• Net profit down
  • EBITDA up on price hikes, cost control
  • Foreign exchange also benefits 

One-off items have hit Parmalat's third-quarter net profit although the Italian dairy group did see its EBITDA increase.

Parmalat, which is controlled by French dairy giant Lactalis, booked net profit of EUR58m (US$73.8m), against EUR75.4m a year earlier. However, EBITDA was up 22.8% at EUR115.8m on the back of price increases, control of overheads and the benefit of foreign exchange.

Net revenue rose 27% to EUR1.41bn thanks in part to the impact of Lactalis's operations in the Americas, which the French group transferred to Parmalat earlier this year.

Parmalat also forecast annual EBITDA of EUR430-440m, compared to EUR374.1m in 2011.

An Italian court last month started to look into the transfer of Lactalis American Group to Parmalat after investors raised concerns about the transaction.

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The Board of Directors Approves the Third Interim Report on Operations 

at September 30, 2012 

? Net revenues increase (+13.2%) 

? EBITDA highly improves (+14.6%)  

? Solid operating results in Australia and Russia 

? Positive performance by LAG: EBITDA +32.9% in the third quarter 

? Significant increase in free cash flow 

? 2012 guidance: EBITDA expected within a range of 430 to 440 million euros

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Original source: Parmalat