Sanford posts 8% gain in full-year profit on year-earlier vessel impairment; sales rise 3.1%
By Jonathan Underhill
Nov. 15 (BusinessDesk) - Sanford, New Zealand's largest listed seafood company, reported an 8 percent gain in full-year
profit although the increase reflected a year-earlier impairment tied to a discontinued business and underlying earnings
were relatively flat.
Profit was $37.5 million in the year ended Sept. 30, from $34.7 million a year earlier, the Auckland-based company said
in a statement. Sales rose 3.1 percent to $477.9 million, which Sanford attributed to improved prices from its king
salmon farming business and higher catch volumes in its fishing business.
Profit from continuing operations fell to $37.5 million from $37.8 million a year earlier, while adjusted earnings
before interest and tax were about $300,000 higher at $63.7 million. The year-earlier net profit included a $3.1 million
loss from a discontinued operation after the company took a further $5 million impairment against San Nikunau, its
remaining International Purse Seine (IPS) vessel, which was sold in May 2016 for $3.9 million.
Sanford kept its 2017 dividends unchanged at 23 cents with a final payment of 14 cents payable on Dec. 8 announced
today. That decision reflected the company's heavy investment needs "as we continue the transition journey from a
commodity fishing company to a value-focused domestic and global seafood supplier," it said. Those investments delayed
the company reaching its debt/ebitda ratio target, it said.
Sanford shares hit a record $8.10 last week and slipped 0.4 percent today to $7.97. The stock had gained 18 percent this
In September, Amalgamated Dairies, an investment vehicle for the Goodfellow family, said it had raised about $21 million
reducing its holding in Sanford to 24 percent from 27 percent.