Tuesday, 06 October 2020 04:55

Tatua payout tops – again!

Written by  Sudesh Kissun
Tatua has declared a 2019-20 season final payout of $8.70/kgMS. Tatua has declared a 2019-20 season final payout of $8.70/kgMS.

Small Waikato milk processor Tatua has done it again.

The cooperative has declared a 2019-20 season final payout of $8.70/kgMS, after retentions, to its farmer shareholders.

Tatua has continuously topped the milk payout chart over the last decade, leaving bigger players like Fonterra and Open Country Dairy in its wake.

Fonterra’s final payout for last season is $7.19/kgMS, $1.51 less than Tatua. OCD’s final payout hasn’t been made public yet.

Tatua achieved record group revenue of $381m after processing over 15 million kgMS. This equated to a $9.96/kgMS payout before retention.

Chairman Steve Allen says retention last season amount to $19.1 million before tax. 

“In deciding our payout, we have sought to balance the needs of our shareholder’s farming businesses with the requirement for continued investment in Tatua’s longer-term sustainability. 

“For the 2019-20 financial year, this has included a combined investment in wastewater treatment and engineering support services of $20.3 million. 

“Our gearing (debt divided by debt plus equity) averaged 27.0% for the year, which was fractionally lower than the previous year average. Gearing at the end of our July financial year was 23.9%. This has strengthened our resilience and our ability to create new opportunities.”

Allen praised Tatua’s staff in NZ and abroad for their efforts.

“We have a team of people at Tatua, including those in our offshore subsidiaries, who have shown exceptional commitment in taking care of each other and the business through one of the most challenging and uncertain times we can recall. Our result is a credit to them.”

More like this


$8 still on the cards

Farmgate milk price forecasts continue to fluctuate despite a rise in the last Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction.

Machinery & Products

Making lamb marking easy

Designed by a sheep and beef farmer, Vetmarkers are made in New Zealand and sold around the world.

A big tractor needed

German cultivation and seeding manufacturer Amazone has launched a new semimounted plough range, suitable for tractors in the 400hp class.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Murky waters

OPINION: Your canine crusader knows there is a great deal of unease - especially in rural NZ - about the…


OPINION: The refusal of both Damien O'Connor and PM Jacinda Ardern to release some of the correspondence they received about…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter