Seeka upgrades operational guidance to within 5% of 2016 profit

Seeka, the biggest kiwi grower in Australasia has increased guidance for the financial year’s expected operational earnings, and asset impairment.

In June, Seeka had advised the market that, as a result of dramatically lower Hayward crop volumes in New Zealand, its operational earnings would be up to 15% down on the previous year’s operational earnings of $7.8m, with an expectation that the company would operate at the lower end of the range c.a $6.6m. The impact of the lower New Zealand Hayward crop volumes had been buffered by stronger earnings in its Australian business and New Zealand avocado business.

According to Seeka its mechanisms to manage expenditure, along with improved operational performance across its avocados and kiwifruit businesses, and emerging business [The Delicious Nutritious Food Company], has led it to revise the operational forecast upwards. "Seeka’s current expectation is that the after tax profit from operational earnings to be close to that achieved in 2016, and within a plus or minus 5% range. Accordingly guidance is for after tax net profit from operations for the full year within 5% of $7.8m," stated the company.

Seeka has however reviewed its banana ripening and supply business following a change in supply lines to a major customer where that customer is moving to their own direct supply of bananas. As a result of the review Seeka expects to impair the carrying value of the goodwill aspect of this business with that impact expected between $1.75m and $2.5m subject to audit. The Company notes that there are other revaluation processes underway which may positively impact profit through the financial year end process.

Seeka will continue to update the market should there be any material changes to outlook.

For more information:
Michael Franks
Tel: +64 21 356 516

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