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AKVA Revenue Hit By Restrictive Investment

NORWAY - AKVA, the Norweigan aquaculture equipment and systems specialist has reported a 25 per cent lower operating income than the same period last year in its fourth quarter results.

The company says that revenue was affected by restrictive investment policies in the salmon industry in general during 2009. Operating revenue in the fourth quarter was NOK 143 million and the period's EBITDA showed a loss of NOK 16.1 million.

Business volume continued at a low rate in the fourth quarter with correspondingly low underlying earnings. In addition to low business volume the results were severely affected by re-evaluation of projects, accounting adjustments and some other one-off items amounting in total to about NOK 18 million of which around half of it is related to accounting adjustments. The re-evaluation of projects is primarily related to land based recirculation projects where actual costs and cost estimates for the deliveries have increased.

Firm task have been implemented to secure improved project management operationally as well as financially going forward. The same applies regarding procedures on the accounting side.

The sale of the shares in Wavemaster Net Services was made in November. The recorded gain related to the sale was about NOK 7 million.

The announced restructuring plan is advancing according to plan, aiming at reduced operating expenses and improved cost flexibility. As a result of the restructuring implemented during the fourth quarter 2009 the financial reporting will be adapted to the new organisation in future reporting. This implies that the division into the business areas INTECH and OPTECH will be ended. Further details of the new reporting format will be described in the first quarter 2010 report.

the Fish Site Editor

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