Solid performance despite 10 week fisherman’s strike with strong second half of the year projections leading to robust year on year organic growth
Helgi Anton Eiríksson, CEO
“Strong results for the first half of the year given headwinds of strike in Iceland, Brexit devaluation of Sterling and strengthening ISK, with significant contribution from both operating divisions to these results.
Whilst the strike impact on turnover was a reduction of €9m, organic growth with new listings and new customers generated an incremental €6m of sales reducing the year on year sales decline to €3m.
reduced Without the combined effects of the strike and currency movements normalized Profit before tax would have been €0.6m higher than reported.
The Value Added division saw normalized Profit before tax of €1.6m, broadly in line with the prior year despite the impacts of the strike and currency movements, benefiting from a number of new listings which will continue to boost this division’s results in the remainder of 2017. During the period we also completed our shellfish packing investment in the UK.
The Sales and Distribution division saw normalized Profit before tax of €0.5m, down €0.2m on the prior year, with the strike and currency impacts mentioned above affecting these results. Despite these challenges the division has successfully broadened its customer base, seeing sales to North America increase 25%. With increased quotas in Iceland and quota transferred to the 17/18 season due to the strike, the profit outlook for the 2nd half of the year is positive for the Sales & Distribution division.
Management currently projects full year normalized Profit before tax in the range of €3.5 – 3.7m, up from €3.3m in the prior year.
The Group continues to actively work on potential acquisition opportunities in Europe, which combined with the strong organic growth forecasted in 2017 will provide an excellent platform for accelerated profit delivery going forwards.”
On September 1st at 8.30 am (GMT), Iceland Seafood International hf will host a meeting for market participants and investors, where management will present and discuss half year results. The meeting will be held at Hilton Reykjavík Nordica, Suðurlandsbraut 2, 108 Reykjavík.
This announcement is furnished and intended for European market participants and should be viewed in that manner.
Any potential forward looking statements contained in this announcement are reflective of management’s current views on future events and performance, whilst the views are based on positions that management believes are reasonable there is no assurances that these events and views will be achieved. Forward looking views naturally involve uncertainties and risk and consequently actual results may differ to the statements or views expressed.