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Dhafer Ayed Al Ahbabi & Tariq Ahmed Al Wahedi

Agthia Group posts $37.3m net profit in 2019

ABU DHABI, February 10, 2020

Abu Dhabi-based Agthia Group, a leading food and beverages company, Dh137 million ($37.3 million) in net profit in the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019, as well as net revenues of Dh 2.04 billion.

The Group posted Agthia grew its revenues by 2 per cent year-on-year on geographic expansion and product category diversification.

The consumer-business contribution to Agthia’s top-line increased to 56 percent versus 54 percent from the previous year. Agthia’s 5-gallon Home and Office Delivery (HOD) business in the UAE, food segment along with international operations in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait drove the consumer business’s top-line growth.

On the local front, the company’s water portfolio consisting of UAE’s popular Al Ain Water, as well as Al Bayan, and Alpin retained market leadership with volume and value shares at 29 and 27 percent, respectively.

With regards to Agthia’s Agri-business, composed of Grand Mills Flour and Agrivita Animal Feed, the Flour business outperformed despite pulled out subsidy environment, as volumes recorded strong growth in export sales, retail penetration specifically in the Northern Emirates, as well as wheat trading. On the other hand, Animal Feed sales fell short due to lower grain sales and a decrease in demand from small-sized farms.

Dhafer Ayed Al Ahbabi, Agthia chairman, said: “Agthia’s 2019 financial results are a testament to the company’s agility in the ability to maintain leading market share and grow revenues against headwinds. This is underscored by Agthia’s resilience and commitment to uphold and protect shareholder value, as well as our unwavering alignment to the UAE’s economic diversification agenda.”

Tariq Ahmed Al Wahedi, Agthia Group CEO, said: “Our positive revenue growth momentum has been led by diversification of our product portfolio, as well as increasing our geographical footprint in the face of unfavourable external factors.”

“Agthia continues to demonstrate dominancy in the UAE when it comes to the water segment despite aggressive competitive activity, price promotions, and changing consumer habits which has added pressure to the bottled water category, yet came in favour of the growth in shipped volumes of our 5-gallon HOD business. Our success is also supported by the flour business beating the zero-subsidy competitive environment along with the vigorous performance in the food segment and international markets.

“Furthermore, our commitment to cost optimization across the entire organization, better agri-business profitability and one-time Turkey tax credit has reduced the collated impact of the withdrawal of the remaining bakery channel subsidy, de-growth in bottled water category in UAE and bad debt provisioning against longer collection days in international markets,” Al Wahedi added.

Agthia Group’s total assets stood at Dh 3.1 billion as of 31 December 2019, increasing marginally compared to the same time last year on IFRS 16 implementation. – TradeArabia News Service




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