RMPL expects increased profits due to decline in corn prices

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RMPL expects increased profits due to decline in corn prices

Rafhan Maize Products Co. Limited, established in 1953, is a key player in Pakistan’s corn refining industry. This agro-based company operates corn processing plants across Punjab, Faisalabad, and Kotri. With Ingredion Incorporated holding a majority stake of 71%, Rafhan Maize Products serves as a vital entity within Pakistan’s food and beverage sector.

Financial Performance in CY23

In CY23, Rafhan Maize Products achieved robust financial results. Here are the key highlights:

MetricAmount (PKR Billion)Change
Net Sales~66Increase from ~59
Gross Margin~21%Up 1.2 percentage points YoY
Operating IncomePKR 12 Billion23% increase YoY
Source: Taurus Research

The increase in net sales was primarily driven by higher corn procurement by the company. Notably, the gross margin improved by 1.2 percentage points year-over-year, reaching approximately 21%. This improvement contributed to an operating income of PKR 12 billion, reflecting a strong 23% growth compared to CY22.

Operational Expenses Rising

Despite positive financial growth, Rafhan Maize Products noted an increase in selling, distribution, and administrative expenses during CY23. Selling and distribution expenses rose by PKR 0.81 billion due to annual merit increases and higher distribution costs. Administrative expenses also increased, driven by inflationary impacts.

Looking ahead to CY24, the company anticipates a decline in corn prices, which could lead to improved gross margins and overall profitability. This reduction in raw material costs is expected to optimize the company’s cost structure and enhance financial performance.

Strategic Investments in Renewable Energy

Rafhan Maize Products has invested in two 4MW solar projects, reflecting its commitment to sustainability and operational efficiency. Although this initiative has resulted in increased capital expenditure (CAPEX), the integration of renewable energy sources aligns with the company’s long-term vision of sustainable operations and cost optimization.

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