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Business Description: Nufarm Limited (NUF) is a global crop protection company which develops, manufactures and sells a range of crop protection products. NUF sells its products in most of the worldâ€™s major agricultural regions. NUF operates two business lines being crop protection and seed technologies.
Strategy Analysis: Focus is on patent-expired product, using superior formulation and marketing nous to innovate and differentiate product. NUF is increasing sales of non-glyphosate crop protection products and seed technology where margins are higher. While still small, the seeds business is expected to experience solid growth with acquisitions a possibility. In 2007 NUF made a small investment in glyphosate-manufacturing capacity in China to secure supply in an increasingly tight market. Over-supply has since developed. In 2010 Sumitomo acquired 20% of NUF, subsequently increased to 23%. The two companies will complement one anotherÂ´s product portfolios and distribution reach.
Nufarm reported NPAT down 53.5% to $8.39m for the half-year ended 31 January 2013. The impact of foreign exchange losses on financing activities (loss of $9.2m compared to a gain of $14.4m in previous period) was the major contributing factor to the lower statutory and underlying net profit outcomes. Revenues from ordinary activities were $934.41m, up 8.3% from the same period last year. Diluted EPS was 0.4 cents compared to 4.4 cents last year. The net operating cash outflow was $148.23m compared to an outflow of $71.06m in the pcp. The interim dividend declared was 3.0 cents in line with 3.0 cents last year.
Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) 20/10/2014 |
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