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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 world‚Äôs 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¬īs 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.
By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) 19/12/2014 |
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By Betty Lam (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) 18/12/2014 |
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By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) 18/12/2014 |
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By Betty Lam (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) 11/12/2014 |
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By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) 10/12/2014 |
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BR Securities Australia Pty Ltd 2/12/2014 |
December 2014 could go down as a nasty moment in Australian finance. MYEFO will reveal a deteriorating budget deficit and the UNFCCC meeting in Lima, Peru will provide the agreement, to be ratified in Paris in 2015, on how much (or little) CO2 is to be allowed into the atmosphere from 2020.
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