Don Agro International is one of the largest agricultural companies based in the Rostov region of Russia.
Its initial public offering on the Singapore Exchange took place in February 2020. It has just released its FY2019 (ended Dec) results:
• S$5.2 million net profit, down 16.9% y-o-y.
• Revenue rose 45.3% yoy to a record S$35.4 million driven by an increase in sales from crop production, livestock and milk.
• Gross profit declined 5.2% yoy to S$8.6 million due to higher costs of sales and lower harvest prices for FY2019 as compared to FY2018.
• Fair value gain of biological assets and agricultural produce: S$6.5 million, down 2.9%.
• Proposes maiden final dividend of 0.7 Singapore cents per share, representing a 20% dividend payout ratio to reward shareholders.
Revenue appreciation was enjoyed across the board:
• Revenue from the sale of crop production increased 53.5% yoy to S$25.7 million as a result of slightly higher yield per hectare of land and higher market prices.
• Revenue from the sale of livestock and milk increased 29.1% yoy to S$9.7 million.
This was attributed to an increase in the daily milk yield per cow from 17.1 litres to 18.5 litres and slightly higher prices of raw milk from S$0.59 to S$0.62 per litre.
However, gross profit declined 5.2% yoy to S$8.6 million. The decrease was mainly due to higher cost of sales amounting to S$33.4 million and lower harvest prices for FY2019 as compared to FY2018.
In turn, the increase in cost of sales was primarily attributed to an increase in biological assets sold of approximately S$10.6 million to S$21.4 million.
This was mainly due to an increase in sales volumes of sunflower which were harvested in FY2018 and sold in FY2019 and an increase in sales of other agricultural produce harvested in FY2019 such as winter wheat, sunflower and corn due to an increase in a crop yield.
The Group’s administrative expenses increased 61.5% yoy to S$2.1 million due to an increase in wages from hiring additional staff and an increase in professional services related costs.
Consequently, the Group reported a net profit of S$5.2 million for FY2019.
As stated in the Group’s offer document, the Board of Directors intends to distribute dividends of up to 20.0% of net profit after tax attributable to shareholders for each of FY2019, FY2020 and FY2021.
Accordingly, the Board has declared a maiden final dividend of 0.7 Singapore cents per share representing a 20.0% dividend payout ratio.
Don Agro management L-R: Artur Nazaryan, CFO | Evgeny Tugolukov, Executive Chairman | Marat Devlet-Kildeyev, CEO. (Mr Tugolukov will own 78.2% of Don Agro immediately post-listing).
Photo: Wei Bin
Mr. Evgeny Tugolukov, Executive Chairman said, “Despite uncertainty on the export prices of wheat due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, strong domestic demand and the stable consumption of local agricultural produce will ensure that local wheat prices remain well supported.
"Furthermore, we do not expect significant changes within the livestock segment as we continue to chart steady growth.
"Looking ahead, the mild winter and sufficient levels of precipitation have improved current winter wheat conditions and we expect a good harvest yield in the coming months."
As the Group embarks on its next phase of growth, it has plans to scale its business through the expansion of its arable land bank.
In addition, the Group intends to acquire new machinery to upgrade existing equipment and machinery and/or expand its equipment and machinery in line with the expansion of its land bank.
Don Agro is also exploring opportunities in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances with both domestic and foreign companies.
By leveraging on its expertise and experience, the Group intends to seek new and suitable opportunities to expand into other high growth regional markets within Russia, such as other districts within the Rostov region and the Krasnodar region in Russia.