Pre-close trading update for the second quarter and six months ended 30 June 2020

27.07.2020

 MHP SE (LSE: MHPC), the parent company of a leading international agro-industrial group with headquarters in Ukraine, today announces its pre-close trading update for the second quarter and six months ended 30 June 2020. Hereinafter, MHP SE and its subsidiaries are referred to as “MHP”, “The Company” or “The Group”.

MHP’s operational results of Perutnina Ptuj (PP) are included into the results of activities and are shown separately (European operating segment).

POULTRY AND RELATED OPERATIONS (w/o PP)

An outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Ukraine (the Vinnytsia region) was announced in Q1 2020 and caused a temporary cessation of exports from Ukraine to the EU (reopened at the beginning of March 2020), Saudi Arabia and other MENA markets (reopened in February and March 2020),  and CIS countries (reopened in May 2020). In order to mitigate adverse impact on MHP’s operations and profitability, the Management of the Company decided to decrease capacity utilization of poultry production complexes by approximately 10% (since February until the end of March 2020). Since the beginning of April, all Company’s poultry production facilities continued to operate at full capacity again.

Poultry production volumes in Q2 2020 remained relatively stable and constituted 181,291 tonnes (Q2 2019: 182,306 tonnes) and by around 2% higher compared to Q1 2020 (178,640 tonnes). In H1 2020 poultry production volumes increased by 2% to 359,931 tonnes (H1 201: 353,578 tonnes).

Poultry Sales & Prices

During H1 2020 third parties sales amounted to 328,385 tonnes of poultry, which is 5% lower than in H1 2019, driven mainly by challenging situation with both domestic (mainly in Q2) and export markets as a result of avian influenza outbreak in Ukraine in Q1 2020 and COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.

In Q2 2020 the volume of chicken meat exports totaled 88,505 tonnes and decreased by 9% compared to the second quarter of 2019 volume – 97,439 tonnes, and by around 8% higher compared to Q1 2020.

In H1 2020, poultry exports decreased by 10% and reached 170,553 tonnes compared to H1 2019 - 190,484 tonnes. Notwithstanding the turbulent times, MHP continued to follow its strategy of both geographic diversification and of a product mix optimization building-up the export volumes of chicken meat across the MENA, CIS and Africa, predominantly. Total poultry exports in H1 2020 constituted around 52% vs 55% in H1 2019 of total poultry sales volumes.

Poultry

Q2 2019

Q2 2020

% change

H1 2019

H1 2020

% change

Sales volume, third parties, tonnes:

181,273

170,912

     -6%

345,278

328,385

     -5%

-       Sales in Ukraine

83,835

82,407

-2%

154,794

157,832

2%

-       Export Sales

97,439

 88,505

-9%

190,484

170,553

-10%

-       Average price per 1 kg net of VAT, UAH

40.06

34.16

-15%

39.63

34.30

-123

-       Average price per 1 kg net of VAT, USD

1.51

1.27

-16%

1.45

1.32

-9%

-       Price per 1 kg net of VAT, UAH (Ukraine)

37.66

31.82

-16%

37.08

32.14

-13%

-       Price per 1 kg net of VAT, USD (export)

1.59

1.35

-15%

1.53

1.40

-9%

* Average official FX rate for Q2 2019 UAH/US$ 26.56 and for Q2 2020 UAH/US$ 26.91

   Average official FX rate for H1 2019 UAH/US$ 27.31 and for H1 2020 UAH/US$ 25.98

Through the second quarter of 2020 the average chicken meat price (both domestic and export) constituted UAH 34.16 (US$ 1.27) per 1 kg of natural weight (excluding VAT) and decreased by 15% in UAH terms year-on-year. H1 2020 average chicken meat price was UAH 34.30 (US$ 1.32), which is 13% lower in UAH terms compared with chicken price in H1 2019. Both in Q2 and H1 2020 poultry prices decreased year-on-year mainly driven by the product mix change (significant decrease in sales of fillet to the EU and increased sales to MENA) and weaker prices on fillet in the EU.

Vegetable oils

Sales volume, tonnes

Q2 2019

Q2 2020

% change

H1 2019

H1 2020

% change

Sunflower oil

86,661

82,646

-5%

186,487

163,356

       -12%

Soybean oil

9,097

10,841

19%

24,249

21,609

-11%

 

In Q2 2020, MHP’s sales of sunflower oil decreased by 5% to 82,646 tonnes compared to 86,661 tonnes in Q2 2019, mainly driven by a decrease in production of oil as a result of a decreased share of sunflower cake in fodder; in H1 2020 sunflower oil exports constituted 163,356 tonnes, which is 12% lower year-over-year. The decrease in volumes in H1 2020 is driven mainly by a decreased entry stock as of 01 January 2020 as a result of delivery terms change from DAP to FOB.

 

In Q2 2020, soybean oil exports were at 10,841 tonnes, 19% higher year-on-year, as a result of decreased stocks mainly, and accumulatively for the first six months of 2020 – 21,609 tonnes, 11% lower year-on-year, mainly as a result of a production decrease (decreased share of soybean cake in fodder and 3rd party sales).

The Company considers vegetable oils exports as one of the “natural hedge” routes accumulating additional hard currency revenues and protecting the Company from volatilities in local currency.

GRAIN GROWING OPERATIONS

In 2020 in grain growing operations the Company is to harvest around 365,000 hectares of land.

The Company’s harvesting campaign of winter rapeseeds, barley and wheat is on track, so that around 30% of land under winter crops is harvested with good yields in line with Company’s expectations taking into account weather condition, which are different this year: temperature was lower by 3-5C in May that usual, which extended the maturing period of crops.

Spring crops (corn, soybeans and sunflower) are in good condition.

 

OTHER AGRI OPERATIONS

MHP Results

Meat processing products

Q2 2019

Q2 2020

% change

H1 2019

H1 2020

% change

Sales volume, third parties tonnes

9,094

8,607

-5%

16,666

16,522

-1%

Price per 1 kg net VAT, UAH

66.75

70.77

6%

66.29

69.99

6%

 

Convenience food

Q2 2019

Q2 2018

% change

H1 2019

H1 2018

% change

Sales volume, third parties tonnes

4,400

4,361

        -1%

8,467

8,537

1%

Price per 1 kg net VAT, UAH

40.61

38.63

-5%

40.67

39.91

-2%

Sales volumes of meat-processing products (sausages and smoked meat) in H1 2020 constituted 16,522 tonnes and remained relatively stable year-on-year. The average price in H1 2020 increased by 6% to UAH 69.99 per kg (excluding VAT) year-on-year driven mainly by SKU price increase strategy and increased share of expensive SKUs in product portfolio.

Sales volumes of convenience food in H1 2020 reached 8,537 tonnes and remained relatively stable year-on-year. The average price in H1 2020 decreased by 2% to UAH 39.91 per kg (excluding VAT) mainly due to the product mix change affected by HoReCa “freeze” (e.g. KFC, local fast food services etc) in operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Perutnina Ptuj (PP) Results

Poultry

Q2 2019

Q2 2020

% change

H1 2019*

H1 2020

% change

Sales volume, third parties tonnes

15,835

15,855

0%

21,014

31,038

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