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Wilmar International's Q1 earnings hit by lower refining margins

Published on May 8, 2014 6:58 PM

SINGAPORE - Low palm oil refining margins and negative crush margins in China weighed on Wilmar International's first-quarter earnings, which plunged 48.7 per cent on flat revenue.

Net profit tumbled to US$161.8 million (S$208.8 million), down from US$315.4 million a year ago. Sales had remained flat at US$10.27 billion.

Excluding non-operating items, core profit before tax dropped 32 per cent to US$214.6 million, it added.

The lower first quarter net profit reflected seasonal losses in sugar, negative soybean crushing margins as well as tougher operating conditions for palm and laurics. Wilmar's associates also recorded lower contributions.

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