UPDATE 1-Ukraine's Ferrexpo H1 profit up 32 pct on weaker currency, lower costs

miércoles 6 de agosto de 2014 02:50 GYT

* Ukraine's hryvnia fell 48 pct vs U.S. dollar in H1

* Ferrexpo operations are in the Poltava region, central Ukraine

* On track to hit production target (Adds details)

LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Ukrainian iron ore miner Ferrexpo posted a 32-percent rise in half year core profit, helped by a weaker Ukrainian currency and lower production costs which more than offset softer iron ore prices.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) of $321 million also topped a consensus forecast of about $250 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

A 48 percent devalution of Ukraine's hryvnia currency against the U.S. dollar, production efficiencies and a higher premium for iron ore pellet boosted profits.

The bulk of its production costs are in hryvnia while its sales are based in dollars.

Majority owned by Ukrainian billionaire and parliamentarian Kostyantin Zhevago, Ferrexpo said to date its operations have not been directly impacted by fighting in the east of Ukraine but said it is monitoring the situation.

Its facilities are located in the Poltava region, in the centre of the country.   Continuación...