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Olam H1 profit inches up 1.8% as group battles inflation, cost pressures

Michelle ZhuUma Devi
Published Fri, Aug 12, 2022 · 02:14 PM

OLAM Group on Friday (Aug 12) reported a net profit of S$429.1 million for the first half of the fiscal year ended June 2022, up a marginal 1.8 per cent from S$421.5 million in H1 2021 as higher finance costs partly offset strong Ebit (earnings before interest and tax) growth for the period.

Revenue for H1 2022 rose 24.6 per cent on year to S$28.4 billion from S$22.8 billion the previous year, as the group recorded higher prices across several of its products and commodities.

Finance costs, however, expanded 36.7 per cent to S$327.3 million from S$239.4 million previously. Olam attributed this to a high interest rate environment, taxes and higher one-off exceptional charges related to its recent re-organisation.

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