Astarta, the largest sugar producer in Ukraine, over January-June and April-June 2021 reduced sugar sales compared to the same periods in 2020 by 25%, to 55,460 tonnes and 113,600 tonnes, respectively, while over the first half and the second quarter, the products sold by it went up by 66%, to UAH 17,280 per tonne and UAH 16,690 per tonne, respectively.
According to the company’s report on the Warsaw Stock Exchange on Friday evening, sales of corn by the agricultural holding in the second quarter of 2021 fell by 21% compared to the second quarter of 2020, to 78,650 tonnes, while the price increased by 9%, to UAH 4,950 per tonne. In the first half of this year, its sales decreased by 55%, to 151,290 tonnes with a rise in price of corn by 17%, UAH 5,270 per tonne.
In addition, in the second quarter of 2021, Astarta sold 34% less soybean meal than in the second quarter of 2020 – some 23,750 tonnes (with a rise in price of 45%, to UAH 14,570 per tonne); 49% less soybean oil – 4,210 tonnes (its price has doubled to UAH 37,840 per tonne); 5% more milk – 23,650 tonnes (it has risen in price by 20%, to UAH 11,600 per tonne); and also twice as much wheat – 2,240 tonnes (it has risen in price by a quarter, to UAH 6,550 per tonne). During the specified period, the company has increased sales of sunflower seeds 4-fold, to 135 tonnes, with their rise in price 2.7 times, to UAH 19,180 per tonne.
According to the results of the first half of 2021, Astarta sold 23% less soybean meal than in the first half of 2020 – some 63,520 tonnes (with a rise in price of 59% to UAH 14,960 per tonne); 13% less soybean oil – 16,840 tonnes (with a rise in price by 76%, to UAH 31,580 per tonne); 4% more milk – 47,850 tonnes (it has risen in price by 17%, to UAH 11,680 per tonne); and also 37% more wheat – 6,070 tonnes (it has risen in price by 56%, to UAH 7,410 per tonne). During this period, the company increased sales of sunflower seeds 37 times, to 3,720 tonnes, with their price doubling to UAH 11,590 per tonne.
Astarta is a vertically integrated agro-industrial holding operating in eight regions of Ukraine. It includes eight sugar factories, agricultural enterprises with a land bank of 243,000 hectares and dairy farms with 25,000 animals, seven elevators, a biogas complex and a soybean processing plant in Poltava region (Globino Processing Plant LLC).