As of November 2, Ukrainian agricultural producers sowed the main winter crops on an area of 7.5 million hectares (91% of the forecast of 8.2 million hectares), 371,000 hectares were sown in a week.
According to a report on the website of the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture on Tuesday, the following crops were sown: wheat – 5.65 million hectares (92% of the forecast), barley – 867,000 hectares (92%), rye – 118,800 hectares (89%), rapeseed – 862,600 hectares (85%).
According to the State Statistics Service, the sown area of winter crops for the harvest in 2020 amounted to 8.9 million hectares, which is 0.2% more than the area for the harvest in 2019.
Winter wheat was sown on 6.4 million hectares (0.6% less than in 2019), winter barley – 1 million hectares (+ 3.9%), rye – 135,000 hectares (+ 16.7%) and rapeseed – 1.3 million hectares (+ 0.3%).
The cost of agricultural production in Ukraine in January-September 2020 decreased by 4.1% compared to the same period in 2019.
According to the State Statistics Service, the cost of crop production in January-September decreased by 6.2%, livestock products by 1.3%, material and technical resources of industrial origin used in agriculture by 10.3%.
At the same time, according to the service, the cost of agricultural production in September increased by 3.9% compared to the previous month. Thus, the cost of crop production grew by 2.9%, livestock products by 6.3%, but at the same time, the cost of material and technical resources grew by 2.3%.
As reported, the cost of agricultural production in Ukraine in 2019 decreased by 0.64% compared to 2018.
The fall of agricultural production in Ukraine accelerated in September 2020 from the same month in 2019 to 19.2% from 5.5% in August, the State Statistics Service reported on its website.
According to its data, in general, in January-September this year, the decline in the Ukrainian agro-industrial complex accelerated to 13.1% from 9.8% in the eight months.
As reported, in 2019 agricultural production in Ukraine increased by 1.1% after jumping by 8.1% in 2018 and falling by 2.2% in 2017.
Kernel-Trade, the agricultural exporter, tops the list of the largest recipients of budget value added tax (VAT) refunds for the third month in a row, having received UAH 1.03 billion in June against UAH 650 million in May and UAH 965 million in April.
According to the State Treasury Service, the second place on the list in June, as in May, was again occupied by ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih mining and metallurgical plant with almost UAH 977 million against UAH 501.45 million in April.
The top three recipients of budgetary VAT refunds also included Suntrade with UAH 681.8 million, while in April the company ranked fifth with UAH 359 million, according to the data of the State Treasury.
Mariupol-based Illich Iron and Steel Works affiliated with Metinvest Group improved its performance over the month with UAH 597.44 million against UAH 373 million in May. The top five largest recipients of budgetary VAT refunds also included Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) with UAH 550 million (UAH 70 million in April).
The second five in June includes Poltava GOK with UAH 477.25 million (UAH 236.7 million). It is followed by Zaporizhstal steel plant from Metinvest Group with UAH 451.3 million (UAH 372.75 million), followed by Azovstal, which reduced its figure to UAH 289.4 million from UAH 336.45 million in May.
The top ten largest recipients of VAT reimbursement are closed by Pivdenny (Southern) GOK with UAH 283.2 million and Dniprovsky Iron and Steel Works with UAH 250.74 million.
Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agricultural groups, in the third quarter of the fiscal year 2019 (FY, July 2019-June 2020) posted $22.2 million in net loss against $15.9 million in net profit for the same period last year. According to the financial report on the company’s website, its revenue in January-March increased by 30.4%, to $1.5 billion amid high sales of vegetable oils in natural terms, purchased from external suppliers during the reporting period, EBITDA by 1.9 times, to $104 million.
In general, for the nine months of 2020FY, Kernel’s net profit decreased by 2.2 times, to $82.56 million compared to the same period in 2019FY, revenue by 4.9%, to $2.91 billion, while EBITDA grew by 12% and amounted to $320 million.
Revenues in the oilseeds processing segment for the third quarter of 2020FY increased by 3%, to $375 million, revenue in infrastructure and trading segment increased by 42%, to $892 million.
Revenues in the oilseeds processing segment over the specified period decreased by 6%, to $1.04 billion, while revenue in infrastructure and trading segment rose by 3%, to $2.45 billion.
In the revenue structure, Kernel intragroup settlements for the third quarter of 2020FY grew by 13%, to $392 million, for nine months of 2020FY by 20%, to $1.07 billion.
The ratio of net debt to EBITDA as of March 31, 2020 amounted to 3.5 against 2.5 on the same date in 2019. Net debt stood at $1.33 billion, which is 1.7 times more than on the same date last year.
The company notes that on April 30, 2020 it paid dividends of $21 million ($0.25 per share), approved by the shareholders at a general meeting on December 10, 2019.
Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the export of agricultural products of the Myronovsky Hliboproduct (MHP) globally has not changed; the geography has slightly shifted from Europe towards Asia, the owner of the MHP, Yuriy Kosiuk, has said. “Globally, nothing has changed. Europe has slightly fallen due to lower consumption, although all of our enterprises are located there. The Arab markets, Africa have grown. Japan is a little closed, but in the near future, I think, everything will reopen. In general, the picture is unchanged. The only thing is that the geography has shifted slightly from Europe to Asia,” he said in an interview with the Novoye Vremia publication.
According to Kosiuk, the countries of the Arabian Peninsula have already made a request to support and secure them in the supply of meat.
“This issue became especially acute after the opening of markets. Many companies in these countries closed due to COVID-19 cases at production facilities. A similar situation in the United States: closures of production facilities due to outbreaks of COVID-19, shortage in the domestic market, half-empty shelves in stores. In Ukraine, thank God, this did not happen,” the owner of the company said.
At the same time, Kosiuk does not believe that, amid the coronavirus crisis, Ukrainian producers got the opportunity to gain more in the export of food products.