Norway Royal Salmon (NRS): Q1 21 – Operational EBIT of MNOK 60
Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) reports an operational EBIT of MNOK 60 for the first quarter of 2021 and EBIT per kg of NOK 6.40. Corresponding figures for the same quarter last year were MNOK 75 and NOK 16.53.
- This is the first quarter the Icelandic farming company Arctic Fish has been consolidated in the NRS group. Arctic Fish has had a very good development in production costs and the company is harvesting more and more salmon. Arctic Fish is a growing company, and harvest volumes are expected to increase substantially in the coming years. Recently, Arctic Fish was awarded new licenses, which will support the company's future growth ambition to harvest 24 000 tonnes in 2025. For the farming operations in Norway, we are not satisfied with the production cost in the quarter, and still have too much variation between our best and worst sites. In the first quarter, the salmon price was significantly lower than in the same quarter last year, but higher than in the previous quarter. On the other hand, the price increased during the quarter and has continued to increase after the end of the quarter, says CEO Charles Høstlund.
At the end of the first quarter, NRS has a solid financial position with MNOK 1 308 in unutilized credit facilities and MNOK 388 in bank deposits. Net operational cash inflow in the quarter was MNOK 158. Payments for the growth investments in Arctic Offshore Farming and the new smolt facility, as well as the consolidation of Arctic Fish, are the main reasons for the increase in net interest-bearing debt by MNOK 542 to MNOK 2 064. The equity at the end of the quarter is MNOK 4 098, which equates an equity ratio of 53 %.
Farming Norway posted an operational EBIT of MNOK 77.2 in the quarter, compared with MNOK 89.4 in the corresponding quarter last year. Operational EBIT per kg gutted weight was NOK 6.64 compared with NOK 16.53 in the corresponding quarter last year. Farming Norway harvested 11 623 tonnes gutted weight in the quarter, which is 115 % higher than in the same quarter last year. Sold volume from the sales business in the quarter was 21 463 tonnes salmon, which is 20 % higher than in the corresponding quarter last year.
Farming Iceland posted an operational EBIT of MNOK 21.5 in the quarter, compared with MNOK 14.6 in the corresponding quarter last year. Operational EBIT per kg gutted weight was NOK 5.67 compared with NOK 16.98 in the corresponding quarter last year. Farming Iceland harvested 3 793 tonnes gutted weight in the quarter, which is 340 % higher than in the same quarter last year.
For 2021, the total harvest volume of the group is expected to be 52 000 tonnes, of which 40 000 tonnes in Norway and 12 000 tonnes on Iceland. This is an increase of 31 % for Norway and 61 % for Iceland compared to 2020.
With an exemption from producing sterile salmon on green licenses by agreement with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the recent permission on an interregional MAB between our three production areas in Norway, the company has received clarification on two important prerequisites for achieving lower costs and sustainable growth, says CEO Charles Høstlund.
For more information, please contact:
- CEO Charles Høstlund, +47 994 18 449
- CFO Ola Loe, +47 911 79 411
Norway Royal Salmon in brief
The Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) group owns 36 085 tonnes MAB for salmon farming located in Troms and Finnmark, and 17 800 tonnes MAB for salmon farming and 5 300 MAB for trout farming on Iceland through the company Arctic Fish. In addition, the group has minority interest in two associated Norwegian fish farming companies which together own 9 fish farming licenses. NRS is an attractively positioned fish farming group, which offers salmon to the market through its own sales organisation. For further details, please visit www.norwayroyalsalmon.com.