Moscow, March 6, 2014 — Cherkizovo Group (LSE: CHE), Russia’s largest integrated and diversified meat producer, today announces full-year audited financial results for the period ending 31 December 2013.
Revenues increased by 8% in roubles, and increased by 5% on a US Dollar basis to $1,654.9 million in 2013 from $1,570.3 million in 2012. Revenues increased by 6% to $460.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 from $433.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, and increased by 11% on a rouble currency basis.
EBITDA* decreased by 41% in roubles, and declined by 43% on a US Dollar basis to $180.6 million in 2013 from $314.6 million in 2012. EBITDA* in the fourth quarter of 2013 decreased by 14% to $65.1 million from $75.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, and decreased by 10% on a rouble currency basis.
EBITDA* margin was at 11% in 2013, down from 20% in 2012. EBITDA* margin in the fourth quarter of 2013 decreased to 14% from 17% in 2012.
Gross profit decreased by 19% in roubles, and decreased by 21% on a US Dollar basis to $358.4 million in 2013 from $452.8 million for 2012. Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2013 decreased by 1% to $118.2 million from $119.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, and increased by 4% on a rouble currency basis.
Group gross margin was at 22% in 2013 and 26% for the fourth quarter.
Net income decreased by 70% in roubles and declined by 71% on a US Dollar basis to $64.5 million from $225.2 million in 2012. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2013 decreased by 38% to $41.4 million from $ 66.5 million in fourth quarter of 2012, and declined by 35% on a rouble currency basis.
As of 31 December 2013 Net debt** was RUR 24,746.5 million ($756.1 million).
The effective cost of debt increased to 3% from 2% for 2012.
Net income per share decreased by 72% to $1.47.
Cash conversion rate (CCR)*** was 277% (103% for 2012).
Large scale projects aimed to double capacity at the Bryansk and Penza clusters were completed. As a result of these 7.5 billion RUR investments, Bryansk cluster capacity increased from 35 000 to 85 000 tonnes p.a., Penza cluster capacity increased from 60 000 to 125 000 tonnes p.a. (liveweight)
Construction is underway of new broiler farms in the Moscow and Lipetsk regions. These farms will become operational in 2014
Construction is underway of feed plant in the Bryansk region, hatchery for 240 million eggs p.a. and grain storage facility of 215 000 tonnes in the Lipetsk region
Petelinka brand recognized as “The Product of the Year”; new marketing campaigns and branding initiatives helped to increase the share of branded poultry products in sales
All new pork complexes are fully stocked with sows and fully operational. The company had increased number of piglets born by 500 000 with the same number of sows as in 2012
Cherkizovo became Russia’s second largest pork producer, increasing its sales of live hogs by 50%
The company installed a new semi-cooked products line “Cherkizovo Express” worth $20 million on its Moscow CHMPZ plant
The company reconstructed the slaughtering facility at Penza plant, increasing its meat storage capacity threefold and its livestock storing capacity twofold.
Cherkizovo acquired Dankov meat processing plant and slaughter house in the Lipetsk region
2013 grain harvest increased by 50% as compared to 2012; the Company demonstrated very strong yields.
Commenting on the financial performance, Cherkizovo Group CEO Sergei Mikhailov said:
The year 2013 was challenging for the entire Russian meat industry, including Cherkizovo Group. In the first half of the year, the pricing environment for the pork and grain markets was unfavourable. Live pigs prices reached record lows, while in contrast, prices on grain reached a historic high for the last decade. Under these conditions, even the most efficient manufacturers, such as our company, experienced constant losses. However, starting from the second quarter, the situation began to improve. The first and most important event was the grain price drop to the level of longstanding trends. Due to the decrease of imports and to production at private farms, the pork supply declined, and by the middle of the third quarter, pig prices returned to acceptable figures. In addition, the government allocated one-time compensatory subsidies to producers, and this partly mitigated the consequences of the price shock.
During this difficult period, Cherkizovo Group once again demonstrated that its business model, which combines vertical integration and diversification, enables the company to operate confidently, even in the most unfavourable conditions. Cherkizovo Group’s revenues rose, surpassing 50 billion roubles for the first time in the company’s history, and we increased production and sales in all divisions. In 2013, the company produced approximately 640,000 tonnes of meat products and around 1.5 million tonnes of feed, confirming its status as the country’s largest meat and fodder manufacturer. Despite the fact that profitability indexes dropped substantially due to the unfavourable market environment, we are satisfied with the results of the work done in 2013.
In the poultry division, we completed projects to double production capacity in Penza and Bryansk poultry clusters, achieving the specified capacity of 450,000 tonnes live weight per year. The company focused on marketing and sales in order to achieve sufficient profitability on the stagnating market. We increased the share of our branded products by 7 percentage points, to almost 60 per cent, and Petelinka, our top brand, was recognized as The Product of the Year.
The previously implemented investment program in pig production enabled Cherkizovo Group to sharply expand production and performance and to become, based on the year’s results, Russia’s second largest pork producer. We increased sales by more than 50 per cent. Obviously, the low pork prices in the first half of the year did not make it possible to obtain in 2013 a full financial yield from growth in pig production, but after prices recover, we expect that this division will again become one of the most profitable business sectors.
Meat processing emerged as a stabilising factor for the business. The price decline on meat, which hurt pig production, helped the meat processing division to increase its profitability to double digits. The higher profitability was also supported by improvement in sales structure and an increase in the share of high-margin products. During the year we reconstructed the Moscow and Penza facilities, raising their operating efficiency and preparing for the release of new lines of ready-to-cook products.
The grain division returned outstanding results. Compared to 2012, yield was up by 50 per cent from practically the same cultivated area. Moreover, the grain yield at Cherkizovo Group facilities substantially exceeds the countrywide average. In order to make the grain division even more efficient, we are continuing to invest in modern agricultural machinery and grain storage.
Cherkizovo Group has entered 2014 with facilities that are operating at full capacity, and this will make it possible to produce and sell considerable volumes of meat products this year, while the favourable pricing environment that we are currently observing on the markets will help to regain our business profitability longstanding trend.
About Cherkizovo Group
Cherkizovo Group (LSE:CHE) is the largest meat manufacturer in Russia and one of the top three companies serving Russia’s poultry, pork and meat processing markets. The company is also Russia’s largest producer of fodder.
The Group includes 7 full cycle poultry production facilities, with a total capacity of 450,000 tonnes live weight p.a.; 14 modern pork production facilities with a total capacity of 180,000 tonnes live weight p.a.; 6 meat processing plants with a total capacity of 158,000 tonnes p.a.; 6 fodder plants with a total capacity of 1.4 million tonnes p.a.; grain storage facilities with a total storage capacity exceeding 500,000 tonnes; and a land bank exceeding 100,000 hectares. In 2013, Cherkizovo produced more than half a million tonnes of meat and processed meat products.
Due to its vertically integrated structure, which includes agricultural land, grain storage facilities, feed production, livestock breeding, growing and slaughtering as well as meat processing and integrated distribution, Cherkizovo has consistently delivered sustainable revenue and profit growth. In 2013, Cherkizovo’s US GAAP consolidated revenue exceeded $1,6 billion.
Cherkizovo’s strategy includes both organic growth and investment in new projects, driving the consolidation of the Russian meat market. Within the last five years alone, Cherkizovo has invested more than $1 billion into the development of Russia’s agriculture sector. Cherkizovo shares are quoted on LSE and MICEX.
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$ symbol in this press release stands for US Dollar
The table below summarizes the Group’s performance in dollars for the full year 2013 and for the fourth quarter of 2013:
|Sales||1 654.9||1 570.3||5%||460.0||433.0||6%|
|Gross margin, %||22%||29%||26%||28%|
|Operating Income margin, %||5%||15%||9%||12%|
|EBITDA margin, %||11%||20%||14%||17%|
On a reported currency basis sales increased by 5% to $1,654.9 (2012: $1,570.3 million) due mostly to strong organic growth in the pork segment. Gross profit decreased by 21% to $358.4 million (2012: $452.8 million) due mostly to a very weak price environment in the pork segment and high grain prices in the first half of 2013. Operating expenses as a percentage of gross sales increased to 16% from 14%. Net income decreased by 71% to $64.5 million in 2013 from $225.2 million in 2012.
Adjusted EBITDA* decreased by 43 % to $180.6 million (2012: $314.6 million) and adjusted EBITDA* margin was at 11% in 2013, and at 14% in the fourth quarter of 2013, reflecting an improvement in profitability in the pork segment.
The table below summarizes the Group’s performance in roubles:
|Sales||52 767.7||48 825.9||8%||14 964.1||13 457.4||11%|
|Gross Profit||11 456.8||14 080.4||−19%||3 845.7||3 706.1||4%|
|Gross margin, %||22%||29%||26%||28%|
|Operating expenses||(8 604.2)||(6 862.5)||25%||(2 535.4)||(2 089.6)||21%|
|Operating Income||2 852.6||7 217.9||−60%||1 310.3||1 616.5||−19%|
|Operating Income margin, %||5%||15%||9%||12%|
|Net Income||2 087.3||7 002.6||−70%||1 346.4||2 067.3||−35%|
|Adjusted EBITDA||5 800.8||9 781.9||−41%||2 116.5||2 344.5||−10%|
|EBITDA margin, %||11%||20%||14%||17%|
Sales volume in the Poultry division in 2013 increased by 7% y-o-y to 342 637 tonnes of sellable weight compared to 319 210 tonnes in 2012.
Prices in ruble terms decreased by 2% y-o-y from 78.62 RUR/kg in 2012 to 77.12 RUR/kg in 2013. Compared to the price of 77.09 RUR/kg in the third quarter of 2013, the price in the fourth quarter of 2013 increased by 1% to 78.05 RUR/kg.
Prices in dollar terms decreased by 4% y-o-y from $2.53/kg in 2012 to $2.42/kg in 2013. Compared to the price of $2.35/kg in the third quarter of 2013, the price in the fourth quarter of 2013 increased by 2% to $ 2.40/kg.
Total sales in the Poultry division were almost flat reported at $ 844.4 million in 2013 (2012: $842.1 million). Gross Profit decreased by 35% to $152.0 million (2012: $232.9 million), divisional Gross margin decreased to 18% (2012: 28%) due to high cost of sales during the first half of 2013. In 2013, the segment accounted for approximately 390 million roubles or $12.3 million of direct subsidies, received as a one-time direct compensation subsidy granted by the Government, which offset the cost of sales.
Operating expenses as a percentage of gross sales increased to 14% from 12% in 2012 mostly due to higher payroll expenses, transportation costs and marketing expenses. Operating Income decreased by 72% to $37.2 million (2012: $133.5 million), and Operating margin was 4%. Segment Profit in the Poultry division decreased by 72% to $36.8 million (2012: $129.9 million).
Adjusted EBITDA* decreased by 54% to $81.1 million (2012: $176.1 million), and Adjusted EBITDA* margin was at 10% in 2013 compared to 21% in 2012.
Sales volume in the Pork division in 2013 increased by 52% y-o-y to 157 565 tonnes of live weight, compared to 103 877 tonnes in 2012.
Prices in ruble terms decreased by 14% y-o-y from 76.52 RUR/kg in 2012 to 65.68 RUR/kg in 2013. Compared to the price of 70.31 RUR/kg in the third quarter of 2013, the price in the fourth quarter of 2013 increased by 1% to 71.32 RUR/kg.
Prices in dollar terms decreased by 16% y-o-y from $2.46/kg in 2012 to $2.06/kg in 2013 (live weight). Compared to the price of $2.14/kg in the third quarter of 2013, the price in the fourth quarter of 2013 increased by 2% to $2.19/kg.
Total sales in the Pork division increased by 35% to $ 338.8 million (2012: $ 251.8 million) due mostly to sales volume growth, while price environment was weak during the first half. Record low level of domestic prices and high cost of sales during the first half of the year negatively affected profits in the segment. Gross Profit decreased by 38 % to $ 57.2 million (2012: $ 92.4 million) and divisional Gross margin decreased to 17% in 2013 from 37% in 2012 due to a sharp increase in the cost of sales. In 2013, the segment accounted for approximately 372 million roubles or $11.7 million of direct subsidies, received as a one-time direct compensation subsidy granted by the Government, which offset the cost of sales
Operating Expenses as a percentage of gross sales increased to 10% in 2013 vs. 9% in 2012. Operating Income decreased by 67% to $23.3 million (2012: $70.7 million), and Operating margin was at 7% in 2013 compared to 28% in 2012. Profit in the Pork division decreased by 80% to $12.6 million from $ 63.7 million in 2012.
Adjusted EBITDA* of the division decreased by 37% to $ 59.0 million (2012: $94.0 million), and Adjusted EBITDA* margin was at 17% in 2013 compared to 37% in 2012.
Meat Processing Division
Sales volume in the Meat Processing division increased by 6% y-o-y to 134 530 tonnes in 2013 from 127 403 tonnes in 2012.
Prices in ruble terms were almost flat at 148.39 RUR/kg in 2012 vs. 148.78 RUR/kg in 2013. Compared to the price of 146.18 RUR/kg in the third quarter of 2013, the price in the fourth quarter of 2013 increased by 7% to 156.32 RUR/kg.
Prices in dollar terms decreased by 2% y-o-y to $4.67/kg in 2013 compared to $4.77/kg in 2012. Compared to the price of $4.46/kg in the third quarter of 2013, the price in the fourth quarter of 2013 increased by 8% to $4.80/kg.
Total sales in the Meat Processing division was almost flat reported at $571.6 million (2012: $568.5 million). Divisional Gross Profit increased by 20% to $140.3 million (2012: $117.3 million), and divisional Gross margin was a robust 25% in 2013 vs. 21% in 2012.
Operating Expenses as a percentage of gross sales increased to 15 % in 2013 from 13% in 2012, due to higher payroll and transportation expenses. The division generated Operating Income of $52.1 million (2012: $44.6 million), and Operating margin increased to 9% (2012: 8%). Profit in the Meat Processing division increased by 13% to $ 41.1 million (2012: $36.4 million).
Adjusted EBITDA* for the division increased by 9.1% to $61.4 million (2012: $ 56.2 million), and Adjusted EBITDA* margin in the Meat Processing division was at 11% in 2013.
In 2013 Cherkizovo harvested more than 175 000 tonnes of grain (bunker weight), which is 51% higher than in 2012, reported at about 116 000 tonnes. Harvest in net weight was at about 163 000 tonnes in 2013, which is 48% higher than 110 000 tonnes in 2012. In 2013 agricultural season the Company sowed approximately 40 thousand hectares in the Orel and Voronezh regions.
Sales volume in the Grain division increased by 24% y-o-y to 139 565 tonnes in 2013 from 112 414 tonnes in 2012. Wheat, barley and corn accounted for 80% of sales (in tonnes) in 2013.
Total sales in the Grain division amounted to $26.8 million in 2013 compared to $ 35.8 million in 2012. Divisional Gross Profit decreased by 42% to $8.2 million from $ 14.0 million, while divisional Gross margin decreased to 31% in 2013 from 39% previous year.
Operating Expenses as a percentage of gross sales increased to 20% in 2013 from 13% in 2012 due mostly to high payroll expenses. The division generated Operating Income of $2.9 million, and Operating margin was at 11% in 2013 vs. 27% in 2012. Profit in the Grain division was $2.0 million vs. $7.2 million in 2012.
Adjusted EBITDA* for the division decreased by more than 50% to $ 5.1 million compared to $ 13.8 million in 2012. Adjusted EBITDA* margin in the Grain division was 19% in 2013 vs.38% in 2012.
The Group’s capital expenditure on property, plant and equipment and maintenance amounted to $161.1 million in 2013. Of that, $75.8 million was invested into the Poultry division, mainly into breeding and hatching sites and feed mills, as well as slaughter and processing sites as part of the capacity increase projects at the Bryansk and Penza clusters; $36.3 million was invested into the Pork division, mainly in the construction of feed mills and grain storages; $29.0 million was invested into the Meat Processing division (production equipment) $18.0 million was invested into the Grain division (agricultural machinery).
Net Debt** at the end of 2013 was RUR 24,746.5 million ($756.1 million). Total Debt was RUR 27,526.4 million ($ 841.0 million). Of Total Debt, long-term debt was approximately $523.8 million, or 62% of the debt portfolio. Short-term debt was $317.2 million, or 38 % of the portfolio. Cost of Debt for 2013 was 3%. The portion of subsidized debt in the portfolio was 91% compared to 94% as of 31 December 2012. Cash and cash equivalents totalled $ 64.4 million at 31 December 2013.
The Group received direct subsidies to the amount of RUR 770 million ($24.8 million) as a one-time compensation subsidy granted by the Government. The Group accrued interest reimbursement of RUR 2,163 million ($70.1 million) for 2013 which offset the interest expense.
Grain prices are currently at lower levels, which coincide with longstanding price trends. There is a shortage on the pork market because deliveries from Europe have been halted. This enables a price increase on live pigs as well as an increase in pig production; on the other hand, it will also place pressure on manufacturers of sausage products.
The markets for chicken meat and sausage products appear saturated enough, and this prevents a price increase. In the face of stiff competition, Cherkizovo Group is planning to focus on marketing, brand development, and the strengthening of sales and logistics in order to maintain high profitability and to increase its share of shelves of stores.
Management considers the weakening of rouble as a benefitial factor for the company, as it will make meat imports less competitive in terms of price. As almost all the company’s debt and the major part of raw materials are denominated in roubles, no negative effect is expected.
Generally, the management of Cherkizovo Group is expecting 2014 to be a year of confident growth and positive results.
*Non-GAAP financial measures. This press release includes financial information prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, or US GAAP, as well as other financial measures referred to as non-GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information prepared in accordance with US GAAP.
Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Income Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”). Adjusted EBITDA represents income before income tax and non-controlling interests adjusted for interest, depreciation and amortization and certain other items as shown in the reconciliation in Appendix 1. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of our net revenues. Our adjusted EBITDA may not be similar to adjusted EBITDA measures of other companies; is not a measurement under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information contained in our consolidated statement of operations. We believe that adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors because it is an indicator of the strength and performance of our ongoing business operations, including our ability to fund discretionary spending such as capital expenditures, acquisitions and other investments and our ability to incur and service debt. While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under generally accepted accounting principles, these expenses primarily represent the non-cash current period allocation of costs associated with long-lived assets acquired or constructed in prior periods. Our adjusted EBITDA calculation is commonly used as one of the bases for investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare the periodic and future operating performance and