RUSSIA: Cherkizovo 9M profits climb, warns on pork prices

By Michelle Russell | 29 November 2012

  • Net profit climbs 51%
  • Operating profit up 42%
  • Net sales increase 6%
Cherkizovo said it improved profitability in the poultry and meat processing segments in the period

Cherkizovo said it improved profitability in the poultry and meat processing segments in the period

Russia meat producer Cherkizovo has booked an increase in nine-months earnings but warned of a "risk of pressure on pork prices" going into the fourth quarter.

In the nine months to the end of September, net income grew 51% to US$158.7m, while operating profit climbed 42% to $180.1m. The group said it improved profitability in its poultry and meat processing segments in the period and invested in its pork segment to provide "long-term, sustainable growth beyond 2013".

Revenues amounted to $1.14bn in the nine months, a 6% increase on the prior year.

CEO Sergey Mikhailov said grain prices "increased significantly" in 2011, and therefore there is "a risk of pressure on pork prices, which makes operating environment for Q4 and early 2013 more challenging".

Nonetheless, Cherkizovo said it "remains focused on delivering sustainable improvements in profitability through operational efficiency gains, better procurement, effective inventory management and increasing demand for our products".

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FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER AND NINE MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2012

Moscow, 28 November 2012 - Cherkizovo OJSC (LSE: CHE), Russia's leading integrated and diversified meat producer, today announces third quarter and nine months unaudited financial results for the period ended 30 September 2012.

Highlights

Revenues increased 15% in RUR and increased 6% in dollar terms to USD 1,145.4 million for the nine months of 2012 from USD 1,079.4 million for the nine months of 2011. For the third quarter of 2012 revenues increased 11% in RUR and increased 3% in dollar terms to USD 394.5 million as compared to USD 384.6 million in the third quarter of 2011.
Gross profit increased 33% in RUR and increased 23% in dollar terms to USD 333.4 million for the nine months of 2012 from USD 271.4 million for the nine months of 2011. In the third quarter of 2012 Gross profit increased 32% in RUR and increased 22% in dollar terms to USD 121.2 million as compared to USD 99.8 million in the third quarter of 2011.
Group gross margin was a robust 29% for the nine months and 31% for the third quarter.
Adjusted EBITDA* increased 45% in RUR and increased 34% in dollar terms to USD 239.1 million for the nine months of 2012 from USD 178.7 million for the nine months of 2011. For the third quarter of 2012 Adjusted EBITDA* increased 38% in RUR and increased 26% in dollar terms to USD 90.3 million as compared to USD 71.4 million in the third quarter of 2011.
Adjusted EBITDA* margin for the nine months of 2012 was 21% vs 17% in the nine months of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA* margin in the third quarter of 2012 increased to 23%, compared to 19% for the same period of 2011, reflecting a healthy profitability level.
Net income increased by 64% in RUR and 51% in dollar terms to USD 158.7 million for the nine months of 2012 from USD 105.0 million for the nine months of 2011. In the third quarter of 2012 Net income increased 79% in RUR and increased 64% in dollar terms to USD 62.8 million as compared to USD 38.2 million in the third quarter of 2011.
As of 30 September 2012 Net debt** was USD 822.4 million (RUR 25,426.0 million).
The effective cost of debt decreased from 2.3% to 2.1% for the nine months of 2012.
Net income per share increased 51% to USD 3.69
Cash conversion rate (CCR)*** was 135% (9M2011: 170%).
Business Developments

Construction completed of greenfield pork farms in Tambov, Voronezh and Lipetsk; all facilities now fully stocked with sows.
Continued development of Elets integrated poultry production facility. Construction has started on new elevator; sourcing is underway for the 120 tonnes per hour feed mill supplier; and equipment has been purchased for the 240 million egg incubation hatchery.
The first line of the poultry breeding facility, "Pervomayskaya", was opened at the Bryansk cluster. The facility, which was built as part of Cherkizovo's ongoing poultry capacity increase project, consists of 28 bird houses, with a combined capacity of almost 1 million broilers.
21 additional bird houses were built at the poultry breeding facility "Vostochnaya, part of the Penza cluster, increasing capacity to 1 million heads.
An agreement to set up a turkey meat production joint venture with Spain's Grupo Fuertes was signed. The new plant, due to be operational in 2014, will be in the Tambov region of Russia, with more than EUR 100 million invested in development of the project. The annual capacity is expected to be 25,000-30,000 tonnes of turkey meat, and may be increased to 50,000 tonnes in the medium term.
Agreement was reached to acquire agricultural assets located in Central Russia, comprising a swine nucleus unit in the Voronezh region; grain storage facilities in the Voronezh and Penza regions (total capacity exceeding 200,000 tonnes); a feed mill (under construction), and a land bank of approximately 30,000 ha in the Voronezh region.
A renovated feed mill at the Penza cluster was opened, with a total annual capacity of 300,000 tonnes.
The number of Non-Executive Directors on Cherkizovo's Board of Directors has been increased to four, reflecting an increased emphasis on corporate governance and transparency.
Sergey Mikhailov, Chief Executive Officer of Cherkizovo Group, said:

I am pleased to be announcing good nine months results, with a strong third quarter performance. It is pleasing to see our nine months revenues pass the one billion dollar mark, as active management and a supportive trading environment combined to produce solid growth. We have improved profitability in the poultry and meat processing segments and invested in our pork segment to provide long term, sustainable growth beyond 2013.

The strong Poultry results reflect the infrastructure investments Cherkizovo has already made, with impressive volume and revenue growth reflecting strong organic growth and good incremental sales from Mosselprom. Meanwhile the segment's substantial improvement in operational efficiency has produced better profitability.

In the Pork segment, major operational changes were made in 2012 to ensure the segment is well placed for future growth. A strong macro environment in the middle of the year enabled the segment to carry out a sow replacement programme, without reducing volumes or profitability. The Pork segment has now reached installed capacity of 180,000 tonnes per annum and we are well placed to deliver strong volume growth in 2013.

The Meat Processing segment has produced a record profit, as the Group's strategy to focus on high margin, value added produce started to positively impact the segment's financial performance. Recent examples of this strategy include the tripling of productivity at the Kaliningrad plant, which is now well placed for further growth.

This year the grain segment became a strong contributor to the Company's performance for the first time. Cherkizovo has developed its vertical integration, harvesting more than 100,000 tonnes of grain, and we continue to seek opportunities to enhance the productivity of the Group's landbank. Currently, only 35 000 hectares of the landbank are active, but as this increases we anticipate significant further growth.

Looking ahead, the operational environment in the medium term looks more challenging, but Cherkizovo is well prepared, with significantly increased grain storage capacity, enabling the Group to benefit from flexible grain procurement. The Company's diversified operations ensure that we are well placed to benefit from high meat prices at the Poultry and Pork segments, or low meat prices at the Meat Processing segment.

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About Cherkizovo Group

Cherkizovo Group (LSE:CHE) is the largest meat manufacturer in Russia and one of the top three companies serving Russia's poultry, pork and meat processing markets. The company is also Russia's largest producer of fodder.

The Group includes 7 full cycle poultry production facilities, with a total capacity of 400,000 tons live weight p.a.; 14 modern pork production facilities with a total capacity of 180,000 tons live weight p.a.; 6 meat processing plants with a total capacity of 190,000 tons p.a.; 6 fodder plants with a total capacity of 1.4 million tons p.a.; grain storage facilities with a total storage capacity exceeding 500,000 tons; and a land bank exceeding 100,000 hectares. In 2012, Cherkizovo expects to produce more than half a million tons of meat and processed meat products.

Due to its vertically integrated structure, which includes agricultural land, grain storage facilities, feed production, livestock breeding, growing and slaughtering as well as meat processing and integrated distribution, Cherkizovo has consistently delivered sustainable revenue and profit growth. In 2011, Cherkizovo's US GAAP consolidated revenue increased 24% to USD 1,472.6 million, and net profit amounted to USD 135.9 million.

Within the last five years alone, Cherkizovo has invested more than USD 1 billion into the development of Russia's agriculture sector. In addition to existing production facilities, the Group is also investing in a 20 billion rouble hi-technology agro-industrial production complex in Elets, Lipetsk region.

Cherkizovo's strategy includes both organic growth and investment in new projects, driving the consolidation of the Russian meat market. Cherkizovo shares are quoted on LSE and RTS/MICEX.

 

Original source: Cherkizovo

Sectors: Emerging markets, Financials, Meat & poultry

Companies: Cherkizovo

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