Orica Delivers Strong Results and Growth in Year of Transition
Orica today announced a Net Profit After Tax and Significant Items for the year ended 30 September 2006 of $539 million, up 159% over the previous year. Excluding individually Significant Items, Net Profit after Tax was $380 million, up 12% on 2005. Sales revenue increased 5% to $5.4 billion.
The board of directors has declared a 48 cents per share final dividend, bringing the total dividend for 2006 to 74 cents per share, an increase of 4% over the 2005 total dividend. The 2006 total dividend is franked at 41%.
Orica’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Graeme Liebelt, said the results showed the continued strength of Orica’s underlying earnings in a year when Orica’s business portfolio had been significantly re-shaped for the future.
“The record results from Mining Services and Chemical Services, underscore strong trading conditions in their respective markets. We believe these trends will continue as customers in the resources sector strive to increase their volume of output, both from existing and new mines”, Mr Liebelt said.
“This year has seen Orica become the true global leader in Mining Services. We now have operations in 50 countries and sell into twice that many, exposing the company to both geographic and market growth opportunities”, he said.
Earnings from the Consumer Products division were down marginally on the prior year, a pleasing performance in light of softer market conditions.
“Consumer Products has improved its competitive position in 2006 and is well positioned for any recovery in overall market conditions”, Mr Liebelt said.
Chemnet’s earnings were down 26% reflecting a range of factors including difficult trading conditions in the Australian and New Zealand manufacturing sectors and loss of market share. The previously announced restructuring program resulted in cost savings in the second half of $9 million and more are expected in the coming year.
“In addition to the strength of our core earnings, during 2006 we have laid the foundations for a period of sustained profit improvement through a significant re-shaping of Orica. The divestment of Qenos and Incitec Pivot, the acquisition of the Dyno Nobel businesses and recently the Minova acquisition, position Orica as one of the few businesses based in Australia that can claim to be a true global leader,” Mr Liebelt said.
“The business platforms that now make up the group offer growth potential as well as a less volatile earnings stream,” Mr Liebelt said.
Subject to global economic conditions, group net profit before significant items in 2007, is expected to be higher than that reported in 2006, as we look forward to a full year contribution from the acquired Dyno businesses and recently commissioned ammonium nitrate expansion at Yarwun, in addition to improved earnings across our existing businesses. We also expect a nine month earnings contribution from the recently announced Minova acquisition.
November 13, 2006
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