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Dekeloil Public Limited
13 April 2018
 

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DekelOil Public Limited / Index: AIM / Epic: DKL / Sector: Food Producers

13 April 2018

DekelOil Public Limited ('DekelOil' or the 'Company')

Q1 2018 Production Update

 

DekelOil Public Limited, operator and 100% owner of the vertically integrated Ayenouan palm oil project in Côte d'Ivoire (the 'Project'), is pleased to announce its quarterly production of crude palm oil ('CPO') for the three months ended 31 March 2018.

 


Q1 2018

Q1 2017

Increase

/ Decrease

FFB collected (tonnes)

59,531

72,083

-17.4%

CPO production (tonnes)

13,605

16,398

-17.0%

CPO sales (tonnes)

13,758

11,871

15.9%

Average CPO price per tonne

€548

€736

-25.5%

PKO production (tonnes)

959

996

-3.7%

PKO sales (tonnes)

719

895

 -19.7%

Average PKO price per tonne

€987

€1,008

-2.1%

PKC production (tonnes)

1,223

1,228

-0.04%

PKC sales (tonnes)

1,113

855

30.2%

Average PKC price per tonne

€50

€53

-5.7%

 

Production

·    13,605 tonnes of CPO produced in Q1 2018 compared to 2017's record Q1 performance of 16,398 tonnes

o The production output continues a recent trend of deviation from typical seasonal trends with Q3 2017 slightly down, the low season Q4 2017 being significantly higher followed by the high season Q1 2018 again being softer

o 2018 peak FFB harvesting season has to date been less volatile on a month to month basis compared to 2017 in terms of volumes of fruit produced - whilst the Company cannot be certain, the current local industry view is that this may result in the 2018 high season being slightly longer and less volatile than 2017

o DekelOil's market share of FFB delivered to its mill as a proportion of total volumes harvested was comparable with previous quarters

·    PKO and Kernel Cake production in Q1 2018 remained broadly in line with Q1 2017 as lower mill utilisation enabled a higher percentage of kernels to be crushed and processed

 

Sales and Pricing

·    16% increase in Q1 CPO sales to record 13,758 tonnes (Q1 2017: 11,871 tonnes) reflected lower availability of CPO across the region following reduced volumes of FFBs harvested

·    Added Louis Dreyfus Holding B.V., a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods, as a new customer in March 2018 - further diversifying local customer base

·    Stock on hand currently stands at virtually nil following strong CPO sales

·    Lower year on year CPO sales prices due to weaker international benchmark pricing and the strong appreciation of the Euro against the USD (palm oil's benchmark currency) particularly in December/January

·    Management looking to capitalise on the lower availability of CPO in the region to secure future sales of CPO at a premium to international prices for the remainder of the high season and the low season

·    PKO pricing remained stable thanks to strong international pricing offsetting the impact of the strong Euro against the USD

·    Lower year on year pricing and higher competition for FFB due to lower volumes harvested led to pressure on gross margins in the second half of Q1 2018 when it became apparent to all local producers that FFB supply in February and March 2018 would not match that of 2017

 

DekelOil Executive Director Lincoln Moore said, "The Q1 performance was set against a backdrop of relatively weaker FFB volumes and lower international prices compared to last year.  However, we remain focused on optimising the variables we can control, such as securing sales for our product at premium prices, maintaining our excellent relationships with the thousands of local smallholders who supply us with fruit, and growing our customer base."

 

"We are encouraged by the record sales quantities which saw us record our best ever quarterly CPO sales performance; maintain our market share in terms of delivery of fruit to our mill; and securing Louis Dreyfus as our latest customer.  We view diversification of our sales customer base as critical to maximising the sales prices for our product, particular given the lower CPO supply evident in the local market and this will hold us in good stead to extract premium prices throughout the remainder of the high season and forthcoming low season."

 

 

** ENDS **

               

 

For further information please visit the Company's website or contact:

 

DekelOil Public Limited

Youval Rasin

Shai Kol

Lincoln Moore

 

+44 (0) 207 236 1177

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (Nomad and Broker)

David Foreman

Richard Salmond

+44 (0) 207 894 7000

Optiva Securities Limited (Broker)

Christian Dennis

Jeremy King

 

+44 (0) 203 137 1903

St Brides Partners Ltd (Investor Relations)

Megan Dennison

Frank Buhagiar

+44 (0) 207 236 1177

 

Notes:

DekelOil Public Limited is a low cost producer of palm oil in West Africa, which it is focused on rapidly expanding.  Feedstock for the Mill comes from several co-operatives and thousands of smallholders, however it also has nearly 1,900 hectares of its own plantations.  Furthermore, it has a world-class nursery with a one million seedlings per year capacity.

 

 


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