R.E.A. Holdings plc: Update re certain matters

R.E.A. Holdings plc: Update re certain matters

REA Holdings

R.E.A. Holdings plc (RE.)
R.E.A. Holdings plc: Update re certain matters

07-Dec-2020 / 12:08 GMT/BST
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R.E.A. Holdings plc ("REA")

Update re certain matters

Selling prices

Since May 2020, the price of crude palm oil ("CPO"), CIF Rotterdam, has risen from a low of $510 per tonne to a current price of $920 per tonne.  Whilst the higher prices now prevailing are materially beneficial to REA, the extent of the benefit is reduced by two imposts chargeable on exports of Indonesian CPO: export duty and export levy.

Export duty is a tax payable to the Indonesian government.  Export levy is payable to a dedicated fund which utilises levy income to subsidise the manufacture of biodiesel from CPO and to support other measures designed to benefit the growing of oil palms in Indonesia.  According to Oil World, Indonesian biodiesel will consume approaching 8 million tonnes of CPO in 2020 and the Indonesian government has stated that it is committed to increasing the mandatory usage of biodiesel in transport fuel. 

Because biodiesel is a substitute for petroleum based diesel oil, it has to be priced on a basis that reflects prevailing levels of petroleum oil prices.   As a result, at current CPO prices, the manufacture of biodiesel would be uneconomic without the subsidy funded by the export levy.

Both export duty and export levy are calculated on sliding scales by reference to a CPO reference price that is set periodically by the Indonesian government on the basis of CIF Rotterdam and other recognised benchmark CPO prices.  Following the rise in the CPO price referred to above, the Indonesian government has recently announced changes to the export levy scale.  As a result, the combined incidence of export duty and export levy at different CPO reference prices is as shown by the table annexed to this announcement.  The current CPO reference price is $870.77.

CPO produced by REA is generally sold in the Indonesian local market.  As such, group sales are not subject to export duty or export levy.  However, arbitrage between the Indonesian local and international CPO markets normally results in a local price that is broadly in line with prevailing international prices after adjustment of the latter for delivery costs and export duty and levy.

Bank financing

Agreement has recently been reached with the group's Indonesian bankers on extension for a further year of the group's working capital facility, equivalent to some $5 million, which fell due for renewal in November 2020.  Discussions are continuing as to possible additions to the group's term loan facilities to fund, in part, nearer term repayments due in respect of those facilities.

Claims against coal interest

As previously reported, PT Indo Pancadasa Agrotama ("IPA"), an Indonesian company owning a coal concession near Kota Bangun in East Kalimantan, to which REA has extended funding, has been the object of certain arbitration claims by two claimants (connected with each other) with whom IPA previously had conditional agreements relating to the development and operation of IPA's coal concession.  REA was joined as a party to the arbitration on a prima facie basis and without prejudice to any final determination of jurisdiction.  Further separate, but related, potential claims threatened by the two claimants in respect of, inter alia, alleged tortious conduct by REA's subsidiary, R.E.A. Services Limited, and its managing director were stayed pending a conclusion of the arbitration hearing. 

Following a virtual merits hearing of the arbitration claims at the end of June 2020, the arbitral tribunal has dismissed all claims in the arbitration against IPA and REA and has awarded costs on an indemnity basis to IPA.  The tribunal's decision removes the grounds for the separate stayed claims in respect of tortious conduct.

Trading update

REA plans to issue an update on 2020 trading early in 2021.

 

Enquiries:

R.E.A. Holdings plc

Tel: 020 7436 7877

 

  

ANNEXURE

 

COMBINED EXPORT LEVY AND EXPORT DUTY

 

 

From

To

 Levy

 Duty

 Total

 

Net price*

$

$

 $

 $

 $

 

 $

0

670

55

 -

55

 

615

670

695

60

 -

60

 

635

695

720

75

 -

75

 

645

720

745

90

 -

90

 

655

745

750

105

 -

105

 

645

751

770

105

3

108

 

662

770

795

120

3

123

 

672

795

800

135

3

138

 

662

801

820

135

18

153

 

667

820

845

150

18

168

 

677

845

850

165

18

183

 

667

851

870

165

33

198

 

672

870

895

180

33

213

 

682

895

900

195

33

228

 

672

901

920

195

52

247

 

673

920

945

210

52

262

 

683

945

950

225

52

277

 

673

951

970

225

74

299

 

671

970

995

240

74

314

 

681

995

1000

255

74

329

 

671

1001

1050

255

93

348

 

702

1051

1100

255

116

371

 

729

1101

1150

255

144

399

 

751

1151

1200

255

166

421

 

779

1201

1250

255

183

438

 

812

1251

1300

255

200

455

 

845

*At top of band

 

 

 

 

 



ISIN: GB0002349065
Category Code: MSCM
TIDM: RE.
LEI Code: 213800YXL94R94RYG150
Sequence No.: 89166
EQS News ID: 1153247

 
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