Cincotta Discount Chemist have posted notes infront of limited stocks of Bellamys Organic Baby formula in the store where they are limiting two tins to customer. 9th November, 2015. Photo: Kate GeraghtyInfant formula company Bellamy’s Organics was punished by investors on Friday as it swung to a net loss of $809,000 after a turbulent 12 months, and warned challenges remain.
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Bellamy’s recorded a normalised net profit of $28.18 million for the year, down 26.5 per cent, but the bottomline was eroded by costs such as a previously flagged $27.5 million one-off payment to supplier Fonterra.
Revenue rose 2.6 per cent to $240.18 million and normalised earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell 21.6 per cent to $42.79 million.
“The last year has been challenging on many fronts for the Bellamy’s business,” chief executive Andrew Cohen said.
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“We believe this investment was critical to re-setting the business and rebuilding a foundation for future growth.”
Mr Cohen has been working to turn around the business after a difficult period marked by profit downgrades, class actions, the recent temporary suspension of the China export licence for its Camperdown canning facility, declining Chinese sales, loss of Australian market share and the exit of CEO Laura McBain following a board coup.
On Friday, he said sales had now stabilised, the company was debt free, the operating cost base had been reset and Bellamy’s was well positioned to reinvest.
But while Bellamy’s 18-month turnaround plan was progressing well, it still faced challenges.
“The company is mindful of the need for a better understanding of China’s regulatory environment. We are focused on spending more time in China, building knowledge, capability and deeper relationships with our key distributor, customers and regulatory bodies,” he said.
Citi analyst Sam Teeger said Bellamy’s new management team had made strong progress and the outlook for fiscal 2018 was “encouraging”.
“However, in our view, there was a reasonable amount of expectations baked into the share price ahead of the result,” he said.
Bellamy’s remuneration report, released along with its results, revealed Ms McBain, who recently joined Primary Opinion, received total remuneration of $1.28 million in fiscal 2017, including a “termination payment of $457,750”.