Leroy Seafood Group ASA: Q4 2010 RESULTS

February 25, 2011 14:54

In  the fourth quarter of 2010, Leroy Seafood Group had a turnover of NOK 2,574 million,  representing an increase from NOK 2,184 million for the same period in 2009, reports www.megafishnet.com with reference to Leroy.

The  Board of Directors is very satisfied with the Group's development and with the result achieved for the period, which is the highest result achieved in the history of the Group to date. The Group's operating profit before fair value adjustment  of biomass  was NOK  539.2 million in  the fourth  quarter of 2010, compared  with NOK 311.4 million in the fourth quarter of the previous year. The strong  increase in operating profit compared with  the same period last year is as high as 73.2%. This is explained by volume growth and improved prices for the Group's  main products, Atlantic salmon and  salmon trout, and an extremely good development  for the Sales and Distribution business segment. As a result of the Group's long-term industrial market strategy, the prices achieved for salmon and salmon  trout  will  naturally  deviate  from  the  spot market prices. Realised contract prices have been lower than prevailing spot prices in the quarter under review. The Group's share of contracts was 45% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and will,  based  upon  the  current  contract  situation,  be  around 40% in 2011. Committed  contract  prices  for  2011 are  substantially higher than for 2010. Taking  the  above  into  consideration  along  with the Group's positive market outlook, this indicates that the Group can also expect to achieve good prices in the time ahead.

Despite  considerably lower volumes in the  fourth quarter of 2010 compared with the  fourth quarter of  2009, the affiliated company  Norskott Havbruk (owner of the  Scotland-based  Scottish  Sea  Farms  Ltd)  saw  a  good development in net earnings, thanks to good market conditions and satisfactory biology. Income from affiliated companies before fair value adjustment of biomass therefore increased from  NOK 20.6 million in the fourth quarter  of 2009 to NOK 23.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The Group's profit before tax and fair value adjustment of biomass in the fourth quarter of 2010 was NOK 543.3 million as against NOK 311.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Key figures:
  * 35.8 thousand tons gutted weight of salmon and salmon trout harvested (Q4
    2009: 35.0)
  * Turnover NOK 2,574 million (Q4 2009: 2,184)
  * Operating profit before fair value adjustment of biomass NOK 539.2 million
    (Q4 2009: 311.4)
  * EBIT/kg all inclusive NOK 15.1 (Q4 2009: 8.9)
  * Profit before tax and before fair value adjustment of biomass NOK 543.3
    million (Q4 2009: 311.1)
  * Spot prices for whole superior salmon have seen an increase of 37.3%
    compared with Q4 2009
  * Net interest-bearing debt was NOK 1,299 million (NOK 1,443 million at 31
    December 2009)
  * Equity ratio 52.8%

In  2010, Lerøy Seafood Group had a  turnover of NOK 8,888 million, representing an  increase from  NOK 7,474 million  in 2009, i.e.  18.9%. The Group's produced volume shows an increase from 108,500 tons gutted weight in 2009 to 116,800 tons gutted  weight in 2010. This  growth amounts to  7.7% which is in  line with the Group's  communicated  plans.  The  Group's  operating  profit before fair value adjustment  of biomass was NOK 1,586.2 million in 2010, compared with NOK 950.2 million  in 2009. This is an increase of as much as 66.9%. The Group's operating margin  before fair value adjustment of biomass was 17.8% in 2010, compared with a corresponding 12.7% for 2009. Both turnover as well as operating profit before fair  value adjustment of biomass  are, to date, by  far the highest achieved in the  history  of  the  Group,  and  are  a result of volume growth, satisfactory biological  production and extremely good prices  for the Group's main products, Atlantic  salmon  and  salmon  trout.  In  addition,  the Sales and Distribution business  segment has shown an extremely positive development in 2010. The Board of  Directors is full of praise  for the employees' efforts, their understanding of  the need  for goal-oriented  operational focus  and for their willingness to adapt  to changes  throughout the  entire organisation.  The Board  of Directors would  like to take this opportunity to  thank the employees for their excellent efforts throughout the year.

In  2010, the  Group  had  an  operating  profit  after fair value adjustment of biomass  of NOK 1,884.8 million,  as against a  profit of NOK 1,010.6 million in 2009. Fair  value  adjustment  of  biomass  in  accordance with IFRS came to NOK 298.5 million  in 2010, as compared with a  figure of NOK 60.5 million in 2009. The  positive  IFRS  adjustment  in  2010 is  mainly explained by an increase in salmon prices.

Income  from affiliated  companies totalled  NOK 122.0 million in 2010, compared with  NOK 62.7 million in  2009. Adjusted for fair  value adjustment of biomass, the  figures  were  NOK  103.3 million  and  NOK 62.5 million respectively. This increase  is  mainly  related  to  the  affiliated company Norskott Havbruk (the Scotland-based  Scottish Sea Farms Ltd.) which has experienced good sales prices throughout  2010. The Group's net financial items  in 2010 amounted to NOK -66.3 million, compared with NOK  -86.1 million in 2009. The reduction  in financial costs is attributable to lower  interest costs as a  result of a reduction  in net interest-bearing debt. The  Group's profit before tax  and before fair value  adjustment of biomass was NOK  1,623.3 million in 2010, compared with a corresponding figure of NOK 926.6 million in 2009.

Net  earnings for  2010 correspond to  a profit  before fair value adjustment of biomass  of NOK 22.08 per share, as against a corresponding figure of NOK 12.80 per  share in  2009. The Board  of Directors  intends to  propose to  the Annual General  Meeting that the  dividend for 2010 be  set at NOK  10.0 per share. The Group's  return  on  capital  employed  (ROCE)  before  fair value adjustment of biomass  was  27.5% in  2010 as  against  18.1% in  2009. The  Group's financial position  is solid, with  book equity of  NOK 5,994 million, corresponding to an equity  ratio of 52.8%. The Group's net  interest-bearing debt at year-end 2010 was  NOK  1,299 million  versus  NOK  1,443 million  at year-end 2009. On 4 June 2010, a  dividend was paid  of NOK 7.0 per  share, i.e. NOK  375 million. On 10 November  2010, the Group acquired  50.71% of the shares  in Sjøtroll Havbruk AS which  increased  the  net  interest-bearing  debt  by  NOK  689 million through leverage  and  consolidated  net  interest-bearing  debt.  The  reduction of net interest-bearing  debt  of  NOK  1.2 billion  in 2010, adjusted for dividend and acquisitions, is extremely satisfactory.


Through  organic growth  and acquisitions  over the  last decade,  the Group has become  the world's second largest producer of Atlantic salmon and salmon trout. In the fourth quarter of 2010, the Group signed an agreement for the acquisition of  50.71% of the  shares in  Sjøtroll Havbruk  AS. Sjøtroll Havbruk AS produces salmon and salmon trout through 25 licenses in Hordaland. Furthermore, the Group
acquired  51.0% of the shares in the Finnish company Jokisen Eväät OY in January 2011. Jokisen Eväät OY enjoys a strong position within the sale and distribution of  seafood in its domestic market and will thus contribute to strengthening the Group's position on the Finnish market.


Expectations  in terms  of future  developments in  the world economy, including development  in  demand  for  the  Group's  products,  have become more positive throughout 2010 and to date in 2011, and are now characterised considerably less by  fear than  was the  case at  the beginning  of 2010. That said, the Board of Directors  believes there  is still  rather more  uncertainty than normal at the macro  scale.  Development  in  demand  for  the Group's main products, Atlantic salmon and salmon trout, has been extremely positive so far in 2011. Moreover, a higher  growth in  the global  supply of  Atlantic salmon  in the next few years compared  with the  two last  years is  expected. Correspondingly,  the Board of Directors  anticipates a  continued good  development in  the global  demand for Atlantic   salmon.   Good   demand   together  with  expectations  for  improved productivity  for the Group, including  improved biology, provides justification for  the  Board's  positive  attitude  to  the Group's development. The Board of Directors  currently  anticipates  a  better  result  for the Group in the first quarter   of   2011 than   was  achieved  in  the  first  quarter  of  2010, and correspondingly for 2011 as a whole.

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