Golden Agri-Resources' Q2 net profit up 172% US$180M driven by strong crude palm oil prices, recovery in fruits production; revenue up 120% to US$1.6B

SINGAPORE , August 11, 2011 (press release) – Golden Agri-Resources Ltd (“GAR”) recorded its best performance to date for the half year ended 30 June 2011. This was supported by strong Crude Palm Oil (“CPO”) prices and recovery in fruits production. GAR continued to deliver sterling results with revenue reaching US$3.06 billion or a 127% increase compared to the same period last year, while net profit grew by 166% to US$411 million.

Sustained strong recovery in production combined with a 43% year-on-year increase in CPO FOB prices resulted in a more than doubling of EBITDA to US$254 million and of net profit to US$180 million in 2Q 2011. Year-to-date performance showed a similar trend, where 1H 2011 EBITDA reached US$561 million, 115% higher than last year, and net profit was recorded at US$411 million.

As at 30 June 2011, GAR’s financial position remained healthy with a low gearing ratio of 0.10 times. Total assets grew by 7% to US$10.8 billion compared to US$10.1 billion at the end of 2010, while total liabilities stood at US$3.5 billion.

OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

In 2Q 2011, sustained production recovery resulted in palm products output achieving 650,000 tonnes, 8% stronger than the previous quarter and 29% higher than the same period last year. First half year palm products output was recorded at 1.25 million tonnes, a 31% increase compared to the same period last year. The strong increase in production was supported by expansion in mature area by 27,900 hectares in 1H 2011 as well as favourable weather conditions.

As at 30 June 2011, GAR’s total planted area was 446,200 hectares, which continues to be the largest in Indonesia. The age profile of GAR’s plantations remains favourable, comprising 32% of immature and young age plantations, and 45% of trees in their prime producing years. GAR will continue its strategy to sustainably expand its oil palm plantation area in order to maintain its long-term growth.

OUTLOOK AND STRATEGY

GAR commits to sound business strategies, prudent expansion, operational excellence and environmental and social responsibility in order to achieve sustainable growth and profitability. GAR will do its best to benefit from the favourable industry outlook of palm oil and gain from the fast growing consumption in highly-populated emerging countries such as China and India, as well as demand from substitute and alternative uses of palm oil.

Commenting on the results, Mr Franky Widjaja, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GAR said: “We are delighted with our first half 2011 record performance. We are optimistic that GAR’s consistency in implementing its best-in-class plantation operations will continue to be one of our strong foundations in delivering long-term shareholders’ value. In the sustainability area, GAR has also made steady progress in achieving RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certification for all our existing units by 2015.”

About Golden Agri-Resources Ltd (“GAR")

GAR is the world’s second largest palm oil plantation company with a total planted area of 446,200 hectares (including smallholders) as at 30 June 2011, located in Indonesia. It has integrated operations focused on the production of palm-based edible oil and fat.

Founded in 1996, GAR is listed on the Singapore Exchange since 1999 with a market capitalisation of US$6.7 billion as at 30 June 2011. Flambo International Ltd, an investment company, is GAR’s largest shareholder, with a 50% stake. GAR has several subsidiaries, including PT SMART Tbk which is listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange since 1992.

GAR is focused on sustainable palm oil production. In Indonesia, its primary activities include cultivating and harvesting of oil palm trees; processing of fresh fruit bunch into crude palm oil (“CPO”) and palm kernel; and refining CPO into value-added products such as cooking oil, margarine and shortening. It also has integrated operations in China including a deep-sea port, oilseeds crushing plants, production capabilities for refined edible oil products as well as other food products such as noodles.

Industry Intelligence Editor’s Note: In an omitted table, Golden Agri-Resources Q2 revenue of US$1.6 billion and net profit of US$180 million.  For the same period a year ago, the company reported revenue of US$726 million and net profit of US$66 million.

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