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Agria Reports Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2016


/EINPresswire.com/ -- HONG KONG, CHINA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/19/16 -- Agria Corporation (NYSE: GRO) (the "Company" or "Agria"), a global agricultural company, today announced its financial results for the twelve months ended June 30, 2016.

Note: All figures refer to fiscal year 2016 (i.e. twelve months ended June 30, 2016) unless otherwise noted. Comparisons of Consolidated Statements of Profit or Loss are to fiscal year 2015 (i.e. twelve months ended June 30, 2015). Comparisons of Consolidated Statements of Financial Position are to June 30, 2015 unless otherwise noted. All references to "PGW" refer to the company's primary operating subsidiary, PGG Wrightson.

While the Company reports results in US Dollars, it transacts the majority of its business in New Zealand dollars. To assist in understanding the underlying economic trends of the business, the presentation below reports results both in USD in conformity with IFRS, and on a "constant currency" basis that removes the significant impact of volatility in the average USD/NZD foreign currency exchange rates during the reporting period. "Constant currency" analysis is a non-IFRS measure. Management utilizes local currency comparisons in evaluating the business, and believes this non-IFRS disclosure can aid readers in their analysis of the Company's results.

The company estimates the constant currency growth rate by translating current period figures at the NZD/USD exchange rate used in reporting the prior period results. During the reporting period, the New Zealand dollar depreciated by 13% against the US dollar. Please see the reconciliation table included in this release for more detail.

Financial Highlights:

Revenue was $807.7 million, a decrease of 14.5%. Gross profit declined by 11.4% to $222.4 million, while gross profit margin increased to 27.5%, a 97 basis point expansion. Operating expenses were $195.0 million, a 7.1% decline. Operating profit declined 32.4% to $27.9 million, or 3.5% of revenue. Net profit was $7.9 million, down 46%. Net loss attributable to shareholders was ($8.0) million, or ($0.07) per share.

On a "constant currency" basis: revenue decreased 1%, and gross profit increased by 2%. Operating expenses increased 6%, and operating profit declined 17%. Net profit declined 20%.

Operating profit declined as an increase in Crop Protection and unchanged profit in Seeds and Grain were offset by a decline in Rural Services and higher corporate overhead, both at the PGW subsidiary and the corporate level.

The table below summarizes the impact of exchange rate changes on consolidated results.

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                                                   FY2016      Y/Y Change
                                       Y/Y        Constant      Constant
                    FY2016   FY2015   Change      Currency      Currency
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Revenue            $ 807.7  $ 944.7      (15%) $       931.1            (1%)
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Gross Profit       $ 222.4  $ 250.9      (11%) $       256.5             2%
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Gross Margin          27.5%    26.6%   +97 bps          27.5%        +97 bps
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Operating Expenses $ 195.0  $ 209.9       (7%) $       223.0             6%
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Operating Profit   $  27.9  $  41.3      (32%) $        34.1           (18%)
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Net Profit         $   7.9  $  14.7      (46%) $        11.7           (20%)
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Shareholders Net   $  (8.0) $  (0.5)           $        (6.8)
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Balance sheet changes during the period were mixed. Cash decreased by approximately $1.6 million to $8.3 million. Receivables and inventory were up $48.1 million, while debt increased $18.0 million and other liabilities increased $28.2 million.

On a "constant currency" basis, cash decreased by approximately $1.6 million. Sources of cash were an inventory decline of $4.7 million, a payables increase of $20.3 million, and a debt increase of $14.7 million. The major offsetting uses of cash were prepayments that increased $15.2 million and a payment to a related party for the funding of a pending transaction to purchase their equity interest in Agria Investments Asia, the vehicle through which the Company owns its stake in PGW.

Mr. Alan Lai, Agria's Executive Chairman, commented, "In light of poor trading conditions in the dairy sector and unfavorable foreign exchange impact, we are pleased with our better-than-expected fiscal year 2016 results. Notably, our performance strengthened throughout the second half of the fiscal year, despite challenging weather that impacted operations in South America. Our performance in fiscal year 2016 continued to demonstrate our ability to accomplish our near-term objective of building a solid foundation to drive profitable growth. We believe that we have the right team in place to continue to deliver growth in our principal businesses in New Zealand, as well as expand our capabilities within our other major markets of Australia, South America and China."

Business Highlights:

Seed and Grain
Operating profit of $24.5 million was 41% of the group total before corporate overhead, and was down 15%. Revenue was $284.3 million, which constituted 34% of group revenue, and was down 12%. On a constant currency basis, revenue was up 1%, and operating profit was down 1%. Operating profit benefitted from a focus on driving product mix to higher margin proprietary seeds. Southern Hemisphere operating profit was up 9% (constant currency), offset by an operating loss in China Seeds. Results were strongest in Australia, with solid contributions from New Zealand domestic and export sales. Uruguay was weaker due to extensive flooding in April.

Crop Protection, Nutrients, and Merchandise
Operating profit of $20.5 million was 34% of the group total before corporate overhead, and was down 3%. Revenue was $327.7 million, which constituted 41% of group revenue, and was down 15%. On a constant currency basis, revenue was down 2%, and operating profit was 11% higher. The slightly lower revenue reflected cautious spending by New Zealand farmers, as they reacted to lower dairy prices. The operating profit increase was due to a mix shift to higher value products, and strength in beef and horticulture-related products.

Rural Services
Operating profit of $14.9 million was 25% of the group total before corporate overhead, and was down 25%. Revenue was $195.7 million, which constituted 25% of group revenue, and was down 17%. On a constant currency basis, revenue was down 4%, while operating profit was 13% lower. Livestock operating profit was down slightly as operating margin improvement offset lower revenue. Operating profit in the balance of rural services was down 29%, due to softness in the water business.

Constant Currency Reconciliation
While the Company reports results in US Dollars, it transacts the majority of its business in New Zealand dollars. In order to calculate the constant currency growth rate of various financial measures presented here, the company translated current period figures at the NZD/USD exchange rate used in reporting the prior period results. For the IFRS-compliant presentation, all current period figures were translated to USD at the rate of 0.6704 USD per NZD. Constant currency growth was calculated by translating current period figures at the rate of 0.7742 USD per NZD. The table below reconciles the IFRS-compliant results to the constant currency growth calculation.


Reconciliation
                                  Amount in current year exchange rates

                                USD as      NZD as      RMB as
                              Functional  Functional  Functional  Total in
                               Currency    Currency    Currency      USD

                                  US$         US$         US$        US$
                                million     million     million    million
Income Statement Items
Exchange rate for Income
 Statement                                    0.6704      6.4191
Revenue                              0.0       792.3        15.4     807.7
                              ---------------------------------------------
 Seed and Grain                                269.0        15.4     284.3
 Crop protection, Nutrients
  and Merchandise                              327.7                 327.7
 Rural Services                                195.7                 195.7
                              ---------------------------------------------

Gross Profit                         0.0       219.2         3.1     222.4

Operating Expenses                  (9.5)     (178.8)       (6.7)   (195.0)

Operating Proft                     (9.5)       40.9        (3.5)     27.9
                              ---------------------------------------------
 Seed and Grain                                 27.0        (2.5)     24.5
 Crop protection, Nutrients
  and Merchandise                               20.5                  20.5
 Rural Services                                 14.9                  14.9
 Corporate                          (9.5)      (21.6)       (1.0)    -32.0
                              ---------------------------------------------

Net Profit                         (14.3)       26.6        (4.4)      7.9


                               Constant USD in prior year exchange rates

                               USD as      NZD as      RMB as
                             Functional  Functional  Functional  Total in
                              Currency    Currency    Currency      USD

                                 US$         US$         US$        US$
                               million     million     million    million
Income Statement Items
Exchange rate for Income
 Statement                                   0.7742      6.1393
Revenue                             0.0       915.1        16.1     931.1
                             ---------------------------------------------
 Seed and Grain                       -       310.7        16.1     326.7
 Crop protection, Nutrients
  and Merchandise                     -       378.4           -     378.4
 Rural Services                       -       226.0           -     226.0
                             ---------------------------------------------

Gross Profit                        0.0       253.2         3.3     256.5

Operating Expenses                 (9.5)     (206.5)       (7.0)   (223.0)

Operating Proft                    (9.5)       47.2        (3.7)     34.1
                             ---------------------------------------------
 Seed and Grain                       -        31.1        (2.6)     28.5
 Crop protection, Nutrients
  and Merchandise                     -        23.7           -      23.7
 Rural Services                       -        17.3           -      17.3
 Corporate                         (9.5)      (24.9)       (1.1)    (35.4)
                             ---------------------------------------------

Net Profit                        (14.3)       30.7        (4.6)     11.7

About Agria Corporation
Agria (NYSE: GRO) is a global agricultural company with three principal business segments: Seed and Grain; Crop Protection, Nutrients and Merchandise; and Rural Services. The Seed and Grain segment is engaged in research and development, production and sale of a broad range of seed products and trading of seed and grain products globally. The Crop Protection, Nutrients and Merchandise segment operates an extensive chain of retail stores that supply farm input materials. The Rural Services segment provides livestock trading, wool trading, irrigation and pumping, real estate agency and other agriservices. For more information about Agria Corporation, please visit www.agriacorp.com.

Safe Harbor Statement:
This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements, including the management's commentary, are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar statements. Agria may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 20-F and 6-K, etc., in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Agria's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those risks outlined in Agria's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this announcement unless otherwise stated and Agria does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Statement Regarding Unaudited Financial Information
The unaudited financial information set forth above is subject to adjustments that may be identified when audit work is completed on our year-end financial statements, which could result in significant differences from this unaudited financial information.


            CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF PROFIT OR LOSS
                                (UNAUDITED)
              (In conformity with IFRS as issued by the IASB)

                                                For the year ended June 30,
                                                    2016           2015
                                               -------------  -------------
                                                  US$'000        US$'000

Revenue                                              807,679        944,714
Cost of sales                                       (585,312)      (693,804)
                                               -------------  -------------
Gross profit                                         222,367        250,910
Other income                                             547            312
Operating expenses                                  (194,977)      (209,880)
Operating profit                                      27,937         41,342
Equity accounted (losses) earnings of
 associates                                             (164)           140
Non-operating items                                     (532)        (1,891)
Fair value adjustments                                  (155)           (18)
                                               -------------  -------------
Profit before interest and tax                        27,086         39,573
Net interest and finance costs                       (13,317)       (12,318)
Profit before tax                                     13,769         27,255
Income tax                                            (5,866)       (12,567)
                                               -------------  -------------
Profit for the year                                    7,903         14,688
                                               =============  =============

Attributable to:
Equity holders of the Company                         (8,024)          (451)
Non-controlling interests                             15,927         15,139
                                               -------------  -------------
                                                       7,903         14,688
                                               =============  =============
Earnings/(loss) per ordinary share (US$)
Basic                                                  (0.07)         (0.00)
Diluted                                                (0.07)         (0.00)

No. of ordinary shares outstanding               110,766,600    110,766,600
                                               -------------  -------------


           CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
                                 (UNAUDITED)
               (In conformity with IFRS as issued by the IASB)

                                                 As at June 30 As at June 30
                                                      2016          2015
                                                 ------------- -------------
                                                    US$'000       US$'000
ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                              8,332         9,886
  Accounts receivable, prepayments and other
   current assets                                      226,090       177,998
  Inventories and biological assets                    182,541       180,644
Total current assets                                   416,963       368,528
                                                 ------------- -------------

Non-current assets:
  Property, plant and equipment, net                    92,895        88,993
  Goodwill and intangible assets                        10,879        10,198
  Other non-current assets                              16,192        22,784
  Deferred tax assets                                   10,177         8,386
                                                 ------------- -------------
Total non-current assets                               130,143       130,361
                                                 ------------- -------------
Total assets                                           547,106       498,889
                                                 ============= =============

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Short-term bank borrowings and current portion
   of long-term bank borrowings                         50,327        54,160
  Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other
   liabilities                                         221,452       201,309
Total current liabilities                              271,779       255,469
                                                 ------------- -------------

Non-current liabilities:
  Long-term bank borrowings, net of current
   portion                                              82,585        60,785
  Other long-term liabilities                           23,157        15,117
Total non-current liabilities                          105,742        75,902
                                                 ------------- -------------
Total liabilities                                      377,521       331,371
                                                 ============= =============

Equity:

  Equity of the Company                                 49,438        56,602
  Non-controlling interests                            120,147       110,916
                                                 ------------- -------------
Total equity                                           169,585       167,518
                                                 ------------- -------------
Total liabilities and equity                           547,106       498,889
                                                 ============= =============

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