Felda Global Ventures , the world’s third-largest palm plantation operator, reported a 35 percent rise in second-quarter earnings, supported by stronger crude palm oil production following moves to boost
The Malaysian firm’s net profit rose to 62.2 million ringgit ($15.4 million) in the quarter ended June from 46.1 million ringgit in the same period last year.
Revenue eased slightly to 4.14 billion ringggit from 4.19 billion ringgit the previous year.
“Rising commodity prices have provided optimism to the plantation’s earnings outlook and we are in a good position to take advantage of the general tightness in supply,” Felda Global chief executive Zakaria Arshad said in a statement.
Palm oil output is facing a production squeeze this year due to the ongoing effects of a crop damaging El Nino weather event, which brings hot, dry weather to Southeast Asia and lowers fruit
Felda, which has implemented measures to improve fruit yields, reported a 35 percent increase in yield per hectare from previous quarter, while the average cost of crude palm oil output fell 9 percent.
The company announced its results during the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange’s midday break. Before the break, its shares were trading 0.9 percent, outperforming a 0.2 percent decline in the benchmark index.