Mannheim, 12 October 2022 – CropEnergies AG, Mannheim, reached record revenues of EUR 450 (previous year: EUR 249) million in the 2nd quarter of the financial year 2022/23 (1 June – 31 August). EBITDA tripled to EUR 103 (previous year: EUR 34) million and operating profit also reached a new record high with EUR 93 (previous year: EUR 23) million.
The main reason for this was a significantly higher sales volume for ethanol and, in particular, a significant increase in the sales prices obtained. Volumes and sales prices for protein food and animal feed products have been increased significantly.
The higher sales prices more than compensated for the burdens from increased prices on the raw material and energy markets. EBITDA in the 1st half 2022/23 increased significantly to EUR 201 (previous year: EUR 59) million. Operating profit also multiplied compared to the previous year and reached EUR 180 (previous year: EUR 38) million. Ethanol production in the 1st half 2022/23 was higher than in the previous year at 583,000 (previous year: 520,000) cubic meters and revenues increased to EUR 849 (previous year: EUR 463) million.
On 11 August 2022, CropEnergies had raised its outlook for the 2022/23 financial year and continues to expect an operating profit of EUR 215 to EUR 265 (previous year: EUR 127) million on revenues of EUR 1.47 to EUR 1.57 (previous year: EUR 1.08) billion. This corresponds to an EBITDA of EUR 255 to EUR 305 (previous year: EUR 169) million. The main reason for the improved earnings expectation are the high ethanol prices since the beginning of the financial year. However, in view of the multiplication of energy and electricity prices in conjunction with the persistently high raw material prices, the pressure on the cost side is increasing. In September, CropEnergies had therefore announced that it would continuously review the capacity utilisation of the plants. At the same time, CropEnergies appeals to decision-makers in politics to support companies with energy-intensive production and to ensure a level playing field on the European ethanol market.
The full report for the 1st half of 2022/23 is available for download on the CropEnergies website.
Sustainable, renewable products made from biomass – that is what CropEnergies stands for. Our products contribute to a climate-friendly world and ensure that fossil carbons remain in the ground permanently and do not continue to drive climate change.
Founded in Mannheim in 2006, the member of the Südzucker Group is the leading European producer of renewable ethanol. With a production capacity of 1.3 million m3 of ethanol per year, CropEnergies produces neutral alcohol as well as technical alcohol (ethanol) for a wide range of applications at locations in Germany, Belgium, the UK, and France: Sustainably produced ethanol as a petrol substitute is an answer to the future challenges of climate-friendly energy supply in the transport sector. Thanks to highly efficient production plants, our ethanol reduces CO2 emissions by an average of more than 70 percent across the entire value chain compared to fossil fuel. Our high-quality alcohol is also used in beverage production, cosmetics, pharmaceutical applications, for example as a basis for disinfectants, or as a raw material for innovative biochemicals.
Equally important are the resulting protein food and animal feed products as a sustainable regional alternative to emission-intensive protein imports from overseas, as well as biogenic carbon dioxide. It is used in beverage production, among other things, and will be a valuable raw material for a wide range of applications in transport and industry in the future. Thus, all raw material components are utilised in our circular economy.
CropEnergies AG (ISIN DE000A0LAUP1) is listed on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.