- Revenue of € 2,460.0 million; an increase of 2.6% compared to H1 2013. Organic volume effect was 5.2%
- Animal Nutrition EBITA increased by 4.7% to € 59.6 million (H1 2013: € 56.9 million) mainly as a result of a good performance in mature markets and our continued focus on higher value-added nutritional solutions
- Fish Feed EBITA increased by 23.9% to € 43.5 million (H1 2013: € 35.1 million) mainly driven by higher salmon feed volumes in Norway due to exceptional market circumstances and the contribution of the operating companies in Ecuador and Egypt which were acquired in 2013
- Compound Feed & Meat Iberia EBITA of € 18.1 million was 31.2% higher than last year (H1 2013: € 13.8 million) mainly due to lower raw material prices and good chicken and pork meat markets
- Nutreco will initiate an additional share buy-back programme of € 100 million
- The interim dividend is determined at € 0.30 per ordinary share (H1 2013: € 0.30)
Knut Nesse, CEO Nutreco: "We are pleased to report a satisfying first half year operating result of € 108.2 million which has been achieved due to better performances in all segments.
In Animal Nutrition the operating result was higher mainly due to improved performances in mature markets. Our focus on higher value-added nutritional solutions that support the sustainability and profitability of our customers also contributed to this result. Our four key themes in animal nutrition R&D are young animal nutrition, animal health & welfare, feed efficiency and application solutions. These themes combined with our top research facilities in the Netherlands, Canada and Spain and our regional Application & Solution Centres are the key enablers which drive results and margins.
In Fish Feed the first half year operating result was clearly higher than in the same period of 2013. This was mainly due to higher salmon feed volumes in Norway as a result of exceptional market circumstances in the first six months of the year. A key strategic aim is to maintain our global market share in salmon feed as well as diversifying into feed for other species given their growth potential. The growth in feed for other species is helping to mitigate the impact of market developments in the Norwegian salmon feed market. Therefore we are pleased to see a strong contribution in results from our shrimp and tilapia feed companies in Ecuador and Egypt. We acquired these companies in 2013 as part of our strategy to grow in non-salmonid species and growth geographies.
In June we organised our 10th biennial AquaVision conference in Stavanger, Norway for stakeholders in the global aquaculture value chain with more than 400 delegates from 45 countries. I believe this event again made a convincing case that aquaculture will play a significant role to secure food availability for a growing world population. Therefore Nutreco will continue to undertake a leading role in developing the feed industry to enable increased production of high quality sustainable fish and shrimp feed on all continents. Currently we already produce feed for a diversified portfolio of more than 60 species of fish and shrimp in 16 countries, with sales in over 40 countries. We aim to maintain and achieve market-leading positions in fish and shrimp feed both geographically and across different species. In order to achieve this, we will continue to work on unique sustainable feed products that are driven by innovation.
We are pleased with the higher results in the Business Unit Compound Feed & Meat Iberia, the unit for which we started a process to explore a possible divestment. During the process we continuously operated with the clear intention that any valuation for the businesses should reflect their market-leading positions, solid financial results and future potential. As these discussions developed, it became clear that no fair valuation could be obtained at the current time. Accordingly, as we communicated on 11 June, the divestment process was halted in the best interests of all stakeholders; these businesses are now again reported as continued operations. The Iberian businesses are well-managed and combine market leadership with operational excellence.
Nutreco is a cash generative company and we will use our financial strength to support organic growth and make selective acquisitions. As we are continuously exploring acquisition opportunities, we continue to expect to make one or two strategic acquisitions a year. Currently we have ample financial room to achieve our growth objectives so in order to optimise the efficiency of our balance sheet and enhance future earnings per share we will undertake an additional share buy-back programme of € 100 million in the second half of the year."
| (€ x million) || H1 2014 || H1 2013 || delta% |
| Revenue (third parties) || 2,460.0 || 2,398.7 || 2.6 |
| EBITDA before exceptional items || 138.4 || 123.6 || 12.0 |
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| EBITA || || || |
| Animal Nutrition || 59.6 || 56.9 || 4.7 |
| Fish Feed || 43.5 || 35.1 || 23.9 |
| Compound Feed & Meat Iberia || 18.1 || 13.8 || 31.2 |
| Corporate || -13.0 || -11.7 || |
| EBITA before exceptional items || 108.2 || 94.1 || 15.0 |
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| Total result for the period || 57.6 || 53.5 || 7.7 |
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| Basic earnings per share from continuing operations (€) || 0.82 || 0.78 || 5.1 |
| Dividend per ordinary share (€) || 0.30 || 0.30 || |
Due to the inclusion of the new segment Compound Feed & Meat Iberia, the following additional guidance applies:
All other existing financial guidance is maintained.
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Driving sustainable growth
Nutreco's strategy 'Driving sustainable growth' is to grow and improve profitability by providing innovative and sustainable nutritional solutions for its customers. This will be realised by focusing on a higher value-added portfolio of nutritional solutions such as premixes, feed specialties and fish feed, and by expanding into the growth geographies of Latin America, Russia, Asia and Africa, which will see the largest increases in both production and consumption of animal protein food products.
Nutreco is a global leader in animal nutrition and fish feed. Our advanced feed solutions are at the origin of food for millions of consumers worldwide. Quality, innovation and sustainability are guiding principles, embedded in the Nutreco culture from research and raw material procurement to products and services for agriculture and aquaculture. Experience across 100 years brings Nutreco a rich heritage of knowledge and experience for building its future. Nutreco employs approximately 10,000 people in 30 countries, with sales in 80 countries. Nutreco is listed on the NYSE Euronext stock exchange in Amsterdam and reported annual revenue of € 5.2 billion in 2013.
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