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EANS-News: AGRANA EBIT up 26.6% year-on-year after three financial quarters

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Subtitle: EBIT rises in all segments

quarterly report/9-month report

In the first three quarters of the 2016|17 financial year, AGRANA Beteiligungs-
AG achieved year-on-year growth of 3.1% in Group revenue to EUR 1,967.5 million
(Q1-Q3 prior year: EUR 1,908.0 million). Operating profit (EBIT) rose
substantially to EUR 137.7 million, an increase of 26.6% from one year earlier.
AGRANA CEO Johann Marihart is pleased with the interim results: "The AGRANA
Group continued its positive trajectory of the current 2016|17 financial year
and already surpassed the EBIT of the full year 2015|16 after the first three
quarters. All three segments contributed to the significant earnings
improvement. In the Sugar and Fruit segments, higher sales prices carried the
good performance. In the Starch segment, productivity gains and larger sales
volumes were beneficial for our margins."
 
 
AGRANA consolidated financial resultsfor the first three quarters of 2016|17
(1 March to 30 November 2016)
EUR million, except %
 


                                                    Q1-3 2016|17 Q1-3 2015|16
Revenue                                             1,976.5      1,908.0
EBITDA*                                             183.9        154.1
Operating profit**                                  121.6        90.8
Share of results of equity-accounted joint ventures 23.7         19.7
Exceptional items                                   (7.6)        (1.7)
Operating profit (EBIT)                             137.7        108.8
EBIT margin                                         7.0%         5.7%
Net financial items                                 (13.3)       (16.3)
Income tax                                          (29.2)       (21.6)
Profit for the period                               95.2         81.2
Investment***                                       69.6         78.8

 
 

                                                    Q3 2016|17 Q3 2015|16
Revenue                                             647.2      644.5
EBITDA*                                             69.7       61.0
Operating profit**                                  43.3       32.8
Share of results of equity-accounted joint ventures 8.7        7.7
Exceptional items                                   (4.7)      (0.4)
Operating profit (EBIT)                             47.3       40.1
EBIT margin                                         7.2%       6.2%
Net financial items                                 (3.0)      (5.1)
Income tax                                          (11.7)     (8.0)
Profit for the period                               32.6       26.9
Investment***                                       27.2       38.0

 

 
*EBITDA represents operating profit before exceptional items, results of equity-
accounted joint ventures, depreciation and amortisation.
**Before exceptional items and results of equity-accounted joint ventures
***Investment represents purchases of property, plant and equipment and
intangible assets, excluding goodwill.
 
 
Net financial items of the AGRANA Group in the first three quarters of 2016|17
amounted to a net expense of EUR 13.3 million (Q1-Q3 prior year: net expense of
EUR 16.3 million); the improvement resulted primarily from net currency
translation gains. After an income tax expense of EUR 29.2 million,
corresponding to a tax rate of approximately 23.5% (Q1-Q3 prior year: 23.4%),
profit for the period was EUR 95.2 million (Q1-Q3 prior year: EUR 70.8 million).
Earnings per share attributable to AGRANA shareholders increased to EUR 6.29
(Q1-Q3 prior year: EUR 4.97).
 
Net debt at 30 November 2016 was EUR 382.0 million, or EUR 23.8 million less
than the 2015|16 year-end level. The gearing ratio thus eased to 30.8% as of the
quarterly balance sheet date (29 February 2016: 33.8%).
 
 
Results in the Sugar, Starch and Fruit segments
 
 
Sugar segment
 


                        Q1-3 2016|17 Q1-3 2015|16
Revenue                 532.5        540.5
Operating profit (EBIT) 23.1         10.4
EBIT margin             4.3%         1.9%

 

                        Q3 2016|17 Q3 2015|16
Revenue                 180.5      195.5
Operating profit (EBIT) 4.8        4.0
EBIT margin             2.7%       2.0%

 

Sugar segment revenue in the first three quarters of 2016|17 declined slightly
year-on-year, easing by 1.5% to EUR 532.5 million. Higher sugar sales prices
were more than offset by lower sales volumes that resulted from the smaller-
than-average beet crop of the prior year. The fact that EBIT more than doubled
from one year earlier to EUR 23.1 million was due particularly to higher spot
selling prices in Eastern Europe.
 
 
 
Starch segment
 


                        Q1-3 2016|17 Q1-3 2015|16
Revenue                 551.9        544.0
Operating profit (EBIT) 58.0         52.9
EBIT margin             10.5%        9.7%
 
 

                        Q3 2016|17 Q3 2015|16
Revenue                 188.8      191.3
Operating profit (EBIT) 26.0       21.8
EBIT margin             13.8%      11.4%

 

Revenue in the Starch segment in the first nine months of 2016|17 was EUR 551.9
million, or 1.5% above the year-ago value. Revenue growth was achieved as a
result of increased production and higher sales volumes. EBIT of EUR 58.0
million surpassed the already good year-earlier result by 9.6%. This profit
growth was made possible mainly by lower raw material costs for grains and by
reduced energy costs.
 
 
 
Fruit segment
 


                        Q1-3 2016|17 Q1-3 2015|16
Revenue                 883.1        823.5
Operating profit (EBIT) 56.6         45.5
EBIT margin             6.4%         5.5%

 

                        Q3 2016|17 Q3 2015|16
Revenue                 277.9      257.7
Operating profit (EBIT) 16.5       14.3
EBIT margin             5.9%       5.5%

 

Fruit segment revenue in the first three quarters of 2016|17 expanded by 7.2%
year-on-year to EUR 883.1 million. EBIT, at EUR 56.6 million, grew by 24.4% from
the prior year's comparative period. The significant earnings improvement was
driven both by the fruit juice concentrate business (due to higher prices for
apple juice concentrates made from the 2015 crop) and by the fruit preparations
activities (through growth in sales volumes).
 
 
 
Outlook
 
For the full 2016|17 financial year, AGRANA continues to expect a moderate
increase in Group revenue and a significant improvement in EBIT. The Group's
capital investment of EUR 126 million in 2016|17 will again be markedly higher
than depreciation of about EUR 85 million.
 
 
 
About AGRANA
 
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, and its Starch segment is a major European
manufacturer of specialty products, as well as 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 www.agrana.com.

Further inquiry note:
AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG


Mag.(FH) Hannes Haider
Investor Relations
Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12905
e-mail:hannes.haider@agrana.com


Mag.(FH) Markus Simak
Pressesprecher
Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12084
e-mail: markus.simak@agrana.com

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