Südzucker's business continues to develop positively
Südzucker AG’s group revenues rose about 29 percent to EUR 4,624 (previous year: 3,596) million in the first half of fiscal 2022/23. All segments contributed to this increase.
Group EBITDA also climbed significantly to EUR 465 (previous year: 278) million.
Consolidated operating result also rose significantly to EUR 316 (previous year: 134) million. This increase was driven by the CropEnergies, sugar and starch segments.
Sugar segment shows significant improvement in results
Sugar segment's revenues were up significantly to EUR 1,443 (previous year: 1,231) million in the first half of the year. Sugar sales revenues improved significantly with higher volumes overall.
The operating result rose significantly to EUR 16 (previous year: -18) million. Significantly higher revenues were offset by an also significant increase in raw material, energy and packaging costs.
Beet cultivation and 2022 campaign
Beet yields are expected to be below average as a result of the persistent, widespread drought in almost all of Europe. However, the above-average sugar content due to the many hours of sunshine will not fully compensate for this; only Belgium is expected to have an above-average
The campaign kicked off on 5 September 2022 at Südzucker AG's Wabern factory. All Südzucker Group factories have started processing beets since mid-October.
Special product segment reports significant drop in results
The special product segment's revenues climbed significantly to EUR 1,053 (previous year: 856) million. Overall positive volume growth and higher prices contributed to this increase.
Operating result, on the other hand, fell significantly to EUR 40 (previous year: 64) million, with the drop in results intensifying in the second quarter. This was primarily attributable to the impact of significantly higher raw material, packaging and energy costs, which could only be passed on to customers in part or with a time lag.
CropEnergies segment reports significantly higher results
The CropEnergies segment's revenues rose significantly to EUR 798 (previous year: 427) million. Higher volumes and, in particular, higher sales revenues contributed to this increase.
The higher volume and sales revenues drove the operating result up significantly in the reporting period to EUR 180 (previous year: 38) million. Significantly higher sales revenues in the reporting period more than offset the significant rise in raw material and energy costs.
Starch segment with significant growth in results
The starch segment's revenues rose significantly to EUR 603 (previous year: 449) million as a
result of significantly higher sales revenues. The ongoing favorable level of the ethanol quotation was the main contributor to the revenue growth.
The higher volume and sales revenues drove operating result up significantly to EUR 50 (previous year: 22) million in the reporting period. Significantly higher raw material and energy costs were more than offset by significant sales revenue growth in the reporting period.
Fruit segment posts moderate increase in results
The fruit segment's revenues improved significantly to EUR 727 (previous year: 633) million. The increase in revenues was primarily driven by higher prices for both fruit preparations and fruit juice concentrates. This compensated for the decline in volumes of fruit preparations, caused in part by the war in Ukraine.
Operating result rose moderately to EUR 30 (previous year: 28) million. Lower volumes and higher costs led to a decline in earnings contribution from fruit preparations. Volumes of fruit juice concentrates climbed significantly, with significantly higher sales revenues more than offsetting the higher costs.
Group outlook confirmed
The Ukraine war that started at the beginning of fiscal 2022/23 and continues to this day has further reinforced the already existing high volatility in the target markets and price increases in the procurement markets. The resulting economic and financial ramifications and duration of this temporary exceptional situation remain difficult to assess. There are also further risks related to the Corona pandemic.
The following outlook continues to be based on the assumptions that the Ukraine war will remain temporary and regionally contained, and that - despite current developments - physical supplies of energy and raw materials are guaranteed. We assume that no further significant burdens will arise from energy surcharges following the elimination of the gas surcharge in Germany. The expected pass-through of substantially higher prices, especially in the raw materials and energy sectors, into new customer contracts will continue to be of decisive importance.
Südzucker now expects consolidated group revenues of EUR 9.4 to 9.8 (previous forecast of 11 August 2022: 8.9 to 9.3; 2021/22: 7.6) billion for fiscal 2022/23. The company continues to anticipate a significant increase in revenues in the sugar, special products and starch segments. The CropEnergies segment is expected to range between EUR 1.4 and 1.5 billion. The fruit segment's revenues are now expected to rise significantly (Q1 forecast: moderate increase).
Südzucker confirms the outlook for Group EBITDA published on 11 August 2022 in a range
between EUR 810 and 910 million (2021/22: EUR 692 million).
The range for consolidated operating result of between EUR 450 and 550 million (2021/22: 332 million) is also confirmed. The sugar segment's operating result is expected to range between EUR 0 and 100 million. In the special products segment, a moderate decline in operating result (Q1 forecast: slight increase) is now forecasted. The operating result outlook for the CropEnergies segment published on 11 August 2022 is confirmed at a range between EUR 215 and 265 million. In the starch segment, Südzucker now expects operating result at the previous year’s level. (Outlook Q1: slight increase). The fruit segment's operating result is expected to be significantly
below last year's level.
Capital employed is expected to increase moderately. Based on the aforementioned operating result improvement, the company estimates ROCE to be significantly higher (2021/22: 5.3 percent).