AAK Operating profit for Q 3 in line with last year.

Operating profit for the third quarter 2010 as expected, was in line with the corresponding quarter in 2009. Operating profit reached SEK 231 million (235). For comparable units (adjusted for divestment) and fixed exchange rates, operating profit amounted to SEK 236 million (231), 5 MSEK better than the third quarter 2009. 

 “Food Ingredients continued to develop very well. Chocolate & Confectionery Fats showed strong seasonal volume improvements and nearly doubled operating profit compared to the second quarter 2010. Margins stabilized at a lower level, as communicated earlier in 2010”, commented Arne Frank, CEO of AAK.  

  • Food Ingredients successfully continued the execution of the specialisation strategy with a more profitable product mix. Overall operating profit increased by 15 percent. Our speciality product areas such as Baby Food, Bakery and Bakery Services and Food Service continued to develop well.
     
     
  • Chocolate & Confectionery Fats reported an operating profit of SEK 102 million (118). The general market conditions commented upon during the first and second quarters of 2010 have continued during the third quarter with strong seasonal volume increases. 
     
     
  • Technical Products & Feed operating profit increased further by 15 percent.


Continued positive impact of the specialisation strategy for Food Ingredients
In the Group’s largest business area, Food Ingredients, an increased proportion of high-value products, led to a further improvement in operating profit of 15 percent, to SEK 130 million (113).   

Good development continued in all speciality product areas such as Baby Food, Bakery and Bakery Services, Dairy Fat Alternatives and Food Service. 

Actions to reduce costs and improve our competitive position are currently being executed and the business area continued to benefit from the ongoing rationalisation programme during the third quarter. Realised cost savings have been matched by increased investments in organic growth outside Scandinavia. 

Chocolate & Confectionery Fats – Strong seasonal volume increase for cocoa butter alternatives
The operating result of SEK 102 million (118) for the business area Chocolate & Confectionery Fats was below last year mainly on account of lower margins. Compared to last year the volume increased by 19 percent but this increase did not fully compensate for the lower margins. 

Volumes in the third quarter of 2010 were significantly higher than in the third quarter of 2009 with positive volume growth in most regions.

Continued improvement for Technical Products & Feed
Operating profit improved by 15 percent, from SEK 20 million to SEK 23 million, for the business area Technical Products & Feed, compared to the third quarter of 2009. 

Technical products, including bio lubricants, continued to experience some signs of market recovery. Volumes in the third quarter were equal to last year.

Concluding remarks from CEO
“We see strong sustainable organic growth potential in Baby Food, Bakery and Bakery Services, Dairy Fat Alternatives, Food Service and Chocolate & Confectionery Fats. Our current cost disadvantages in Scandinavia are addressed in the ongoing cost rationalization program. In the last months we have also strengthened our top management to create a winning team for the future. At the capital market day in Stockholm on November 10 we will present our key focus areas and key strategies” , concludes Arne Frank in a comment to the Q3 report. 

Financial summary excluding IAS 39 effects*                               

       2010       2009
SEK million    Q3    Q3
Net sales    3,774    3,828    
Gross contribution    927    924    
Operating profit    231    235    
Operating profit**Net result    236
   152
   231
   113
   
Earnings per share    3.73    2.77    

* For full financial information please refer to the Interim Report Q3 2010.
** For comparable units (adjusted for divestments) and at fixed exchange rates 

 

For further information, please contact:

Arne Frank, President and CEO
Phone: + 46 40 627 83 10 

Anders Byström, CFO
Phone: + 46 40 627 83 32 

Fredrik Nilsson, Head of Investor Relations
Phone: + 46 40 627 83 34
Mobile: + 46 708 95 22 21
 

The information is that which AarhusKarlshamn AB (publ) is obliged to publish under the provisions of the Stock Exchange and Clearing Operations Act and/or the Trading in Financial Instruments Act. The information was released to the media for publication on November 2, 2010 at 08.15 CET.


AarhusKarlshamn is the world’s leading producer of high value-added speciality vegetable fats. These fats are characterized by a high technological content and are used as substitute for butter-fat and cocoa butter, transfree solutions for fillings in chocolate and confectionery products, and in the cosmetics industry. AarhusKarlshamn has production facilities in Denmark, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, Uruguay and the US. The company is organised in three Business Areas; Chocolate and Confectionery Fats, Food Ingredients and Technical Products & Feed. Further information on AarhusKarlshamn can be found on the company’s website
www.aak.com

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AAK is a leading provider of value-adding vegetable oils & fats. Our expertise in lipid technology within foods and special nutrition applications, our wide range of raw materials and our broad process capabilities enable us to develop innovative and value-adding solutions across many industries – Chocolate & Confectionery, Bakery, Dairy, Special Nutrition, Foodservice, Personal Care, and more. AAK’s proven expertise is based on more than 140 years of experience within oils & fats. Our unique co-development approach brings our customers’ skills and know-how together with our own capabilities and mindset for lasting results. Listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm and with our headquarters in Malmö, Sweden, AAK has 20 different production facilities, sales offices in more than 25 countries and more than 3,300 employees. We are AAK – The Co-Development Company.

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