13 Key Numbers that Help You Understand Wilmar International Limited’s Business

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

The conglomerate is considered to be Asia’s leading agri-business group. Wilmar’s business activities stretches far and wide. It is organised into five main categories, namely tropical oils, oilseeds & grains, sugar, others and associates & joint ventures.

Wilmar’s 2016 annual report provides more information about the conglomerate. Here’re 13 key figures investors might want to know to learn more about the company:    

  1. Wilmar has over 500 manufacturing plants, and a wide distribution network that reaches about 50 countries. The conglomerate has a workforce of 90,000 people.
  2. The vast operations help the conglomerate generate a huge amount of sales. Wilmar took in US$41.4 billion in sales for 2016, and produced US$1.3 billion in profit before tax.
  3. From a business segment perspective, tropical oils contributed 53% of Wilmar’s profit before tax for 2016. Oilseed & grain accounted for 19% while sugar pitched in 8% of the overall profit pie. Associates and joint ventures provided 11% of profits before tax.   
  4. Next up, some balance sheet figures. Wilmar has net loans and borrowings of over US$11.7 billion. The conglomerate’s net gearing stood at 0.81 times at the end of 2016.  
  5. U.S. based Archer Daniel Midland (ADM) is Wilmar’s largest shareholder and strategic partner. The food processing and commodities trading corporation holds a 23.93% share in Wilmar, as of 6 March 2017. Kuok Brothers Sdn. Berhad is the second largest owner with a deemed ownership of 18.58%.  

The above gives investors a sense of Wilmar’s scale of operations and its business activities in Asia. To learn more, you can 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.