T&G Global Reveals 2020 Annual Fiscal Results
NEW ZEALAND - The last year saw a major surge in organic and fresh produce purchases as consumers sought to make healthier and cleaner choices. This new lifestyle choice has been a boon for companies such as T&G Global. Recently, the company announced its financial results for the year ending 31 December 2020, which spotlights delivered strong growth in a year of uncertainty.
“It’s been a year of extraordinary challenges, with the COVID-19 pandemic creating uncertainty and volatility around the world. International lockdowns and changes to operating procedures affected the day-to-day running of our business, with other setbacks such as the closure of some international wholesale markets and complexities around the import and export of produce, providing other challenges for T&G,” Chief Executive Officer Gareth Edgecombe commented. “Despite this, our team showed a huge amount of resilience and adaptability, uniting under difficult and uncertain circumstances. The result is a testament to their hard work.”
T&G’s apple business had an outstanding year, improving its operating profit by 56 percent, from $33.5 million in FY19 to $52.1 million in FY20. A 23 percent increase in the sales of T&G’s New Zealand Envy™ apples saw the crop sell out prior to the arrival of northern hemisphere fruit, thanks to strong consumer demand. In addition, the press release noted, a sustained focus on harnessing the best genetics, building premium brands, delivering strong sales momentum in Asia, and continually optimizing its supply chain all contributed to the strong result.
“The results also follow a concerted transformation over the past few years to become customer-led, deliver value from our intellectual property, and build a high-performance culture. While we still have a way to go, our strong underlying results demonstrate our strategy and performance is delivering,” said Edgecombe.
According to the release, the acquisition and integration of Freshmax New Zealand’s fresh produce division in April 2020 saw the creation of T&G Fresh, with the strengths and cultures of both businesses combining to deliver a revenue increase of $75.0 million, to $357.7 million in 2020.
A few key takeaways include:
- Revenue: $1.4 billion, up from $1.2 billion
- Operating profit: $32.4 million, up from $16.5 million
- Net profit before tax: $22.0 million, up from $10.3 million
- Net profit after tax: $16.6 million, up from $6.6 million
- Net assets: $520 million, up from $474 million
“In the context of so much uncertainty, and the impact of various one-off and climate-related factors, it is very pleasing to see a substantial improvement in T&G’s underlying financial performance,” said T&G Global Chairman Professor Klaus Josef Lutz, noting the company has successfully built on the foundations laid over the last two years to deliver a strong profit result. “It shows the business has the resilience, systems, strategy, and people to be able to respond to challenges, and that we are well-positioned to build on this solid momentum in 2021.”
Furthermore, to help fund growth initiatives, including investment back into the T&G business, the company closed the year out strongly with the sale and leaseback of its Nayland Road post-harvest facility in Nelson, New Zealand, for $50.5 million.
Edgecombe stated, as well as further strengthening T&G’s overall strategy, the company has also reset its sustainability framework—Kaitiakitanga.
“Kaitiakitanga is integral to how we do business, ensuring we balance the needs of our people, place, and produce, alongside all economic decisions,” Edgecombe continued. “Despite a challenging year, the care our people showed for each other and their focus on delivering excellent customer service so we could continue to provide top quality, fresh produce to people all over the world was fantastic to see, and this strong financial result is a credit to them.”
After such an amazing year, T&G is continuing to eye the horizon as it is committed to playing a leadership role in creating a strong, sustainable, customer-led sector in Aotearoa, the Māori name for New Zealand.
“As a business, we’ve sharpened our global strategy, and we’re clear on where we need to focus moving forward. With our key focuses on growing great brands, winning in key global markets, and leading Aotearoa’s fresh produce future, we’re going into 2021 and beyond with real momentum and determination,” said Edgecombe.
To read the entirety of T&G’s 2020 Annual Report, click here.
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