The company, co-owned by Norwegian salmon farmers Lerøy and SalMar, harvested 6,389 gutted weight tonnes in Q4, around 20% more than the 5,317 gwt harvested in Q4 2019.
SSF’s operating profit for the whole year before biomass adjustment was NOK 308m (2019: NOK 292m) on an annual harvest of just under 24,000 gutted weight tonnes (25,866 gwt), Lerøy said in its Q4 presentation today.
36,000 gwt this year
EBIT per kilo was NOK 11.9 (NOK 9.3) in Q4 and NOK 12.9 (NOK 11.3) for 2020.
Expected harvest volume this year is expected to grow by 50% to 36,000 gwt.
Lerøy said SSF reported good biological performance in all regions, and low sealice levels going into 2021.
Costs were lower in Q4 2020 compared to Q4 2019, and a further reduction is expected in the current quarter.
SSF’s new recirculation aquaculture system smolt facility at Barcaldine, Oban is working well, with improved smolt quality and size. The company set out around 10 million smolts last year, its highest ever annual smolt release.