Declines in alumina prices improve aluminium margins in Jul-Shanghai Metals Market

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Declines in alumina prices improve aluminium margins in Jul

Price Review & Forecast 02:48:58PM Jul 16, 2019 Source:SMM

SHANGHAI, Jul 16 (SMM) – Lower prices of alumina since mid-June improved margins at primary aluminium smelters and narrowed the proportion of aluminium capacity operating under losses to 20.1% in the month to July 15, an SMM survey found. 

SMM assessed the average price of alumina across five major consumption areas in China has dipped to 2,582 yuan/mt as of July 15, with a low under the 2,500 yuan/mt level in northern markets. 

Falling prices of the feedstock reduced costs at primary aluminium smelters, which averaged 13,105 yuan/mt in the first half of July, down 717 yuan/mt from that in June. 

Based on the average price of spot aluminium ingot of 13,739 yuan/mt for the first half of July, SMM assessed that some 29.23 million mt of aluminium capacity was operating with profits, accounting for 79.9% of the total domestic capacity under operation. 

The readings compared with profitable capacity of 15.26 million mt, and 41.8%, respectively in June, based on the average prices of spot aluminium ingot at 13,974 yuan/mt. 

In the first half of July, aluminium capacity with operating costs of 13,000-13,500 yuan/mt made up a major share of the total capacity, at 26.91%. 

SMM expects further downside room in prices of alumina on production resumptions

Key Words:  Market commentary  Alumina 

Declines in alumina prices improve aluminium margins in Jul

Price Review & Forecast 02:48:58PM Jul 16, 2019 Source:SMM

SHANGHAI, Jul 16 (SMM) – Lower prices of alumina since mid-June improved margins at primary aluminium smelters and narrowed the proportion of aluminium capacity operating under losses to 20.1% in the month to July 15, an SMM survey found. 

SMM assessed the average price of alumina across five major consumption areas in China has dipped to 2,582 yuan/mt as of July 15, with a low under the 2,500 yuan/mt level in northern markets. 

Falling prices of the feedstock reduced costs at primary aluminium smelters, which averaged 13,105 yuan/mt in the first half of July, down 717 yuan/mt from that in June. 

Based on the average price of spot aluminium ingot of 13,739 yuan/mt for the first half of July, SMM assessed that some 29.23 million mt of aluminium capacity was operating with profits, accounting for 79.9% of the total domestic capacity under operation. 

The readings compared with profitable capacity of 15.26 million mt, and 41.8%, respectively in June, based on the average prices of spot aluminium ingot at 13,974 yuan/mt. 

In the first half of July, aluminium capacity with operating costs of 13,000-13,500 yuan/mt made up a major share of the total capacity, at 26.91%. 

SMM expects further downside room in prices of alumina on production resumptions

Key Words:  Market commentary  Alumina