Cherkizovo Reports First Quarter Loss

RUSSIA –Integrated meat processing company Cherkizovo Group has seen revenue increase by eight per cent to $385.0 million for the first quarter of 2013 from $357.3 million in the first quarter of 2012.
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However, adjusted profits (EBITDA) fell by 54 per cent to $28.4 million for the quarter from $62.5 million in the first quarter of 2012

Adjusted EBITDA* margin decreased to 7.4 per cent from 17.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2012 and gross Profit decreased by 34 per cent to $63.3 million for in the first quarter of 2013 from $96.0 million in the first quarter of 2012.

The group’s gross margin decreased to 16.4 per cent from 26.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2012.

The company showed a net loss of $0.6 million compared to net income of $39.8 million in the first quarter of 2012

Net Debt was $846.8 million at the end of the first quarter of 2013

Sergei Mikhailov, Cherkizovo CEO, said: “The first quarter was extremely challenging for all meat manufacturers in Russia, our company included.

“Grain prices reached historic highs with a peak in February and pork prices continued to decline throughout the quarter.

“Even the most efficient industrial pork manufacturers, including Cherkizovo, were forced to sell hogs below production cost.

“In these trying circumstances, the Cherkizovo Group demonstrated that its unique diversified structure enables the Company to mitigate inevitable market risks.

“While the pork segment suffered from depressed prices, the meat processing segment helped to capture some margin lost in pork. Our new grain segment also demonstrated strong growth.

“From this point forward, we expect the situation to significantly improve.

“As we surmised, pork prices began growing with the start of the summer barbeque season, and, as a result of the market deficit caused by decreased imports and less efficient producers exiting the market, in early May live hog prices rebounded by more than 10 per cent. Grain prices started to decline in anticipation of a good harvest.

“We welcome the government’s decision to increase its support for the agricultural sector.

“ It is expected that direct subsidies will amount to 9 rubles per kilogram for pork and 3.5 rubles per kilogram for poultry. These subsidies will be distributed based on Q4 2012 production volumes, so the Cherkizovo Group should receive approximately 600 million RUR in subsidies.

“Over the last seven years we have built a strong and sustainable business model and the strongest management team in the industry.

“Given that fact, Cherkizovo is pursuing the right strategy and is on the right track for long term growth.”

Business Developments

Three new pork complexes in the Lipetsk, Tambov and Voronezh regions, launched in 2012, are fully operational and working at full capacity, resulting in a significant increase in pork production volumes.

Renovation of a semi-cooked meat products facility began at the Cherkizovsky Meat Processing Plant in Moscow. The new facility will produce semi-cooked meat products under the popular Cherkizovsky brand.

Renovation of a slaughterhouse at the Penza Meat Processing Plant got under way.

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