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

 


Nufarm to review NZ, take A$39M charge on Aussie shakeout

Nufarm to take A$39M charge on Aussie restructure; reviewing NZ

March 18 (BusinessDesk) - Nufarm, the agricultural chemicals manufacturer, will take an A$39 million charge against this year’s results to close plants, service centres and back office functions to bolster returns.

The company, which makes herbicides and pesticides, plans to close manufacturing plants at Welshpool in Western Australia and Lytton in Queensland. It will also close six facilities in a reorganisation of its network of regional service centres and warehouses, cut jobs in support and administration, and move to a new management structure, managing director Doug Rathbone said in a statement.

“This is about improving the business and more effectively meeting the needs of our customers with an efficient and cost-effective structure,” Rathbone said.

The company is also reviewing its manufacturing operations in New Zealand and will discuss its preliminary conclusions with staff over coming weeks “as part of a consultation process.” It gave no details.

Rathbone said Nufarm “is strongly committed” to the New Zealand market.

The changes will be made over the next two years. Of the A$39 million booked in the current year, A$28 million would be a non-cash impact, the company said. Cost savings from the reorganisation are expected to be A$13 million a year.

Shares of Nufarm last traded at A$3.90 on the ASX and have fallen about 20 percent in the past year while the S&P/ASX 200 Index climbed 6 percent.

The shares are rated ‘hold’ based on the consensus of 12 analysts polled by Reuters, with a median price target of A$4.80.

(BusinessDesk)


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Strike: Lyttelton Port Workers Vote To Escalate Dispute

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) at Lyttelton Port today voted to escalate their industrial action. Around 200 RMTU members have been operating an overtime ban since 17 December and today they endorsed a series of full withdrawals of labour at the port. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Dollar Falls To 3-Year Low As Investors Favour Greenback

The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest in more than three years as investors sold euro and bought US dollars, weakening other currencies against the greenback. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Govt Operating Deficit Smaller Than Expected

The New Zealand’s government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown on expenditure managed to offset a shortfall in the tax-take from last month’s forecast. More>>

ALSO:

0.8 Percent Annually:
NZ Inflation Falls Below RBNZ's Target

New Zealand's annual pace of inflation slowed to below the Reserve Bank's target band in the final three months of the year, giving governor Graeme Wheeler more room to keep the benchmark interest rate lower for longer.More>>

ALSO:

NASA, NOAA: Find 2014 Warmest Year In Modern Record

Since 1880, Earth’s average surface temperature has warmed by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius), a trend that is largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human emissions into the planet’s atmosphere. The majority of that warming has occurred in the past three decades. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: New Zealand’s Reserve Bank Named Central Bank Of The Year

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s efforts to stifle house price inflation by using new policy tools has seen the institution named Central Bank of the year by Central Banking Publications, a publisher specialising in global central banking practice. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news