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EANS-News: AGRANA achieves significant EBIT growth in first quarter of 2016|17

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quarterly report/First quarter results 2016|17 (ended 31.05.16) 

Group revenue also expands

Outlook: Expecting moderate growth in EBIT and revenue for 2016|17 financial
The sugar, starch and fruit products manufacturer AGRANA launched the 2016|17
financial year with quarterly growth in revenue and EBIT. The Group's revenue
rose to EUR 665.5 million in the first quarter (ended 31 May 2016), an increase
of 8.6% from the first three months of the prior year. Operating profit (EBIT),
at EUR 47.0 million, was up by a substantial 49.2% from the year-earlier level.
While EBIT in the Starch segment eased slightly, additional contribution margins
in the Sugar segment led to positive Sugar EBIT of EUR 10.0 million, a
significant improvement from the prior year's loss-making first quarter. In the
Fruit segment, EBIT also improved significantly thanks to a good sales volume
trend for fruit preparations and a recovery in the fruit juice concentrate
As AGRANA CEO Johann Marihart summarises the successful first quarter: "We are
off to a good start in the new financial year, which reaffirms our positive view
for the full year 2016|17. A gratifying aspect is that - in addition to the
Starch segment and the fruit preparations business - the Sugar segment and the
fruit juice concentrate division also contributed to this positive development."

AGRANA Group financial results
EUR million, except %

                        Q1 2016|17 Q1 2015|16
Revenue                 665.5      612.7
EBITDA*                 58.1       43.2
Operating profit (EBIT) 47.0       31.5
EBIT margin             7.1%       5.1%
Net financial items     (7.5)      (1.7)
Income tax              (8.7)      (8.3)
Profit for the period   30.8       21.5
Investment**            18.6       17.9


*EBITDA represents operating profit before exceptional items, results of equity-
accounted joint ventures, depreciation and amortisation.
**Investment represents purchases of property, plant and equipment and
intangible assets, excluding goodwill.
Net financial items in the first quarter amounted to a net expense of EUR 7.5
million (Q1 prior year: net expense of EUR 1.7 million); the higher expense
resulted from an impairment charge on a current finance receivable in Ukraine.
After an income tax expense of EUR 8.7 million, corresponding to a tax rate of
approximately 22.0% (Q1 prior year: 27.9%), profit for the period was EUR 30.8
million (Q1 prior year: EUR 21.5 million). Earnings per share attributable to
AGRANA shareholders increased to EUR 2.07 (Q1 prior year: EUR 1.45).

Total assets showed a small uptick compared with the 29 February 2016 year-end,
rising to EUR 2.26 billion from EUR 2.24 billion, and the equity ratio edged
higher to 54.4% (29 February 2016: 53.5%). Net debt as of 31 May 2016 stood at
EUR 485.8 million, a seasonal significant increase of EUR 80.0 million from the
2015|16 year-end level. The gearing ratio thus rose to 39.5% as of the quarterly
balance sheet date (29 February 2016: 33.8%).
Sugar Segment

                        Q1 2016|17 Q1 2015|16
Revenue                 178.4      147.8
Operating profit (EBIT) 10.0       (1.9)
EBIT margin             5.6%       (1.3%)


In the financial first quarter, revenue in the Sugar segment grew by a
significant 20.7% year-on-year to EUR 178.4 million. This was driven both by
higher sugar selling prices as a result of the tighter sugar supply, and by
greater sales volumes. Through the growth in revenue and the resulting rise in
contribution margins, EBIT improved markedly to EUR 10.0 million.

Starch segment

                        Q1 2016|17 Q1 2015|16
Revenue                 179.4      174.1
Operating profit (EBIT) 13.8       14.6
EBIT margin             7.7%       8.4%


Starch segment revenue increased by 3.0% in the first quarter to EUR 179.4
million. This slight gain relative to the year-ago quarter was mainly volume-
driven.  Revenue growth was achieved particularly with modified starches and in
feedstuffs trading. At the same time, lower prices led to a revenue decrease for
bioethanol. EBIT, at EUR 13.8 million, was a little short of the comparative
prior-period result of EUR 14.6 million. The EBIT reduction of 5.5% resulted
primarily from the lower ethanol quotations.

Fruit segment

                        Q1 2016|17 Q1 2015|16
Revenue                 307.7      290.8
Operating profit (EBIT) 23.2       18.8
EBIT margin             7.5%       6.5%


Revenue in the Fruit segment increased moderately by 5.8% in the first quarter
to EUR 307.7 million. In the fruit preparations division, a positive trend in
sales volumes was offset by mildly reduced selling prices outside the EU
(negatively affected by exchange rates, notably in Eastern Europe and Latin
America), thus producing only slight overall growth in the division's revenue.
Revenue in the fruit juice concentrate division increased significantly on a
rise in sales prices. EBIT of EUR 23.2 million represented growth of 23.4% from
one year earlier. Both the fruit preparations activities (thanks to increased
sales volumes) and the fruit juice concentrate business (due to higher apple
juice concentrate prices from the 2015 crop) delivered a significant improvement
in earnings.
AGRANA currently expects both Group revenue and operating profit (EBIT) to
increase moderately for the 2016|17 financial year. Total investment by the
Group in the year, at about EUR 114 million, will significantly exceed
depreciation of just under EUR 90 million.
AGRANA converts agricultural raw materials into high-quality foods and numerous
industrial intermediate products. About 8,600 employees at more than 50
production sites worldwide generate annual Group sales of around EUR 2.5
billion. Established in 1988, the company today is the leading sugar producer in
Central and Eastern Europe, its Starch segment is a major European manufacturer
of specialty products, and AGRANA is the largest producer of bioethanol in
Austria. AGRANA is also the world market leader in fruit preparations and
Europe's largest maker of fruit juice concentrates.
This announcement is available in German and English at

Further inquiry note:
AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG

Mag.(FH) Hannes Haider
Investor Relations
Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12905

Mag.(FH) Markus Simak
Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12084

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