Selonda Group: Financial Results 2009
The total turnover of the Selonda Group in 2009 reached € 136 million, compared to € 120 million in 2008, an increase of 13.5%. The significant increase in the Selonda Group's sales volume of Sea Bream and Sea Bass led to an increase in the total turnover, despite the low market prices of Sea Bream during the first quarter of 2009, which was a continuation of the 2008 price crisis. Approximately 90% of the SELONDA Group's sales volume is exported, reports www.megafishnet.com with reference to Selonda Group.
The consolidated Earnings before Interest, Tax and Depreciation (EBITDA) in 2009 was € 21.4 million or 15.74% of the total turnover, while the EBITDA in 2008 was € 21.9 million or 18.18% of total turnover.
Net earnings after tax and minority interest in 2009 amounted to € 0.2 million or 0.12% of total turnover, compared to € 1.2 million or 1.05% in 2008. Net earnings were negatively affected by the decrease in the profit margin of fish sales, due to low market prices and increased production costs, as well as a charge of € 0.77 million resulting from the consolidation of Fjord Marin Turkey in the Selonda Group's financial statements.
Consolidated earnings after tax and minority interest per share in 2009 amounted to € 0.01, versus € 0.04 in 2008.
Selonda, through a strategy of accelerating the industry's consolidation and managing the total production volume of Sea Bream and Sea Bass, is building the foundations for a recovery from the price crisis, which will lead to an increase in profitability during the next years.
The combination of increased sales volumes and low prices significantly affected the developments in the Sea Bass and Sea Bream industry, which by 2010 had resulted in a reduction of the number of producers and a decrease in the total production volume, while the demand for farmed fish continued to increase.
For the second quarter of 2010 there are clear indications that there will be an increase in the market prices of Sea Bream and Sea Bass, which, in combination with the policy of cost reductions that the Group is implementing, will lead to a significant increase in the profitability of the Selonda Group. The increase in market prices as well as the increase in our sales volume and value in developed and developing markets during the first quarter of 2010, is a clear indication of a return to increasing profitability during the next years.
"After three very difficult years (2007 - 2009) the Mediterranean aquaculture sector is returning to normal supply and demand conditions", John Stephanis the CEO of Selonda and President of FEAP stated.