Nufarm Limited (NUF)

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General Information
Company Name: Nufarm Limited
Stock Code: NUF
GICS Sub-Industry: Fertilizers & Agricultural Chemicals
Market Cap ($M): 1,210
Equiv. Shares (M): 265

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
$ 4.570 $ 4.750 $ 4.750 $ 4.570 $ 4.570 893,562 0%

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Hold (3)
Recommendation Date: 12th Nov 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 3

Company Overview

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 world’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 another´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.

Financial Summary
Year to Jul NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2016  F 120.2 45.4 12.2 10.1 13.6 3.0 50.0
2015  F 107.1 40.4 44.7 11.3 12.1 2.7 37.5
2014  A 74.0 27.9 5.6 15.9 8.0 1.8 100.0
Source: Morningstar analyst estimates.

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F
Nufarm (NUF) $1,229 M 0.0705 0.3307 0.1019 16.5183 12.4131 11.2649 1.72 2.61 2.54

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
NUF 0.54 14.7 0.89 0.70 0.46
Market 0.92 15.1 1.19 1.73 1.50
Sector 0.65 11.1 0.75 0.96 2.59

Name Position Start Date
Mr Douglas John Rathbone Chief Executive Officer,Managing Director 21 August 1987
Mr Donald Gordon McGauchie Non-Executive Chairman 19 December 2003
Dr William Bruce Goodfellow Non-Executive Director 15 February 1991
Mr Peter Maxwell Margin Non-Executive Director 03 October 2011
Ms Anne Bernadette Brennan Non-Executive Director 10 February 2011
Mr Gordon Richard Davis Non-Executive Director 31 May 2011
Mr Francis (Frank) Anthony Ford Non-Executive Director 10 October 2012
Mr Toshikazu Takasaki Non-Executive Director 06 December 2012

Name Position
Paul Binfield Chief financial officer
Rodney Heath Company Secretary,Group General Manager Corporate Services
Greg Hunt Group executive commercial operations
Robert Reis Group executive corporate strategy and external affairs
Mike Pointon Group executive innovation and development
Elbert Prado Group executive manufacturing and supply chain
Brian Benson Group executive marketing and portfolio development
Bonita Croft Group executive people and performance
Dale Mellody Group executive procurement and commercial sevices

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
14,330,798 (5.47%) Amalgamated Dairies Ltd
14,711,590 (5.62%) PG Keeling & EW Preston
60,210,136 (23.00%) Nufarm Limited
13,725,325 (5.03%) FMR LLC and the entities
14,692,730 (5.61%) Glade Buildings Ltd
14,679,639 (5.61%) Hauraki Trading Co. Ltd
13,187,894 (5.00%) Dimensional Entities
14,349,658 (5.48%) The Khyber Pass Investment Co Limited
60,210,136 (23.00%) Sumitomo Chemical Company Limited

Calendar of Events
Date Event
27 October 2015 Report (Annual)
22 September 2015 Report (Prelim)
27 April 2015 Report (Interim)
25 March 2015 Report (Interim)
04 December 2014 AGM
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