Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Warrnambool Cheese & Butter ups profit forecast

Australia’s oldest dairy company Warrnambool Cheese & Butter (WCB) has revised upward its profit forecast for the 2013 financial year, although profits are still expected to be well down on the previous year.  

Recent positive improvements in trading conditions have impacted favorably on WCB full year trading results.

In its previous market update on April 18 WCB announced that its full year FY2013 outlook remained challenging due to subdued international commodity prices, the continuing high Australian dollar and ongoing competition for milk. As a result, WCB expected its net profit after tax for FY2013 to be at least 80% below last financial year.

"the recent improvement in trading conditions and overall business performance have provided a welcome lift in FY2013 profits and we expect the continuation of these factors will contribute to improved earnings in FY2014"

David Lord

CEO

It is now clear that WCB's net profit after tax for FY2013 will improve significantly from the April update to be approximately 52% below last year due to the following:

  • improved trading conditions which saw international dairy prices rise to record highs in Q4. Prices have since softened slightly but remain significantly stronger than the FY2013 average;
  • the considerable depreciation of the Australian dollar against other currencies; and
  • business improvement projects and investments are contributing to a positive product mix change and higher margins.

CEO David Lord said "the recent improvement in trading conditions and overall business performance have provided a welcome lift in FY2013 profits and we expect the continuation of these factors will contribute to improved earnings in FY2014".

WCB sells approximately half of its product on the export market with the remainder being produced for Australia's domestic market.  Domestic brands include the Sungold Milk range of packaged fresh milk and the Warrnambool Cheddars cheese varieties, available throughout Australia. 

WCB sells its own brand of Great Ocean Road Milk and Cheese exclusively through Coles supermarkets.

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