Evgeny Tugolukov
RUS
00:00 — 01.03.2022 / Media coverage

Don Agro delivers an 18.4% increase in net profit to record an all-time high S$10.3 million for FY2021

· Revenue remained stable at S$30.9 million over adjusted sales of harvested crops as the Group sold

a significant part of the harvest in 2022

· The Board does not recommend a final dividend for FY2021 to conserve liquidity in current

circumstances

Singapore, 1 March 2022 – Don Agro International Limited (the “Company” or “Don Agro”) and its

subsidiaries (collectively the “Group”), one of the largest agricultural companies based in the Rostov region of Russia, has announced its financial results for the full year ended 31 December 2021 (“FY2021”).

The revenue for FY 2021 slightly decreased by approximately $0.05 million or 0.3%. The major reason is

that significant portion of harvested crops was not sold within the financial year in an expectation of higher

prices in the FY2022 The cost of sales increased by approximately $3.4 million or 13.2% from approximately $25.6 million in FY2020 to approximately $29.0 million in FY2021. The increase in the cost of sales is mainly attributable to the sale of winter wheat harvested in FY2020 and sold in FY2021. Other reasons are due to an increase in depreciation of $0.7 million after acquisition of subsidiary LLC Rav Agro- Rost and write-off of perennial grasses for $0.4 million as a result of unfavourable weather conditions.

On the other hand, the Group recognised a 7.6% year-on-year (“yoy”) increase in gain from change in fair

value of biological assets and agricultural produce to S$10.0 million for FY2021. The gain was mainly

attributable to the global trend of rising wheat prices and a greater plant area accommodating more planted crops arising from the acquisition of Rav Agro-Rost. This was offset by a S$0.3 million yoy decrease from the change in fair value of livestock over higher herd management expenses for quality feed and, as a result, higher prices for herd nutrition.

Consequently, the Group’s gross profit fell by 18.8% yoy to S$11.9 million for FY2021, while gross profit

margin fell by 8.8 percentage points to 38.4% for the same period.

For the Group, there were other operating expenses of S$1.8 million in FY2020 and that changed to a net

other operating income of S$0.3 million for FY2021, mainly due to the absence of listing expenses in

FY2021 and due to absence of tax reserve in FY2020.

Overall, the Group registered an 18.4% yoy increase in net profit to an all-time high of S$10.3 million for

FY2021.

The Board is confident that the Group will be able to fulfill its near-term obligations, including debt covenants and debt obligations. Considering the prevailing events surrounding Russia and Ukraine, the Board does not recommend a final dividend for FY2021 to conserve the liquidity of the Group, in the interests of both the Group and shareholders.

Operating Review 2021

In 2021, Don Agro acquired Rav Agro-Rost to increase the land bank and made several upgrades in

agricultural practices to maintain the sustainable development of the Group. These innovations include the AI-Powered Autonomous Driving Technology installed on vehicle fleet for a more efficient harvesting

process and the reduction of fuel consumption, the Smart Polymorph bio-stimulants that are tested in the

fields for the potential yield effects, and the usage of mud sediment from freshwater lakes that doubles the harvest as fertilizers with its organic and nutrient-rich composition.

In line with its IPO plans to expand its arable land bank, the Group acquired Rav Agro-Rost, an agricultural company based in the Rostov region of Russia. With the acquisition of Rav Agro-Rost, the Group’s controlled land bank rose by 4,100 hectares or 6.5% to 67,340 hectares in total.

Looking forward, Don Agro remains committed in exploring opportunities in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances with both domestic and foreign companies. With the experience of the management, the Group aims to provide a stable source of growth both financially and agriculturally.

About Don Agro International Limited

 Don Agro is one of the largest agricultural companies in the Rostov region in Russia principally engaged in the cultivation of agricultural crops and production of raw milk. The Group is also engaged in crop production in the Volgograd region in Russia. The Group has a total controlled land bank of 67,340 hectares, of which more than 54,420 hectares are arable land. The Group owns approximately 17,200 hectares of its controlled land bank.

The Group’s operations are principally located in the Rostov region, one of the most fertile regions of Russia, situated close to the Azov and Black Seas and the Don River which house major international ports. The Group’s second operating division in the Volgograd region is located in close proximity to key trading routes including the Volga River. This allows the Group’s customers, who are mainly traders and exporters, to save on transportation costs and, as a result, be able to offer higher prices for the Group’s crops. Within the crop production segment, the Group is primarily engaged in the farming of commercial crops such as winter wheat, sunflower and corn.

In addition, the Group is one of the top farms in terms of milk production in the Rostov region and owns

more than 4,000 heads of dairy cattle which includes approximately 2,200 milking cows.

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