Benchmark Genetics' posts losses in H1 2024 as health segment struggles

Benchmark Genetics Salmon Ova Quality Manager Rosana Estevez working in a Benchmark lab
Benchmark Genetics Salmon Ova Quality Manager Rosana Estevez working in a Benchmark lab | Photo courtesy of Benchmark
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heffield, U.K.-headquartered aquaculture biotechnology company Benchmark saw positive progress in its Genetics and Advanced Nutrition segments in the first half of its 2024 fiscal year, but this was largely offset by headwinds in its Health segment.

According to Benchmark’s interim results, its Q2 2024 revenues totaled GBP 39.8 million (USD 50.7 million, EUR 46.7 million), down 10 percent year over year. 

By segment, Genetics revenues climbed 7 percent to GBP 13.2 million (USD 16.8 million, EUR 15.5 million), and Advanced Nutrition rose 3 percent to GBP 21.1 million (USD 26.9 million, EUR 24.8 million). However, its Health segment recorded a 35 percent revenue drop, dipping to GBP 5.4 million (USD 6.9 million, EUR 6.3 million).

Overall, its Q2 2024 operating profit fell GBP 100,000 (USD 127,300, EUR 117,400) year over year to GBP 600,000 (USD 764,000, EUR 705,000).

For H1 2024, Benchmark's Genetics division suffered an 11 percent year over year decline in revenue, dropping to GBP 28.4 million (USD 36.2 million, EUR 33.4 million), while the Advanced Nutrition division's revenue slipped 2 percent to GBP 40.4 million (USD 51.5 million, EUR 47.4 million), and its Health revenue fell 37 percent to GBP 11.5 million (USD 14.6 million, EUR 13.5 million).

The lower revenues contributed to an H1 2024 operating loss of GBP 3.7 million (USD 4.7 million, EUR 4.3 million), compared to a profit of GBP 1 million (USD 1.3 million, EUR 1.2 million) in the corresponding period of FY 2023.

Benchmark Holdings CEO Trond Williksen said he was pleased with the company's performance, despite the drop in revenue.

“[The period] demonstrated good momentum in the business, supporting our positive outlook,” he said. “We have delivered strong trading in our established business areas, made excellent progress in Chile – one of our key growth vectors – and made significant progress in our innovation program, where our recent investment to strengthen our innovation capabilities is bearing fruit.”

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