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Wilmar 3Q Earnings Beat Estimates, Revenue Drops — Earnings Review

By Saurabh Chaturvedi

 

Wilmar International Ltd. (F34.SG) reported its financial results for the third quarter after trading hours on Tuesday.

 

NET PROFIT: The palm planter and trader reported net profit of $447.1 million in the September quarter, compared with $405.9 million in the same period of last year. Wilmar was expected to report net profit of $306.7 million for the quarter, according to an estimate provided by FactSet.

 

REVENUE: Revenue fell 2.2% on-year to $11.16 billion due to lower commodity prices. FactSet had predicted third quarter revenue of $13.06 billion.

 

WHAT WE WATCHED:

--ONE-TIME GAIN: Wilmar said net profit was boosted partly by a gain from the disposal of the group's discontinued operations in Brazil. Excluding gains from discontinued operations and non-operating items, the core net profit for the quarter fell 3% on year to $419.2 million.

--JOINT VENTURES: Wilmar's share of earnings from joint ventures and associates fell to $24.8 million in the quarter, compared with $66.4 million in the same period a year ago, mainly due to weaker performance at the group's investments in Africa, India and Vietnam.

--CORE BUSINESSES: Its tropical oil business reported a 24% on year increase in pre-tax profit to $193.2 million in the quarter, while the Oilseeds and Grains segment registered a small 1% increase in pre-tax profit to $301.3 million. Pre-tax profit at the company's sugar business rose 9% on year to $80.1 million.

 

Write to Saurabh Chaturvedi at saurabh.chaturvedi@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 12, 2019 05:28 ET (10:28 GMT)

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