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Iluka Resources (ASX: $ILU) prioritises product value amidst subdued demand

ILU 2023 Full Year Results Overview


Iluka Resources Limited (ASX: $ILU) has reported its 2023 Full Year Results, showcasing an improved safety performance and financial discipline in response to subdued demand. The company's strong EBITDA margin of 47% reflects its focus on product value amidst challenging market conditions. Iluka remains well positioned to respond to demand recovery and industry supply constraints, with investments in development pipeline and project execution.

Managing Director's Commentary on 2023 Performance


Iluka's performance in 2023 was characterized by discipline in response to persistent inflation, subdued demand, and geopolitical volatility. The company prioritized the value of its products, adjusting operational settings and inventory levels accordingly. This approach, supported by a healthy balance sheet, helped maintain relatively strong and stable prices, mitigating the impact of higher costs on margins. Despite subdued demand, Iluka delivered a net profit of $343 million and a final dividend of 4 cents per share, reflecting the pass through of funds received from its 20% holding in Deterra Royalties. The company's focus on pricing for premium zircon sand and increased sales of zircon in-concentrate contributed to navigating cautious buying behavior in zircon markets, especially in China. Iluka's titanium feedstock business continues to benefit from revenue certainty provided by take-or-pay offtake contracts, supporting production from its principal synthetic rutile asset, SR2. The company also made progress in the development of its rare earths business, with significant advancements in projects such as Eneabba, Balranald, Wimmera, Tutunup, Euston, and Atacama.

ILU 2023 Full Year Results Summary and Outlook


Iluka's 2023 Full Year Results demonstrate the company's resilience in navigating challenging market conditions. The focus on product value and disciplined operational adjustments led to a strong EBITDA margin of 47%, despite subdued demand and geopolitical volatility. The company's investments in its development pipeline and project execution, including rare earths projects, reflect its commitment to long-term growth. Iluka's ability to respond to demand recovery and industry supply constraints positions it well for future opportunities. The announcement of a 2023 full year dividend of 7 cents per share, fully franked, underscores the company's financial strength. Looking ahead, Iluka's progress in rare earths projects, titanium feedstock business, and other major projects sets the stage for continued growth and resilience in the face of market challenges.

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