- Full year 2016 EBITDA1 saw a six-percent increase to US$572 million despite 15 percent decrease in plantation output
- Palm and laurics segment contributed EBITDA1 of US$181 million, 66 percent rise from the previous year
- Proposed a final dividend of 635 Singapore cents per share
Singapore, 24 February 2017 – Golden Agri-Resources Ltd and its subsidiaries (“GAR” or the “Company”) recorded revenue of over US$7.2 billion for the year 2016. EBITDA1 and net profit3 registered higher at US$572 million and US$400 million, respectively. Fourth quarter EBITDA1 and net profit3 climbed to US$179 million and US$46 million, respectively.
GAR was able to deliver stronger EBITDA1 bolstered by its integrated business model and the appreciation of crude palm oil (CPO) market prices, more than offsetting weaker palm product output.
Net profit3 was further enhanced by deferred tax income arising from the increase in tax depreciable value of plantation assets. For future tax benefit, GAR revalued some of its plantation assets in Indonesia resulting in substantial deferred tax income contributing to its current bottom line. The net tax impact recorded from this revaluation was US$304 million for full year 2016 including US$62 million in the fourth quarter.
GAR’s financial position strengthened with an adjusted net gearing ratio5 of 0.43 times as at 31 December 2016, while total consolidated assets grew to US$8.3 billion. 2016 financial statements adopted the amended IAS 16 and IAS 41 in which GAR measures its plantation assets (bearer plants) at historical costs less accumulated depreciation. GAR restated its 2015 financial statements for comparison purpose.
In light of the continued strong balance sheet and our commitment to consistently reward our shareholders, the Board is pleased to propose a final dividend of 0.635 Singapore cents per share, or 30 percent of GAR’s underlying profit. This is in line with GAR’s dividend policy. The proposed final dividend will be distributed in May 2017, after obtaining approval from shareholders.
Plantations and palm oil mills
Palm product output in the fourth quarter of 2016 improved by seven percent year-on-year and 40 percent quarter-on-quarter to 877,077 tonnes. However, the recovery in quarterly fruit production since mid-2016 did not compensate for the impact of the severe El Niño conditions in 2015 on full year production. During 2016, upstream business production was still 15 percent lower than last year at 2.5 million tonnes of palm products.
Weaker plantation output was the main factor affecting the financial performance of our upstream business. EBITDA1 recorded at US$379 million during 2016, nine percent lower than the previous year. Nonetheless, fourth quarter EBITDA1 saw a recovery, experiencing a 30 percent year-on-year growth to US$140 million.
As at end of 2016, GAR’s total managed planted area was 488,252 hectares, a slight increase from 485,606 hectares last year. This increase was mainly due to the consolidation of acquired plantations. GAR has been focusing on replanting activities for the past few years. This is part of our strategy to grow through intensification by using next-generation, higher-yielding planting materials to support sustainable production growth.
Palm and laurics
The palm and laurics segment has been growing its contribution to GAR’s EBITDA1 as a result of our focus on enhancing margins across the value chain. With US$181 million of EBITDA1 in 2016, it contributed 32 percent to total consolidated EBITDA1 while margin improved to 2.9 percent from 1.9 percent last year. Fourth quarter EBITDA1 recorded at US$45 million, significantly higher than the same period last year.
Oilseeds and Others
The oilseeds and other segments mainly represent our business in China. These segments have maintained their positive contribution with total EBITDA1 of US$12 million during 2016, slightly lower than last year’s US$16 million. GAR will continue to explore long term strategic alternatives for the oilseeds business and prudently manage our risks to minimise the impact of any unexpected market volatility.
OUTLOOK AND STRATEGY
Mr Franky Widjaja, GAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer elaborated: “I am delighted that GAR concluded 2016 well despite the drop in plantation output. As an integrated player, GAR’s performance has been protected by the value coming from our expanded and strengthened downstream business. As we continue our business transformation efforts, we will focus on extracting greater efficiencies throughout our vertically integrated value chain, leveraging science and technology-driven solutions for our upstream operations and perfecting our downstream integration and capability to optimise our profitability. All of these efforts are built on the principle of sustainable palm oil production.”
On the industry outlook, Mr. Widjaja further explained: “The palm oil market will remain volatile but we are confident that the longer-term outlook continues to be promising as palm oil’s productivity leads the vegetable oil industry.”
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About Golden Agri-Resources Ltd (GAR)
GAR is one of the leading palm oil plantation companies with a total planted area of 488,252 hectares (including smallholders) as at 31 December 2016, located in Indonesia. It has integrated operations focused on the production of palm-based edible oil and fat.
Founded in 1996 GAR was listed on the Singapore Exchange in 1999 with a market capitalisation of US$3.8 billion as at 31 December 2016. Flambo International Limited, an investment company, is currently GAR’s largest shareholder, with a 50.35 percent stake. GAR has several subsidiaries, including PT SMART Tbk which was listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in 1992.
GAR is focused on sustainable palm oil production. In Indonesia, its primary activities include cultivating and harvesting of oil palm trees; processing of fresh fruit bunch into crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel; refining CPO into value-added products such as cooking oil, margarine and shortening; as well as merchandising palm products
throughout the world. It also has operations in China and India including a deep-sea port, oilseeds crushing plants, production capabilities for refined edible oil products as well as other food products such as noodles.
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