BioMar hit by Norway competition

BioMar CEO Carlos Diaz

FEED company BioMar’s half-year report reveals a decline in its salmon market, although there was better performance in shrimp.
Overall, the group had improved sales and stronger EBITDA compared to H1 2017, with volume up by eight per cent, driven mainly by the new shrimp business unit, Alimentsa, in Ecuador,
The group expects to reach revenue of DKK 10 billion in 2018 but has lowered the full-year forecast by DKK 0.5 billion because of the impact of ‘severe competition’ in Norway.
Despite this, 2018 will be a record year, said the company. It is preparing for growth, constructing factories in Australia and China, as well as installing new lines in Denmark and Ecuador.
Furthermore, a new research centre dedicated to shrimp farming is being established in Ecuador.
BioMar CEO Carlos Diaz (pictured) said the group would restore the growth of its salmon markets.
‘We see a strong performance in Ecuador, as well as in our newly established companies in China and Turkey,’ he said.
‘We are proud that we have been able to integrate the new business units in BioMar Group, at the same time enhancing growth, innovation and collaboration with the customers.
‘The competition is merely accelerating our speed of development. We have already taken initiatives to increase our volumes and to achieve sustainable profitability.
‘There is no doubt that we will continue to take a lead, collaborating with our customers and the industry in general, driving innovation, sustainability and efficiency.
‘I am confident that we have the means to get our growth in the salmon markets back on track.’
Diaz said BioMar believes demand for high performance feed will continue to increase in Europe, as well as in the company’s new markets.
‘Our new lines will support highly advanced product concepts, preparing us to set-off for producing the feed solutions embracing the possibilities of tomorrow.
‘Together with our customers, we need to be prepared to be pioneers on what matters.’


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