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Potato breeder HZPC books record turnover and gross profit

Potato breeder HZPC increased the amount of potatoes sold to 800,000 tonnes. The increase resulted primarily from continuous autonomous growth, but acquisitions contributed as well.

HZPC, world leader in potato breeding, announced during the shareholders’ meeting on 5 October that a consolidated net turnover of €318.5 million has been determined for the financial year 2016/17. The gross profit is €59.3 million and the net result is €8.5 million.

A dividend of €7 per HZPC certificate has been determined, which is €1.25 higher than the previous year and €2 above the five year average. With this net turnover and gross profit, HZPC has achieved new record figures. A higher net profit was only achieved in the financial year 2013/14.

The takeover of the assets and seed potato activities of KWS Potato together with an acquisition in Russia have contributed to the higher HZPC year figures. In addition to this, the growth is also due to the continuing growth in seed potato acreage and the corresponding increase in seed crop production and -trade.

In the last year, HZPC Holding achieved a milestone of 800,000 tonnes of seed potatoes sold (also under licence).

Gerard Backx, CEO of HZPC Holding:

“The volume increase is only partly the result of our acquisitions; it has arisen primarily from the continuing autonomous growth in HZPC’s various areas of activity.”

Retrospective and future perspective

The last year has been an excellent year for HZPC and our associated growers and certificateholders.

Gerard Backx:

“This excellent result will enable HZPC to invest further in existing and new markets, in new breeding techniques, and in product development.”

“Our investments in these activities in the past year have already increased according to plan and good results like these enable us to innovate and expand further.”

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HZPC financial results

For the year 2017/18, HZPC expects a slight increase in the total volume worldwide.

This will be associated with a lower margin than in the last accounting year, caused by the low European consumption potato prices and the smaller market for certified seed potatoes as a result of this. HZPC’s investments in markets, breeding and products continue to rise according to plan, so the net result for 2017/18 will end up significantly lower than in 2016/17.

HZPC does, however, expect to achieve its financial target of sufficient yield on equity. Annual profit fluctuations are expected on the cyclical potato market.

Dividend yield 4.2%

On 5 October this year, the shareholder (the HZPC Association) and the Supervisory Board of HZPC Holding b.v. discussed and approved the annual accounts and made available a sum of €5.5M for dividend payments.

This results in a dividend of €7 per share certificate, representing a dividend yield of 4.2% on a share price of €165.65 (June 2017). The next trading day on which the price will be defined again is 3 November 2017.

Annual report 2016/2017 now available

Update November 4, 2017

Meanwhile, HZPC Holding B.V. has published its full annual report for financial year 2016/2017.

A web based version of the annual report is accessible here or a pdf version can be downloaded by clicking on the image below.

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Annual Report HZPC Holding B.V. 2016/2017 (click to access)