Sime Darby Berhad Records Pre-Tax Profit of RM1.0 billion
Group's decline in earnings mitigated by the improvement in operational efficiencies
Kuala Lumpur, 27 February 2013 - Sime Darby Berhad registered apre-tax profit of RM1.0 billion and a net profit of RM708.5 million for the secondquarter ended 31 December 2012 (2Q FY2012/13). The Group's pre-tax profit and netprofit for 2Q FY2012/13 declined by 38 percent and 36 percent respectively, comparedto the previous corresponding quarter.
For the half year ended 31 December 2012 (1H FY2012/13), the Group registered apretax profit of RM2.3 billion and a net profit of RM1.7 billion. Both the Group'spre-tax profit and net profit for 1H FY2012/13 declined by 26 percent and 22 percentrespectively, compared to the corresponding period in the previous financial year.
From left to right - Dato' Wahab, Dato' Bakke and Madam Tong
Franki Anthony Das attending to one of the questions from the media during the Q&A session
More questions for Dato' Bakke after the press conference
The audience listening attentively during the Analyst Briefing
Dato' Wahab, Dato' Bakke and Madam Tong are smiling while looking at the numbers
Commenting on the overall performance of the Group, Sime Darby's President and GroupChief Executive, Dato' Mohd Bakke Salleh said, "The decline in the Group's profitfor 2Q FY2012/13 was largely attributable to the lower crude palm oil (CPO) prices.
However, despite the general slowdown in some of the sectors in which we operate,I am pleased to note that we have made strides in operational efficiencies, particularlyin our Plantation Division".
"We had expected the operating environment to be challenging and difficult and henceour prudent and cautious KPI targets. However, with the significant improvementsin operational efficiencies, we are confident of riding out the current challengingenvironment and reaping the benefits in the future when the global economy getson the recovery path".
He added that the Group also continues to show progress on the key long-term strategicinitiatives that will help the company to overcome the difficult business environment.
"Given our well-diversified businesses and the dedication of our resolute workforce,I am confident that we will be able to achieve the targets set for the full financialyear 2012/2013," said Mohd Bakke.
2Q FY2012/13 versus 2Q FY2011/12 (YoY Comparison)
The Plantation Division's PBIT of RM522.0 million for 2Q FY2012/13was lower by 42 percent compared to RM900.3 million in the previous correspondingquarter. Despite a higher sales volume in 2Q FY2012/13, the decline was due to thelower average CPO price realised of RM2,207/MT versus RM2,804/MT in the previouscorresponding period.
The Group's FFB yield improved by 13 percent YoY to 6.22MT/ha and the oil extractionrate (OER) increased by 0.03% YoY to 21.83%, in the quarter under review. Operationalimprovements were also recorded in 2Q FY2012/13.
The Group's CPO production achieved a 10 percent growth YoY to 0.71 million MT andFFB production rose to 2.94 million MT, an increase of 12 percent YoY. Notwithstandingthe lower CPO prices for 2Q FY2012/13, the achievements made in operational efficiencieswere largely attributable to continued focus on yield-enhancement initiatives andimproved agro-management practices.
The midstream and downstream segments recorded a profit of RM29.4 million in 2QFY2012/13 compared to RM1.6 million in the previous corresponding quarter due toimprovements in the results of its oleochemical business and better profit marginsfrom the operations.
For 2Q FY2012/13, the Industrial Division's PBIT declined to RM285.0million from RM297.7 million in the corresponding quarter last financial year. Thedecline of 4 percent YoY for the quarter under review was partly due to weaker marketconditions in Malaysia and Singapore which resulted in lower deliveries of equipmentand machineries to the oil & gas, marine and power generation sectors in theseregions.
The slowdown in China's construction sector resulted in a PBIT decline of 43 percentYoY to RM14.6 million compared to the previous corresponding quarter. However, China'sPBIT grew by 204 percent compared to the preceding quarter.
This is indicative of the improvement in the Chinese economy. On a positive note,Australasia's PBIT for 2Q FY2012/13 recorded an improvement of 14 percent YoY dueto higher product support sales that yield better margins and the sale of Bucyrus'equipment meeting the acquisition forecast. This was achieved despite the lowerequipment sales in Australasia's mining sector following a drop in global coal prices.
The Motors Division recorded an increase of 7 percent in PBIT toRM164.6 million in 2Q FY2012/13 compared to RM153.4 million in 2Q FY2011/12. Malaysiaregistered a PBIT of RM75.8 million, an increase of 31 percent compared to the previouscorresponding quarter. This was partly driven by overall strong sales of all marques.
The Australia/ New Zealand operations recorded a 43 percent increase in PBIT comparedto the corresponding period in the last financial year, spurred by strong salesof BMW and Peugeot vehicles.
The Property Division achieved a 2Q FY2012/13 PBIT of RM61.2 millioncompared to RM132.9 million in the previous corresponding quarter. The decline of54 percent YoY was due to lower recognition from two mature townships in the KlangValley which are at the tail-end of their development.
The Division's average take-up rate continues to remain strong. The launch of theSaffron Hills double-storey link homes in Denai Alam in October 2012, managed togarner a take-up rate of 87 percent within two weeks of its launch. On the internationalfront, the recent launch of the Phase One properties of the Battersea Power Stationdevelopment in January 2013 witnessed a remarkable take-up rate of 75% within thefirst week and continues to garner much interest from international markets.
The Energy & Utilities Division's PBIT for 2Q FY2012/13 declinedby 57 percent to RM72.1 million. This was attributable to the recognition of deferredrevenue of RM99.4 million from its power plant in Malaysia in the correspondingperiod last year.
The port operations in China registered a lower profit contribution due to lowerthroughput caused by the slowdown of local regional economies, higher one-off operational-relatedexpenses and harsh weather conditions towards the end of 2Q FY2012/13.
The Healthcare Division recorded a PBIT of RM3.8 million in thecurrent quarter under review compared to RM7.0 million in the previous correspondingquarter. The 46 percent YoY decline for the quarter under review was due to thehigher overheads attributable to the charges from the Group and the two newly openedhospitals in Ara Damansara and Desa Parkcity, which are in the early months of operations.
The Group is optimistic of a modest global economic recovery in 2013. CPO pricesare envisaged to stage a modest recovery. Prospects for global mining activitiesand consumer-based businesses in the Asia Pacific are also expected to improve.The Group's well-diversified portfolio of businesses is well positioned to weatherthe volatility and take advantage of growth opportunities. Nonetheless, the Group'sprospects are very much dependent on the global economic recovery.
The Group will remain committed in its disciplined approach to capital allocationand cash flow management, both of which are crucial in sustaining long-term growthbeyond the current volatile and uncertain business environment.
The Group announced an interim dividend of 7 sen per share for the financial yearending 30 June 2013.
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