Monday, 09 July 2018 12:37

Business boost for Blue Sky Meats

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Blue Sky Meats management team members Ross Smith (GM of Operations), Jess Vickery (CFO), Todd Grave (CEO) and Gavin Tippet (Engineering Manager) look over the company’s 2018 Annual Report. Blue Sky Meats management team members Ross Smith (GM of Operations), Jess Vickery (CFO), Todd Grave (CEO) and Gavin Tippet (Engineering Manager) look over the company’s 2018 Annual Report.

Blue Sky Meats’ annual report reveals a lift in business performance and better financial position, but the Southland meat processor says it won’t be resting on its laurels.

Releasing its 2018 annual report, the report highlights the company’s improved position on 2017, pointing to more chilled sales, a better yield from each carcass and an increase in rendering returns as the carriers of a successful year.

Ending the 2018 financial year with a net profit before tax of $3.7 million, and total revenue coming to $105 million, this has resulted in shareholders being paid a dividend of 5c/share.

This total revenue is a 7% increase on last year, driven by Blue Sky Meats’ Strategic Plan and favourable market conditions, and rendering income was the highest it has been in five years, with income per unit up 80% and volume up 50% on last year.

Blue Sky Meats chief executive Todd Grave is delighted with the company’s performance over the past year.

“When you see a result like this, it really helps to bolster confidence and shows what a small Southland company can accomplish,” he says.

Now 18 months in to the three-year implementation of the company’s Strategic Plan, with a focus on maximising the value from each carcass, this has generated $6.9 million of additional value which has been achieved with minimal additional operating expense and capital investment.

Despite the consolidated position, Grave was wary of celebration and emphasised there was a lot of work ahead.

Chairman Scott O’Donnell is pleased with the company’s result and says the next step would be to create a value added, differentiated brand position to further increase profitability. This would include a focus on investing in plant infrastructure to reduce the company’s environmental impact.

Blue Sky Meats’ annual general meeting will be held on August 2 at Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill.

 

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