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ONE OF THE LARGEST UKRAINIAN AGRARIAN GROUPS KERNEL INTENDS TO INCREASE GRAIN EXPORT BY 15%

Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agrarian groups, intends to increase grain exports from Ukraine from 8.5 million to 10 million tonnes in the 2021/2022 fiscal year (July-June), Kernel CEO Andriy Verevsky said during a conference call with analysts.
“We plan to export more than 10 million tonnes of grain in the next fiscal year,” he said.
According to the company, in January-March 2021, Kernel reduced grain exports from Ukraine by 15% compared to January-March 2020, to 1.8 million tonnes.
Kernel said that in the first nine months of the current FY it has fulfilled 75% of its plan for the export of grain from Ukraine, which the company set for this year at 8.5 million tonnes.
In October 2020, the agricultural producer announced plans to increase grain exports from Ukraine in 2020/2021 FY by 20.3%, to 9.5 million tonnes, and sunflower crushing by 1.7%, to 3.5 million tonnes.
Kernel is a large producer and exporter of sunflower oil.

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KERNEL CUTS SALES IN Q3 FY2021 (UPDATED)

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Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agrarian groups, in the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 (FY, began in July 2020), reduced sales of sunflower oil by 2% compared to the same period in the previous FY, to 371,920 tonnes.
According to a report posted on the company’s website on Friday, the share of bottled oil of total sales was 10% (37,000 tonnes).
Kernel processed 902,000 tonnes of oilseeds in Q3 FY2021, down 4% y-o-y due to the low harvest of sunflower seeds in Ukraine this season.
According to the report, grain export volume from Ukraine in January-March 2021 dropped 15% y-o-y, to 1.8 million tonnes, of which 1.3 million tonnes had been originated from external suppliers and the remaining had been produced by company’s farming division. Slowdown in the grain export volume was caused mostly by a substantial grain harvest reduction this season in Ukraine (including company’s farming operations) and the respective decline of the exportable grain surplus for the country.
The company’s export terminal throughput volume in Ukraine increased to 2.1 million tonnes in Q3 FY2021, up 6% y-o-y. Transshipment volume exceeded the grain export volume from Ukraine, as the company substantially increased the scale of sunflower meal transshipment operations on its terminals in Chornomorsk, with such goods being exported through third-party terminals before.
The holding cut grain and oilseeds received in inland silos by 12% in Q3 FY2021, to 109,021 tonnes.
Kernel in 9M FY2021 increased sales of sunflower oil by 6% compared to the same period in the previous FY, to 1.09 million tonnes, sunflower processing increased by 2%, to 2.57 million tonnes.
In 9M FY2021, grain exports from Ukraine grew by 5%, to 6.35 million tonnes.
According to the document, Export terminal’s throughput of the holding in Ukraine for 9M FY2021 grew by a third, to 6.31 million tonnes. During this period, the agricultural holding reduced grain and oilseeds received in inland silos by 9%, to 3.7 million tonnes.
Kernel is a large producer and exporter of sunflower oil. The largest co-owner of Kernel through Namsen Ltd. is Andriy Verevsky with a 39.16% share. Cascade Investment Fund (Cayman Islands), the beneficiary of which is the ex-deputy of the Ukrainian parliament Vitaliy Khomutynnik, owns 6.59% of Kernel’s shares.

KERNEL CUTS SUNFLOWER OIL AND GRAIN SALES IN THIRD QUARTER OF FISCAL YEAR 2021

Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agrarian groups, in the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 (FY, began in July 2020), reduced sales of sunflower oil by 2% compared to the same period in the previous FY, to 371,920 tonnes.
According to a report posted on the company’s website on Friday, the share of bottled oil of total sales was 10% (37,000 tonnes).
Kernel processed 902,000 tonnes of oilseeds in Q3 FY2021, down 4% y-o-y due to the low harvest of sunflower seeds in Ukraine this season.
According to the report, grain export volume from Ukraine in January-March 2021 dropped 15% y-o-y, to 1.8 million tonnes, of which 1.3 million tonnes had been originated from external suppliers and the remaining had been produced by company’s farming division. Slowdown in the grain export volume was caused mostly by a substantial grain harvest reduction this season in Ukraine (including company’s farming operations) and the respective decline of the exportable grain surplus for the country.
The company’s export terminal throughput volume in Ukraine increased to 2.1 million tonnes in Q3 FY2021, up 6% y-o-y. Transshipment volume exceeded the grain export volume from Ukraine, as the company substantially increased the scale of sunflower meal transshipment operations on its terminals in Chornomorsk, with such goods being exported through third-party terminals before.
The holding cut grain and oilseeds received in inland silos by 12% in Q3 FY2021, to 109,021 tonnes.

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KERNEL ‘S POLTAVA OIL CRUSHING PLANT SEES UAH 104.65 MLN OF NET LOSS IN PREVIOUS YEAR

PrJSC Poltava Oil Crushing Plant, one of the largest producers of sunflower oil in Ukraine, saw UAH 104.65 million in net loss in 2020 versus UAH 63.15 million in net profit a year earlier.
According to the company’s statement in the information disclosure system of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission, its assets during the year grew by 1.7%, to UAH 1.32 billion, and the uncovered loss amounted to UAH 49.29 million versus UAH 54.92 UAH million of net profit a year earlier.
According to the results of the year, the total accounts receivable of PJSC Poltava Oil Crushing Plant decreased by 65.5%, to UAH 180.19 million.
According to the report, at the annual meeting of shareholders scheduled for April 16, it is planned to obtain approval for the company to carry out significant transactions with a total value of up to UAH 5 billion, which can be used by the company to conduct business in 2021. The agenda of the meeting also includes the appointment of Niva-Audit to conduct a statutory audit of the company’s financial statements for 2019.
According to the unified public register of legal entities and private entrepreneurs, the Poltava Oil Crushing Plant belongs to the largest shareholder of the Kernel agricultural holding Andriy Verevsky.

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LARGEST PRODUCER OF SUNFLOWER OIL IN UKRAINE INCREASES NET PROFIT TO $170 MLN IN FISCAL YEAR 2021

Agricultural holding Kernel, one of the largest in Ukraine, in the second quarter of fiscal year 2021 (FY, began in July 2020) saw $170.64 million in net profit, a rise of 3.8-fold year-over-year.

According to the company’s report posted on Friday, its revenue in October-December 2020 grew by 28.5%, to $1.327 billion.

The company said that in H1 FY2021 its net profit amounted to $404.02 million, and revenue reached $2.267 billion, a rise of 3.9-fold and 20.4% year-over-year respectively.

Kernel said that EBITDA in Q2 FY2021 increased 2.5-fold, to $269 million, and in H1 FY2021 – 2.6-fold, to $559 million.

The company said in the report that a grain price boom and oilseeds price hikes created an opportunity momentum for trading business.

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KERNEL INCREASES SALES OF SUNFLOWER OIL BY 23%

Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agrarian holdings, in the second quarter of 2021 fiscal year (FY), which started in July 2020, increased sales of sunflower oil by 23% compared to the same period of the previous FY, to 425,340 tonnes.
According to a report published on the website on Thursday, sales of bottled sunflower oil for the period amounted to 9.1% of total sales (in the same period previous FY it was 8.4%).
In October-December this year, the holding’s oil extraction plants processed 1 million tonnes of oilseeds, up 5% from the second quarter of 2020 FY. The company said that this is a record high indicator for the quarter.
The report said that grain exports from Ukraine in the first quarter of 2021 FY increased by 6%, to 2.4 million tonnes, of which 52% from external suppliers, the rest was produced by the company’s agricultural divisions.
Grain transshipment at export terminals in Ukraine in the specified period increased by 41%, to 2.38 million tonnes. As the company said, this is due to the increase in transshipment volumes at the new Kernel export terminal in Chornomorsk seaport. The volume of grain received by the company’s elevators increased by 17%, to 2.38 million tonnes, but in general for the first half of the year it decreased by 9%, to 3.63 million tonnes due to a decrease in the harvest this season.
In general, in the first half of 2021 FY, the company increased oilseed processing by 5%, to 1.66 million tonnes, oil exports by 11%, to 721,580 tonnes, grain transshipment at export terminals by 47%, to 4.25 million tonnes and grain exports by 16%, to 4.52 million tonnes.
Kernel ended 2020 fiscal year (FY, July 2019-June 2020) with net income of $123 million, less by 31% compared to 2019 FY. Its revenue grew by 4%, to $4.11 billion, and EBITDA by 28%, to $443 million. The company’s net debt in 2020 FY grew by 41%, to $980 million.
Kernel is a producer and exporter of sunflower oil. It operates in such business segments as production, export and domestic sales of sunflower oil, crop production, export of grain crops, provision of services for storage and transshipment of grain at elevators and in port terminals.

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