LUXURY BEEF MARKET LOOKING GOOD FOR AACO
AUSTRALIAN Agricultural Company is set to expand the market for its luxury beef brands in Asia.
Australia’s leading beef producer says it will enter the Taiwan market in June after a successful launch in Singapore in October 2016.
“Off the back of what we’ve learned in Singapore, we have started a little while ago the rollout plans for other markets, the next one being Taiwan, which we will go into on June 8,” AACo managing director Jason Strong said. He said the Singapore launch of Brisbane-based AACo’s two flagship beef brands, Westholme and Wylarah, had been very successful.
Sales volumes since the launch up to March had grown by 11 per cent and the average sale price across all products had increased by 28 per cent. AACo currently supplies 27 markets, the key ones being the US, Australia, South Korea and Japan.
Yesterday, it booked a net profit for the year to March 31 of $71.6 million, up 5.6 per cent from $67.8 million in the prior year. Revenue from meat and live cattle sales fell 8.7 per cent to $446.7 million as the company focused on the higher-value segments of its business, but production costs fell by 27 per cent.
Mr Strong said total beef sales were lower because AACo had acquired fewer less-profitable short-fed cattle, which in other years would have flowed through the system and contributed to the company’s revenue.
He said AACo did not look at the total meat sales volumes as being good or bad and was more interested in the margins and profit that could be generated.
“Last year, we demonstrated that we can produce a lot more revenue off a much smaller cattle herd; this year we’ve shown that we can actually produce three times the margin, three times the earnings off a smaller revenue,” Mr Strong said.
AACo expects to further improve its performance in fiscal 2018. The improved financial results in FY17 are a result of our focus on investing in our brands, opening new market opportunities like we have done in Singapore, driving margin through our integrated supply chains and enhancing efficiency and product quality through innovation,” Mr Strong said.
“We see great opportunity to continue to leverage our unique position as a luxury branded beef business.”
Shares in AACo closed 1.5¢ higher at $1.74.
Cattle at an Australian Agricultural Company feedlot at Goonoo Station near Emerald. Its luxury beef products are performing strongly.