Avangard H1 2017 financial report

18 September 2017

Financial performance of Avangard during reporting period has been week, the company keeps negotiations with its lenders on debt restructuring.

In H1 2017 total eggs production by Avangard made 993M pieces, by 20% lower y-o-y. Main reason of decline sharp fall of eggs processing volumes from 459M in H1 2016 to 204M pieces. Reason of decline overstocking in the end of Y2016 amid significant decrease of eggs products sales in H1 2017 y-o-y decline made 57%.

General eggs production dynamics during latest quarters looked as follows:

Avangard shell eggs production dynamics H1 2017

Avangard share in total Ukrainian industrial eggs production in reporting period comprised 24.6%.

Shell eggs sales of the company in H1 2017 increased y-o-y by 2% up to 763M pieces. Due to weak export (in Y2016 eggs export by Avangard decreased y-o-y by 40%, in H1 2017 by another 21%), the group increased its sales on domestic market (which especially refers to Q2 2017, when Avangard increased its volumes of realization in natural terms vs. Q2 2016 by about 50%).

Average shell eggs selling price in reporting period made UAH 0.95/egg (-29% vs. H1 2016). Due to gradual export recovery starting from July and seasonal factors we expect growth of average selling price starting from Q3.

Key financials for H1 2017
USD M H1 2017 H1 2016
Sales* 54 706 64 777
EBITDA -8 984 -12 608
EBITDA margin, % n.a. n.a.
Net Profit -11 718 -32 607
*-disregarding grains trading operations which are not related to main Avangard operating activity. In H1 2017 their volume made USD 9.6M which largely influenced total revenues of the company in reporting period (profit for the operation is zero).

As a result of above-mentioned negative factors (decrease of shell eggs and egg products export, decline of average selling price), in H1 2017 total Avangard revenues (disregarding grains sales) declined y-o-y by 30% to USD 45M.

Official EBITDA of the company comprised USD -9M, according to latest Avangard report, main reason is average selling price decline with relatively stable net cost per one egg.

According to financial report of the closest Avangard competitor company Ovostar Union in H1 2017 its EBITDA made USD 7M with margin of 19% (and average shell eggs selling price of UAH 1.3/egg). We note that main part of price difference is related to two main factors: 1) higher share of export in total sales of Ovostar (for shell eggs 36% vs. 13% for Avangard) and 2) on domestic market Ovostar operates in higher price segment vs. Avangard.

As for the cost side, we note that Avangard purchases grains for fodder production from related entities, so there can be manipulations with purchasing prices.

In the structure of income of the company in reporting month USD1.2M are state subsidies, in the costs structure we note negative effect from biological assets revaluation (USD -4.5M) and also loss from current assets write-down (USD -1.2M). Disregarding mentioned losses financial performance of Avangard would be better (in H1 2017 operating cash flow of the company made USD -1.9M).

During reporting period Avangard paid to its creditors USD 1.9M of interest under its loans.

Balance Sheet structure
USD k 31.12.16 30.06.17
Total Assets 529 491 534 749
Fixed Assets 383 462 392 791
Current Assets 146 029 141 958
Inventory 69 899 74 751
Trade Receivables 40 628 29 160
Cash 12 570 12 608
Equity 138 810 120 464
Debt 352 129 375 394

Main changes in balance sheet structure during reporting period referred to decrease of Inventories (disregarding biological assets) by USD 9M (due to decline of grains for resale stock, while volume of Inventory related to main eggs business has been stable, biological assets increased by USD 12M) and Receivables (by USD 9M, which is positive for Avangard).

General balance sheet structure of the company remains weak. From one side, taking into account current profitability of operations, we have doubts regarding Avangard fixed assets valuation. On another side we note questionable assets in general Current Assets structure (for instance, Inventory at about USD 75M, Trade Receivables of USD 29M, prepayments and other current assets at USD 13.8M). It means that potentially part of these assets will be written off from the companys books.

As of 31.12.16 formal Equity of the company makes about USD 120M. Taking into account above-mentioned uncertainty with assets quality, we can estimate that in reality Equity of Avangard is negative, assets of the company and its activity is fully financed by its liabilities.

Total debt of Avangard as of 30.06.17 made USD 375M, the company keeps further talks with its lenders on debt restructuring terms (maturity of main part of liabilities is Y2018). Avangard will push its creditors to either obtain significant part of the debt write-off or debt prolongation for several years with minimal interest rate (and uncertain further recovery perspectives, current effective interest rate stays at about 1%).

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