Salmones Camanchaca S.A. ("Salmones Camanchaca" or the "Company") today announces its intention to launch an Initial Public Offering (the “IPO”) and listing on the Santiago Stock Exchange and the Oslo Stock Exchange.
Salmones Camanchaca was one of the early entrants into the Chilean salmon farming sector back in the late 80s, and the Company has developed a fully integrated value chain, from its proprietary genetic program, using eggs from its own breeding facilities, to the delivery of a variety of salmon products to distributors, food service companies, retailers and other customers globally. The Company is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, and had 1,347 employees as of 30 September 2017. The Company expects that harvest of Atlantic salmon for 2017 will be 34,200 tons wfe, while it expects that its 33.3% owned trout JV harvested 15,000 tons wfe Trout in the same period. Revenues and EBITDA pre fair-value adjustments for the last twelve months ending September 2017, were respectively USD 190m and 63m. The US, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan represented the largest end markets for the Company's products in the same period.
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During 2017, Salmones Camanchaca had 18 active harvest sites spread across region X and XI in Chile, which is expected to increase to 24 during the next years when sites previously leased out are returned to the Company. This opportunity to stock fish in the previously leased out sites provides the Company with a unique growth position under the new Chilean regulatory regime without increasing the overall Chilean production. Based on biomass already swimming, the Company expects to harvest approximately 53,800 tons wfe (including share of Trout JV) in 2018. The Company is running operations at two primary processing plants and one value added plant, all three of which are located in close proximity to harvesting sites and main transport hubs. After identifying several attractive investment opportunities across the value chain, an investment plan has been initiated which includes expansion of the RAS hatchery, investments in new sea farming sites and larger farming cages, and improvement of capacity and efficiency in two of the Company's processing plants.
Salmones Camanchaca was one of the founding members of Global Salmon Initiative in 2012, and has a strong focus on sustainability and transparency as described in its third Sustainability Report, published in mid-2017. It was the first salmon farmer globally to be awarded three Best Aquaculture Practices ("BAP") stars, and has four stars today. Currently, the Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca S.A., a Chilean publicly held corporation listed on the Santiago Stock Exchange. The majority shareholder in the parent company is the Fernández family, which has successfully built and developed the company over the last three decades.
Ricardo García Holtz, Chairman of the Board of Salmones Camanchaca, commented:
- This IPO is a major step forward for Salmones Camanchaca and its commitment to effectively and efficiently exploit its capabilities and growth opportunities, to continue to be a leading sustainable salmon farmer in the global markets, for the benefit of consumers, business partners, employees and shareholders.