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HALFYR: NZK: NZK 1H19 Half Year Results Announcement  
 
28 February 2019  
 
NEW ZEALAND KING SALMON ANNOUNCES POSITIVE 1H19 RESULT AND INTERIM DIVIDEND  
 
Today, New Zealand King Salmon Investments Ltd (NZX and ASX:NZK) (the  
Company) reported financial performance for the six month period ended 31  
December 2018 (1H19) in line with Guidance for FY19. Highlights outlined in  
the Company's first half result, include:  
 
o Sales revenue of $87.7 million (matching the prior comparable period, 1H18)  
underpinned by increasing demand, improved pricing mix, export markets  
expansion and a favourable exchange rate.  
o Sales volume of 3,824 metric tonnes (mt) of gilled and gutted salmon, down  
13% from 4,387mt in 1H18, due to harvest seasonality and lower fish numbers  
carried forward from FY18.  
o Statutory Net Profit After Tax of $15.1 million, compared with $15.7  
million in 1H18.  
o Pro Forma Operating EBITDA of $17.3 million, compared with $19.5 million  
in 1H18.  
o Alan Cook appointed as COO in February 2019, bringing substantial  
aquaculture and processing experience to the Company.  
o Fully imputed dividend of 2.0 cents per share declared.  
 
Recapping the results, Chairman John Ryder said "We are pleased to announce  
first half results in-line with our expectations. Strong branding and market  
growth have led to a successful six-month period and we expect FY19 financial  
performance on track with previous Guidance and building on our strong FY18  
results. Overall, today's results demonstrate the positive market conditions  
domestically and in export markets.  
 
"Our quality portfolio in buoyant world markets including our innovations  
with the Ora King TYEE programme plus our Omega Plus petfood range continue  
to support the company's premium branded strategy."  
 
New Zealand King Salmon CEO Grant Rosewarne described the Company's response  
to environmental challenges as part of our wider commitment to a more  
sustainable and resilient operation.  
 
"Every business has challenges and ours is no exception. While lower salmon  
sales volumes were largely mitigated by value gains in our sales activities,  
adapting to pressing environmental changes remains a business priority moving  
forward.  
 
"We believe that aquaculture can play a significant role in New Zealand's  
contribution towards a more sustainable global food system. Specifically, we  
continue to work closely with central government to relocate several low-flow  
sites in the Marlborough Sounds for improved environmental, social and  
economic outcomes. We continue to pursue our initial investigations into  
open ocean farming.  
 
"Our changing climate and the need for low-carbon, high-nutrition food  
production models are truly global issues. We see aquaculture as a global  
force for good in addressing these challenges. With that vision in mind,  
we've joined the UN Global Compact's Ocean Action Platform aiming to be  
stewards of the ocean and farm for the future."  
 
The Board reaffirms previous guidance for the FY19 year for a Pro Forma  
Operating EBITDA result of $25.0-28.5m based on known factors at this time.  
As in previous years, an update on fish performance will be reported  
following the key summer period. The Board is pleased to declare a fully  
imputed interim dividend of 2.0 cents per share, to be paid on 22 March 2019.  
 
 
 
Contact:  
Grant Rosewarne, Managing Director and CEO, New Zealand King Salmon  
Investments Ltd  
email: grant.rosewarne@kingsalmon.co.nz  
 
About New Zealand King Salmon  
New Zealand King Salmon is the world's largest aquaculture producer of the  
premium King salmon species. We operate under our four key brands: Ora King,  
Regal, Southern Ocean, and Omega Plus, and the New Zealand King Salmon label.  
We have been growing and selling salmon to consumers for more than 30 years.  
Today we employ around 500 people. New Zealand investors make up a  
significant percentage of the ownership of NZ King Salmon, and the  
communities of Marlborough, Nelson and Tasman are well represented with  
around 400 of the approximately 2,800 shareholders being from the Top of the  
South.  
 
More information can be found at www.kingsalmon.co.nz  
End CA:00331235 For:NZK Type:HALFYR Time:2019-02-28 08:31:21