Arla’s Board of Representatives has decided to distribute a total of EUR 124 million to the farmer-owners as the annual supplementary payment, also known as the 13th payment. On average, that amounts to one eurocent per kilo of milk supplied by each farmer.
At the meeting in Halmstad, Sweden, the Board of Representatives today debated and decided how much of Arla’s annual profit for the 2016 financial year should be paid out as supplementary payment and how much should be consolidated into the Arla Group for further investments in new strategic growth opportunities for the company.
Total net profit of the Arla Group in 2016 grew 20.7 per cent to EUR 356 million, of which the profit share of Arla Foods amba is EUR 347 million, corresponding to 3.6 per cent of Group revenue.
Excluding the profit from divestments, which remains in the company for re-investment, the available annual result for allocation for 2016 was 227 million euros. Of this, the Board of Directors had proposed that EUR 124 million would be paid out directly to Arla’s farmer-owners, with EUR 103 million being retained in the company (partly as individual retainment that each farmer-owner can take with him/her when their membership ends, partly as common retainment that remains in the company as equity and for strategic re-investing).
After a thorough debate, the Board of Representatives voted in favour of the proposal from the Board of Directors with 181 votes for and 2 against.
This means that Arla’s annual result for distribution to owners is allocated as follows:
* EAGM Walhorn merger agreement: EAGM members will receive individual retainment from fiscal year 2017. Until then this amount is distributed to common retainment in Arla. AMCo individual retainment partly transferred to common capital. AMCo merger agreement: Individual retainment partly transferred to common retainment.
**AMCo merger agreement: 13th payment partly transferred to common retainment and partly used to pay off the loan.
Arla’s board of representatives consists of 191 members – of which 179 are elected farmer-owners from various regions in Denmark, Sweden, UK, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg along with 12 employee representatives.