February 14, 2020
Everything Fresh Limited (EFRESH) for the year ended December 31, 2019 revenue grew by 17% for the period amounting to $2.20 billion, up from $1.88 billion reported a year ago. For the fourth quarter, revenues totaled $563.04 million, a 15% increase when compared to last period’s $489.07 million.
Cost of sales closed the period at $1.95 billion (2018: $1.66 billion) which translated into a gross profit of $254.06 million (2018: $218.71 million). For the fourth quarter, gross profit fell by 1% to $49.96 million relative to $50.24 million in 2018. The Company noted, “The pressure on margins in the traditional Distribution Division in the last quarter is a result of having fixed contract pricing with customers through the end of 2019. As a result, rising costs associated with stock arriving in the last quarter had a downward impact on margins.”
Other operating income declined by 26% for the period to $1.64 million from $2.22 million reported the prior year.
Operating expenses totaled $334.28 million, 77% more than the $188.64 million booked the previous year. Of this, administrative expenses rose to $332.74 million (2018: $177.99 million), while selling and promotion expenses closed at $1.54 million (2018: $10.65 million).
Operating loss amounted to $78.58 million versus operating profit of $32.28 million documented in the same period last year.
In addition, finance costs amounted to $17.66 million (2018:$13.53 million).
Loss before tax for the year ended December 31, 2019 totaled $96.23 million in comparison to 2018’s profit before tax of $18.76 million.
No taxation was reported for year-end relative to $2.42 million reported the previous year. As such, net loss of $96.23 million was booked for the period relative to net profit $16.34 million for the corresponding period in 2018. The company stated, “This is mainly a result of the underutilization of the Meat Processing Plant as gross margins were below the breakeven point. In addition to this, the price that the market demanded for pork products in particular, made it difficult to earn sufficient margins to turn a profit.” For the quarter, a net loss of $56.17 million was booked compared to a net loss of $9.16 million in the previous corresponding quarter.
Consequently, loss per share (LPS) amounted to $0.12 (2018: EPS $0.02) while loss per share for the quarter amounted to $0.07 versus a LPS of $0.01 in 2018. The number of shares used in this calculation was 780,000,000 shares. EFRESH stock price closed the trading period at a price of $0.96 on February 13, 2020.
Balance sheet at a Glance:
Total Assets declined by 0.24% or $2.06 million to close at $871.90 million as at December 31, 2019 (2018: $873.96 million). This was largely due to the $94.56 million decrease in ‘Cash and Cash Equivalents’ which closed at $90.34 million (2018: $184.90 million). ‘Deposit and short term deposit’ and ‘Trade Receivables’ also contributed to this decline , totaling $59.09 million (2018:$120.36 million) and $274.46 million (2018: $289.58 million), respectively.
Shareholder’s equity totaled $527.05 million compared to the $623.28 million reported the prior year. This resulted in a book value of $0.68 (2018: $0.80).
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