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SalMar harvests record volume of fish in the third quarter, with continued solid biological performance and takes strategic steps to secure further sustainable growth.

Highlights in the third quarter:

  • A record high volume harvested and a solid biological and operational performance gave good results in the third quarter.
  • Total Operational EBIT for the period came to NOK 743 million (NOK 14.95 per kg) for Norway. Total Operational EBIT including Icelandic Salmon came to NOK 748 million (NOK 14.35 per kg).
  • Fish Farming Northern Norway achieved solid results, driven by a solid biological and operational performance. Fish Farming Central Norway with stable development and posted good results.
  • Sales and Industry had record-high levels of activity at its harvesting and processing plants, though higher costs weakened its result.
  • Icelandic Salmon with stable costs, but lower spot price achievement and non-recurring costs relating to brand and product development weakened its result.
  • SalMar is increasing its volume forecast for 2021 in Norway by 6,000 tonnes to 169,000 tonnes as a result of strong utilisation of higher production capacity. A higher volume is expected to be harvested in 2022: Norway, 175,000 tonnes; Iceland, 16,000 tonnes; and Scotland, 46,000 tonnes.
  • Production capacity increased after the acquisition of shares in Nekton Havbruk AS and Refsnes Laks AS, which combined have 5,500 tonnes MAB of production capacity in Central Norway.
  • InnovaNor, Northern Norway’s most modern and efficient harvesting and secondary processing plant, will go into operation from the fourth quarter 2021.
  • SalMar entered a strategic partnership with the industrial investment company Aker with the aim of creating the world’s leading offshore aquaculture company. The business will take place in the newly established SalMar Aker Ocean, which will continue and reinforce SalMar’s current offshore aquaculture activities.

Record volume of fish harvested and solid operational performance give good third-quarter results

SalMar made an Operational EBIT of NOK 748 million in the third quarter 2021, up from NOK 661 million in the previous quarter. SalMar harvested a total of 52,100 tonnes, which gives an Operational EBIT per kg of NOK 14.35.

“We are particularly pleased with the results from our fish farming operations in the quarter. As always, sound operations on the salmon’s terms combined with our employees’ high level of professionalism is what has made this possible. In the third quarter, we have also taken several important strategic steps that will enable SalMar to continue growing. We have made strategic acquisitions in the value chain, we are about to complete our new harvesting and processing plant in Northern Norway, and we have embarked on a partnership with Aker which will strengthen our offshore fish farming activities,” says SalMar’s CEO Gustav Witzøe.

Fish Farming Central Norway and Fish Farming Northern Norway continue to deliver solid results, driven by a consistently good biological performance and the professional skills of the segments’ employees. In the third quarter, the performance is particularly impressive in Northern Norway, which achieved materially lower costs than before.

Sales and Processing maintained a high level of activity through the quarter, but increased costs relating to logistics and other input factors weakened the segment’s overall result.

Icelandic Salmon continues the positive development achieved in the previous quarter, with good underlying operations. However, lower spot prices and non-recurring costs relating to brand and product development weakened its overall result.

The SalMar Group made an Operational EBIT of NOK 2,037 million in the first nine months of 2021, compared with NOK 2,594 million in the same period last year.

Robust platform for further sustainable growth

For over 30 years, sustainable food production has been SalMar’s hallmark, and the company has led the way for the development of a forward-looking Norwegian aquaculture sector. This effort continues unabated. SalMar aims to be the leading operator within traditional coastal aquaculture as well as fish farming in more exposed coastal areas and in the open ocean.

SalMar Aker Ocean will operate within offshore fish farming, including offshore and semi-offshore. By combining Aker and SalMar’s industry experience, leading competence in salmon production, software, and cleantech the aim is to create the world’s most reliable and intelligent offshore farming operations with the highest requirements for fish welfare and a zero-emissions value chain ambition.

“SalMar has considerable flexibility to realise our growth strategy, and we continue to make strategic investments along the value chain, both coastal and offshore, with undiminished strength. The investments we are doing create a foundation for continued environmental, quality and financial good results in the future,” says CEO Gustav Witzøe.

Good growth outlook

Growth in demand for Atlantic salmon is expected to be moderate in 2022. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has created market uncertainty, the first nine months of the year have shown how robust the salmon market is. The rollout of vaccines worldwide also gives grounds for optimism with regard to the future.

SalMar has increased its forecast for the volume to be harvested in Norway in 2021 by 6,000 tonnes to 169,000 tonnes. At the same time, it is reducing its harvesting forecast for Iceland to 12,000 tonnes and for Scotland to 33,000 tonnes.

In the fourth quarter, costs are expected to be slightly lower and the harvested volume higher than in the third quarter. SalMar expects a contract rate of around 25 per cent in the fourth quarter 2021.

Further growth in the harvested volume is expected next year. In 2022, SalMar expects to harvest 175,000 tonnes in Norway (up 6,000 tonnes), 16,000 tonnes in Iceland (up 4,000 tonnes) and 46,000 tonnes in Scotland (up 13,000 tonnes after the acquisition in Shetland are approved from the competition authorities).

The complete report and presentation for the third quarter 2021 is attached.

SalMar’s CEO Gustav Witzøe, CFO & COO Trine S. Romuld and COO Sales and Industry Frode Arntsen will present the company’s results from InnovaNor in Senja, Northern Norway, via a webcast on www.salmar.no. The presentation will commence at 8am CET.