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Kernel Holding Declines as Profit Swings to Loss: Warsaw Mover

May 31 (Bloomberg) -- Kernel Holding SA fell the most in six weeks after the Ukrainian agriculture company reported a net loss in the first three months of this year.

The shares declined 4 percent to 57.4 zloty at the close in Warsaw, the lowest since April 19, after trading down as much as 7.1 percent. The trading volume was 274 percent of the stock’s three-month daily average, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Kernel turned to a net loss of $3.4 million in its third quarter ending on March 31 as most bulk sunflower oil contracts were signed with delivery for the April to June period, the Kiev, Ukraine-based company said in a report today. Warsaw-listed Kernel had net income of $37.2 million a year earlier.

“Although the weak third quarter numbers had been expected,” earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization as well as the operating profit missed consensus estimates, Andriy Patiota, a senior analyst at ArtCapital Group, said in a note today.

The company’s operating margin was “low” because it dropped 12 percent in the sunflower-oil segment and 2 percent in the grain segment, Patiota said.

Bulk sunflower oil sales dropped 22.5 percent in the period to 173,976 metric tons, grain sales fell 21.4 percent to 653,745 tons, which was compensated by higher grain prices, Kernel said. The company’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization declined in the three months by 30 percent to $43.8 million. Revenue was almost unchanged at $597.9 million.

Kernel sees its Ebitda in the fiscal year ending June 30 at $310 million, according to the statement. It gave no profit or revenue forecast.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marta Waldoch in Warsaw at mwaldoch@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Frank Connelly at fconnelly@bloomberg.net

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