”Lantmännen as a whole continues to develop well, although the second four-month period has obviously been dominated by the dry and warm summer, which has had a major impact both on our own operations and on our owners’ farms. Comprehensive measures have been taken to handle the extreme weather; for example, Lantmännen has introduced an action package for our members, to mitigate the effects of the summer’s weather,” says Per Olof Nyman, Lantmännen’s CEO and Group President.
The figures below refer to operating profit, adjusted for items affecting comparability, for the period of January-August, 2018. Last year’s result in parentheses.
The Agriculture Sector shows a lower result than the previous year: 226 MSEK (266 MSEK), which is entirely due to this year’s low grain harvest. The effects of the drought and heat place great demands on the sector’s ability to supply the industrial operations with grain, and the demand for feed and seed has been very high during the summer.
The Energy Sector’s result is lower than last year: 152 MSEK (252 MSEK), which is mainly due to a lower ethanol price compared to 2017. The drought and heat has also affected sales of alkylate petrol negatively. In August, it was announced that Lantmännen Reppe, due to lack of profitability, intends to discontinue its production of glucose syrup in Växjö, Sweden.
The Food Sector shows a result that is higher than the previous year: 556 MSEK (504 MSEK). Lantmännen Cerealia has continued its development from the first four-month period, and shows a higher result than last year – primarily thanks to continued improvement work and cost cutting. Lantmännen Unibake continues to develop in a stable manner, and shows a result on a level with last year.
Business Area Swecon shows a result that is higher than last year: 219 MSEK (204 MSEK). The business area continues to develop positively, and the situation on Swecon’s markets is generally good: sales in Sweden are in line with last year’s record levels, and Swecon has taken market shares on the growing German market.
Business Area Real Estate is developing according to plan, with a result, excluding capital gains, that is on a level with the previous year: 140 MSEK (139 MSEK).
The dry and warm summer, which has led to low harvests and feed shortage, brings challenges both for Lantmännen and for Lantmännen’s owners. To mitigate the near-term effects of the drought, Lantmännen has introduced an action package of some 220 MSEK. As part of the package, 146 MSEK has been paid at the end of September to Lantmännen’s owners in the form of extra refunds and supplementary payments. This means that Lantmännen has paid out more than 700 MSEK in total dividend during 2018.
“One of our cooperative’s greatest strengths is that we can act on short notice to support our members. Our balanced business portfolio also means that we can compensate for temporary setbacks in certain areas with good results in other businesses, which brings with it a stability that is important both for owners, customers, business partners, and employees. I’m proud to be part of Lantmännen, and I have strong confidence that we can both meet the challenges we now face – and eventually shift our focus back to the ambitious plan we have for profitable growth,” says Per Olof Nyman.
The interim report is available at https://lantmannen.com/en/financialinformation.
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If you have any questions, please contact:
Per Olof Nyman, CEO and Group President, Lantmännen
Phone: +46 706 57 42 47
Ulf Zenk, CFO, Lantmännen
Phone: +46 725 61 15 63
Lantmännen’s press office
Phone: +46 10 556 88 00
This information is information that Lantmännen ek för is required to disclose under the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted by the above contact persons for publication at 08.00 CET on October 4, 2018.