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KSG AGRO INCREASES CREDIT LINE AT TASCOMBANK BY $6.5 MLN

KSG Agro agricultural holding increased the multicurrency credit line at TAScombank (Kyiv) from $12 million to $18.5 million, the company said in a report published on the website of the Warsaw Stock Exchange on Monday.
“We can use these lines for sowing and harvesting […] In addition, one of the goals of increasing the credit line is to refinance foreign exchange obligations and hedge currency risks,” Chairman of the Board of Directors of KSG Agro Serhiy Kasianov said.
He said that part of the funds is also planned to be used for further reconstruction and modernization of the pig breeding farm in the village of Nyva Trudova (Dnipropetrovsk region).
According to the report, hryvnia equivalent for the volume of the credit line is UAH 522 million, the term is three years. The interest rate was not disclosed.
As reported, in April 2020, KSG Agro increased the existing credit line at TAScombank by almost $4 million, to $12 million.
The vertically integrated holding KSG Agro is engaged in pig breeding and production, storage, processing and sale of grain and oilseeds.

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KSG AGRO CUTS NET PROFIT

The KSG Agro agricultural holding saw $4.77 million in net profit in January-September 2020, which is 52% less than in the same period in 2019.
According to an unaudited report of the holding, published on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, its revenue in the first nine months of 2020 decreased 17%, to $14.67 million.
In January-September of this year, KSG increased its gross profit 3.6 times compared to the same period in 2019, to $6.77 million, operating profit – 5.4 times, to $13.61 million. EBITDA in the reporting period grew 3.8 times, to $14.71 million.
Revenue and cost of sales are both lower by 17% and 36%, respectively, and primarily in the crop production segment, which is more affected by seasonality and weather conditions. Total revenue in the crop segment in the first nine months of 2020 was $6.9 million, compared to $9.7 million for the same period in 2019.
In January-September 2020, KSG’s revenue in the livestock segment decreased 0.5%, to $7.4 million, As part of the “other operations” segment revenue grew 1.7 times, to $0.4 million. Total pig sales in the first nine months of 2020 year amounted to 80,000 heads.
“The Board of Directors of the company does not currently provide for the significant adverse effects of the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic on the group’s financial results in 2020,” the company said in its report.
The vertically integrated holding KSG Agro is engaged in pig breeding and production, storage, processing and sale of grain and oilseeds.

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KSG AGRO PLANS TO INCREASE PORK PRODUCTION BY 15% IN 2020

KSG Agro agricultural holding intends to achieve a 15% increase in pig breeding in live weight for 2020 compared to 2019.
“Increasing production is our strategic goal. Moreover, the market situation and increasing demand contribute to this. Therefore, our plans this year are to increase pig breeding products in live weight by 15% compared to the same indicator in 2019,” KSG Agro Board Chairman Serhiy Kasyanov told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to him, the agricultural holding did not revise investment plans for 2020 due to quarantine and the uncertain economic situation in Ukraine.
“These plans are valid and we did not change them. The planned investment for the year to continue the reconstruction of the main industrial complex and the start of the design of the genetic reproducer will be about UAH 25 million. The genetic reproducer will produce Danish boars and sows, which will allow us to reduce costs and start sales to other customers,” the owner of KSG Agro said.
Kasyanov said that in 2020 the holding plans to increase exports of manufactured products.
“In the first quarter of this year, we exported 1,356 tonnes of wheat flour to Libya. Export volumes are growing. For comparison, we shipped 720 tonnes of wheat flour for 2019. So far, despite the crisis, we plan to increase the export of our products. In the second quarter we intend to export 2,000 tonnes of wheat flour, some 1,000 tonnes of barley, some 500 tonnes of refined sunflower oil and some 1,000 tonnes of other goods,” the KSG Agro board chairman said.
KSG Agro, a vertically integrated holding, is engaged in pig breeding and production, storage, processing and sale of grain and oilseeds. As of June 30, 2019, the land bank of the holding in Ukraine amounted to about 27,000 hectares.

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KSG AGRO LAUNCHES SOWING CAMPAIGN

On April 8, the farms that are part of KSG Agro agricultural holding launched the 2020 spring sowing campaign intend to plant 7,200 hectares of sunflower, some 2,200 hectares of corn and some 548 hectares of sorghum.
According to a Thursday press release of the agricultural holding, the sowing campaign that started on the holding’s farms is a routine, in accordance with the planned schedule. All agricultural enterprises are provided with fertilizers, crop protection products and seed in sufficient quantities.
The agricultural holding said that all necessary measures are being taken to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread.
“This is primarily daily temperature screening of the employees and providing them with personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, disinfectants). Disinfectants are placed near all workplaces,” KSG Agro said.

KSG AGRO SEES 4.5-FOLD RISE IN NET PROFIT

KSG Agro in January-September 2019 saw $10 million of net profit, which is almost 4.5 times more than a year ago.
According to unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements of the holding posted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), its revenue over the period fell by 11.3%, to $17.76 million.
KSG in January-September of this year reduced gross profit by 58.3% compared to the same period in 2018, to $ 1.86 million, operating – by 41.2%, to $2.54 million.
KSG’s revenue in the crop production segment for the reporting period decreased 32.2%, to $7.8 million. In particular, from the sale of sunflower oil the company saw $4.9 million, wheat $1.6 million, rapeseed $0.5 million, barley $0.5 million and sorghum $0.2 million
Over the first nine months of 2019, KSG’s revenue in the livestock segment decreased 1.7%, to $5.8 million (last year, sales of cows were included in the segment’s revenue, later KSG sold cattle and focused on pig breeding), pig sales remained at the January-September 2018 level and amounted to 72,000 heads.
The total assets of the agricultural holding as of September 30, 2019 amounted to $75.7 million compared with $53.2 million as of December 31, 2018.
In 2019, the group completed the restructuring of its core loans. In particular, In February 2019, the Group has restructured its debt under the loan from Big Dutchman Pig Equipment. The remaining balance was repaid in full. In July 2019, the group has finalized restructuring terms for an overdue loan from Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg (LBBW) in the total amount as at December 31, 2018, including interest, of $9.9 million. As a result, the group’s debt under the loan was reduced to EUR 3.2 million. At the date these financial statements are being issued, the remaining balance is $3.3 million
The group’s long-term liabilities as of September 30, 2019 amounted to $19.1 million compared with $20.5 million as of December 31, 2018, current liabilities as of September 30, 2019 amounted to $52.5 million compared with $49.1 million as of December 31, 2018.
As of the reporting date, KSG has completed its 2019 harvesting campaign and is sowing winter crops. As of September 30, 2019, the group harvested 14,500 tonnes of wheat, 12,200 tonnes of sunflower, 3,900 tonnes of barley, 2,800 tonnes of corn and 1,100 tonnes of rapeseed.

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KSG AGRO PLANS TO BOOST GRAIN, FLOUR EXPORT TO MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA COUNTRIES 2.8 TIMES IN 2020

KSG Agro next year plans to boost grain and wheat flour export to Oman, Qatar, Libya and Angola 2.8 times compared with 2019, to 50,000 tonnes.
The holding said in a press release that in 2019 KSG Agro plans to export up to 18,000 tonnes of grain and flour to these countries, and at present, 11,800 tonnes of goods have been delivered.
The company said that in 2019, the agricultural holding exported cereals and flour exclusively to Oman, Qatar, Libya and Angola.
“We are very interested in exporting to the markets of the Middle East and Africa, where there is a demand for our products. Expanding agricultural exports allows us to diversify sales channels and receive foreign exchange earnings, as well as increase margins,” KSG Agro Board Chairman Serhiy Kasianov said.
In 2018, KSG Agro delivered 5,000 tonnes of corn to Oman and Qatar, in 2019 the export of this crop to two countries amounted to 5,300 tonnes. In addition, this year, the agricultural holding exported feed barley to these two countries in the amount of 4,000 tonnes. Also in 2019, KSG Agro delivered 2,500 tonnes of wheat flour to Libya and Angola.
“Thus, the total export volume of agricultural products of the agricultural holding in 2019 increased 2.4 times compared to 2018,” KSG Agro said.
KSG Аgro is a vertically integrated agricultural group, working in almost all the segments of the agricultural market, including the production, storage, processing, and sale of agricultural products.

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