Select Harvests reaps bumper earnings

The almond grower soared to a 3-year high this morning after upgrading its profit for 2012-13.

Shares in Select Harvests raced up to a more than three-year high this morning on the back of a profit upgrade.

The almond grower estimates that its full-year crop will come in at 11,800 tonnes and that the average almond price will be $6.38 a kilogram.

Both figures are ahead of the company’s earlier guidance of 11,000 tonnes at a price of $6.30 a kilogram, and its 2012-13 result compares very favourably to the previous year when it harvested 5,830 tonnes at $5.03 a kilogram.

Based on the new estimates, its full year earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) and underlying net profit are expected to come in around $33 million and $22 million, respectively.

Select Harvests turned in an EBIT loss of $2.5 million and an underlying net profit of $9.5 million in 2011-12.

The stock, which is part of the Uncapped 100, jumped 5.8% to $3.81 in morning trade. 

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