Fonterra's plan to return $1 billion to shareholders in three years through the divestments of overseas milk pools is the right move, according to Waikato farmer Andrew McGiven.
At start of trading day on the NZ Stock Exchange this morning, the share was valued at $3.74 each. By midday the shares had lost 13c or nearly 5% value and hovering around $3.63/share.
Fonterra shares have taken a battering over the past 18 months. In January last year, each share was priced at $6.60. In the last 12 months it has lost 25% of its value.
Fonterra informed the markets this morning that it was bracing for a full-year loss of up to $675 million for 2018-19.
The co-op has also announced that no dividend will be paid for 2018-19; it has also written down $820m to $860m in asset value.
The co-op will announce its full-year results on September 12. However, it’s now clear that the co-op will deliver its second straight annual loss. Last year, the co-op declared its first ever loss of $196m.