.
In the second half of this year, we expect DTEK will mine 11.6 mmt
of hard steam coal, or nearly flat yoy. Therefore, we confirm our estimate that DTEK
Energy will boost mining of hard steam coal 9% yoy to 23.0 mmt in 2017 (which will
result in total coal mining of 24.9 mmt, -15% yoy). We also confirm our bullish view on
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