Best second quarter ever for Marine Harvest

(Bergen, 24 August 2017) Marine Harvest achieved an operational EBIT of EUR 198 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared to EUR 149 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016.

Supported by the good results, a strong market outlook and a solid financial position, the Board has proposed a quarterly dividend of NOK 3.20 per share.

- Driven by high salmon prices on strong demand, we achieved record high operational results in the second quarter. I am pleased to see strong operational performance and reduced cost in Marine Harvest Scotland and Marine Harvest Ireland. It is also encouraging to see that production costs decreased for Marine Harvest Chile, says CEO Alf-Helge Aarskog.

Marine Harvest Group reported operational revenues of EUR 884 million (EUR 832 million) in the second quarter of 2017. Total harvest volume was 78 612 tonnes in the quarter (87 159). Harvest guidance for 2017 has been reduced from 403 000 to 377 000 tonnes as a result of biological issues in Norway.

Salmon of Norwegian origin achieved an operational EBIT per kilo of EUR 2.50 (2.12) in the second quarter, while salmon of Scottish and Canadian origin reported operational EBIT per kilo of EUR 3.10 and EUR 2.34 respectively (EUR 0.47 and EUR 2.34). Salmon of Chilean origin reported operational EBIT per kilo of EUR 1.46 in the quarter (EUR -0.23). MH Feed reported an operational EBIT of EUR 1.8 million (EUR 3.3 million). MH Consumer Products reported an operational EBIT of EUR 15.4 million (EUR -4.8 million). 

- I am pleased that operational improvements in Marine Harvest Consumer Products have resulted in yet another good quarter. Several of our processing plants are now performing better than at the same time last year, says Aarskog.

For further information, please contact:
Ivan Vindheim, CFO, Mobile: +47 958 71 310
Kim Galtung Døsvig, IR Officer & Head of Treasury, Mobile: +47 908 76 339


About Marine Harvest Group
Marine Harvest Group is the world's leading seafood company and largest producer of farmed salmon, with presence in 24 countries and a total of 12 717 employees worldwide. The company is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Please see www.marineharvest.com for further information.

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