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Kernel reduces sales of vegetable oil by 29% in FY2022

Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agro-industrial groups, in the 2022 financial year (FY, July 2021-June 2022) reduced sales of vegetable oil (sunflower and rapeseeds) by 29% compared to FY 2021 – to 967,000 tonnes from 1.37 million tonnes, the total processing of oilseeds – by 31%, to 2.19 million tonnes from 3.18 million tonnes.
According to a report published on the company’s website, the decline in production and sales of oilseeds and vegetable oil was caused by the blockade of Ukrainian seaports by warships of the aggressor country of the Russian Federation, as a result of which the active harvesting, processing and export of grain and sunflower oil was stopped.
It is specified that in the fourth quarter of FY2022 (March 2022-June 2022), Kernel sold 60,800 tonnes of sunflower and rapeseeds oil (less by 78% compared from the fourth quarter of FY2021) and processed 156,600 tonnes of oilseeds crops.
The total export of agricultural crops by Kernel in the fourth quarter of FY2022 decreased by 93% compared to the same period of the last fiscal year, to 123,000 tonnes, while in FY2022 the reduction was 1% – to 7.97 million tonnes.
In total, in the fourth quarter of FY2022, the group of companies increased the volume of agricultural products delivered to its elevators by 12% compared to the fourth quarter of FY2021, to 65,500 tonnes, while for the entire FY2022, some 4.19 million tonnes of agricultural raw materials were delivered to elevators – 10% more than in FY2021.
“The situation with the group’s critical infrastructure remains unchanged. The group’s two oil extraction plants in Kharkiv region, located in the temporarily occupied territories, remain inaccessible. The new granaries were not damaged, except for two silos with a capacity of 74,000 tonnes, which were badly damaged in the spring of 2022,” the group said.
“Since the beginning of the war with Russia, 1,150 of our employees have been mobilized into the Armed Forces of Ukraine or joined the defense units. Of these, 460 were demobilized and returned to work,” the agricultural holding stated.
Kernel also noted with regret that 11 of its employees were killed in Ukraine due to the military aggression of the Russian Federation.

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KERNEL SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES SALES OF VEGETABLE OIL IN JAN-MARCH 2022

Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agro-industrial groups, in the third quarter of the 2022 financial year (FY, January-March 2022), reduced sales of vegetable oil (sunflower and rapeseed) by 28% compared to the same period of the last FY – from 371, 9 thousand tons to 269.1 thousand tons, the total processing of oilseeds – by 38%, from 901.6 thousand tons to 562.8 thousand tons.
According to a report published on the company’s website on Friday night, the decline in production and sales of oilseeds and vegetable oil was caused by the blockade of Ukrainian seaports by warships of the aggressor country of the Russian Federation, as a result of which the active harvesting, processing and export of grain and sunflower oil was stopped.
Similarly, in the nine months of FY2022 (July-2021 – March-2022), Kernel sold 906.3 thousand tons of sunflower and rapeseed oil (-17% compared to 9 months of FY2021) and processed 2.0 million tons of oilseeds ( -21%).
In the third quarter of FY2022, the group of companies reduced the volume of agricultural products supplied to its elevators by 53% compared to the third quarter of FY2021 – to 50.9 thousand tons, while in 9 months. 4.1 million tons of agricultural raw materials were delivered to elevators in FY 2022, which is 10% more than in 9 months. FY2021.
Kernel also noted with regret that due to the unprovoked military aggression of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, five of its employees were killed.
“Since the beginning of the war with Russia, more than 1,100 of our employees have been mobilized into the Armed Forces of Ukraine or joined the terrorist defense units. Of these, 180 have been demobilized and returned to work. No significant damage has been caused to any of the most important objects or infrastructure of the group. Two oil extraction plants of the group are located in the temporarily occupied territory, and access to such facilities is limited,” the agricultural holding stated the results of the Russian military invasion.
The total export of agricultural crops by Kernel in the third quarter of FY2022 increased by 17% compared to the same period of the last fiscal year, to 2.1 million tons, while exports were carried out mainly in January and February and were almost completely absent in March. Over the reporting period, 77% of export deliveries were received from external suppliers, and the rest of the agricultural crop was grown by the Kernel agricultural holding.
Agropromgroup also clarified that in the third quarter of FY2022, the share of its exports in the total volume of grain crops exported from Ukraine amounted to 17%, and for 9 months of FY2022 – 24%.
According to Kernel, in the third quarter of FY2022, it transshipped 2.08 million tons (+1% compared to the same period in FY2021) of agricultural products through its own grain terminal Transbulkterminal (Chernomorsk, Odessa region) – and in nine months of FY2021 – 7.27 million tons (+15%). It is noted that in the third quarter of FY2022, the grain terminal worked exclusively in January and February, before the start of the war unleashed by Russia on February 24.
“The group is working on creating alternative export routes. Rail logistics to the EU countries is very difficult, with numerous bottlenecks that make it impossible to achieve any significant export volumes until supplies are resumed through the Ukrainian Black Sea ports,” – summed up the agrarian group in the message. Before the war, Kernel ranked first in the world in the production of sunflower oil (about 7% of world production) and its export (about 12%), and was also the largest producer and seller of bottled sunflower oil in Ukraine. In addition, the company was engaged in the cultivation of other agricultural products and their sale.
The largest co-owner of Kernel through Namsen Ltd. is Ukrainian businessman Andrey Verevsky with a share of 39.28%.
The agricultural holding in the financial year 2021 (FY, July 2020 – June 2021), increased its net profit by 4.3 times compared to FY 2020 – up to $513 million, its EBITDA increased 2.1 times – up to $929 million, revenue – by 38%, to $5.65 billion.

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UKREXIMBANK ISSUES $22 MLN LOAN TO PROTEIN-INVEST VEGETABLE OIL PRODUCER

State-controlled Ukreximbank (Kyiv) with the assistance of the World Bank has provided a $22 million loan to Protein-Invest vegetable oil producer.
According to a report on the bank’s website, $14 million was used to refinancing an investment loan, and the company will receive another $8 million as part of a sub-project for the purchase of soybean seeds for further processing.
“Protein-Invest plant is increasing its production capacity, taking into account the global tendencies of increasing the consumption of oilseeds. To meet the needs of the enterprise in a sufficient volume of working capital for the purchase of raw materials, the bank made the most of the program of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The sub-project worth $ 8 million was approved for the project of access to long-term financing, a mandatory criterion for the participation of enterprises in which is an export-oriented activity or the attraction of local supply chains to this direction,” board member of Ukreximbank Oleksandr Ihnatenko said.
Protein-Invest enterprise has a soybean oil extraction plant with a capacity of 700 tonnes per day. It supplies vegetable oil and high-protein meal to the market of Ukraine and other countries, which are further used in the food industry and for the manufacture of animal feed. Production was launched in the village of Dunayivtsi, Khmelnytsky region, in 2019.
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BLACK SEA OIL INDUSTRY PLANS TO BUILD VEGETABLE OIL TERMINAL AT PIVDENNY MARITIME MERCHANDISE PORT

Black Sea Oil Industry LLC (Kyiv) plans to build a vegetable oil refining and bottling complex at the Pivdenny maritime merchandise port (Odesa region).
According to the unified register of environmental assessment, the complex will have an oil refining workshop with a daily capacity of 350 tonnes or an annual capacity of 115,500 tonnes and a vegetable oil bottling workshop with the same capacity.
The bottling workshop will have two plastic bottling lines with a capacity of 10,000 liters per hour and 12,500 liters per hour.
According to the unified public register of companies and private entrepreneurs, the founder of Black Sea Oil Industry LLC is Iryna Hlushets. The company was registered in June 2019.

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VEGETABLE OIL COMPANY RISOIL WILL INSTALL NEW SILOS IN GRAIN TERMINAL IN CHORNOMORSK PORT

Risoil S.A. plans to install eight new silos at the grain terminal Risoil Terminal in Chornomorsk port and increase the capacity of storage by 105,000 tonnes, to 257,000 tonnes on average (depending on the crops). “This month, the installation of eight new silos begins. The volume of storage will be 105,000 tonnes more. The supplier of silos is AGI, the leading global manufacturer of equipment. It is planned to compete the installation work by the end of 2019,” the group said on Facebook.
Risoil S.A. was established in Geneva (Switzerland) in 2000. Its core business is logistics of oil, bulk and general cargo in the ports of the Black Sea, the sale and production of vegetable oils, trade in grains and oilseeds in containers, storage and processing of agro-industrial products.
The grain terminal Risoil Terminal in Chornomorsk port was put into operation in 2016.

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ONE OF THE LARGEST EXPORTERS OF VEGETABLE OIL IN UKRAINE BOOSTS VEGETABLE OIL STORAGE CAPACITIES

Allseeds, one of the largest producers and exporters of vegetable oil in Ukraine, has expanded the oil storage facilities at a terminal in the Pivdenny port (Odesa region) by 2.4 times, to 100,000 tonnes, according to a posting on the website of the group on Tuesday. “Recently, the capacity of the tank farm here has increased from 42,000 tonnes to 100,000 tonnes for one-time oil storage. The company is ready to fill tankers at seven loading points from six berths belonging to TIS company with a speed of up to 1,200 tonnes/hour,” the company said.
The company said that such capabilities in logistics and active mutually beneficial cooperation with partners allowed Allseeds in April 2019 to set its own transshipment record of about 100,000 tonnes of vegetable oil which corresponds to 1.2 million tonnes per year.
“So far [1.2 million tonnes a year]… Because the development plan implementation of the company’s oilseed-processing and terminal complexes in Pivdenny and its infrastructure continues,” the company said.
Allseeds Group was founded in 2010.

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