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AGRANA achieves robust results in the 2023|24 financial year

Date: 14.05.2024

2023|24 at a glance (year ended 29 February 2024)

  • Revenue: € 3,786.9 million (+4.1%; prior year: € 3,637.4 million)
  • Operating profit before exceptional items and results of equity-accounted joint ventures: € 176.6 million (+11.5%; prior year: € 158.4 million)
  • Operating profit (EBIT): € 151.0 million (+71.1%; prior year: € 88.3 million)
  • Earnings per share: € 1.04 (+316.0%; prior year: € 0.25)
  • Equity ratio: 43.2% (prior year: 41.8%)
  • Dividend proposal for 2023|24: € 0.90 per share (dividend for 2022|23: € 0.90 per share)

Revenue of the AGRANA Group grew by 4.1% in the 2023|24 financial year to € 3,786.9 million. Operating profit (EBIT) was € 151.0 million, fulfilling the guidance of a very substantial increase from the prior year. “Despite a continued volatile environment – in which we adapted well to the market dynamics of raw material and energy prices and sales volumes – we were able to significantly improve our results. The Fruit segment did well operationally; a downside factor in its operating profit was an impairment charge made necessary by the ongoing strained business trend in Asia. In the Starch segment, sales volumes and selling prices, and therefore also operating profit, fell significantly compared to the previous year as a result of the sluggish economy. The Sugar segment significantly improved its capacity utilisation and increased its sugar production volume from the year before. In spite of a decline in sugar sales volume due to increased imports from Ukraine, the sugar business was satisfactory,” said AGRANA CEO Stephan Büttner.

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[1] EBITDA represents operating profit before exceptional items, results of equity-accounted joint ventures, and operating depreciation and amortisation.
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Net financial items amounted to an expense of € 53.3 million in the 2023|24 financial year (prior year: net expense of € 26.5 million), with the deterioration driven primarily by an adverse change in net interest expense and, to a lesser degree, in currency translation effects (including the interest portion of currency swaps).

Profit before tax grew very significantly from the previous year’s € 61.7 million to € 97.7 million. After an income tax expense of € 28.3 million, representing a tax rate of 29.0% (prior year: 60.0%), the Group recorded a profit for the period of € 69.4 million (prior year: € 24.7 million). Profit for the period attributable to shareholders of AGRANA was € 64.9 million (prior year: € 15.8 million); earnings per share rose to € 1.04 (prior year: € 0.25).

Total assets as of 29 February 2024, at € 2,889.4 million, eased slightly from one year earlier (28 February 2023: € 3,003.1 million), with an equity ratio of 43.2% (28 February 2023: 41.8%). Net debt as of 29 February 2024, at € 636.1 million, was € 48.8 million less than at the 2022|23 year-end. The gearing ratio (net debt to total equity) thus eased to 51.0% at the balance sheet date (28 February 2023: 54.5%).

In line with the long-term orientation of AGRANA’s dividend policy of continuity, the Management Board will propose to the Annual General Meeting to pay a dividend of € 0.90 per share for the year (dividend for 2022|23: € 0.90 per share).


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Revenue in the Fruit segment grew by 5.7% year-on-year. This was due to price increases in fruit preparations, as well as higher sales volumes in this business.

The Fruit segment’s EBIT result turned to a profit of € 60.2 million (prior year: loss of € 38.5 million), lifted both by the non-recurrence of a prior-year goodwill impairment and by the significantly improved operating performance. A negative effect on EBIT in 2023|24 came from an impairment loss of € 18.7 million on property, plant and equipment in China and Japan that was due to the difficult economic situation there and the resulting adverse business trend in Asia. 


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For the Starch segment, the 2023|24 financial year was characterised by reduced demand and mounting pressure on prices. The inflation-induced reluctance to spend and customers’ destocking led to a decline in sales volumes compared to the prior year. Selling prices also fell significantly, due to declining raw material prices.

As a result, revenue in the Starch segment decreased by 11.2% from the previous year’s all-time high. About half of the decline was due to prices and half to volume effects. The most pronounced revenue reduction was seen in ethanol, as Platts prices fell significantly amid higher import volumes.

These effects led to a significant year-on-year reduction in Starch segment EBIT to € 50.4 million (prior year: € 80.2 million).


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Revenue in the Sugar segment rose 24.3% from the year before. In 2023|24, sales prices in both the reseller business (wholesalers and retailers) and in the industrial sector were above the previous year’s average.

The increasing competition from Ukraine affected especially the Romanian, Hungarian and Bulgarian sugar markets. To offset significantly lower sales volumes in the home markets, export activities were intensified.

Operating profit in the Sugar segment decreased to € 40.4 million (prior year: € 46.6 million) due to significant lost sales and a smaller profit contribution by the AGRANA-Studen joint venture than one year earlier.


As already communicated in the third-quarter publication in January 2024, AGRANA has been facing an increasingly challenging business environment since the fourth quarter of 2023|24 and is forecasting significantly lower EBIT for the 2024|25 financial year than the level achieved in 2023|24. This earnings decline will already become evident in the first quarter of 2024|25. Group revenue is projected to show a slight reduction for the full year.

Total investment across the three business segments in the 2024|25 financial year, at approximately € 120 million, is expected to be moderately below the 2023|24 value and in line with budgeted depreciation of about € 120 million. Around 12% of this capital expenditure will be for emission reduction measures in the Group’s own production operations under the AGRANA climate strategy. The goal is to reduce the Group’s own emissions to net-zero by 2040. By 2050, the AGRANA Group is committed to reaching net-zero emissions across its entire value chain.