Agthia Group's 2021 net profit hits Dh216m

Khalifa Sultan Al Suwaidi, chairman of Agthia Group
Khalifa Sultan Al Suwaidi, chairman of Agthia Group

The group's net revenues surpasses Dh3 billion with a year-on-year increase of 49 per cent


A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 10 Feb 2022, 6:33 PM

Agthia Group has announced preliminary and unaudited results for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021, posting Dh216 million in net profit, as well as net revenues of over Dh3 billion.

Agthia grew its revenues by 49 per cent year-on-year following strong growth in the protein and snacking segments through a series of acquisitions that have since been consolidated under the group’s brand portfolio.

The Consumer-Business contribution to Agthia’s top-line almost doubled versus last year reflecting the positive growth of the group. This was driven primarily by the positive momentum generated by the newly acquired entities in the segment, as part of the group’s strategy to drive growth and diversify revenue streams. As a result, protein and snacking contributed a healthy Dh1.07 billion to the top-line for the full year, with Nabil Foods and Atyab contributing only nine months and five months of revenues respectively since acquisition.

Water and beverage revenues saw promising improvements in the second half of 2021 as hotels and restaurants began to increase footfall in earnest. The water retail channel, which includes Al Ain Water, Al Bayan, Voss, and Alpin, continued to demonstrate resilience while preserving market leadership with respective 26 per cent and 23 per cent volume and value shares.

Agri-business division revenues were flat versus last year which included a one-time World Food Program order in Q1’20. On profitability, global inflation in grain prices and freight costs continued to put pressure on margins which we were addressing through operational efficiencies and pricing adjustments.

Khalifa Sultan Al Suwaidi, chairman of Agthia Group, said: “2021 rounds off another exciting year of growth for Agthia as we continue to leverage our strong fundamentals to drive further operational efficiencies, promote agility and advance towards our strategic priorities for 2025. Achieving robust growth while preserving shareholder value remains vital for the business as we continue on our journey to becoming the leading F&B company in the MENAP region and beyond.”

Alan Smith, CEO of Agthia Group, said: “Revenues in 2021 improved markedly following key strategic acquisitions in the protein and snacking segments. This is indicative of Agthia’s ability to adapt to the fluidity of the market by identifying compelling opportunities to bolster and diversify our brand portfolio.”

Smith added: “In terms of integration, the newly added entities promote greater diversity of our portfolio to create a more dynamic and agile business model, with material enhancements to our protein and snacking segments. The seamlessness of brand integration is underpinned by the dedicated transformation office established at the commencement of the year, which has already paid dividends in steering Agthia’s growth trajectory and promoting cost and revenue synergies across the group.”

Agthia Group’s total assets stood at Dh6.4 billion as of December 31, 2021, increasing significantly following the integration and financial consolidation of Al Foah, Al Faysal Bakery, Nabil Foods, Atyab, and BMB Group as of December 31, 2021.

Total shareholders’ equity stood at Dh2.8 billion, following the additional 191.6 million shares issued to complete the Al Foah and Nabil Foods acquisitions.

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