ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, 8 October 2018 – Louis Dreyfus Company B.V. (LDC) today announced its consolidated financial results for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018.
Net sales remained constant at US$18.8 billion, compared to the same period in 2017. A 6.3% decline in volumes shipped, partially attributable to the sale of our African and Australian Fertilizers & Inputs businesses, was completely offset by price increases across the Group’s main products. The Group’s consolidated Net income, Group Share, amounted to US$100 million, versus US$160 million for the same period the previous year. The lower Net Income reflects a temporarily negative mark-to-market recognized by the Group as of June 30, attributable to our hedging strategy of locking in soy crush margins. This will ensure a high return from our crushing activities for the whole of 2018, as our performance benefits for the remainder of the year. Financing costs increased due to the rise in Libor rates and increased working capital utilization.
“LDC’s performance remained resilient over the first half of 2018, with both business segments contributing positively to our H1 results”, said Ian McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer. “Notwithstanding a lower net income for the period, we have seen the expected reversal of the negative mark-to-market effect, as we execute our planned crush operations. As a result, at the end of September, year-to-date performance indicates that we are on track to deliver solid results for 2018 overall. In an unpredictable global environment with many challenges, our renowned ability to adapt to changing conditions remained a key asset, together with a business strategy that once again proved its relevance. As part of that strategy, the Group strengthened its soybean crushing capabilities in China, completing the acquisition of a crushing plant located in Tianjin, in April, and continued to refocus on core activities, including the profitable divestment of its global metals and Australian fertilizers and inputs operations.”
Both the Value Chain and Merchandizing segments posted a good operational performance with Segment Operating Results of US$493 million.
The Value Chain segment recorded Operating Results of US$286 million, down from US$346 million a year earlier. The decrease was largely attributable to the strategy of locking in oilseed crush margins during the semester, securing future profits as volumes are processed during the second half of 2018 and into 2019. Overall, the Oilseeds Platform contributed consistently, with good processing margins over the period, while Grains recorded comparable results to the previous year. The Freight and Global Markets platforms posted strong results for the semester, while the Juice Platform’s processing margins are expected to come in during the high-season in the second half of the year.
The Merchandizing segment posted Operating Results of US$207 million, slightly up from US$196 million during the same period in 2017, supported by the sound performance of all the Segment’s platforms, with the exception of Coffee, which posted lower profits year-on-year in a slow farmer selling environment.
Highlights for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018:
LDC’s complete 2018 Interim Report is available at www.ldc.com.
Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods. We leverage our global reach and extensive asset network to serve our customers around the world, delivering the right products to the right location, at the right time – safely, responsibly and reliably. Our activities span the entire value chain from farm to fork, across a broad range of business lines (platforms). Since 1851 our portfolio has grown to include Oilseeds, Grains, Freight, Global Markets, Coffee, Cotton, Sugar, Rice, Dairy and Juice. We help feed and clothe some 500 million people every year by originating, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of products. Structured as a matrix organization of 6 geographical regions and 10 platforms, Louis Dreyfus Company is active in over 100 countries and employs approximately 17 000 people globally. For more information, visit www.ldc.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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