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Wimm-Bill-Dann

September 2, 2004

Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods OJSC announces interim 2004 financial results

Moscow, Russia — September 2, 2004 — Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods OJSC [NYSE: WBD] today announced its financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2004.

During the first half of 2004, Wimm-Bill-Dann’s sales rose 22.8% compared to the same period last year. Gross profit increased by 12.3% year-on-year, while gross margins declined to 27.7% from 30.3%. Adjusted EBITDA* increased 14.4% compared to the same period last year, while net income was down 27.1%.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Sergei Plastinin, CEO of Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods OJSC, said: “In the first six months of 2004 we saw positive results of our regional modernization program: our sales increased 22.8% due to strong dairy sales, which grew 33.4% year on year, driven primarily by increased regional production. We remain committed to our regional expansion strategy and we are constantly widening our regional product offering as consumer spending is growing steadily in the regions. Profitability for the group is continuing to suffer from the higher cost of raw milk, increases in personnel and transportation costs and high depreciation charges. At the same time we are taking concrete steps to improve our margins and operational efficiency, including setting management targets linked to profit as opposed to volume, product range optimization and tight control over costs.”

Key Operating and Financial Indicators of 1H 2004

 

2004 H1

2003 H1

Change

 

US$ 'mln

US$ 'mln

 

Sales

580.4

472.6

22.8%

Dairy

429.2

321.7

33.4%

Juice

149.7

150.6

(0.6%)

Water

1.6

0.3

-

Gross profit

160.8

143.2

12.3%

Selling and distribution expenses

(84.7)

(69.2)

22.4%

General and administrative expenses

(44.4)

(37.9)

17.2%

Operating income

29.0

31.5

(7.9%)

Financial income and expenses, net

(7.1)

(6.8)

(4.4%)

Net income

12.9

17.7

(27.1%)

Adjusted EBITDA*

50.8

44.4

14.4%

CAPEX including acquisitions

32.9 59.1 (44.3%)

* Note: See Attachment A for changed definitions of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin and reconciliations to net income.

Wimm-Bill-Dann sales reached US$580.4 million in the first half of 2004 compared to US$472.6 million in the first half of 2003.

Sales in the Dairy Segment increased 33.4% from US$321.7 million in the first six months of 2003 to US$429.2 million in the first six months of 2004, while the average selling price increased 17.9% from US$0.64 per 1 kg in the first of half 2003 to US$0.75 per 1 kg in the first half of 2004. This increase was primarily driven by ruble price increase and change in the mix in favour of higher priced products, as well as by ruble appreciation. Gross margins in the Dairy Segment declined from 28.4% in the first half of 2003 to 25.0% in the first half of 2004. This change was primarily caused by 19% year-on-year increase in the average ruble price of raw milk as well as rising personnel costs and depreciation charges.

Sales in the Juice Segment slightly decreased from US$150.6 million in the first half of 2003 to US$149.7 million in the first half of 2004 while the average selling price increased 15.2% from US$0.56 per liter in the first six months of 2003 to US$0.65 per liter in the first six months of 2004. This increase was primarily due to ruble price increase, change in the product mix in favour of higher priced brands such as J-7 in PET bottles and 100% Gold, as well as due to ruble appreciation. Higher average price, coupled with decreased cost of raw materials, resulted in gross margin improvement in the Juice Segment from 34.6% in the first six months of 2003 to 35.4% in the first half of 2004.

Selling and distribution expenses remained flat as a percentage of sales, while in absolute terms they grew 22.4% in the first six months of 2004 due to higher advertising and marketing costs, personnel and transportation expenditures as a consequence of rising transportation tariffs per ton.

General and administrative expenses decreased as a percentage of sales from 8.0% during the first six months of 2003 to 7.6% in the same period this year, but grew in absolute terms by 17.2% as a result of the increased personnel costs and the repeal of the property tax privilege in the Dairy Segment due to changed legislation.

Financial expense in the first six months of 2004 totaled US$7.1 million compared to US$6.8 million in the first half of 2003. Interest expenses rose from US$9.5 million to US$11.4 million and were partially offset by US$4.3 million foreign currency gain compared to US$2.6 million during the same period last year.

Net income fell 27.1% and stood at US$12.9 million mainly due to substantially higher raw milk prices, personnel and transportation costs, as well as depreciation. Adjusted EBITDA in the first six months of 2004 increased 14.4% year-on-year and amounted to US$50.8 million. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 8.8% compared to 9.4% in the first six months of 2003.

Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods OJSC announces interim 2004 financial results
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Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods OJSC
16 Yauzsky Boulevard, Moscow, Russia
Phone: +7 095 733-97-26/9727
Fax: +7 095 733-97-25
web: http://www.wbd.com
E-mail: motovilova@wbd.ru

Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of Wimm-Bill-Dann, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. We do not intend to update these statements to conform them to actual results. We refer you to the documents Wimm-Bill-Dann files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form F-1. These documents contain and identify important factors, including those contained in the section captioned “Risk Factors” in our Form F-1, that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, potential fluctuations in quarterly results, our competitive environment, acquisition strategy, risks associated with operating in Russia, volatility of stock price, financial risk management, and future growth subject to risks.

 

 

 

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