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Rainbow Chicken Profit Falls

by 5m Editor
10 June 2009, at 10:02am

SOUTH AFRICA - Rainbow Chicken reports its profit down 40 per cent in 2008 compared to the previous year but looks forward to better results in 2009.

Poultry producer, Rainbow Chicken, has reported a 39.6 per cent decline in headline earnings to 318.8 million rand (ZAR) for the year ended March, reports Fin24.

However, the group said that excluding the unrealised losses on financial instruments used in the feed raw material procurement strategy, which amounted to some ZAR 153 million, the decline moderates to 14.8 per cent.

Diluted headline earnings per share for the year declined from 180.8 cents to 109.6 cents.

Revenue for the 12 months was up 14.4 per cent, however, to ZAR 6.8 billion.

The group declared a final dividend of 44 cents, bringing the total dividend for the year to 68 cents, which was the same as last year.

Looking ahead, Rainbow said that considering the global economic recession and its spill-over impact locally, consumer spending is expected to remain under pressure.

"Maize prices are likely to remain volatile but at lower levels and continue to trade around export parity. Soya prices are likely to remain under pressure due to lower anticipated crops, the threat of further strikes in Argentina and the continued exchange rate volatility.

"By virtue of Rainbow's forward procurement policy, feed prices are only expected to be meaningfully lower in the second six months of the 2010 financial year," the group stated.

"The lower anticipated feed prices and benefit of the unrealised procurement losses booked in 2009 are likely to have a favourable impact on earnings for the 2010 year," the company told Fin24.