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ADAMA Reports Second Quarter and First Half 2022 Results

Continued strong momentum as record top line results are translated into bottom line income

Second Quarter 2022 Highlights:

  • Sales up 21% to an all-time quarterly record-high of $1,479 million (+24% in RMB terms; +25% in CER terms), driven by 22% higher prices and 3% volume growth
  • Improvement of Opex/Sales ratio of 18.1% vs. 19.7% in Q2 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA up 29% to $240 million (RMB: +32%), representing an improvement of EBITDA margin from 15.2% in Q2 2021 to 16.2% in Q2 2022
  • Adjusted net income up 20% to $76 million; Reported net income up 36% to $46 million (RMB: +39%)

First Half 2022 Highlights

  • Sales up 24% to an all-time half-year record-high of $2,899 million (+25% in RMB terms; +28% in CER terms), driven by 20% higher prices and 8% volume growth
  • Improvement of Opex/Sales ratio of 18.9% vs. 19.9% in H1 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA up 29% to $441 million (RMB: +29%), representing an improvement of EBITDA margin from 14.7% in H1 2021 to 15.2% in H1 2022
  • Adjusted net income up 31% to $151 million; Reported net income up 100% to $113 million (RMB: +99%)

BEIJING, CHINA and TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 30, 2022 – ADAMA Ltd. (the “Company”) (SZSE 000553), today reported its financial results for the second quarter and six-month period ended June 30, 2022. 

Ignacio Dominguez, President and CEO of ADAMA, said, "ADAMA delivers another strong record quarter and half year period, with continued top line growth translating into bottom line value. Farmer fundamentals continue to be positive as crop commodity prices remain elevated, despite some easing of prices towards the end of the quarter, currently driving the demand for crop protection products. 

"In a world of surmounting challenges, ADAMA is committed to providing farmers with the solutions they need and want for feeding the world, while continuously introducing to the market new products with unique ADAMA added value formulation technologies."

Table 1. Financial Performance Summary

USD (m)

As Reported

Adjustments

Adjusted

Q2 2022

Q2 2021

% Change

Q2 2022

Q2 2021

Q2 2022

Q2 2021

% Change

Revenues

1,479

1,220

+21%

-

-

1,479

1,220

+21%

Gross profit

386

340

+13%

52

25

437

365

+20%

% of sales

26.1%

27.9%


 

 

29.6%

29.9%

Operating income (EBIT)

143

90

+58%

27

35

170

125

+36%

% of sales

9.6%

7.4%

 

 

11.5%

10.3%

Income before taxes

57

36

+59%

31

35

88

71

+24%

% of sales

3.9%

3.0%

 

 

6.0%

5.8%

Net income

46

34

+36%

30

30

76

63

+20%

% of sales

3.1%

2.8%

 

 

 

5.1%

5.2%

EPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- USD

0.0198

0.0145




0.0326

0.0272


- RMB

0.1307

0.0938




0.2152

0.1759


EBITDA

224

164

+36%

16

21

240

186

+29%

% of sales

15.1%

13.5%

 

 

16.2%

15.2%

 

 

USD (m)

As Reported

Adjustments

Adjusted

H1 2022

H1 2021

% Change

H1 2022

H1 2021

H1 2022

H1 2021

% Change

Revenues

2,899

2,329

+24%

-

-

2,899

2,329

+24%

Gross profit

746

645

+16%

106

42

852

687

+24%

% of sales

25.7%

27.7%


 

 

29.4%

29.5%

Operating income (EBIT)

267

156

+72%

36

68

303

223

+36%

% of sales

9.2%

6.7%

 

 

10.4%

9.6%

Income before taxes

129

65

+98%

40

68

168

133

+27%

% of sales

4.4%

2.8%

 

 

5.8%

5.7%

Net income

113

57

+100%

37

59

151

115

+31%

% of sales

3.9%

2.4%

 

 

 

5.2%

5.0%

EPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- USD

0.0487

0.0244




0.0648

0.0496


- RMB

0.3142

0.1575




0.4197

0.3207


EBITDA

427

302

+42%

14

41

441

343

+29%

% of sales

14.7%

13.0%

 

 

15.2%

14.7%

 

Notes:

“As Reported” denotes the Company’s financial statements according to the Accounting Standards for Business Enterprises and the implementation guidance, interpretations and other relevant provisions issued or revised subsequently by the Chinese Ministry of Finance (the “MoF) (collectively referred to as “ASBE”). Note that in the reported financial statements, as a result of recent changes in the ASBE guidelines [IAS 37], certain items as of Q4 2021 (specifically certain transportation costs and certain idleness charges) have been reclassified from Operating Expenses to COGS. Please see the appendix to this release for further information.

Relevant income statement items contained in this release are also presented on an “Adjusted” basis, which exclude items that are of a transitory or non-cash/non-operational nature that do not impact the ongoing performance of the business, and reflect the way the Company’s management and the Board of Directors view the performance of the Company internally. The Company believes that excluding the effects of these items from its operating results allows management and investors to effectively compare the true underlying financial performance of its business from period to period and against its global peers. A detailed summary of these adjustments appears in the appendix below.

The number of shares used to calculate both basic and diluted earnings per share in both Q2 and H1 2021 is 2,329.8 million shares. The number of shares used to calculate both basic and diluted earnings per share in both Q2 and H1 2022 is 2,329.8 million shares.

The general crop protection market environment

Crop prices remain elevated above historic averages despite decreasing somewhat in Q2 2022 after reaching historically high levels in Q1 2022. Prices are, however, expected to remain elevated into H2 2022 and beyond, supported by key fundamentals including very low stocks, unfavorable weather conditions in the Americas and parts of Europe and continued supply and logistics disruptions exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine. 

The high crop prices incentivize another year of increases in global planted areas. As a result, the global demand for crop protection remains strong as farmers strive to maximize yields in this high crop price environment. Farmers continue to face high production costs, mainly from higher fertilizer prices resulting from disruption to supply and tight availability caused by the conflict in Ukraine, yet their farming activities are nevertheless still very profitable in most regions.

Global energy prices remain inflated while the challenging cost environment is expected to extend throughout 2022. Despite this, global energy prices have decreased recently mainly due to concerns regarding recession, but are expected to remain elevated into H2 2022, due to tight supply and concerns regarding supply outages following sanctions on Russian energy exports combined with pockets of increased demand as economies recover from COVID. 

Global freight and logistics costs are declining as a result of reduced demand in light of COVID lockdowns in China as well as high inflation rates, but remain high after reaching record highs in February 2022. Prices are expected to remain elevated well into H2 2022, due to high fuel costs, prolonged supply chain disruptions while the availability of shipping resources continues to be limited. Additionally, global freight volumes are expected to increase as the lockdown in Shanghai Port has eased and production has resumed.

Despite some easing in global procurement prices for raw materials, intermediates and active ingredients during the quarter, most products are expected to keep fluctuating at elevated levels in H2 2022. This overall trend is impacted both by the general softening of prices in China and by the increase in prices of such products in other geographies. In China, an increase in production capacity and an ease in logistic disruptions led to softening of prices, while in other geographies cost inflation, energy prices, supply shortages and logistic challenges are driving prices upward and impacting availability. With strong global crop protection demand, transportation disruptions and supply shortages driven by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, as well as the "Zero COVID" policy in China, prices are expected to remain high.

Portfolio Development Update 

During the second quarter of 2022 ADAMA continued to register and launch multiple new products in markets across the globe, adding on to its differentiated product portfolio. Differentiated products include a variety of product characteristics and may include products with (i) unique proprietary formulations, (ii) products with more than one mode of action, (iii) recently off-patented active ingredients (AI's) that have been classified as high commercial potential - "Core Leap" AI's and (iv) biologicals. Among these were:

  • Launch of Novali® in Australia, a herbicide for use in grasses on cereals and pulses, containing Pyroxasulfone, a "Core Leap" AI produced in-house by ADAMA. 
  • Registration of Nimitz® in South Africa, an innovative nematicide for potatoes containing proprietary AI Fluensulfone. 
  • Registration of Jumbo® in Brazil, a dual mode broad spectrum herbicide for all year-round use in sugarcane.
  • Launch in Brazil of Cheval®, a premium dual mode pre-seed and post-emergent herbicide, powered by ADAMA’s proprietary T.O.V. Formulation Technology, for use in soybean and other crops. 
  • Initiation of in-house production of "Core Leap" AI, Indoxacarb, through a new proprietary synthesis process. 
  • Launch of Suprado™ for the Consumer and Professional sector in the US, an insecticide with a unique mode-of-action for the treatment of Annual Bluegrass weevil on turf powered by ADAMA's proprietary AI Novaluron. 
  • Registration in France of Goltix® Silver, a dual mode herbicide for sugar beets.
  • Registration in Guatemala of Expert Grow®, a triple mode-of-action bio-stimulant for the increase of yield in a variety of F&V (fruit & vegetables) as well as in Soybean, based on a unique fermentation process developed by ADAMA improving the plant's photosynthetic thereby reducing abiotic stress, improving fruit/pod retention and plant growth. This product complements LATAM's sustainable offering of biological products and is expected to be rolled-out to additional key countries in the region in coming years. 

Financial Highlights

Revenues in the second quarter grew by 21% (+24% in RMB terms; +25% in CER terms) to $1,479 million, driven by a significant 22% increase in prices, a trend which started in the third quarter of 2021. The markedly higher prices were complemented by continued volume growth (+3%), including the contribution of a newly acquired company, achieved despite supply challenges in the market, and the adverse impact of exchange rate movements

The accelerated growth in the quarter brought half-year sales to a record-high of $2,899 million, an increase of 24% (+25% in RMB terms; +28% in CER terms) driven by a 20% increase in prices and an 8% growth in volume.

Table 2. Regional Sales Performance

 

Q2 2022

$m

Q2 2021

$m

Change

USD

Change

CER

H1 2022

$m

H1 2021

$m

Change

USD

Change

CER

Europe

293

261

12.4%

20.9%

650

605

7.4%

12.2%

North America

278

256

8.3%

8.5%

562

445

26.1%

26.0%

Latin America

379

271

39.9%

35.0%

613

449

37.0%

33.6%

Asia Pacific

332

242

37.3%

42.5%

720

483

49.1%

52.6%

 Of which China

213

135

57.2%

60.2%

449

259

73.2%

73.4%

India, Middle East & Africa

197

190

4.0%

15.4%

354

347

2.0%

15.6%

Total

 

1,479

1,220

21.3%

24.8%

2,899

2,329

24.5%

27.9%

In the US Ag market, sales increased as the Company focused on the quality of business and despite drought conditions across western Texas and California that impacted demand. 

Very strong growth in sales and gain of market share in Canada due to seizing market opportunity to supply increased demand for cereal herbicides in light of general market supply shortages. ADAMA initiated in-house production of cereal herbicide MCPA to meet this demand.

The Consumer & Professional business presented very strong sales achieved through capturing market opportunities and driven by steady demand mainly attributed to the commercial business (hotels, restaurants, etc…) coming back to full strength after COVID shutdowns as well as very successful new launch of Suprado, strengthening ADAMA's position as an innovator in the C&P arena. This is despite softening of demand in the consumer market and with homeowners as inflation rises and recreational activities decrease post-COVID. 

Latin America:

Significant growth in sales in Brazil as ADAMA continues to reinforce its position in this market while demand remains strong supported by elevated crop commodities prices. 

The Company's innovative herbicides Araddo®, Cheval® and Arremate® and fungicides Armero™ and Across® continued to be well received in the market. 

Higher sales were also achieved in other LATAM countries, particularly in the key countries Colombia, Argentina and Mexico, despite some supply challenges.

Asia-Pacific: The Company's strong growth in Asia Pacific was led by the exceptionally strong sales of raw material, intermediates and fine chemicals in China, driven both by volumes and prices, in light of the strong global demand for crop protection and achieved despite logistic challenges related to COVID. The sales in China of ADAMA's branded portfolio also grew significantly as the Company gains market share, despite the negative impact of some seasonal conditions and the strong competition in the market.

In the wider APAC region, strong sales were delivered in the Pacific region, which continued to benefit from the favorable La Niña season, that has now potentially ended after an extended two-year season. 

India, Middle East & Africa: The growth in sales was mainly led by Turkey and Israel following favorable weather conditions and was negatively impacted by the depreciation of the Turkish Lira and by a decline in sales in India. 

Gross Profit reported in the second quarter was up 13% to $386 million (gross margin of 26.1%) compared to $340 million (gross margin of 27.9%) in the same quarter last year and was up 16% to $746 million (gross margin of 25.7%) in the half year period compared to $645 million (gross margin of 27.7%) last year. 

Adjustments to reported results: The adjusted gross profit includes all idleness costs and excludes transportation costs to third parties and its marketing subsidiaries (classified under operating expenses).

In the reported results, as of Q4 2021, following recent changes in the guidelines in China, the aforementioned transportations costs and OPEX idleness have been reclassified from operating expenses to costs of goods (not impacting the operating results), while these expenses were not recorded in the cost of goods in the second quarter and first half period in 2021, but rather in the operating expenses. 

Additionally, certain extraordinary charges related largely to a temporary disruption of the production of certain products, were adjusted in the second quarter and first half period in 2021. These charges have significantly declined since the first quarter of 2022, as the relocation and upgrade of the manufacturing Jingzhou site in China has been completed and is now at a high level of operation. 

Excluding the impact of the abovementioned extraordinary items, adjusted gross profit in the second quarter was up 20% to $437 million (gross margin of 29.6%) compared to $365 million (gross margin of 29.9%) in the same quarter last year and was up 24% to $852 million (gross margin of 29.4%) in the half year period compared to $687 million (gross margin of 29.5%) last year. 

In the quarter and half year period, the significantly higher gross profit and improvement in the adjusted gross margin were mainly driven by the markedly higher prices, complemented by continued volume growth, which more than offset higher logistics, procurement and production costs as well as the negative impact of exchange rates. 

Operating expenses reported in the second quarter were $243 million (16.4% of sales) and $479 million (16.5% of sales) in the half year period, compared to $250 million (20.5% of sales) and $489 million (21.0% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. 

Adjustments to reported results: please refer to the explanation regarding adjustments to the gross profit in respect to certain transportation costs and idleness.

Additionally, the Company recorded certain non-operational charges within its reported operating expenses amounting to $22 million in Q2 2022 in comparison to $10 million in Q2 2021 and $28 in H1 2022 in comparison to $26 in H1 2021. These charges include mainly (i) non-cash amortization charges in respect of Transfer assets received from Syngenta related to the 2017 ChemChina-Syngenta acquisition, (ii) charges related to the non-cash amortization of intangible assets created as part of the Purchase Price Allocation (PPA) on acquisitions, with no impact on the ongoing performance of the companies acquired and (iii) incentive plans - share-based compensation. For further details on these non-operational charges, please see the appendix to this release. 

Excluding the impact of the abovementioned non-operational charges, adjusted operating expenses in the quarter and half year period were $268 million (18.1% of sales) and $549 million (18.9% of sales), compared to $240 million (19.7% of sales) and $463 million (19.9% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. 

The higher operating expenses in the quarter and half-year period reflect the strong growth of the business, an increase in expenses attributed to company success-based employee compensation, higher transportation and logistics costs driven by both an increase in freight costs and volumes transported, the inclusion of a recent acquisition and moderated by the positive impact of exchange rates. 

In addition, in the first quarter the Company recorded a doubtful debt provision for trade receivables in Ukraine.

Operating income reported in the second quarter was up 58% to $143 million (9.6% of sales) compared to $90 million (7.4% of sales) in the same quarter last year and was up 72% to $267 million (9.2% of sales) in the half year period compared to $156 million (6.7% of sales) last year.

Excluding the impact of the abovementioned non-operational items, adjusted operating income in the second quarter was up 36% to $170 million (11.5% of sales) compared to $125 million (10.3% of sales) in the same quarter last year and was up 36% to $303 million (10.4% of sales) in the half year period compared to $223 million (9.6% of sales) in the same period last year.

EBITDA reported in the second quarter was up 36% to $224 million (15.1% of sales) compared to $164 million (13.5% of sales) in the same quarter last year and was up 42% to $427 million (14.7% of sales) in the half year period compared to $302 million (13.0% of sales) last year.

Excluding the impact of the abovementioned non-operational items, adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter was up 29% to $240 million (16.2% of sales) compared to $186 million (15.2% of sales) in the same quarter last year and was up 29% to $441 million (15.2% of sales) in the half year period compared to $343 million (14.7% of sales) last year.

Financial expenses and investment income were $82 million in the second quarter and $134 million in the half year period, compared to $54 million and $91 million in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The higher financial expenses were mainly driven by the net effect of the high Israeli CPI on the ILS-denominated, CPI-linked bonds, higher hedging costs on exchange rates and the valuation of put options attributed to minority stakes. 

Taxes on income in the second quarter were $12 million and $18 million in the half year period, compared to $7 million and $16 million in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. 

Net income attributable to the shareholders of the Company reported in the second quarter was $46 million (3.1% of sales) and $113 million (3.9% of sales) in the half-year period, compared to $34 million (2.8% of sales) and $57 million (2.4% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. 

Excluding the impact of the abovementioned extraordinary and non-operational charges, adjusted net income in the second quarter was $76 million (5.1% of sales), and $151 million (5.2% of sales) in the half-year period, compared to $63 million (5.2% of sales) and $115 million (5.0% of sales) in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. 

Trade working capital as of June 30, 2022, was $2,664 million compared to $2,499 million at the same point last year. The increase in working capital was due to an increase in the value and levels of inventory held by the Company to support expected future sales, in light of anticipated supply shortages, logistic challenges and inventory costs increases. This increase in inventory levels was moderated by higher trade payables. Trade receivables increased only slightly in comparison to the growth in sales reflecting good collections across the board. 

The trade capital/last twelve months sales ratio of 49.5% as of June 30, 2022, in comparison to 56.2%, as of June 30, 2021, demonstrates the improved efficiency in the Company's management of its working capital. 

Cash Flow: Operating cash flow of $71 million was generated in the quarter and $215 million consumed in the half year period, compared to $361 million and $231 million generated in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The lower cash flow generated in the quarter was primarily due to an increase in payments for goods procured in previous quarters supporting the increase in inventory levels. 

Net cash used in investing activities was $107 million in the quarter and $197 million in the first half period, compared to $184 million and $292 million in the corresponding periods last year, respectively. The cash used in investing activities in the second quarter of 2022 and the half year period is largely related to investments in "Core Leap" manufacturing capabilities in Israel and Brazil as well as investments in intangible assets relating to ADAMA's global registrations. In the corresponding periods in 2021, cash was also used for the completion of the payment related to the acquisition of Huifeng’s domestic commercial crop protection business and the acquisition of the Huifeng Dafeng manufacturing site towards the end of the second quarter in 2021, as well as for the relocation and upgrade of the manufacturing Sanonda Jingzhou site, which was completed towards the end of the second quarter of 2021. 

Free cash flow of $83 million was consumed in the second quarter and $469 million consumed in the half-year period compared to $132 million generated and $116 million consumed in the corresponding periods last year, respectively, reflecting the aforementioned operating and investing cash flow dynamics. 

Table 3. Revenues by operating segment

Sales by segment

Q2 2022

USD (m)

%

Q2 2021

USD (m)

%

H1 2022

USD (m)

%

H1 2021

USD (m)

%

Crop Protection

1,327

89.7%

1,104

90.5%

2,598

89.6%

2,111

90.7%

Intermediates and Ingredients

152

10.3%

116

9.5%

301

10.4%

218

9.3%

Total

1,479

100%

1,220

100%

2,899

100%

2,329

100%

Second quarter sales by product category

Q2 2022

USD (m)

%

Q2 2021

USD (m)

%

H1 2022

USD (m)

%

H1 2021

USD (m)

%

Herbicides

702

47.4%

473

38.7%

1,362

47.0%

947

40.8%

Insecticides

393

26.6%

393

32.2%

743

25.6%

706

30.3%

Fungicides

232

15.7%

239

19.6%

493

17.0%

455

19.5%

Intermediates and Ingredients

152

10.3%

116

9.5%

301

10.4%

218

9.3%

Total

1,479

100%

1,220

100%

2,899

100%

2,329

100%

Note: the sales split by product category is provided for convenience purposes only and is not representative of the way the Company is managed or in which it makes its operational decisions.

Further Information

All filings of the Company, together with a presentation of the key financial highlights of the period, can be accessed through the Company website at www.adama.com.

About ADAMA

ADAMA Ltd. is a global leader in crop protection, providing solutions to farmers across the world to combat weeds, insects and disease. ADAMA has one of the widest and most diverse portfolios of active ingredients in the world, state-of-the art R&D, manufacturing and formulation facilities, together with a culture that empowers our people in markets around the world to listen to farmers and ideate from the field. This uniquely positions ADAMA to offer a vast array of distinctive mixtures, formulations and high-quality differentiated products, delivering solutions that meet local farmer and customer needs in over 100 countries globally. For more information, visit us at www.ADAMA.com and follow us on Twitter® at @ADAMAAgri.

Contact

Rivka Neufeld 
Global Investor Relations 
Email: ir@adama.com 

Zhujun Wang
China Investor Relations
Email: irchina@adama.com

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