Hap Seng Plantations’ 3Q net profit more than doubles to RM52.93m on higher palm oil prices

Hap Seng Plantations’ 3Q net profit more than doubles to RM52.93m on higher palm oil prices
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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 24): Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Bhd’s net profit for the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2021 more than doubled to RM52.93 million from RM25.08 million a year ago, driven by higher crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel (PK) prices.

Its quarterly revenue also rose 34.71% to RM173.63 million from RM128.9 million a year ago, its filing to Bursa Malaysia showed.

The group said its average selling price of CPO and PK for the current quarter were significantly higher at RM4,341 per tonne and RM2,615 per tonne respectively, as compared to the preceding year's corresponding quarter of RM2,753 per tonne for CPO and RM1,560 per tonne for PK.

Sales volume of CPO and PK for the current quarter, however, were 34,753 tonnes and 7,163 tonnes respectively, 15% and 21% lower than the preceding year's corresponding quarter, mainly due to lower production.

It also said production of CPO and PK for the current quarter were lower than the preceding year corresponding quarter by 14% and 21% respectively, as a consequence of lower fresh fruit bunches (FFB) production, which was 14% below the preceding year's corresponding quarter, affected by lower FFB yield due to seasonal yield trend and changes in cropping patterns.

The group did not declare any dividend for the latest quarter.

For the nine months ended Sept 30, 2021, the group’s net profit also more than doubled to RM129.72 million from RM53.35 million. This was on the back of revenue which grew 51.44% to RM476.02 million, from RM314.33 million.

The group expects its results for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2021 to be significantly higher than the previous financial year.

The group also said that although the higher threshold price of CPO which is subjected to windfall profit tax (WPT) is positive, the government-proposed prosperity tax in Budget 2022 may negate any benefit from the lower WPT.

It also said the global supplies of edible oils are expected to remain tight due to lower-than-expected production, which have pushed edible oil prices to an unprecedented high.

Hap Seng Plantations was unchanged at RM2.05 on Wednesday (Nov 24), valuing the group at RM1.66 billion.

Year-to-date, the counter has risen 13.26%.

Joyce Goh