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Seafood companies expect higher revenue on brighter prospects

Update: June, 24/2021 - 08:59


Shrimp processed for export at Minh Phú Seafood Corporation (MPC) in Hậu Giang Province. MPC targets revenue and post-tax profit of VNĐ15.77 trillion (US$683.4 million) and VNĐ1.1 trillion this year, up 10 per cent and 62 per cent, respectively compared to last year. — VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Sinh

HÀ NỘI — Large seafood enterprises have set higher revenue and profit targets this year thanks to positive growth prospects of the seafood export market, especially the US and EU.

Rising demand 

According to the Việt Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), seafood exports have rebounded with the figure for the first five months of 2021 reaching US$3.27 billion, up 14 per cent over the same period last year.

Shrimp exports in May totalled $375 million, up 25 per cent year-on-year, while that in the first five months reached $1.34 billion, up 14 per cent. Similarly, pangasius brought in $134 million in May, up 26 per cent and that for five months reached $623 million, up 12 per cent. Other seafood products such as tuna, squid and octopus also witnessed growth.

Vietnamese seafood has the opportunity to increase its market share in the US market as India is heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and Chinese enterprises reduce exports due to the US-China trade war.

Vietnamese shrimp is currently in the most consumed among Việt Nam’s seafood export products to US market, accounting for 21 per cent of seafood exports. The US opened 50 states from May 20 after a long lockdown due to COVID-19, which was a factor promoting imports.

Pangasius exports to the US are also on the rise in the first five months of 2021, reaching $135 million, an increase of 57 per cent compared to the same period last year.

As for tuna, the US is now the largest import markets of Việt Nam's tuna, accounting for 42 per cent of the proportion.

Besides the US market, businesses expect the EU to be the growth engine this year as the demand for shrimp and seafood products increases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic being gradually controlled.

EU importers are now more interested in Vietnamese seafood suppliers thanks to tariff cuts from the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and stable source of raw materials.

By the end of May 2021, Việt Nam's seafood exports to the EU reached $380 million, up 15 per cent, in which shrimp accounted for nearly $199 million, an increase of 22 per cent over the same period last year.

Higher revenue

Minh Phú Seafood Joint Stock Company (MPC), Việt Nam's biggest shrimp company, targets revenue and post-tax profit of VNĐ15.77 trillion (US$683.4 million) and VNĐ1.1 trillion this year, up 10 per cent and 62 per cent, respectively compared to last year.

Lê Văn Quang, Chairman of MPC's Board of Directors, said that in 2021, the company will maintain export markets of the US, the EU, Japan and expand to new markets, developing a high-tech industrial shrimp farming complex. MPC's goal by 2045 is to capture 25 per cent of the world shrimp market.

Nam Việt Seafood Joint Stock Company (ANV) plans to earn VNĐ4.5 trillion in revenue and VNĐ360 billion in profit after tax this year, up 30.8 per cent and 80 per cent, respectively compared to 2020. The company will boost exports to China, the EU, the US and Russia.

Vĩnh Hoàn Joint Stock Company (VHC) targets to achieve revenue of VNĐ8.6 trillion this year, up 22 per cent, but the profit target is forecast at VNĐ700 billion, down 3 per cent compared to 2020. The company's total revenue in the first four months of 2021 increased by 61 per cent over the same period last year.

VHC’s pangasius products increased by 54 per cent. The company's export value grew in most markets, China by 246 per cent, the US 130 per cent, Europe 3 per cent, other regions 12 per cent.

This year, VHC plans to invest VNĐ1.3 trillion, of which VNĐ700 billion will be to build an animal feed factory, a hatchery and a new farming area, VNĐ200 billion to renovate factories and VNĐ400 billion for other investments.

Overcome challenges

According to MPC, in the first quarter of 2021, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the prices of some raw materials, inputs and essential services for production and business all increased, especially cargo ship fees rising over 30 per cent over the same period in 2020, affecting the company's profit, down 56 per cent.

The first quarter has not yet entered the shrimp harvest season, thus the supply is scarce, causing the price of raw shrimp to increase, leading to the rise of costs.

At VHC, increased costs caused the profit in the first quarter of 2021 to decrease by more than 13 per cent compared to the same period last year, to VNĐ131 billion. Selling expenses rose mainly due to increased freight costs.

ACB Securities Company said that the inventory of raw pangasius in Việt Nam is decreasing, while the demand for fish in the world recovers, so the price of raw pangasius may increase.

According to CSI Securities, seafood exporters are still facing challenges from high sea transportation costs due to a shortage of containers, which hinders exports to the US and EU. Meanwhile, some markets have adopted non-tariff barriers to limit and tighten controls on imported goods. — VNS



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