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.
The cost of agricultural production in Ukraine in January-March 2020 decreased by 7.3% compared to the same period in 2019. According to the State Statistics Service, the cost of crop production in the first quarter decreased by 8.3%, livestock products by 6.6%, material and technical resources of industrial origin used in agriculture by 9.8%.
At the same time, according to the service, the cost of agricultural production in March increased by 0.6% compared to the previous month. Thus, the cost of crop production rose by 0.1%, livestock products by 0.2%, but at the same time, the cost of material and technical resources decreased by 1.3%.
As reported, the cost of agricultural production in Ukraine in 2019 decreased by 0.64% compared to 2018.
Avers-Agro agricultural equipment manufacturer in connection with the coronavirus pandemic launches production of lung artificial ventilation devices.
The company told the Interfax-Ukraine agency that production of ventilators was established as part of an international project.
“Our company participates in an international project together with manufacturers from Italy and Germany: there the devices have already been licensed. We adapted our devices a little for the Ukrainian market. This week we will release the first ten ventilation machines and at the end of the week we submit documents to the State Service of Ukraine on Medicines and Drugs Control for registration,” the company said.
Avers-Agro also emphasized that several private clinics were already interested in the devices.
Ukraine in 2018 used 11 out of the 40 quotas for duty-free exports under the free trade area (FTA) agreement with the European Union, while export quotas for processed products from oil, sugar syrups, and an additional quota for exports of mushrooms were not used at all, according to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
Ukraine has not yet received permission to export red meat, therefore its companies also did not use the quota for pork, lamb, and beef. The remaining quotas were used partially, the ministry said.
In 2018, the country fully used quotas for exports of corn, honey, corn flour and granules, grape and apple juice, processed tomatoes, processed malt and starch, soft wheat, wheat flour and granules, barley grits and starch flour, and the major quota for exports of poultry and semi-finished products from it.
In 2018, the main quota for exports of mushrooms was used by 0.03%, the quota for exports of cigarettes by 0.01%, food products by 0.9%, processed products from dairy cream by 4.2%, ethanol by 10.4%, processed products from sugar by 13.9%, milk, yoghurt and cream by 15%, barley by 16.6%, dairy products by 22.1%, milk powder by 24.1%, and oats by 36.5%.
In addition, Ukraine has used the basic quota for exports of eggs by 74.6%, and an additional one by 48.3%.
Aurum Group, a diversified industrial and investment group, in the current year has already invested over UAH 16.1 million within the framework of the program for agricultural equipment modernization, a press release of the group reads.
“Developing the agricultural sector, we plan to use innovative agricultural technologies and this year we have invested more than UAH 16.1 million in modernization of agricultural equipment. Part of these funds is the group’s own resources, as well as bank financing,” founder of the group Olena Lebedeva said.
Today, Aurum Group’s agricultural enterprises cultivate more than 12,000 hectares of land.
“Since 2018, FUIB has been working with Aurum Group to finance building freight railcars based on Diesel Plant, and in 2019 they began cooperation with the agribusinesses of the group: the bank transferred agricultural equipment worth UAH 12.4 million to Aurum Trans under the terms of financial leasing,” head of the financing leasing department at FUIB Volodymyr Rudenko said.
Aurum Group was registered at the end of 2016. Its core business is engineering, rail freight transportation, industrial pump building, chemical industry, investment in real estate, and the agricultural sector. Today, the group exports its products to the CIS countries, the Middle East, the United States, and China.