Mar. 22, 2018
Group revenues increased by 7.4% (10% in constant currency) to $1.46 billion (2017: $1.36 billion), despite a period of little to no growth in the overall industry. The group’s strong first half revenue performance reflected sales growth in North America, Europe, Asia and in the company’s seeds business. Revenues were generally in line with the prior period in Australia/New Zealand, but were lower in Latin America.
First half earnings were impacted by production interruptions due tothe planned upgrade of its Laverton manufacturing plant and challenging operating conditions in Brazil. Underlying earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITDA) were 4% down on the first half of last year, to $123.2 million and underlying earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) decreased by 11.8% to $75.0 million, in line with guidance.
Nufarm Managing Director and CEO, Greg Hunt, said the first six months of the year saw continued execution of the company’s growth strategy, including progresson business transformation projects; the successful acquisition of two product portfolios that will significantly strengthen Nufarm’s European operations; and Australian regulatory approval of its proprietary Omega-3 canola.
“We are nearing the end of the heavy lifting in terms of cost-out, business change and transformation investment and we are confident we will deliver the $116 million in performance improvement that we promised the market by the end of this financial year.
“Under our strategy, we’ve focused on core crops and geographies, giving us depth over breadth in our key markets. This strategy is working, with double digit revenue growth in a number of our regional market hubs around the world.
“Nufarm has continued to invest in the future of the company, driving efficiencies through new technology; upgrading and improving manufacturing plants; continuing the development of our ground-breaking Omega-3 canola; and growing our portfolio through the new European acquisitions.”
Mr Hunt said the recently completed European product acquisitions are now being integrated into the business, with recruitment of new marketing and sales resources and sourcing arrangements for the new products being established.
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