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Russian Aquaculture announces 2020 IFRS financial results / April 7, 2021 16:05

Moscow, 6 April 2021. Russian Aquaculture PJSC (the “Company”), a major Russian salmon aquaculture company, announces its IFRS financial results for the full year 2020.

The Company will hold a conference call at 14:00 (Moscow) / 12:00 (London) today, 6 April 2021. Members of the Company’s senior management team will participate to discuss the financial results.

Strategic progress for 2020 and after reporting period:

Executing the growth strategy with the target of producing 35,000 tonnes by 2025

  • The Company obtained the right to use two new fish farming areas (Pitkov Bay and Tyuva Bay).
  • Total capex exceeded RUB 1.8 billion.
  • The Company also acquired the option to increase its ownership of its processing plant to 100% (Tri Ruchya LLC and Murmanrybprom LLC).
  • A strong foundation for future growth: a record amount of fish in water, and assets increased to RUB 20 billion.

Consistently strong operating results

  • A slight decrease in sales volume as a result of the delayed start of the harvesting season in 2020 due to an unseasonably cold spring and summer. The harvest was partially moved to 2021, and this is reflected in the growth of biological assets, which reached record levels.
  • Sales prices increased by an average of 4%; the Company entered into direct supply contracts with leading chains and processors. Inarctica, a new brand for our ultra-fresh fish, was launched.
  • Year-on-year operational and financial results were superior to the majority of our global peers.

Developing investor relations

  • Increase in free float from 8% to 14%, as confirmed by Moscow Exchange’s calculations.
  • Increased liquidity and a significant expansion of the shareholder base (up 17x to more than 11,000).
  • Decision was taken to switch to quarterly reporting in 2021.
  • On the back of results for 1H 2020, the first dividends in 10 years were paid out and amounted to RUB 5 per share.
  • The share buyback programme has been expanded to RUB 600 million.

High level of financial stability

  • Equity increased from RUB 9.1 billion to RUB 11.7 billion and accounted for 59% of assets, a higher figure than the majority of our global peers.Net debt / EBITDA ratio stood at a comfortable level of 1.81x, despite a decline in EBITDA.
  • In March 2021, the Company successfully issued three-year bonds totalling RUB 3 billion with an annual coupon rate of 9.5%[1]. The bond issue was well received by investors, with 55% purchased by Russian retail investors.

Commitment to ESG principles

  • A minority shareholder representative was appointed as the fifth independent director on the Board of Directors.
  • The annual Clean Shores eco-conscious event was held in the Murmansk region.
  • Aid was provided to medical personnel in the Murmansk region, which included ventilators, PPE and COVID-19 tests.

Russian Aquaculture CEO Ilya Sosnov said:

“The unprecedented nature of 2020 has shown everyone the importance of a sustainable and efficient business. We were able to continue our operations uninterrupted, without losing a single day of production. Despite a decline in the global salmon market amid the pandemic and challenging climatic conditions, we delivered strong operational and financial results and strengthened the Company’s core fundamentals, paving the way for future growth.

“Thanks to the systematic execution of our strategy, our smolt stocking volumes continues to increase from year to year, and by the end of 2020 the value of our biological assets was at a record high. We are not stopping there, and are continuing to invest billions of roubles into developing our business. As a result of the option to increase our stake in our processing plant, the acquisition of the right to use two new high-quality fish farms, and the launch of our new Inarctica brand, we are closer to achieving our long-term goal of becoming the largest vertically integrated player in the aquaculture industry.

“We have improved corporate governance, bringing the independence of the Board of Directors into line with the highest standards, and have also significantly increased our liquidity and shareholder base. We truly appreciate the trust that our 11,000 shareholders have placed in us and see shareholder returns as a key priority. During the reporting year, we paid out dividends for the first time in 10 years. We also expanded our share buyback programme.

“The Company intends to continue paying dividends totalling 30%-50% of net profit. This is contingent on no biological risks materialising, the Company maintaining a stable financial position, and the successful execution of the Company’s growth strategy. We will also consider continuing the share buyback programme.

“In March 2021, we successfully raised RUB 3 billion through a bond issue, significantly improving the structure and duration of our debt portfolio. The high demand for the issue and investor confidence in the Company underlines the financial stability and future prospects of our business.

“I am confident that the successful execution of our growth strategy will be received well by all our stakeholders. For my part, I pledge that the whole Russian Aquaculture team will continue to work hard across all areas of our business.”

KEY OPERATING AND FINANCIAL RESULTS

Operating performance, tonnes

2020

2019

%%

Sales volume[2]

15,510

16,967

(9%)

Biomass of fish in water at the end of the period

28,199

16,205

74%

 

 

 

 

Financial performance,
RUB mln

2020

2019

%%

Revenue

8,336

8,798

(5%)

Gross profit

3,795

4,621

(18%)

Net profit

3,113

3,258

(4%)

Total income

3,338

3,180

5%

Adjusted EBITDA[3]

3,375

3,432

(2%)

Adjusted EBIT

2,876

2,997

(4%)

 

 

 

 

Specific performance indicator

 

 

 

Operating EBIT, RUB / kg[4]

185.4

176.6

5%

Operating EBIT, EUR / kg

2.2

2.4

(8%)

Based on 2020 results, Russian Aquaculture remains one of the best performing aquaculture companies globally, with an operational farming EBIT / kg of RUB 185.4, or EUR 2.2. It occupies second place amongst its 22 global peers.

KEY BALANCE SHEET INDICATORS

RUB mln

31.12.2020

31.12.2019

%%

Non-current assets

7,261

5,576

30%

Biological assets

9,968

6,840

46%

Cash and cash equivalents

628

85

639%

Current assets

12,553

8,460

48%

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves

11,726

9,065

29%

Long-term borrowings

1,548

1,934

(20%)

Long-term liabilities

1,732

2,073

(16%)

Short-term borrowings

5,174

2,190

136%

Short-term liabilities

6,355

2,898

119%

BALANCE

19,813

14,036

41%

 

 

 

 

Net debt

6,094

4,039

51%

Net debt / adj. EBITDA

1.81x

1.18x

53%

  • The Company significantly increased its assets throughout 2020, reaching RUB 19.8 billion on the back of 41% growth. This provides a solid foundation for the future development of the business and the implementation of the Company’s long-term strategy. Biological assets increased by 46% to RUB 10 billion.
  • The Company invested RUB 1.8 billion in business development throughout 2020, including the purchase of a barge, a live-fish vessel, nets and cages, a catamaran and other essential production equipment. This expenditure was reflected in the total of fixed assets on the balance sheet, which stood at RUB 6.4 billion on 31 December 2020, compared to RUB 4.8 billion on 31 December 2019.
  • As of 31 December 2020, the net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio stood at 1.81x, compared to 1.18x at the end of 2019. This increase was due to a decrease in EBITDA and an increase in debt to finance investments and biological assets.

Fighting COVID-19

  • Throughout 2020, safety measures were strengthened across all Company facilities. This process included issuing PPE, monitoring employees’ health, and regularly sanitising Company premises.
  • As a result, we continued our work uninterrupted, without missing a single day.
  •  Aid was provided to medical personnel in the Murmansk region.

Conference call

The Company will hold a conference call at 14:00 (Moscow) / 12:00 (London) today, 6 April 2021. Members of the Company’s top management will participate to discuss the financial results.

The call will take place on the Zoom platform in Russian. A recording of the call will be made available on the Company’s corporate website.

To participate in the call, click the link, or dial:

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ABOUT RUSSIAN AQUACULTURE

Russian Aquaculture is one of the leaders in the production of Atlantic salmon and trout in Russia.

The Company’s core business areas are:

  • commercial Atlantic salmon farming in the Barents Sea in the Murmansk region
  • commercial trout farming in the lakes of the Republic of Karelia

Russian Aquaculture’s core strategic focus is on developing its aquaculture business.

The Company currently owns cultivation rights for 37 sites for farming salmon and rainbow trout. The total potential production volume for these sites is around 50,000 tonnes of salmonids.

The Company’s long-term development strategy involves the creation of the largest vertically integrated player in the aquaculture market, including the production of feed and stocking material, primary processing, and distribution of the Company’s own products.

Contacts:

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Denis Denisov

Phone: +7-985-410-3544

E-mail: denisov@em-comms.com 

 

Irina Logutenkova

Phone: +7-910-438-4843

E-mail: logutenkova@em-comms.com 

This press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements with regard to future events or the Group’s future financial performance. Forward-looking statements contain such words as “expected”, “as seen”, “projected”, “according to estimates”, “planned”, “will be”, “could”, “can”, “perhaps” and variations of such expressions (including the negative connotations thereof). Recipients are cautioned that any such statements are only projections and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in any such estimates or other forward-looking statements. The Group does not intend to update this press release to revise projections or to include information about events and other developments that occurred after the publication of this document. There are various factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements contained in this press release; this applies, in particular, to the general economic situation, the market environment, the risks associated with doing business in Russia, sudden market changes in the business sectors of the Group, and many other risks specific to the Group and its activities.

[1] As a result, the structure and duration of the debt portfolio has been improved, which will be reflected in the financial results for 1Q 2021

[2] Includes fish and caviar

[3] The Group’s management defines adjusted EBITDA as the sum of the following indicators:

•          Pre-tax profit / (loss) for the year

•          Gain / (loss) on forex, net

•          Interest (income) / expense, net

•          Depreciation of fixed and intangible assets

•          Fair value gain / (loss) on biological assets

[4] Hereinafter meaning operational farming EBIT / kg


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