Source - RNS
RNS Number : 4796J
M. P. Evans Group PLC
12 September 2016
 

 

 

M.P. EVANS GROUP PLC

M.P. Evans Group PLC ("MP Evans" or "the Group"), a producer of Indonesian palm oil, announces its unaudited preliminary results for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

 

Highlights

 

·      Profit of US$11.7 million on trading and disposal of investment in NAPCo

·      Fall in crop of 9% following exceptional dry weather

·      Half-year profit on continuing operations lower by US$0.3 million (4%)

·      Profit for the period US$18 million

·      Oil extraction continues at excellent levels

·      Good planting momentum: 1,980 hectares on new projects, including smallholder areas

·      CPO price similar to previous year and has strengthened substantially since 30 June

 

Commenting on the results, the chairman of M.P. Evans, Peter Hadsley-Chaplin, said: -

 

"The increased profit in the first half of 2016 reflects the one-off gain from the sale of the Group's NAPCo shares, offset by lower plantation earnings, following a reduction in oil-palm ffb crops, caused by exceptionally dry weather.  Whilst palm-oil prices traded around the levels seen in the first half of 2015, the market has, since then, staged a welcome recovery in the second half, which augurs well for the Group's new, increased focus on palm oil."

 

12 September 2016

 

Enquires:

M.P. Evans Group PLC

020 7796 4133 on 12 September 2016 only


Thereafter telephone 01892 516333



Peter Hadsley-Chaplin

Chairman

Tristan Price

Chief executive

Matthew Coulson

Chief financial officer



Peel Hunt LLP

020 7418 8900

Dan Webster


Adrian Trimmings


George Sellar




Hudson Sandler

020 7796 4133

Charlie Jack


Bertie Berger


 

 

An analysts' meeting will be held today at 9.30 a.m. at the offices of Hudson Sandler, 29 Cloth Fair, London EC1A 7NN.

 

OVERVIEW

The profit for the first half of 2016 stood at US$18.0 million compared with US$15.4 million for the first half of 2015. This result reflects the profit made by the Group on selling its shares in The North Australian Pastoral Company Pty Limited ("NAPCo"), but poorer results from its plantation operations compared with 2015, following an extended period of drought in some of the Group's areas.

 

For some time, the Group's board has been of the view that the interests of shareholders would be best served by adopting a strategy that focussed on plantation operations, securing future growth by further investment in plantation land to generate continuing growth in crops, revenue and profit. As recorded in the 2015 annual report, the Group sold its Australian cattle-fattening property, Woodlands, in December 2015. Subsequently, in May 2016, the Group reached agreement for the sale of its investment in NAPCo for A$107 million and this sale too has now been completed. These two disposals end the Group's interest in the Australian cattle sector and have provided it with the means to execute its strategy of expansion in the plantation sector. The Group is continuing to develop the remaining areas on its existing projects. In Kalimantan and Bangka, planting is nearing completion leaving Musi Rawas as the focus of its development activity. Between these three projects, the Group expects to plant a further 6,400 hectares for itself and 3,200 hectares for smallholder co-operatives, a total of 9,600 hectares. Additionally, the Group is exploring the acquisition of smaller parcels of land, ideally amounting in total to 4,000-5,000 hectares, close to its Kalimantan project, to bring it to an optimal operational size. In the short to medium term, the Group therefore aims to develop, either for itself or its smallholders, approximately a further 14,000 hectares. In the longer term, the Group plans to continue to acquire new areas of sustainable oil palm of a suitable economic size. Increased hectarage is the basis for sustained future crop and revenue growth.

 

The dry weather notably affected the Group's operations in its new projects in Kalimantan and, most especially, in Bangka. The Group's operations in North Sumatra and the results of its PT Agro Muko ("Agro Muko") joint venture in Bengkulu were less affected. In total, the crop on the Group's areas fell by 9% from 187,100 tonnes to 170,300 tonnes; that on the areas of its smallholder co-operatives falling by 15% from 46,800 tonnes to 39,600 tonnes. The upward momentum in crops will resume once normal rainfall re-establishes itself. The Group's palms are on average a young 7.9 years old (its associated smallholder co-operatives 5.2 years), and so under normal conditions are still increasing yields per hectare as they age. The commodity price of crude palm oil ("CPO") rose from the low level seen at the end of 2015 to above US$700 per tonne in the middle of March, where it traded consistently for some three months before weakening a little at the very end of the half year. The average Rotterdam c.i.f. price for the period was US$668 per tonne compared with US$673 for the equivalent period in 2015.

 

The first half of 2016 saw good progress on planting in the new projects, with a further 700 hectares planted in Musi Rawas and 480 hectares in Kalimantan, mostly in areas now protected by a newly constructed flood-management bund. The first two phases of the bund have progressed faster than expected due to the dry weather that adversely affected crop. Some modest additional planting of 60 hectares in Bangka brought the Group's new planting in the period to 1,240 hectares. Additionally, across the three new projects, 740 hectares have been planted in the smallholder co-operative areas.

 

In addition to the special dividend of 5 pence per share paid on 17 August 2016 following the disposal of the Group's investment in NAPCo, the board has declared an interim dividend of 2.25 pence per share (2015: 2.25p per share). The board has resolved to stop offering a scrip-dividend alternative to a cash dividend payment given the Group's strong balance-sheet position following the sale of its investment in NAPCo. The dividend will be paid on or after 4 November 2016 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 21 October 2016.

 

THE PALM-OIL MARKET

The average CPO price in the first half of 2016 was US$668 per tonne, only US$5 lower than the average price recorded for the first half of 2015. However, the price actually received by producers of Indonesian palm oil was reduced by the introduction of a new tax in July 2015, an 'export levy', at a flat rate of US$50 per tonne. This new tax supplements the existing export tax which operates at CPO prices above US$750 per tonne. The export tax was revised at the time the export levy was introduced, so that the total of export tax and export levy payable at prices above US$750 per tonne are broadly unchanged. Hence the export levy effectively only increases the tax burden at CPO prices below US$750 per tonne, as has been the case during the first half of 2016.

 

CPO prices started the year at the low level of US$580 per tonne. The traditional increase in demand ahead of Chinese New Year, in early February 2016, saw prices rise to a level just under US$650 per tonne. Reduced stocks of CPO, increasing biodiesel production in Indonesia and strengthening concern over the impact of dry weather on crops in South East Asia, supported a further rise in the price to a level above US$700 per tonne, where it traded until mid-June before finishing the period slightly lower at US$655 per tonne. It remained at this level during July but strengthened substantially in August to its current level of more than US$750 per tonne.

 

RESULTS FOR THE PERIOD

 

Majority-owned operations

 

Crops

Crops in the second quarter of 2016 fell behind the levels of 2015 in all of the Group's areas. By the end of June 2016, the Group's crops of 170,300 tonnes in the first half were 9% below the 187,100 tonnes harvested in 2015.

 

This fall in crop was not uniform across the Group's different areas of operation. Estates in Sumatra experienced a modest reduction of 5%, those in Kalimantan 7%, but the Group's project on Bangka suffered a fall of 23% in its crop (see table below). This last project normally experiences a mild annual dry spell, although in this case the extreme period of dryness beginning at the end of 2014 did not abate until the start of 2016. Weather of this nature is most unusual, and the cumulative effect of such an extended period of low rainfall has had a dramatic effect on production of fresh fruit bunches ("ffb"). Whilst the palms themselves are not at risk, lack of rain inhibits the formation of inflorescences which reduces the potential for the palm to produce new ffb. Once a more normal pattern of rainfall re-establishes itself, the palm begins a new cycle of production, often resulting in a period of 'flush' yields 18-24 months after adequate moisture is again available to support palm growth. In all of the Group's areas of operation, rainfall in the second quarter improved growing conditions.

 

The smallholder co-operative areas experienced a similar reduction in crop to that in the Group's own areas in the same project. Overall, smallholder crop fell from 46,800 tonnes to 39,600 tonnes. Purchases of outside crop continued in Kalimantan, although at the slightly lower level of 9,400 tonnes as compared with 10,500 tonnes in the previous year. Purchases of outside crop are made in Pangkatan only during high-cropping periods when they can be purchased at an attractive price. In 2016, the Group has delayed these purchases because of both the dry weather pattern and the timing of the Hari Raya religious festival.

 

Production

The Group commissioned its new mill on Bangka in May this year. The project comprises: a 45-tonne-per-hour mill (expandable to 60 tonnes); a composting facility, where the empty fruit bunches are turned into a valuable organic compost which is returned to the field; and a biogas plant, where methane is captured from mill effluent and used to generate electricity. The project was completed on time and within budget.

 

Whilst crop has been lower than in the previous year, both oil- and kernel-extraction rates remain at high levels. In Kalimantan, an oil-extraction rate of 26.0% was achieved in the first half of 2016, an improvement on the already-high level of 25.6% recorded in the first half of 2015. Oil extraction also improved in Pangkatan from 23.2% in 2015 to 23.6%. The Bangka mill managed to achieve an oil-extraction rate of 23.7% in its first weeks of operation. Throughput at all three mills has been maintained at optimal levels. The Group expects capacity utilisation in its newest mills to increase as plantings on the new projects mature and the yield per hectare of ffb increases.

 

Crops, production and selling-price details for the majority-owned estates are set out as follows:-

 

6 months


6 months

Year


ended


ended

ended


30 June

Increase/

30 June

31 December


2016

(decrease)

2015

2015


Tonnes

%

Tonnes

Tonnes

Crops





Own crops





  Pangkatan group

60,300


61,700

148,900

  Simpang Kiri

18,900


21,800

44,200


79,200

(5)

83,500

193,100





`

  Kalimantan

67,000

(7)

72,300

164,500

  Bangka

24,100

(23)

31,300

66,300


170,300

(9)

187,100

423,900






Smallholder co-operative crops





  Kalimantan

29,700

(8)

32,200

70,400

  Bangka

9,900

(32)

14,600

30,300


39,600

(15)

46,800

100,700






Outside crop purchased





  Kalimantan

9,400

(10)

10,500

21,400

  Pangkatan

-

(100)

3,500

16,300


9,400

(33)

14,000

37,700






Production





Crude palm oil





  Kalimantan

27,700

(6)

29,500

64,300

Pangkatan

14,200

(6)

15,100

37,900

Bangka

3,400


-

-


45,300

2

44,600

102,200






Palm kernels





  Kalimantan

5,200

6

4,900

11,000

  Pangkatan

3,300

(13)

3,800

9,600

  Bangka

700


-

-


9,200

6

8,700

20,600






Extraction rates

%


%

%

Crude palm oil





  Kalimantan

26.0


25.6

25.1

  Pangkatan

23.6


23.2

23.0

  Bangka

23.7


-

-






Palm kernels





  Kalimantan

4.9


4.3

4.3

  Pangkatan

5.5


5.8

5.8

  Bangka

4.7


-

-











Average selling prices

US$


US$

US$

Crude palm oil (Rotterdam c.i.f.)

668

(1)

673

622

Palm-kernel oil

1,157

22

948

909

 

Costs

Cost per tonne of palm product (crude palm oil and palm kernels) at US$445 was higher than the US$425 in the first half of 2015. The main reason for this was a higher cost per tonne of ffb produced on the Group's estates. This was a natural consequence of the lower crop: there are fixed costs in a plantation such as weeding, pruning and fertilizing that do not vary with crop. As the crop fell during the first half of 2016, so the cost per tonne of ffb due to these fixed costs increased. The cost per tonne of palm product is typically lower during the second half of the year as crop levels rise, and one significant cost, fertilizer, is often incurred disproportionately during the first half of the year. An important component of overall cost is the element relating to ffb. The Group expects costs to fall as the young palms on its new projects mature and so average bunch weight rises. This will bear down on the Group's overall cost per tonne of palm product, demonstrating the Group's position as an efficient low-cost operator.

 

Mill-gate price

As noted above in the section 'The palm-oil market', the average Rotterdam c.i.f. price for the period was US$668 per tonne, only a little lower than it had been during the first half of 2015. However, the introduction of an 'export levy' in Indonesia had the effect of lowering the mill-gate price to producers of CPO, irrespective of whether their sales were made into the export market. The burden of the US$50 per tonne export levy seems to have fallen largely on producers of CPO, with only a small residual amount bearing on refiners of CPO. As a result, the average mill-gate price per tonne of CPO for the period was US$543, 7% lower than the US$582 achieved in the first half of 2015.

 

Planting

Good progress has been made with developing the Group's areas: during the interim period 1,240 hectares were planted. The majority of this was on the Group's newest project in Musi Rawas where 700 hectares were planted as the progress on development continues to build momentum. In addition to the areas already planted, 1,800 hectares have been compensated and so are available for planting, and a further 3,300 hectares have been measured in anticipation that compensation will be paid in due course. In Kalimantan 480 hectares were planted; as were 60 hectares in Bangka.

 

Planting in respect of smallholder co-operatives continued, amounting to a further 740 hectares: 280 in Bangka; 120 in Kalimantan; 340 in Musi Rawas. Altogether, therefore, the Group planted 1,980 hectares in the first half of 2016 for itself and its smallholders.

 

Development of the Group's projects in Kalimantan and Bangka is nearing a conclusion. The Group expects the total final planted area to reach 10,600 hectares in Kalimantan with an additional 4,400 hectares for the smallholder co-operatives. In Bangka, the total of planted land is expected to reach 6,000 hectares with a further 4,000 for the smallholder co-operatives. It is too early to say with any degree of confidence how much of the 20,000-hectare concession in Musi Rawas will eventually be planted, but the board's current estimate of the plantable land is 7,000 hectares for the Group and 3,000 hectares for the smallholder co-operatives.

 

New land

The Group is exploring the acquisition of additional hectarage close to its new projects to bring them to an optimal size. The Group's experience is that 10,000 hectares of oil palm with a 60-tonne mill provides a unit which is both big enough to provide economies of scale in production and administration and small enough to allow the careful scrutiny by field management needed to maintain high standards. The Group's projects in Bangka and Musi Rawas, including smallholder areas, are of this size and the board is actively engaged in extending the Kalimantan project from the currently-projected 15,000 hectares to bring it to the equivalent of two 10,000 hectare units. The board's longer-term intention is to commence a new substantive project, of a suitable economic size, once the development of Musi Rawas is approaching an end. Preliminary work to identify suitable possibilities will begin once there is better visibility of the point at which planting on Musi Rawas will be concluded.

 

Gross profit

As a result of all of the above, the gross profit for the first half of 2016 was US$5.1 million, 42% lower than the US$8.9 million recorded for the same period in 2015.

 

Foreign-exchange difference

The Group principally incurs foreign-exchange differences on monetary Rupiah assets and liabilities held in Indonesia. During the period under review the Indonesian Rupiah appreciated by 5% against the US Dollar generating an unrealised exchange gain of US$1.3 million (2015 loss of US$4.0 million) on cash balances, recoverable tax and loans made to the co-operative schemes attached to the Group's new projects.  In Indonesia, US Dollar borrowing by the new projects generated a taxable gain and so inflates the Group's tax charge in the same way that it pushed down the Group's tax charge in 2015.

 

Other administrative expenses

Other administrative expenses increased by US$1.0 million between the first half of 2016 and that in 2015. This increase is almost entirely due to the write-back in 2015 of a provision in respect of irrecoverable tax that was not repeated in 2016. Other administrative expenses excluding non-recurring items increased by 6% between the two periods due mainly to an increase in professional fees for tax advisory work.

 

Associated companies

 

Indonesia

The Group's share of profit of its Agro Muko joint venture and associated-company PT Kerasaan Indonesia ("Kerasaan") was US$3.1 million, very similar to its share of profit in the first six months of 2015 (see note 3). Their location meant these estates were not affected by the pattern of severe weather that negatively affected output in the Group's new projects.

In Kerasaan, a similar level of profit reflects the crop remaining at its 2015 level of 18,700 tonnes, very slightly ahead of expectation. For Agro Muko, a 3% increase in its own crop was slightly behind expectation but was supplemented by a doubling of crop bought in from outgrowers to 9,600 tonnes, although this advantage was eroded by a fall in the extraction rate to 22.0%. The local management team is engaged in a set of initiatives to improve the rate of extraction, initially by driving up field standards. As previously reported, an accelerated replanting programme is in place which will hold back an increase in crop until after the middle of the next decade. A small loss was made on rubber production.

Crops and production are as set out in the table below: -

 


6 months


6 months

Year


ended


ended

ended


30 June


30 June

31 December


2016

Increase

2015

2015


Tonnes

%

Tonnes

Tonnes

Ffb crops





PT Agro Muko





-       own

158,300

3

153,700

340,500

-       outgrowers

9,600

104

4,700

12,700


167,900

6

158,400

353,200






PT Kerasaan Indonesia

18,700

-

18,700

41,600


186,600

5

177,100

394,800






Production (PT Agro Muko)





-       Crude palm oil

36,900

3

35,700

80,300

-       Palm kernels

8,600

2

8,400

18,800











Extraction rates

%


%

%

-       Crude palm oil

22.0


22.5

22.7

-       Palm kernels

5.2


5.3

5.3







Tonnes


Tonnes

Tonnes

Rubber crops





  PT Agro Muko

1,031

11

928

1,650

 

 

Australia

The profit for the half year includes US$11.7 million attributable to NAPCo. After a significant period of negotiation, the Group entered into a contract on 6 May 2016 to sell its investment in NAPCo alongside the majority Foster family shareholder for A$107 million. The sale was expected to be concluded before the end of July, allowing time for various routine statutory conditions to be fulfilled. By the end of June, these conditions had been substantially met and, therefore, the profit from the disposal has been recognised in this interim report. The sale was duly completed on 20 July 2016.

 

The profit of US$11.7 million in respect of NAPCo comprises both the Group's share of NAPCo's profit for the period and the book gain on disposal of the investment (see note 8). The Group's share of NAPCo's profit in the period was due to healthy weight gain in NAPCo's herd, leading to an upward revaluation of the herd despite a 2.4% fall in numbers by 4,329 to 173,649. The average value per head increased by some 11%.

 

Malaysia

The Group's share of Bertam Properties Sdn. Berhad ("Bertam Properties") profit was US$1.6 million compared with a loss for the equivalent period in 2015 of US$0.1 million. This disparity arises from the timing of property sales, which are recognised only once they are finally completed. During the first half of 2015, no property sales were recognised, although a number were in process at 30 June; 370 sales of developed properties were subsequently recognised during the second half of 2015. In the first half of 2016, sales of 217 developed properties were recognised as well as the sale of two hectares of prime land to the Tesco supermarket group. A number of sales of developed property are in progress.

 

CURRENT TRADING AND PROSPECTS

Since 30 June, palm-oil prices have risen to their current level of more than US$750 per tonne against a background of low world vegetable-oil stock levels. In respect of CPO, low stock levels seem to be due to reduced production, notably in Indonesia, a consequence of the extended dry period resulting from the widely-reported El Niño that has affected South East Asia. Within Indonesia, there are signs that the government's mandate to introduce a 10% biodiesel blend in the transport sector (and 7% in the industrial sector) is having a positive effect on the domestic demand for palm oil as well as drawing in more imports of biodiesel from abroad.

 

The extended dry period that affected the Group's results in the interim period has come to an end. Oil palms will often produce above-average crops after a period in which their environment has not supported normal formation of ffb. However, the beneficial effects of renewed rainfall can take up to six months to produce a resurgence in crop and up to 24 months fully to overcome the effects of drought. Notwithstanding the dry weather, the second-half crop is likely, as would normally be expected, to be higher than in the first half.

 

Good planting momentum provides the basis for future crop growth and hence rising revenue. The board remains confident that the fundamentals of the palm-oil market continue to be encouraging. Vegetable oil is a basic foodstuff and increasing demand from a growing world population looks likely to persist. Palm oil delivers by far the highest yield per hectare of all the vegetable oils and has the lowest cost of production. It is therefore well placed, long term, to benefit from the likely future increase in demand.

 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

For the six months ended 30 June 2016


 

 

 

 

Note

 

 

6 months ended

30 June 2016

US$'000

 

6  months ended

30 June 2015

Restated*

US$'000

 

Year ended 31

December 2015

Restated*

US$'000






Continuing operations





  Revenue

3

30,354

38,029

72,528

  Cost of sales


(25,233)

(29,160)

(57,469)

  Gross profit

3

5,121

8,869

15,059

  Gain/(loss) on biological assets


310

126

(232)

  Foreign-exchange gain /(loss)


1,338

(3,997)

(5,320)

  Other administrative expenses


(1,805)

(820)

(2,768)

  Other income


104

309

380

  Operating profit


5,068

4,487

7,119

  Finance income


349

505

894

  Finance costs


(664)

(594)

(1,244)

  Group-controlled profit before taxation


4,753

4,398

6,769

  Tax on profit on ordinary activities


(3,172)

(812)

(2,401)

  Group-controlled profit after tax


1,581

3,586

4,368

  Share of associated companies' profit after tax

 

3

 

4,731

 

3,004

 

8,554

Profit for the period on continuing operations


 

6,312

 

6,590

 

12,922

Profit for the period from discontinued

  operations

 

8

 

11,694

 

8,828

 

12,473

Profit for the period


18,006

15,418

25,395

Attributable to:





Owners of M.P. Evans PLC


16,702

14,759

24,084

Non-controlling interests


1,304

659

1,311



18,006

15,418

25,395






Continuing operations


US  Cents

US  Cents

US  Cents

Basic earnings per 10p share


9.0

10.7

20.9

Diluted earnings per 10p share


9.0

10.7

20.9

Continuing and discontinued operations





Basic earnings per 10p share


30.0

26.7

43.4

Diluted earnings per 10p share


30.0

26.6

43.4

* See notes 5 and 8.

 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

As at 30 June 2016


 

 

Note

 

30 June 2016

US$'000

30 June 2015

Restated*

US$'000

31 December 2015

US$'000

Non-current assets





Goodwill


1,157

1,157

1,157

Property, plant and equipment


196,571

197,014

185,902

Investment in associates


48,136

96,419

97,586

Investments


83

89

78

Deferred-tax asset


15,983

15,924

17,076



261,930

310,603

301,799

Current assets





Biological assets


1,203

8,085

893

Inventories


11,452

6,670

8,000

Trade and other receivables


99,505

15,689

18,316

Current-tax asset


4,814

2,544

3,155

Cash and cash equivalents**


34,341

38,878

44,214



151,315

71,866

74,578

Total assets


413,245

382,469

376,377

Current liabilities





Borrowings


14,820

31,072

13,453

Trade and other payables


30,833

14,934

15,209

Current-tax liabilities


727

1,443

2,206



46,380

47,449

30,868

Net current assets


104,935

24,417

43,710






Non-current liabilities





Borrowings


26,160

11,765

19,222

Deferred-tax liability


616

139

429

Retirement-benefit obligations


5,098

3,958

4,233



31,874

15,862

23,884

Total liabilities


78,254

63,311

54,752

Net assets


334,991

319,158

321,625

Equity





Share capital

6

9,366

9,349

9,360

Other reserves


60,220

73,550

76,226

Profit and loss account


243,654

215,316

214,423

Equity attributable to  owners of M.P. Evans Group PLC


313,240

298,215

300,009

Non-controlling interests


21,751

20,943

21,616

Total equity


334,991

319,158

321,625

* See notes 5 and 8

** Of this balance, US$17.2 million has been pledged as security against bank loans

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CASH-FLOW STATEMENT

For the six months ended 30 June 2016


 

 

 

Note

6 months

 ended

30 June 2016

US$'000

 

6 months ended

30 June 2015

US$'000

Year ended

31 December

 2015 

US$'000






Net cash generated by operating activities

7

3,815

7,876

20,231

Investing activities





Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(15,990)

(11,977)

(28,419)

Interest received


349

505

894

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment


 

104

 

319

 

21,127

Net cash used by investing activities


(15,537)

(11,153)

(6,398)

Financing activities





Loan drawdowns


10,644

-

18,571

Repayment of borrowings


(2,339)

(3,932)

(30,449)

Dividends paid to Company shareholders


(4,622)

(3,665)

(5,208)

Dividends paid to non-controlling interest


(1,169)

-

-

Net cash used by financing activities


2,514

(7,597)

(17,086)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(9,208)

(10,874)

(3,253)

Net cash and cash equivalents 1 January


44,214

48,042

48,042

Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents


 

(665)

 

1,710

 

(575)

Net cash and cash equivalents at period end


 

34,341

 

38,878

 

44,214

NOTES TO THE INTERIM STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

1.             Statutory information

The financial information for the six-month periods ended 30 June 2016 and 2015 has been neither audited nor reviewed by the Group's auditors and does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  The financial information for the year ended 31 December 2015 is abridged from the statutory accounts.  The 31 December 2015 statutory accounts have been reported on by the Group's auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the auditors thereon was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006, nor did it contain any matters to which the auditors drew attention without qualifying their audit report.

 

 

2.             Accounting policies

The consolidated financial results have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS and IFRIC interpretations) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) as adopted by the EU, and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies preparing accounts under IFRS.

 

The accounting policies of the Group follow those set out in the annual financial statements at 31 December 2015.

 

3.             Segment information

The Group's reportable segments previously followed three areas of activity.  These were distinguished by location and product:  plantation crops (predominantly palm oil) in Indonesia, cattle in Australia, and property development in Malaysia.  Following the disposal of the Group's interest in NAPCo, and its treatment as a discontinued operation, the Group now has two remaining reportable segments.

 

 


Plantation

Indonesia

Property Malaysia

 

Other

 

Total


US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

6 months ended 30 June 2016





Revenue

30,281

-

73

30,354

Gross profit/(loss)

5,131

-

(10)

5,121

Share of associated





companies' profit after tax





    Agro Muko

2,749

-

-

2,749

    Kerasaan

376

-

-

376

    Bertam Properties

-

1,606

-

1,606


3,125

1,606

-

4,731

6 months ended 30 June 2015





Revenue

37,937

-

92

38,029

Gross profit

8,868

-

1

8,869

Share of associated





companies' profit/(loss) after tax                         





    Agro Muko

2,724

-

-

2,724

    Kerasaan

348

-

-

348

    Bertam Properties

-

(68)

-

(68)


3,072

(68)

-

3,004

Year ended 31 December 2015





Revenue

72,381

-

147

72,528

Gross profit/(loss)

15,084

-

(25)

15,059

Share of associated
companies' profit





    Agro Muko

5,105

-

-

5,105

    Kerasaan

699

-

-

699

    Bertam Properties

-

2,750

-

2,750


5,804

2,750

-

8,554

 

 

 

 

4.             Dividends:-


6 months

6 months

Year ended


ended

ended

31 December


30 June 2016

30 June 2015

2015


US$'000

US$'000

US$'000





2014 final dividend 6.50 p per 10p share

-

5,646

5,646

2015 interim dividend 2.25 p per 10p share

-

-

1,928

2015 final dividend 6.50 p per 10p share

4,852

-

-


4,852

5,646

7,574

 

Subsequent to 30 June 2016, on 20 July 2016 the board declared a special dividend of 5p per 10p share.  The dividend was paid on 17 August 2016 to those shareholders who were on the register at the close of business on 5 August 2016.

In addition, subsequent to 30 June 2016, the board has declared an interim dividend of 2.25p per 10p share.  The dividend will be paid on or after 4 November 2016 to those shareholders on the register at the close of business on 21 October 2016. 

No scrip dividend was offered in relation to the special dividend, and no scrip dividend is being offered in relation to the interim dividend. The board has resolved to stop offering a scrip dividend alternative to a cash dividend payment.

 

5.             Biological assets

As disclosed in the 2015 interim report, the Group adopted the amendments to IAS 41 issued by the IASB on 30 June 2014, and accounted for the Group's bearer biological assets under IAS 16 within those results. At that time, the Group did not recognise an asset in relation to unharvested ffb growing in its plantations. In the accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015, taking into account advice from the Group's auditor on the interpretation of IAS 41, the Group introduced a policy of including an estimate of the value of ffb prior to harvest as a biological asset in the Group's balance sheet for the purposes of statutory reporting.

As a result of this, the results for the six months ended 30 June 2015 have been restated, increasing net assets by US$1.3 million, and increasing the profit for the period by US$0.1 million.

6.             Share capital


30 June

30 June

31 December

30 June

30 June

31 December


2016

2015

2015

2016

2015

2015


Number

Number

Number

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

Shares of 10p each







At 1 January

55,700,444

55,327,395

55,327,395

9,360

9,302

9,302

Issued

39,275

304,355

373,049

6

47

58

At period end

55,739,719

55,631,750

55,700,444

9,366

9,349

9,360

 

39,275 shares were issued in lieu of the 2015 final dividend paid on 21 June 2016 (2015 - 304,355 shares issued in lieu of the 2014 final dividend; 68,694 shares were issued in lieu of the 2015 interim dividend).

7.             Analysis of movements in cash flow


 

6 months ended

 

6 months ended

30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December

2015


30 June 2016

(Restated)

(Restated)


US$'000

US$'000

US$'000





Profit for the period

18,006

15,418

25,395

Discontinued operations

(11,694)

(8,828)

(12,473)

Share of associated companies' profit after tax

(4,731)

(3,004)

(8,554)

Tax charge

3,172

812

2,401

Finance costs

664

594

1,244

Finance income

(349)

(505)

(894)

Operating profit

5,068

4,487

7,119

Biological gain

(310)

(2,166)

(4,346)

Disposal of property, plant and equipment

(55)

(195)

438

Release of deferred profit

(95)

(95)

(263)

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

5,287

4,929

9,869

Retirement-benefit obligations

656

458

871

Share-based payments

14

60

78

Discontinued operations

-

1,230

1,496

Dividends from associated companies

3,007

4,335

7,637

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

13,572

13,043

22,899

(Increase)/decrease in inventories

(3,452)

(430)

7,399

Increase in receivables

(1,468)

(2,562)

(5,228)

Increase in payables

856

2,393

2,676

Cash generated by operating activities

9,508

12,444

27,746

Income tax paid

(5,029)

(3,974)

(6,271)

Interest paid

(664)

(594)

(1,244)

Net cash generated by operating activities

3,815

7,876

20,231

 

8.             Discontinued operations

On 6 May 2016, the Group entered into a contract for the disposal of its 34.37% interest in NAPCo. The disposal was subject to a number of conditions, all of which were substantially satisfied at 30 June 2016. Disposal proceeds, which were received in cash on 21 July 2016, were US$79.7 million, and after a tax charge of US$13.8 million the Group realised a net profit on disposal of US$7.4 million.  This, in addition to the US$4.3 million Group share of NAPCo's profit for the period up to disposal, resulted in a total profit of US$11.7 million from the NAPCo discontinued operation in the six months ended 30 June 2016.

Furthermore, as disclosed in the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015, the Group completed the sale of its wholly-owned 'Woodlands' cattle property in Australia in that year and reported its results as a discontinued operation.  For consistency, the results and associated cash flows for the six months ended 30 June 2015 have also been reclassified as discontinued operations in this report.

 


 

 

6 months ended

 

6 months ended

30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December

2015


30 June 2016

(Restated)

(Restated)


US$'000

US$'000

US$'000





Group share of NAPCo profit pre disposal

4,312

7,598

10,977

Profit on disposal of NAPCo

7,382

-

-


11,694

7,598

10,977





Profit from discontinued Woodlands operation

-

1,230

1,496


11,694

8,828

12,473

 

9.             Exchange rates



30 June

2016

30 June

2015

31 December

 2015






US$1 = Indonesian Rupiah

-       average

13,434

12,962

13,390


-       period end

13,180

13,332

13,795

US$1 = Australian Dollar

-       average

1.37

1.28

1.33


-       period end

1.34

1.30

1.37

US$1 = Malaysian Ringgit

-       average

4.10

3.64

3.91


-       period end

4.03

3.77

4.29

£1 = US Dollar

-       average

1.44

1.52

1.53


-       period end

1.34

1.57

1.47

 

 

By order of the boad

Mrs Claire Hayes

Secretary


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