Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Sealegs Speeding Towards Break-Even Point

Sealegs Speeding Towards Break-Even Point

Auckland, 16 April 2008: Listed marine company Sealegs Corporation (NZX: SLG) expects a break-even operating result for the financial year when it posts its full year result next month.

Sealegs CEO David McKee Wright says the expected result, based on record revenue of almost $10 million, “will be a significant milestone for a company which shipped its first amphibious rigid inflatable boat to a customer just four years ago in May 2004.”

While the final numbers are still being audited, Mr McKee Wright believes they “will signify a major step forward in the Sealegs strategic plan. An early stage critical mass has been achieved which will establish financial benchmarks for the future of the company as it looks to exploit production efficiencies.”

Last month Sealegs announced it had taken possession of a second manufacturing facility of around 10,000 sq ft in Albany to expand the production capability for its amphibious boats. The new facility less than 1km from the new 20,000 sq ft manufacturing plant it moved into in May 2007 will be responsible for fabrication - the cutting and welding of aluminium hulls and components.

Mr McKee Wright says that during the last 12 months Sealegs shipped 122 amphibious boats, up 90% on the previous 12 months and that last month a record 18 boats were despatched to customers.

He points out the only negative aspect of the pending result is the prospect that it will be “adversely affected by the accounting treatment of staff share options under the newly adopted International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). We are working to quantify exactly what effect the new standards will have on the final result, but it is likely to be materially affected,” he says.

“The predominant issue caused by IFRS revolves around the valuation of the management and staff option plan approved at the last AGM.”

Mr McKee Wright says “I appreciate why IFRS was introduced but to be forced to recognise an expense based on a high option valuation which will affect the profit reporting of the company for the next five years is extremely disappointing. Sealegs has worked very hard to get into a position where it can report a profit, and it’s a pity the accounting treatment of staff share options under the new IFRIS standards will have such a large effect on this and future year’s results.”

Sealegs Corporation Limited, which reported under NZ Equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards (NZ IFRS’s) in their 30 September 2007 interim financial statements, expects to post its Full Year result later next month.


For more information on Sealegs see
For high resolution media photos see

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>


Snail-ier Mail: NZ Post To Ditch FastPost

New Zealand Post customers will see a change to how they can send priority mail from 1 January 2018. The FastPost service will no longer be available from this date. More>>


Property Institute: English Backs Of Debt To Income Plan

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church is applauding today’s decision, by Prime Minister Bill English, to take Debt-to-income ratios off the table as a tool available to the Reserve Bank. More>>


Divesting: NZ Super Fund Shifts Passive Equities To Low-Carbon

The NZ$35 billion NZ Super Fund’s NZ$14 billion global passive equity portfolio, 40% of the overall Fund, is now low-carbon, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation announced today. More>>


Split Decision - Appeal Planned: EPA Allows Taranaki Bight Seabed Mine

The Decision-making Committee, appointed by the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority to decide a marine consent application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd, has granted consent, subject to conditions, for the company to mine iron sands off the South Taranaki Bight. More>>