Strong results by Sime Darby Oils boosts Group’s performance
Petaling Jaya, 22 November 2022 - Sime Darby Plantation Berhad recorded a net profit of RM1.93 billion for the nine-months ended 30 September 2022 (9M FY2022) representing an 8% year-on-year (YoY) increase. For the quarter ended 30 September 2022 (3Q FY2022) the Group achieved a net profit of RM396 million.
In 3Q FY2022, higher fresh fruit bunch (FFB) production was recorded in Indonesia (+21% YoY) and Papua New Guinea (+1% YoY) but FFB production in Malaysia saw a decline (-27% YoY) resulting in an overall 8% reduction for the Group. The decline in productivity was largely due to the shortage of harvesters but this was mitigated by higher average realised crude palm oil (CPO) prices (+13% YoY).
Sime Darby Oils (SDO), continued its stellar performance in 3Q FY2022, registering a PBIT of RM337 million, a significant increase from RM6 million recorded in 3Q FY2021. SDO’s Asia Pacific operations registered higher trading margins during the quarter which mitigated lower overall sales volumes and lower margins in its European operations.
|3Q FY2022||3Q FY2021||YoY +/(-)||9M FY2022||9M FY2021||YoY +/(-)|
|Revenue (RM mil)||5,392||5,061||7%||15,360||13,145||17%|
|PBIT (RM mil)||622||899||(31%)||2,828||2,595||9%|
|Net Profit (RM mil)||396||609||(35%)||1,926||1,788||8%|
|CPO Price Realised (RM/ MT)||4,277||3,770||13%||4,648||3,545||31%|
|FFB Production (MT mil)||2.15||2.34||(8%)||6.13||7.01||(12%)|
Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Megat Najmuddin bin Datuk Seri Dr Haji Megat Khas said:
Despite the unprecedented operational challenges faced, the Group is resolute in delivering long term value to our stakeholders.
Group Managing Director, Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha said,
We welcome the entry of more migrant workers into Malaysia which is now gathering speed. As we work hard to restore our plantations to optimal conditions, we are also pushing ahead with our plans to automate and mechanise several functions in our Malaysian operations.
As we progressively reduce the need for manual workers in all our non-harvesting activities, we aim to achieve a land-to-man ratio of 17.5 hectares for every worker by the end of 2024, which will be a major improvement compared to the current industry average of 8 hectares for every worker. With further automation and digitalisation, we are determined to make work in plantations less laborious and more sophisticated to attract a new generation of skilled local workforce.
OUTLOOK FOR REMAINING FY2022:
The Group expects its overall FFB production to be lower than the previous year due to the slow inflow of foreign workers into Malaysia.
CPO price, which peaked in the first half of 2022, has now stabilised as increased supply in producing countries fulfil pent up global demand. The CPO price is anticipated to remain attractive in comparison to alternative vegetable oils which would continue to support demand.