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HTI | Dec 11, 2020

Losses continue to mount at Jamaica Broilers (Haiti)

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Group reports big jump in pre-tax profit for half-year period

Jamaica Broilers Poultry Processing Plant in Haiti, where it produces high quality chilled and frozen chicken products under the Le Chic Poulet brand. (Photo: jamaicabroilersgroup.com)

Losses continue to climb at the Haitian operations of the Jamaica Broilers Group (JBG), which has become a source of concern.

In its just released second quarter and six-month unaudited financial results for the period ended October 31, 2020, JBG Haiti took another hit on its operations, reporting a segment loss of $38.7 million for the half-year period. This compared to the $5.8 million loss reported for the same period last year.

The situation was further compounded by the fact that total revenue for the period declined by six per cent In their report to shareholders on the half-year performance, the directors of the company state that, “the current decline in performance is as a direct result of the political and economic instability being experienced in Haiti along with effects from the pandemic.”

BIG JUMP IN PRE-TAX PROFIT

Despite the drag on its financial performance, JBG managed to record a significant jump in its pre-tax profit for the half-year period, which went up by 85 per cent to $1.5 billion. This creditable performance came in spite of the many challenges to JBG operations across the Caribbean region and the United States.

From its hatchery in Lafiteau, Jamaica Broilers (Haiti) provides high quality day-old chicks to poultry farmers. The high-tech facility located just north of Port-au-Prince receives new eggs once a week and, after a 21-day process, the eggs are hatched and ready for delivery. (Photo: jamaicabroilersgroup.com)

For the comparable period last year, the pre-tax profit was $823.4 million. Profits attributable to stockholders went up by 51 per cent to $1.03 billion or $1.02 per stock unit for the six-month period under review.

Profit attributable to stockholders for the same period in 2019 was $685.6 million. Group revenues and gross profit for the six-month period were flat.

Revenues amounted to $26.5 billion, coming from $26.2 billion for the same period in 2019 while gross profit inched downwards to $6.45 billion coming from $6.49 billion in 2019.

ALL BUSINESS OPERATIONS MADE PROFIT EXCEPT HAITI

JBG, which has four distinct business operations – Jamaica, Haiti, other Caribbean and America – all suffered from the global pandemic. However, all operations save and except Haiti posted profits during the period under review.

The Jamaica Broilers Feed Mill provides nutritious poultry and pig feed to farmers across Haiti. The company’s premium feeds are grown and processed locally to meet international standards. (Photo: jamaicabroilersgroup.com)

The Jamaican operations did well, reporting a segment result of $1.8 billion, which was $400 million or 25 per cent above last year’s segment result of $1.4 billion. According to the directors, “the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted our Jamaica operations revenue as we have seen a decline of eight per cent from the prior year.”

However, the local operation of JBG was able to record a commendable 25 per cent improvement over the prior year by increasing efficiencies and the continued enhancing of customer relationships. The American operations also performed creditably given the challenges caused by COVID-19.

AMERICAN OPERATIONS ALL PERFORMED WELL

The American operations reported a segment result of $696 million, representing a four per cent increase over the previous year. Total revenue increased by 18 per cent over the prior year, driven by increased poultry and feed sales.

The directors say the Best Dressed Chicken line of products continued to surpass expectations and has been well received in the American market.

Finance costs for the Group showed a reduction of $338 million compared to last year, resulting from increased foreign exchange gains mainly from the significant currency revaluation in its Haiti operations.

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