23 Figures To Help You Understand Wilmar International Limited’s Business

Wilmar International Limited (SGX: F34) was founded over 25 years ago.

The company is a leading agri-business group in Asia and its business activities are organised into a number of segments: Tropical Oils; Oilseeds & Grains; Sugar; Others; and Associates & Joint Ventures.

Wilmar’s 2015 annual report has plenty of information about the company. Here’re 23 key figures that can help investors better understand Wilmar’s business:

  1. Wilmar has over 500 manufacturing plants and an extensive distribution network covering 53 countries, including China, India, and Indonesia. The company’s workforce consists of around 92,000 people.
  2. The U.S.-based agriculture company ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) is one of Wilmar’s largest shareholders and strategic partners. In 2015, ADM upped its stake in Wilmar from around 18% to 20%.
  3. The Tropical oils segment contributed 38% of Wilmar’s profit before tax in 2015. Oilseeds & Grains accounted for 48% while Sugar pitched in with 6% of the overall profit pie.
  4. Wilmar is one of the world’s largest oil palm plantation owners with a total planted area of over 240,000 hectares at end-2015. The company had around 69% of its total planted area in Indonesia, 24% in East Malaysia and 7% in Africa. Wilmar noted that Malaysia and Indonesia together account for 86% of the world’s global oil palm production.
  5. Wilmar is also a leading player in oilseed crushing with a presence in China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, and South Africa. As of the end of 2015, Wilmar has subsidiaries with 58 plants for oil seed crushing, 19 plants for flour milling and 15 plants for rice milling. The vast majority of these plants are located in China.
  6. For the Sugar segment, Wilmar has subsidiaries with 10 milling plants and five refining plants. The vast majority of these plants are in Australia. Wilmar considers itself as Australia’s largest raw sugar producer and refiner. It produces 50% of Australia’s raw sugar output while its joint venture supplies 75% of Australia and New Zealand’s sugar requirements.
  7. Wilmar operates with an integrated business model. At the end of 2015, Wilmar had 40 liquid bulk vessels and 14 dry bulk vessels which it uses to improve the flexibility and efficiency of its logistics operations.
  8. Wilmar reported net loans and borrowings of over US$11.8 billion at end-2015. The conglomerate’s net gearing stood at 0.78 times at the end of 2015.

All the data above gives investors a sense of Wilmar’s business activities and the scale of its operations and its business activities. To learn more, take a look at its annual report.

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Chin Hui Leong doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.