OPINION: Fonterra shareholders are starting 2019 with high expectations.
The co-op this morning announced a forecast milk price of $6.55/kgMS for the 2017-18 season. It also announced a full year forecast dividend range of 25 - 35 cents per share with an interim dividend of 10c/share.
Chairman John Wilson says the ongoing strong global demand for dairy and stable global supply are continuing to support global prices, particularly for the important Whole Milk Powder category.
“Farmers will welcome a forecast cash payout of $6.80 - $6.90, which would be the third highest in the last decade. This is also good news for New Zealand as it represents around $10 billion flowing into the country’s economy. However, we are very aware of the challenges many of our farmers are facing this season with difficult weather conditions impacting production.
“While the global supply and demand picture remains positive and we expect prices to stay around current levels, we will be watching for any impact on market sentiment as spring production volumes build in Europe,” he says.