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Vilmorin & Cie completes a high quality fiscal year 2016-2017qrcode

Aug. 2, 2017

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  • Marked increase in sales for the year: + 6.7% with current data, above the objective
  • Outlook for 2016-2017: Increase in the current operating margin rate and strong growth in results

Closing on June 30, 2017, Vilmorin & Cie sales for the fourth quarter, corresponding to revenue from ordinary activities, came to 343.7 million euros, up 2.5% with current data compared to the previous fiscal year. Restated on a like-for-like basis (currency and business scope), they grew by 2.7% compared with 2015-2016.

Consequently, consolidated sales for fiscal year 2016-2017 came to 1,414 million euros, an increase of 6.7% with current data and on a like-for-like basis compared to the previous fiscal year.

In millions of euros
2015-2016
2016-2017
Variation
with current data
Variation
like-for-like
Sales for the fourth quarter
335.2
343.7
+2.5%
+2.7%
Vegetable Seeds
217.8
236.8
+8.7%
+8.5%
Field Seeds
102.8
94.5
-8.1%
-7.4%
Garden Products and Holdings
14.6
12.4
-14.8%
-14.6%
Sales for the fiscal year
1,325.1
1,414.0
+6.7%
+6.7%
Vegetable Seeds
688.7
735.8
+6.8%
+6.2%
Field Seeds
581.7
626.0
+7.6%
+8.3%
Garden Products and Holdings
54.7
52.2
-4.5%
-4.0%
 
Consolidated financial information is established in compliance with the IFRS reference (International Financial Reporting Standards), as adopted by the European Union on June 30, 2017.

With regard to the consolidation scope, the activity of the company Genica Research (United States. Vegetable Seeds), acquired in February 2016, has not been restated for scope for fiscal year 2016-2017, since in July 2016, its American activities were integrated into the HM.CLAUSE Vegetable Seeds Business Unit, and its European activities into that of Vilmorin-MKS.

Fine Business growth over the Fourth Quarter 2016-2017

Vegetable Seeds division


Confirmation of strong dynamic growth


Over the fourth quarter, the Vegetable Seeds division recorded sales of 236.8 million euros, with high growth (+8.7%) with current data. On a like-for-like basis, the increase was 8.5%. With a determining role in the performance of the Vegetable Seeds activity, this quarter confirmed an excellent level of commercial activity, in spite of the programmed run-down of the agricultural supplies and equipment activity of the Business Unit Vilmorin-MKS pursued in Japan.

As a result of this fourth quarter, sales for the fiscal year for Vegetable Seeds came to 735.8 million euros on June 30, 2017, up 6.8% with current data compared with 2015-2016. Restated on a like-for-like basis, this increase was 6.2%, perfectly in line with the objective fixed last April (+6% on a like-for-like basis).

Following on from previous fiscal years, Vilmorin & Cie confirmed its dynamic growth. The increase in business concerned all the Business Units, which progressed in all the geographical areas, particularly in key zones, and especially North America.

Within a highly diversified product line-up, performances were particularly remarkable for several strategic crops: tomato, the top vegetable crop worldwide in terms of value, carrot, summer squash, sweet and hot pepper as well as onion.

Thanks to this very solid fiscal year, Vilmorin & Cie confirms its global leadership on the market for vegetable seeds.

Field Seeds division

A fiscal year with strong growth, in spite of a declining fourth quarter, in a market context that remains difficult

For the fourth quarter, the Field Seeds division recorded sales of 94.5 million euros, down 8.1% with current data compared with the same period for the previous fiscal year. On a like-for-like basis, business decreased by 7.4%.

In Europe, Vilmorin & Cie posted a significant drop in its sales over the fourth quarter (83.2 million euros): this drop of 8.3% on a like-for-like basis is mainly due to the seasonal nature of invoicing at the end of the third quarter, a contracting corn campaign and a drop in royalties from cereal seeds (wheat, barley).

Over the full fiscal year, there was an increase in business (530.5 million euros, representing +3.1% on a like-for-like basis), in spite of a market environment that remains difficult, characterized by the low level of prices for agricultural production, and strong pressure on pricing policies.

In this context, the situation varied according to the species. For corn seeds, in a tense European market, sales declined. This drop mainly affected countries in Western Europe, directly linked to a reduction in cultivated acreage, in spite of the significant business increase in Ukraine and Russia.

At the same time, the sunflower campaign experienced a remarkable increase, particularly in Ukraine and Russia, confirming the quality of Vilmorin & Cie's product portfolio, and demonstrating gains in market shares.

In its other development zones (South America, Asia and Africa), Vilmorin & Cie achieved sales of 95.5 million euros in 2016-2017, up by more than 50% on a like-for-like basis compared with 2015-2016.

In this context, in South America, in a highly favorable market context, growth was extremely strong (+82.4% on a like-for like basis), in particular as a result of the second part of the commercial campaign for corn in Brazil (Safrinha). This excellent performance, both in volume and value, also embodies gains in market shares.

Overall, Vilmorin & Cie's new development zones posted very strong growth, rewarding the ramp-up of the international deployment of its corn and wheat seeds businesses.

Consequently, sales for Field Seeds for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2017 came to 626 million euros, up by 7.6% compared with fiscal year 2015-2016. On a like-for-like basis the increase was 8.3%, above the objective set last April (growth of more than 5% on a like-for-like basis), demonstrating solid business performance.

Vilmorin & Cie's associated companies also achieved a good 2016-2017 fiscal year.

With regard to the corn and soybean seeds activities in North America, sales grew significantly over the fourth quarter (135.1 million euros(1), which represents +15.5% on a like-for-like basis compared with the previous fiscal year), with a low basis for comparison - the previous fiscal year was marked by an anticipation of sales for the third quarter. Nevertheless, over the full year, they came to 602.9 million euros(1) representing a drop of 2% on a like-for-like basis. Volumes of marketed corn seeds fell in proportion to the estimated reduction of cultivated acreage for this crop. As No. 3 on the North American market for corn seeds, AgReliant thus maintained its market share in an environment marked by strong pressure on prices and difficult sowing conditions over the course of the campaign.

At the same time, there was a significant increase in the marketed volumes of soybean seeds, reflecting the increase in cultivated acreage for this crop.

Seed Co (Africa. Field Seeds) achieved a fiscal year of excellent quality, marked by a very strong increase in its sales (134.6 M$(2), a rise of 40%) driven by sales of corn seeds in the main countries where it operates (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya in particular).

(1) Sales at 100%. Bearing in mind application of the standard IFRS 11, AgReliant (50/50 joint venture with the German seed group KWS) has been recorded in the accounts using the equity method since fiscal year 2014-2015.

(2) Sales at 100 % for the fiscal year closing on March 31 2017. Vilmorin & Cie held 30.2% of Seed Co's capital stock at the end of June 2017.

Outlook for 2016-2017

The corporate accounts of the companies in Vilmorin & Cie's consolidation scope are in the final stages of being audited; furthermore, the other operations involved in the consolidation of the financial statements (excluding sales) are still at the validation phase.

On the basis of estimates made to date, Vilmorin & Cie confirms the increase in its current operating margin rate(3) for fiscal year 2016-2017, which should be at least 9%, in line with the ambition disclosed last April, including research investment of about 240 million euros. In 2015-2016, the current operating margin rate(3) stood at 8.4%.

This achievement is, in particular, the fruit of the dynamic growth in business and the tight management of all its operating charges initiated in the spring of 2016.

Vilmorin & Cie can also state that the global contribution of its associated companies - mainly AgReliant (North America. Field Seeds), Seed Co (Africa. Field Seeds) and AGT (Australia. Field Seeds) should be higher than for 2015-2016.

Consequently, and also bearing in mind that fiscal year 2015-2016 was marked by non-recurring charges, Vilmorin & Cie's net income for the fiscal year will be considerably higher than the previous fiscal year.

(3) The current operating margin is defined as the accounting operating margin restated for impairments, reorganization costs and certain exceptional elements (additional procurement costs and partial allocation of goodwill in 2015-2016).

Appendix:
Sales for fiscal year 2016-2017 and evolution per quarter and per division

In millions of euros
2015-2016
2016-2017
Variation
with current data
Variation
like-for-like
First quarter
209.8
232.0
+10.6%
+11.3%
Vegetable Seeds
122.1
138.2
+13.3%
+12.3%
Field Seeds
79.4
85.4
+7.5%
+11.0%
Garden Products and Holdings
8.3
8.3
+0.2%
+0.7%
Second quarter
246.7
271.0
+9.8%
+10.4%
Vegetable Seeds
149.4
148.7
-0.5%
-0.6%
Field Seeds
91.1
116.2
+27.5%
+29.5%
Garden Products and Holdings
6.2
6.2
-0.7%
+0.5%
Third quarter
533.3
567.2
+6.4%
+5.7%
Vegetable Seeds
199.5
212.0
+6.3%
+5.0%
Field Seeds
308.3
330.0
+7.0%
+6.7%
Garden Products and Holdings
25.5
25.2
-1.2%
-0.4%
Fourth quarter
335.2
343.7
+2.5%
+2.7%
Vegetable Seeds
217.8
236.8
+8.7%
+8.5%
Field Seeds
102.8
94.5
-8.1%
-7.4%
Garden Products and Holdings
14.6
12.4
-14.8%
-14.6%
Sales for the fiscal year
1,325.1
1,414.0
+6.7%
+6.7%
Vegetable Seeds
688.7
735.8
+6.8%
+6.2%
Field Seeds
581.7
626.0
+7.6%
+8.3%
Garden Products and Holdings
54.7
52.2
-4.5%
-4.0%

 

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