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UNICA Sugarcane Crush – 2017-18 Season 1H May: S&P Global Platts Pre-Report Survey of Analysts Results

May 25, 2017 - (Newswire)

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Platts Survey of Analysts (1H May)

  • Cane crush: 36.15 million metric tons (mt)
  • Total recoverable sugar (ATR): 119.06 kilograms per metric ton (kg/mt)
  • Sugar production: 1.88 million metric tons (mt)
  • Total ethanol production: 1,369 million liters (ltrs)
  • Hydrous ethanol production: 795.86 million ltrs
  • Anhydrous ethanol production: 573.43 million ltrs
  • Sugar mix: 45.87%
  • Ethanol mix: 54.13%

The amount of sugarcane crushed in Center-South (CS) Brazil in the first half (1H) of May is expected to be 36.15 million mt, down 9% from the same period last year, but up 50% from the second half of April, an S&P Global Platts survey of analysts showed Wednesday.

About 1.2 days of crushing was lost to rain, the survey showed, while in the second half (2H) April roughly three days were lost.

Industry association UNICA is expected to release the official production figures for the key Center-South region in the coming days, possibly as early as Thursday. The 2017-18 sugarcane season began April 1 in the region, the largest sugarcane and sugar producer in the world.

If the expectations for the cane crush in 1H May are confirmed, the cumulative cane crushed so far this season would total 77.86 million mt, down 28% on the year.

Last season mills started crushing early as there was a lot of "cana bisada" (left over cane from the previous season) available. The drier-than-average weather also favored the pace of crushing last year.

The range of analysts' expectations for cane crushed in 1H May was 34.3 million-37.3 million mt, while the expectations for the total recoverable sugar (ATR) ranged from 115 to 122.7 kg/mt of cane.

The survey's average for the ATR was 119.06 kg/mt, down 4.3% from a year earlier, but up 4.7% from 2H April. The percentage of cane crushed directed to produce sugar is expected to come in at 45.87%, up from 42.91% a year earlier. The balance, or 54.13%, was used for ethanol production.

Sugar production is expected to be approximately 1.88 million mt, down 9% on the year, while ethanol output is expected to have fallen 16% on the year to 1.37 billion liters. Of the total, hydrous ethanol is likely to have accounted for nearly 58%, or 796 million liters, and anhydrous for the balance.

In Parana state, one of the sugarcane producing regions of CS Brazil, the amount of cane crushed in 1H May fell 6% year on year to 1.95 million mt, according to local industry association Alcopar. The ATR in the state was 130.1 kg/mt of cane, up 12.84 kg/mt from 2H April and up from 128.51 kg/mt in 1H May 2016.

Total fuel and industrial ethanol sales (anhydrous plus hydrous) in CS Brazil in 1H May to the domestic market are expected to be roughly 900 million liters, down 9% on the year, according to a forecast by Platts Kingsman, an agricultural analysis unit of S&P Global Platts.

Hydrous fuel ethanol is used in flex-fuel vehicles, while anhydrous is mixed with gasoline under a 27% mandate.

CS Brazil Cane Production Data - 1H May, 2017 (as of May 16)


Category

Unit

Survey

UNICA (2016-17)

Y-O-Y*

var. Vol. y-o-y*

Cane crush

(million mt)

36.15

39.69

-8.9%

-3.54

ATR

(kg/mt cane)

119.06

124.42

-4.3%

-5.36

Sugar output

(thousand mt)

1,880

2,071

-9.2%

-190.86

Ethanol total

(million ltr)

1,369

1,621

-15.5%

-251.71

Hydrous output

(million ltr)

796

969

-17.9%

-173.14

Anhydrous output

(million ltr)

573

652

-12.1%

-78.57

Sugar Mix

(%)

45.87

42.91



Ethanol Mix

(%)

54.13

57.09









CS Brazil Cane Production Data -- 2H April, 2017 (as of May 1)


Category

Unit

Survey

UNICA



Cane crush

(million mt)

26.00

24.09



ATR

(kg/mt cane)

112.00

113.75



Sugar output

(thousand mt)

1,171

1,122



Ethanol total

(million ltr)

986

932



Hydrous output

(million ltr)

681

600



Anhydrous output

(million ltr)

305

332



Sugar Mix

(%)

42.25

42.97



Ethanol Mix

(%)

57.75

57.03




Sources: S&P Global Platts Pre-Report Survey of Analysts Results--Unica Sugarcane Crush, Platts Kingsman, UNICA.

Y-O-Y= year over year

*Y-O-Y variance volume =Year over year. Such compares Platts Survey against UNICA's figures for 2016-17

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