LUXEMBOURG, May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Adecoagro S.A. (NYSE : AGRO , Bloomberg: AGRO US, Reuters: AGRO.K), one of the leading agricultural companies in South America, announced today its results for the first quarter of 2015.
Main highlights for the period:
Financial & Operational Highlights
- Adecoagro recorded Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $35.8 million in 1Q15, representing a 3.1% increase compared to 1Q14.
- Adjusted EBITDA margin(1) during 1Q15 reached 32.8% in 1Q15, compared to 36.7% in 1Q14.
- The Farming and Land Transformation businesses' Adjusted EBITDA in 1Q15 was $23.1 million, compared to $35.9 million in 1Q14. This decrease is primarily explained by: (i) a $25.1 million decrease in margins generated by our Crops segment as a result of lower corn, soybean and wheat prices, which was partially offset by higher crop yields and an $8.8 million gain ($3.7 million unrealized) from the mark-to-market of our commodity hedge position, compared to a $12.5 million loss in 1Q14; and (ii) a $7.8 million reduction in margins from our Rice segment, resulting from lower rice yields due to above average rains and cloudy days during the development of the crop, coupled with an increase in production costs measured in USD driven by the appreciation of the Argentine peso in real terms.
- The Sugar, Ethanol and Energy business underwent its annual inter-harvest maintenance of industrial and agricultural equipment during the first quarter of 2015. Accordingly, 1Q15 Adjusted EBITDA primarily reflects the sale of sugar and ethanol inventories as well as a portion of the ethanolproduced during March, the expenses incurred in sugarcane harvest, maintenance and treatment, overhead expenses and derivative hedge results. Adjusted EBITDA during 1Q15 reached $17.9 million, $14.1 million higher year-over-year. Financial performance in 1Q15 was enhanced by: (i) our ethanol carry strategy executed since August 2014, which allowed us to increase ethanol sales volumes by 37% compared to 1Q14 and capture higher off-season prices; (ii) a 61.7% increase in TRS per hectare driven by improvements in agricultural management; (iii) an accelerated start of the milling season that allowed us to crush 460.1 thousand tons of sugarcane compared to 45.2 thousand in 1Q14, resulting in 14x production growth and improved net sales and margins; and (iv) a $12.3 million gain ($9.7 million unrealized) resulting from the mark-to-market of our sugar derivative hedge position, contrasted by a $1.4 million loss in 1Q14. Despite a 12.6% increase in energy exports, results in the quarter were partially offset by lower year-over-year energy spot prices as a result of the new price cap set by the government.
- Net Income in 1Q15 was $13.8 million, $11.2 million higher than in 1Q14. Net income during the quarter was enhanced by (i) a $12.3 million unrealized gain from Changes in Fair Value of our sugarcane plantation driven by the natural growth experienced by sugarcane plantation during 1Q15, compared to a $3.4 million loss in 1Q14; and (ii) a $2.3 million year-over-year decrease in income tax. Net income was negatively affected by a $13.2 million foreign exchange loss, compared to a $3.9 million loss in 1Q14, explained by the 20.8% devaluation of the Brazilian Reais in 1Q15.
Commencement of 2014/15 Sugarcane Harvest
- Our sugarcane cluster in Mato Grosso do Sul had an accelerated start of milling and harvesting operations as part of a production strategy to extend the harvest period. The Angelica mill began crushing on March 11, 15 days ahead of last season, and the Ivinhema mill began on March 16, 40 days earlier than the previous season.
- In an industry with very high mechanization and high fixed cost structure, extending the milling season will allow us to increase sugarcane crushing and production, dilute fixed costs and enhance operating margins.
- Maintenance of industrial equipment and sugarcane plantations was successfully performed between January and early March. Our cluster has a sufficient supply of cane and is expected to crush at very close to nominal capacity. Our agricultural and industrial teams have undergone a thorough training process and are set to enhance operational and productive efficiencies throughout the year.
Capital Expenditures Slow down
- Consolidated capex spending is expected to slow down appreciably in 2015, driven by the completion of our sugarcane cluster in Mato Grosso do Sul. Capital expenditures are expected to reach between $150 and $170 million during the year, compared to $324 million the previous year. As of today, no major growth capex has been committed for 2016 onwards. Therefore, capex will consist primarily on maintenance related to the Sugar, Ethanol & Energy business, including sugarcane renewal and off-season maintenance of industrial facility and agricultural machinery.
- In 1Q15, capex decreased 54.4% year-over-year, from $137.8 million in 1Q14 to $62.8 million
(1) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as consolidated profit from operations before financing and taxation, depreciation, amortization and unrealized changes in fair value of long-term biological assets (sugarcane, coffee and cattle) plus the gains or losses from disposals of non-controlling interests in subsidiaries. Adjusted EBIT is defined as consolidated profit from operations before financing and taxation, and unrealized changes in fair value of long-term biological assets (sugarcane, coffee and cattle) plus the gains or losses from disposals of non-controlling interests in subsidiaries. Adjusted EBITDA margin and Adjusted EBIT margin are calculated as a percentage of net sales.
To read the full 1Q15 earnings release, please access ir.adecoagro.com. A conference call to discuss 1Q15 results will be held tomorrow with live webcast through the internet:
English Conference Call
May 15, 2015
9 a.m. (US EST)
10 p.m. Buenos Aires
10 p.m. Sao Paulo
3 p.m. Luxembourg
Tel: +1 (877) 317-6776
Participants calling from the US
Tel: +1 (412) 317-6776
Participants calling from other countries
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Investor Relations Department
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Adecoagro is a leading agricultural company in South America. Adecoagro owns over 257 thousand hectares of farmland and several industrial facilities spread across the most productive regions of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, where it produces over 1.7 million tons of agricultural products including corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, dairy products, sugar, ethanol and electricity among others.
SOURCE Adecoagro S.A.