- First quarter 2017 EBITDA1 strengthened by 29 percent year-on-year to US$183 million
- Palm product output in the first quarter of 2017 experienced year-on-year recovery of 26 percent
Singapore, 15 May 2017 – Golden Agri-Resources Ltd and its subsidiaries (“GAR” or the “Company”) recorded revenue of over US$2.0 billion for the first quarter 2017. EBITDA1 registered higher year-on-year at US$183 million whilst underlying profit2 significantly increased to US$84 million. Net profit3 came in lower at US$38 million mainly impacted by a loss on foreign exchange during the three-month period ended 31 March 2017 as opposed to a gain in the same period last year.
The strong performance was supported by the appreciation of crude palm oil (CPO) market prices coupled with the continued recovery in palm production as the impact of El Niño eased.
GAR’s financial position strengthened with an adjusted net gearing ratio5 of 0.40 times as at 31 March 2017, while total consolidated assets grew to US$8.4 billion.
Plantations and palm oil mills
Palm product output in the first quarter of 2017 recovered by 26 percent year-on- year and declined by 21 percent quarter-on-quarter to 695,857 tonnes. The year- on-year increase was strong as El Niño impact gradually fades, while the quarter-on-quarter decline was due to seasonality. Stronger plantation output was the main factor that boosted the financial performance of our upstream business. EBITDA1 experienced a 29 percent year-on-year growth to US$183 million.
As at 31 March 2017, GAR’s total managed planted area was 488,276 hectares, comprising 79 percent of nucleus plantations and 21 percent of plasma smallholder plantations. Total mature area increased by 9,800 hectares to 476,269 hectares with fruit yield of 5.14 tonnes per hectare in the first quarter of 2017. GAR continues its replanting activities to support growth through intensification by using next-generation, higher-yielding planting materials.
Palm and laurics
The palm and laurics segment continued its contribution to GAR’s consolidated EBITDA1 although rising CPO market prices resulted in margin compression. First quarter 2017 recorded palm and laurics EBITDA1 of US$39 million, with a margin of 2.1%. GAR will maintain its strategy to enhance integration and operational excellence to improve margins in the long term.
Oilseeds and Others
The oilseeds and other segments mainly represent our business in China. These segments provided total EBITDA1 of US$3 million during the first quarter of 2017, a positive turnaround from previous quarter’s loss position of US$6 million. GAR continues to explore long term strategic alternatives for the oilseeds business and prudently manages risks to minimise the impact of any unexpected market volatility.
OUTLOOK AND STRATEGY
Mr Franky Widjaja, GAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented: “GAR has started 2017 well with stronger performance from our upstream business. We continue to take advantage of GAR’s combined strengths in the upstream and downstream businesses to pursue positive market developments. For the rest of the year, we expect performance to be supported mainly by increasing production volume.”
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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 488,276 hectares (including plasma smallholders) as at 31 March 2017, 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 and has a market capitalisation of US$3.5 billion as at 31 March 2017. 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, shortening and biodiesel; 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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