Mannheim, 6 July 2016 - CropEnergies AG, Mannheim, has significantly improved its results in the 1st quarter of the 2016/17 financial year. Revenues decreased by 15 percent to EUR 168 (previous year: EUR 198) million due to lower proceeds for bioethanol and - following the temporary standstill of the production plant in Wilton, UK, - lower trading volumes
The earnings situation, however, improved significantly thanks to lower raw material prices and lower energy and maintenance costs. EBITDA increased to EUR 28 (previous year: EUR 22) million, operating profit even rose 42 percent to EUR 19 (previous year: EUR 14) million. The operating margin therefore increased to 11.6 (previous year: 6.9) percent. Income from operations reached 16 (previous year: EUR 9) million. Bioethanol production in the 1st quarter of the financial year 2016/17 was slightly below the previous year's level with 203,000 (previous year: 205,000) cubic meters. The production of food and animal feed products, however, increased due to a change in the raw material mix. Because of the good start into the year, CropEnergies has already increased its outlook for the full financial year 2016/17 on 21 June 2016. Revenues are now expected to reach between EUR 640 and EUR 700 (previous year: EUR 723 million). EBITDA adjusted for special items is expected between EUR 85 and EUR 115 (previous year: EUR 122) million. Operating profit should lie in the range of EUR 50 to EUR 80 (previous year: EUR 87 million). At the moment, CropEnergies is restarting the bioethanol plant in Wilton. The goal is to intensively test the modifications to increase reliability and improve energy efficiency which were implemented during the standstill and to regulate production according to market conditions. Possible effects this might have on revenues and earnings - depending on duration and results - are not yet included in the current outlook. In the medium term, CropEnergies expects the resolutions passed at the climate summit in Paris and the EU resolutions for the increase of the share of renewable energies also in the transport sector to result in market growth. As a leading producer in Europe, CropEnergies is well prepared for the subsequent increase in demand. To reach the goals, however, it is important to define mandatory targets for the use of renewable energies and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector for the time beyond 2020. In the foreseeable future, biofuels are the only alternative to fossil fuels which is cost-efficient and available on a large scale. They make an essential contribution to climate protection in the transport sector. The report for the 1st quarter 2016/17 can be downloaded from the CropEnergies website.
Ensuring mobility in a climate friendly way - today and in the future - is CropEnergies' business. Founded in Mannheim, Germany, in 2006, the young and dynamically growing member of the Südzucker Group is one of the leading European manufacturers of sustainably produced bioethanol for the fuel sector today. With its production capacities of 1.3 million cubic meters of bioethanol per year, CropEnergies produces bioethanol which predominantly replaces petrol in four modern production facilities in Germany, Belgium, the UK, and France. The highly efficient production facilities reduce CO2 emissions by up to 70 percent across the whole value-added chain compared to fossil fuel. With the production sites, the unique logistics network in Europe as well as trading offices in the USA, Brazil, and Chile, CropEnergies is one of the leading companies in a major emerging market. At the same time, CropEnergies is an important producer of food and animal feed products. The raw materials which are used such as cereals and sugar beets are completely utilized. As a result, more than 1 million tonnes of high-quality protein food and animal feed products are manufactured every year out of the non-fermentable components of the raw materials. Through advanced technology and innovation CropEnergies contributes to ensure a sustainable mobility from renewable sources today and in the future through its main product bioethanol: mobility - sustainable. renewable. The CropEnergies AG stock (ISIN DE000AOLAUP1) has been listed at the regulated market (Prime Standard) at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2006.