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Where next as a2 Milk share price dives following FY20 results

Market darling a2 Milk (A2M) saw its share price fall ~6% a little before noon after releasing a strong set of full-year (FY20) results, on Wednesday, 19 August. Overall, the company reported impressive double digit growth across the top and bottom line, with Chinese infant formula sales almost doubling during the year.

A2 Milk share price falls following full-year release

Market darling a2 Milk (A2M) saw its share price fall ~6% a little before noon after releasing a strong set of full-year (FY20) results, on Wednesday, 19 August.

Overall, the company reported impressive double digit growth across the top and bottom line, with Chinese infant formula sales almost doubling during the year.

In spite of these robust results, with the a2 Milk share price running up close to 40% YTD in the lead up to today’s results release, the modest sell-off is not the most surprising development. At the time of writing A2M was down around 6%, at $18.32 per share.

FY20 results at a glance

A2 Milk today revealed yet another year of strong growth, bolstered by the coronavirus pandemic and favourable currency movements.

On the top-line, the company reported total FY20 revenue of NZ$1.73 billion representing an increase of 32.8%. A2M’s infant nutrition segment continued to drive the majority of this growth – accounting for NZ$1.42 billion of total revenue.

Positively, management noted that sales were particularly strong in the third quarter – driven by pantry stocking – through online and reseller channels. In saying that, it was noted that pantry stocking activity unwound towards the final quarter of fiscal 2020, with the company noting that it would be closely monitoring consumer behaviour.

On the bottom-line, the company delivered comparably impressive growth: earnings (EBITDA) came in 32.9% higher at NZ$549 million, EBITDA margins at 31.7%, and profits (NPAT) came in at NZ$385,8 million, up 34.1%.

In step with those results, for the full-year marketing investment came in at $194.3 million, as the company focuses on expanding its reach in China and the United States, which are both considered key growth markets.

Mind you, this increased marketing spend looks to be paying off: A2M saw its China label infant nutrition sales almost double in FY20, coming in at NZ$337.7 million. Comparatively, US milk revenue grew 91.2%.

Finally, the company continues to tout an iron-clad balance sheet – with a cash position totalling NZ$854.2 million. This lofty cash position – noted the company – is important for both future growth priorities and manufacturing initiatives. Specifically, management noted that they were currently reassessing the company’s capital requirements, through a review of the company’s capital allocation framework.

Such a move, has been attributed to ‘the increasing scale of our infant nutrition business, we consider it now appropriate to assess participating in manufacturing capacity and capability to complement out existing supply chain relationships.’

The company has guided for FY21 CAPEX to come in at $50 million.

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Where next? The FY21 outlook

Looking forward, in fiscal 2021, the company, while not quantifying an exact figure, guided for strong revenue growth, which would be ‘supported by our continued investment in marketing and organisational capacity.’

On the bottom-line, A2M guided for a FY20 earnings (EBITDA) margin of between 30-31%.

Over the medium-term, management said they will continue to target EBITDA margins of approximately 30%.

In response to today’s release, analysts from Macquarie retained their Outperform rating and $21.25 price target on the stock, arguing there was is a ‘continued runway for existing and new products/markets.’

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Don’t Count On JPY Correction; Staying Long GBP/JPY

The path of the potential pace of the JPY decline may still be underestimated by markets, which continue trading the JPY long.

While the 10% USDJPY advance from September lows looks impressive from a momentum point of view, it may no thave been driven by Japan’s institutional investors reducing their hedging ratios or Japan’s household sector reestablishing carry trades.

Instead, investors seemed to have been caught on the wrong foot, concerned about a sudden decline of risk appetite or the incoming US administration being focused on trade issues and not on spending. Spending requires funding and indeed the President-elect Trump’s team appears to be focused on funding. Here are a few examples: Reducing corporate taxation may pave the way for US corporates repatriating some of their USD2.6trn accumulated foreign profits. Cutting bank regulation could increase the risk-absorbing capacity within bank balance sheets. Hence, funding conditions – including for the sovereign – might generally ease. De-regulating the oil sector would help the trade balance, slowing the anticipated increase in the US current account deficit. The US current account deficit presently runs at 2.6% of GDP, which is below worrisome levels. Should the incoming government push for early trade restrictions, reaction (including Asian sovereigns reducing their holdings) could increase US funding costs, which runs against the interest of the Trump team.

Instead of counting on risk aversion to stop the JPY depreciation, we expect nominal yield differentials and the Fed moderately hiking rates to unleash capital outflows from Japan.The yield differential argumenthas become more compelling with the BoJ turning into yield curve managers. Via this policy move, rising inflation rates push JPY real rates and yields lower, which will weaken the JPY. Exhibit 12 shows how much Japan’s labor market conditions have tightened. A minor surge in corporate profitability may now be sufficient, pushing Japan wages up and implicity real yields lower.

JPY dynamics are diametrical to last year . Last year, the JGB’s “exhausted”yield curve left the BoJ without a tool to push real yields low enough to adequately address the weakened nominal GDP outlook. JPY remained artificially high at a time when the US opted for sharply lower real yields. USDJPY had to decline, triggering JPY bullish secondround effects via JPY-based financial institutions increasing their FX hedge ratios and Japan’s retail sector cutting its carry trade exposures. Now the opposite seems to be happening. The managed JGB curve suggests rising inflation expectations are driving Japan’s real yield lower. The Fed reluctantly hiking rates may keep risk appetite supported but increase USD hedging costs.Financial institutions reducinghedge ratios and Japan’s household sector piling back into the carry trade could provide secondround JPY weakening effects

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Mexico raises interest rates, cites Trump as risk

The head of Mexico’s central bank says U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump represents a “hurricane” sized threat to Mexico.

Banco de Mexico Gov. Agustin Carstens told the Radio Formula network Friday that a Trump presidency “would be a hurricane and a particularly intense one if he fulfills what he has been saying in his campaign.”

Trump has proposed building a wall along the border and re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Mexico’s central bank raised its prime lending rate by half a percent to 4.75 percent Thursday, citing “nervousness surrounding the possible consequences of the U.S. elections, whose implications for Mexico could be particularly significant.”

Mexico’s peso had lost about 6 percent in value against the dollar since mid-August. It recovered slightly after the rate hike

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Africa’s first Fairtrade certified gold co-operative offers hope to gold miners living in poverty

Syanyonja Artisan Miners’ Alliance (SAMA) has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified, bringing much needed hope to impoverished communities who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria.

SAMA is one of nine previously informal groups from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania which has benefitted from a pilot project launched by Fairtrade in 2013. This innovative program aims to extend the benefits of Fairtrade gold to artisanal miners across East Africa.

In that short time, SAMA has undergone training in business and entrepreneurship, as well as safe use of mercury, internal control systems, labour rights and better working conditions, health and safety and more. Previously, daily contact with toxic chemicals used to process gold meant members risked disease, premature births and even death.  Fairtrade gold was first launched in 2011, and SAMA now joins Fairtrade certified gold mines MACDESA, AURELSA and SOTRAMI in Peru.

The co-operative produces just 5 kg gold per year, but nevertheless has the potential to significantly benefit many people in the local community through better conditions through certification. It is expected that Fairtrade and organizations like Cred Jewellery will support the miners, ensuring their gold can be refined and made available to jewellers in the UK and other markets.

Gonzaga Mungai, Gold Manager at Fairtrade Africa said: “This is a truly momentous and historical achievement and the realisation of a dream that is many years in the making. Gold production is an important source of income for people in rural economies. Congratulations to SAMA, it sets a precedent which shows that if groups like this can achieve certification, then it can work for others right across the African continent.”

The Fairtrade Gold Standard encourages better practice and changes to come in line with international regulation around the production and trade of so-called ‘conflict minerals’. Under the Standard, miners are required to:

  • Uphold a human rights policy preventing war crimes, bribery, money laundering and child labour
  • Clearly represent where the minerals were mined
  • Minimise the risks of conflict minerals through robust risk assessments and collaboration across supply chains
  • Report to buyers and trading partners regarding the risks of conflict minerals

Now in its second phase, the programme will focus on supporting other mining groups in the region to access affordable loans and explore a phased approach to accessing the Fairtrade market, allowing more mining co-operatives across Africa to participate in the programme.

Gonzaga added: “Sourcing African metals from smallscale miners in the Great Lakes Region is the responsible thing to do. For a long time companies have avoided buying gold from this region, with devastating consequences for impoverished communities who were already struggling. It has driven trade deeper underground, as unscrupulous buyers pay lower prices and launder illegal gold into legitimate supply chains. That’s why we have chosen to work with these groups to help them earn more from their gold within a robust compliance system that offers social, environmental, and economic protections.”

The Fairtrade gold programme offers a small but scalable solution to sustainable sourcing of gold from the region in line with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act in the US, OECD Due Diligence Guidance and recent EU Supply-Chain Due Diligence proposals which could come into effect in 2016. This means that up to 880,000 EU firms that use tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold in manufacturing consumer products could be obliged to provide information on steps they have taken to identify and address risks in their supply chains for so-called ‘conflict minerals’.

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