Orica ((ORI)) may have guided to a weak result for the first half but it was worse than many brokers expected. The company sustained a poor manufacturing performance amid production problems at several plants.
First-half results have cleared any doubts about the company's operating leverage, Citi acknowledges. Strong growth was driven by higher volumes, improved product mix, and better manufacturing. Market conditions are improving and price/cost headwinds fading.
The company has made a -$155m write-down to Burrup. Deutsche Bank considers the non-cash adjustments of -$191m to be a minor negative as these highlight the ongoing earnings risk associated with the commissioning of the plant.