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CK Life Sciences 'l : ANNUAL RESULTS FOR 2020

03/16/2021 | 10:47pm EDT

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited take no responsibility for the contents of this document, make no representation as to its accuracy or completeness and expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever for any loss howsoever arising from or in reliance upon the whole or any part of the contents of this document.

(Incorporated in the Cayman Islands with limited liability)

(Stock Code: 0775)

THE CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT FOR 2020

For the year ended 31 December 2020, CK Life Sciences Int'l., (Holdings) Inc. ("CK Life Sciences" or the "Company") reported profit attributable to shareholders of HK$125 million, a decrease of about 31% as compared to that of 2019 mainly due to the impact caused by COVID-19. While the pandemic affected all facets of our business, some of our diverse portfolio of assets withstood the impact better than others. Nevertheless, all subsidiaries took timely action to streamline operations, adapt to new operating conditions and improve efficiency. As a result, our fundamentals remain strong.

The Board of Directors has recommended a final dividend of HK$0.01 per share for the year ended 31 December 2020 (2019: HK$0.01 per share). The proposed dividend will be paid on Monday, 31 May 2021 following approval at the 2021 Annual General Meeting to those shareholders whose names appear on the Register of Members of the Company at the close of business on Thursday, 20 May 2021.

NUTRACEUTICAL BUSINESS

CK Life Sciences' nutraceutical business comprises (i) Vitaquest International Holdings LLC ("Vitaquest") in the United States; (ii) Santé Naturelle A.G. Ltée ("SNAG") in Canada; as well as (iii) Lipa Pharmaceuticals Limited ("Lipa") in Australia.

In 2020, COVID-19 infections in the countries where our nutraceutical business is concentrated were high, and lockdown measures of various levels of severity were in place throughout the year. Since our operations are involved in the physical manufacturing and delivery of products, working from home was not practical. Although our line of business was considered "essential" and allowed to continue operating, the infections and associated lockdown measures not only reduced and disrupted the availability of labour and timeliness of attendance, but also upended the secure supply and pricing of raw materials globally. Profit generated from this segment decreased 56% as compared with 2019.

Vitaquest is an industry-leading development and commercialisation partner for the nutraceutical and functional food markets. COVID-19 infections in the state of New Jersey, United States, where Vitaquest has its main facilities, were higher than in many other states. A proportion of Vitaquest's staff contracted COVID-19, but effective human resources strategies prevented an outbreak on the premises and helped avoid a shutdown. With the state imposing a "Stay at Home" order between mid-March and early June, many members of staff were unable to report for duty, significantly curtailing output at one point. A focus on margin and cost control enabled us to achieve reasonable financial performance under the circumstances. We also took the opportunity to restructure the organisation and implement improvements which could facilitate post-pandemic growth, including the commissioning of a new production facility, installation of new machines and implementation of software to streamline and promote customer relationship management.

SNAG is one of the largest and longest established natural health companies in Quebec, Canada. Unfortunately, the province recorded a higher number of confirmed COVID-19 cases than the rest of Canada and implemented lockdown measures, including curfews, which reduced access to retail stores. Although our retail pharmacy customers remained open, reduced foot traffic through the stores impacted sales. Nevertheless, our ability to maintain the supply of immunity-related products strengthened our position with customers. We expedited online sales development and devised plans for market penetration into other parts of Canada and other regions of North America. We also continued the launch of new products, an important source of future growth.

Lipa is one of the largest contract manufacturers of complementary healthcare medicines, vitamins and nutritional supplements in Australia. Limited availability of international freight, higher shipping charges and congestion at ports in New South Wales exacerbated disruptions to the supply of raw materials and drove up their cost. Shrinkage in sales of retailers, and therefore high trade stock, translated into slower manufacturing orders for Lipa during the year, at one point necessitating a four-day week operation to control costs in the face of lower volume. Despite COVID-19 pressure, Lipa is successful in securing new supply relationships with brands leveraging the demand for high quality Australian made products across Asia and the Middle East. In addition, investments were made for new equipment which will deliver efficiencies, and management implemented cost saving and capacity optimisation measures.

Lipa won the "2020 High Quality Manufacturer of the Year" award presented by the Complementary Medicines Australia.

AGRICULTURE-RELATED BUSINESS

The agriculture-related business consists of three main streams - (i) Australian Agribusiness (Holdings) Pty Ltd ("Australian Agribusiness"); (ii) Cheetham Salt Group ("Cheetham"); and (iii) a vineyard portfolio.

Although the same disruptions affecting the nutraceutical business also challenged the Company's agriculture-related business, the impact was mitigated by more favourable climatic conditions after three years of drought, and performance improvement of the vineyard portfolio. Profit generated from this segment increased 21% versus 2019.

Australian Agribusiness comprises businesses in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail of agriculture-related products. Although COVID-19 disrupted global supply chains across the industry, overall volume of plant protection products rose on the back of improved climatic conditions bringing relief from the prolonged and severe droughts of the previous three years. In addition, it focused on expanding, streamlining and consolidating capability across its four manufacturing plants strategically located in key growing areas and on improvements to meet the high standards of multinational customers. The Home Garden business grew sales as consumers invested in home improvements during lockdown restrictions, but COVID-19 severely disrupted the Professional Turf and Pest Management businesses. Nevertheless, we maintained leadership positions in many of the markets in which we operate.

Performance of the Company's vineyard portfolio strengthened during the period under review. The fact that all the properties are rented on long-term leases to leading wine companies or growers protected the steady income stream against the disruptions of COVID-19. During the year, the Company acquired two more vineyards in South Australia, bringing the total size of our vineyard and agricultural portfolio in Australia and New Zealand to almost 8,000 hectares. We also upgraded irrigation works in select properties. Contribution from vineyards acquired in 2019 and early 2020 and annual rent increases enabled the portfolio to report satisfactory financial results. Market sentiments for the wine industry remained positive as wine consumption increased during lockdown, providing support to stronger valuations.

The Cheetham Salt Group, Australasia's leading producer of value-added salt products, reported stable earnings. During the year, Cheetham successfully modified its business operations to focus on the protection of the safety and wellbeing of employees as well as the satisfaction of customer needs. In addition to maintaining uninterrupted salt supply to customers, Cheetham also embarked on a programme to reduce and contain long-term operating costs to ensure availability of capital for maintenance of its unique infrastructure.

PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

CK Life Sciences' pharmaceutical operations, spanning Hong Kong, Canada and the United States, conduct research into and development of cancer vaccines and pain management products.

In accordance with our accounting policy, continuous investment in these R&D projects is recognised as an expense in the period in which it is incurred.

Cancer Vaccines R&D

The Company is engaged in the research and development of cancer vaccines which stimulate the immune system to fight cancer. The US subsidiary, Polynoma LLC ("Polynoma"), is developing seviprotimut-L, a proprietary polyvalent therapeutic cancer vaccine for the treatment of melanoma. Although COVID-19 had a limited impact on our cancer vaccine research and development activities in 2020, the worldwide scramble for manufacturing capacity for COVID-19 vaccines has made it difficult to accelerate production of clinical trial material.

In 2020, the Company reached two significant milestones in its melanoma vaccine research:

  • (i) Data Presentation at ASCO Conference

    In May 2020, we presented data from the MAVIS (Melanoma Antigen Vaccine

    Immunotherapy Study) clinical trial of seviprotimut-L at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)'s ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program. Subgroup analysis suggested enhanced recurrence-free survival (RFS) for seviprotimut-L among patients with resected Stage IIB/IIC melanoma, especially those under the age of 60. Seviprotimut-L was well-tolerated with treatment-emergent adverse events (AEs) similar to patients given placebo.

  • (ii) Fast Track Designation Granted

    In the second quarter, the US Food and Drug Administration ("US FDA") granted seviprotimut-L Fast Track designation for the adjuvant treatment of post-resection Stage IIB/IIC melanoma patients to improve recurrence-free survival. Fast Track is designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of drugs that treat serious or life-threatening conditions, as well as fill an unmet medical need. Benefits of Fast Track designation include more frequent communication with the US FDA, a rolling submission of the marketing application and eligibility for Priority Review and Accelerated Approval, if the relevant criteria are met.

Subsequent to these events, Polynoma has started engaging with the US FDA to discuss and agree on the design of the pivotal efficacy assessment trial and the regulatory path forward.

Apart from seviprotimut-L for melanoma, the Company is working on cancer vaccines targeting multiple types of cancers and aims to advance promising vaccines into clinical testing in the coming years.

Pain Management R&D

WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc. ("WEX Pharma"), the Company's Canadian subsidiary, is

developing HalneuronTM, an analgesic based on the puffer fish toxin, tetrodotoxin. HalneuronTM acts by blocking Nav1.7 voltage-gated sodium channels and is potentially a first-in-class drug for the treatment of pain. The product is being researched as a pain management solution that can be used to address many different types of pain. As uncontrolled chronic pain is a major unmet medical need globally, the market potential for new pain management solutions is significant.

As an initial indication, WEX Pharma is targeting HalneuronTM to be a treatment for chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain ("CINP"). There is currently no specific

US FDA-approved medication for CINP. Doctors often prescribe analgesics, including opioids, which have significant adverse effects and may not be efficacious. The US FDA has greenlighted the start of a Phase III clinical trial of HalneuronTM for CINP under a Special Protocol Assessment ("SPA") agreement. The SPA agreement facilitates discussions with the US FDA on product registration by reducing uncertainty regarding the acceptability of the proposed clinical study design and analytical methods. Health Canada has also approved the commencement of the Phase III clinical trial. The Company aims to commence this clinical trial at the appropriate time, recognising the need for prioritisation of spending among the various R&D projects and challenges in recruiting patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SUSTAINABILITY AND RESPONSE TO COVID-19

A board-level Sustainability Committee was set up in 2020 to assist the board of directors in overseeing the Company's sustainability strategy. CK Life Sciences will issue its first standalone Sustainability Report in April 2021 to provide more comprehensive disclosure on its sustainability practices.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CK Life Sciences implemented a series of operational reinforcement measures to protect our employees. Hygiene and cleaning procedures were intensified in line with sanitary authorities' guidelines. We established work-from-home arrangement for employees who were able to perform their duties remotely and arranged physical segregation of teams. Board and board committee meetings were conducted through digital communication facilities, and shareholders were encouraged to participate in the Company's 2020 annual general meeting via webcast. We also provided

financial support to our staff in need and launched mental health care programs to ensure their wellbeing.

PROSPECTS

The unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic adversely affected the Company's full-year results in 2020, as the Company's operations, the nutraceutical business in particular, are located in areas with high rates of infection. Nonetheless, effective measures to prevent wholesale shutdown of facilities, initiatives to improve efficiencies and efforts to open new markets will strengthen the Company's business fundamentals. The overall outlook remains promising.

CK Life Sciences is cautiously optimistic that the macro business environment and operating conditions will gradually improve when mass vaccination programmes take root in various countries. While we expect the Company's agriculture-related businesses to continue generating stable income, performance of the Company's nutraceutical business should improve with the easing of restrictions on people and cargo flow.

Progress made by Polynoma on the pharmaceutical R&D front is encouraging. The granted US FDA Fast Track designation for seviprotimut-L not only expedites the research process but also further validates seviprotimut-L as a new and potentially important cancer vaccine for localised melanoma. We are committed to bringing the R&D initiatives to fruition and are regularly reviewing deployment of appropriate funds to support them. Earnings from the Company's diversified portfolio of businesses provide a solid platform for the advancement of pharmaceutical research activities.

I would like to thank our shareholders and the Board of Directors for their continued support and contribution. I would also take this opportunity to express my appreciation to our staff members and frontline employees for their commitment to maintaining operations amidst the difficulties brought about by the pandemic. Having experienced and overcome last year's difficulties, I am confident that CK Life Sciences will emerge stronger than before. Amidst these extraordinary times, we have built upon our strengths and solidified our business foundation. As the market situation returns to normal, CK Life Sciences is well-positioned to resume growth.

Victor T K Li

Chairman

Hong Kong, 16 March 2021

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Financial Resources, Liquidity and Treasury Policies

In 2020, the financial and liquidity position of the Group continued to be sound and healthy. It was financed mainly from internal sources such as cash generated from business activities as well as other sources such as borrowings from banks and major shareholders.

The Group's bank and other borrowings were mainly for the acquisition of the Group's overseas businesses as well as providing general working capital. As at 31 December 2020, the bank and other borrowings amounted to HK$5,602.9 million. All these borrowings were made on a floating interest rate basis and were granted based on some committed terms by, with the guarantees of, the Company. As at 31 December 2020, certain assets of the Group's overseas subsidiaries with carrying value of HK$1,081.9 million were pledged as part of the security for bank borrowings totalling HK$342.9 million. The total interest expenses on bank and other borrowings of the Group for the year were HK$107.8 million.

At the end of 2020, the total assets of the Group were about HK$11,977.7 million, of which bank balances and time deposits were about HK$959.0 million and treasury investments were about HK$12.7 million. The bank interest income generated for the year was HK$1.1 million.

The total net assets of the Group as at 31 December 2020 were HK$4,718.5 million, representing HK$0.49 per share. The net debt to net total capital ratio of the Group as at 31 December 2020 was approximately 49.60%, which is calculated as the Group's net borrowings over the aggregate of the Group's total equity and net borrowings. For this purpose, the Group defines net borrowings as total borrowings (including bank borrowings and other borrowings) less cash, bank balances and time deposits.

The Group's treasury function operates as a centralised service for managing financial risks, including interest rate and foreign exchange risks, and for providing cost efficient funding to the Group. The Group manages its interest rate exposure with a focus on reducing the Group's overall cost of debt and exposure to interest rates fluctuation. It monitors its overall net debt position closely, reviews its funding costs and maturity profile regularly, and takes necessary actions to facilitate refinancing whenever appropriate.

Material Acquisitions/Disposals and Significant Investments

There was no material acquisition/disposal during the year under review.

The Group has always been investing significantly in research and development activities. Total research and development expenditure incurred in 2020 amounted to about HK$149.8 million.

Capital Commitments and Future Plans for Material Investments or Capital Assets

As of 31 December 2020, the total capital commitments by the Group amounted to HK$63.2 million which were mainly made up of contracted/authorised commitments in respect of the acquisition of plant and equipment, and maintenance of vineyards.

Information on Employees

The total number of full-time employees of the Group was 1,809 as at 31 December 2020 (2019: 1,829). The total staff costs, including directors' emoluments, amounted to approximately HK$1,019.9 million for the year under review, which represents a decrease of 3% as compared to the previous year.

The Group's remuneration policies and fringe benefits remained basically the same as before. The Group would ensure the pay levels of its employees are competitive and its employees are rewarded on a performance related basis within the general framework of the Group's salary and bonus system.

Contingent Liabilities

The Group did not have any significant contingent liabilities as at 31 December 2020 (2019: Nil).

Consolidated Income Statement

For the year ended 31 December 2020

Notes

2020

2019

HK$'000

HK$'000

Revenue

3

4,942,544

4,967,024

Cost of sales

(3,535,638)

(3,360,287)

1,406,906

1,606,737

Other income, gains and losses

4

161,619

95,857

Staff costs

5

(540,546)

(550,137)

Depreciation

(100,119)

(92,855)

Amortisation of intangible assets

(7,128)

(7,050)

Other expenses

6

(674,360)

(677,246)

Finance costs

7

(128,726)

(158,884)

Share of results of a joint venture

1,480

1,013

Profit before taxation

119,126

217,435

Taxation

8

6,102

(27,474)

Profit for the year

125,228

189,961

Attributable to:

Shareholders of the Company

125,234

181,735

Non-controlling interests of subsidiaries

(6)

8,226

125,228

189,961

Earnings per share

9

- Basic

1.30 cents

1.89 cents

- Diluted

1.30 cents

1.89 cents

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income For the year ended 31 December 2020

Profit for the year

Other comprehensive income/(expenses)

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:

Actuarial loss of defined benefit retirement plan Gain on revaluation of property, plant and equipment

Loss on fair value changes of equity investments designated at fair value through other comprehensive income

Item that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

2020 HK$'000

125,228

2019 HK$'000 189,961

(835)

(616)

41,885

-- (10,644)

41,050 (11,260)

Exchange differences arising from translation of foreign operations 478,323 (124,430)

Other comprehensive income/(expenses) for the year 519,373 (135,690)

Total comprehensive income for the yearAttributable to:

Shareholders of the Company Non-controlling interests of subsidiaries

644,601 54,271

644,607 50,907

(6) 3,364

644,601 54,271

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position As at 31 December 2020

2020

2019

Notes

HK$'000

HK$'000

Non-current assets

Investment properties

2,032,170

1,673,043

Property, plant and equipment

2,349,000

1,916,982

Right-of-use assets

466,774

431,756

Intangible assets

3,741,656

3,596,805

Interests in a joint venture

6,526

5,114

Deferred taxation

89,871

44,643

8,685,997

7,668,343

Current assets

Equity investments

12,714

16,636

Tax recoverable

22,839

25,966

Inventories

1,370,102

1,182,651

Receivables and prepayments

11

927,019

1,124,491

Bank balances and deposits

958,998

696,504

3,291,672

3,046,248

Current liabilities

Payables and accruals

12

(806,086)

(667,170)

Bank borrowings

-

(2,782,428)

Lease liabilities

(73,701)

(74,725)

Taxation

(35,786)

(51,117)

(915,573)

(3,575,440)

Net current assets/(liabilities)

2,376,099

(529,192)

Total assets less current liabilities

11,062,096

7,139,151

11

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position (cont'd) As at 31 December 2020

2020

2019

HK$'000

HK$'000

Non-current liabilities

Bank borrowings

(4,502,861)

(1,224,000)

Lease liabilities

(513,939)

(449,477)

Other borrowings

(1,100,000)

(1,100,000)

Deferred taxation

(216,623)

(182,521)

Retirement benefit obligations

(10,214)

(8,403)

(6,343,637)

(2,964,401)

Total net assets

4,718,459

4,174,750

Capital and reserves

Share capital

961,107

961,107

Share premium and reserves

3,760,092

3,216,377

Equity attributable to shareholders

of the Company

4,721,199

4,177,484

Non-controlling interests of

subsidiaries

(2,740)

(2,734)

Total equity

4,718,459

4,174,750

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity For the year ended 31 December 2020

As at 1 January 2019

Profit for the year

Exchange differences arising from translation of foreign operations

Actuarial loss of defined benefit retirement plan Loss on fair value changes of equity investments designated at fair value through other comprehensive incomeTotal comprehensive

(expenses)/income for the year

Acquisition of additional interests in subsidiaries Dividends paid to the shareholders of the Company - 2018 final dividend HK$0.01 per share

Dividends distributed to non-controlling interests of a subsidiary

As at 31 December 2019

Profit for the year

Exchange differences arising from translation of foreign operations

Actuarial loss of defined benefit retirement plan Gain on revaluation of property, plant and equipment

Total comprehensive income/(expenses) for the year

Acquisition of additional interests in subsidiaries Dividends paid to the shareholders of the Company - 2019 final dividend HK$0.01 per share

As at 31 December 2020

Attributable to shareholders of the CompanyInvestment at fair valuethrough otherShare capital HK$'000 961,107

Share comprehensive Translation revaluationpremium income reserveHK$'000 3,570,879

reserveHK$'000

HK$'000

(92,703) (1,399,778)

-

-

-

-

- -

- -

  • - (119,568)

-

-

-

-(10,644)

-

- -

- -

(10,644)

(119,568)

-

-

  • - (96,111)

-

--

-

-

-

961,107

3,474,768

(103,347) (1,519,346)

-

-

-

-

- -

- -

  • - 478,323

-

-

-

-

-

  • - 41,885

- -

- -

  • - 478,323

-

-

  • - (96,111)

-

-961,107

3,378,657

(103,347) (1,041,023)

HK$'000 HK$'000 HK$'000

reserve

41,885

41,885 (541,036) 2,024,956

Asset

Attributable to

non-controlling

interests of

Sub-total

subsidiaries

Total

HK$'000

HK$'000

HK$'000

4,220,303

155,935

4,376,238

181,735

8,226

189,961

(119,568)

(4,862)

(124,430)

(616)

-

(616)

(10,644)

-

(10,644)

50,907

3,364

54,271

2,385

(153,674)

(151,289)

(96,111)

-

(96,111)

-

(8,359)

(8,359)

- (536,255) 1,900,557

4,177,484

(2,734)

4,174,750

125,234

(6)

125,228

478,323

-

478,323

(835)

-

(835)

41,885

-

41,885

644,607

(6)

644,601

(4,781)

-

(4,781)

(96,111)

-

(96,111)

4,721,199

(2,740)

4,718,459

- (538,640) 1,719,438

Other reservesRetained earnings

-

  • - 181,735

    - --

    -

  • - (616)

-

-

-

-

-181,119

  • - 2,385

--

-

--

-

-

-

  • - 125,234

    - --

    -

  • - (835)

-

--124,399

  • - (4,781)

--

-

-

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

  • 1. General Information

    The Company was incorporated in the Cayman Islands as an exempted company with limited liability and its shares are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

    The consolidated financial statements are presented in Hong Kong dollars, which are the same as the functional currency of the Company.

    The Company acts as an investment holding company. Its subsidiaries are principally engaged in research and development, manufacturing, commercialisation, marketing and selling of health and agriculture-related products, as well as investment in a portfolio of vineyards, and various financial and investment products.

  • 2. Application of Amendments to Hong Kong Financial Reporting Standards

    In the current year, the Group has adopted, for the first time, a number of amendments to Hong Kong Financial Reporting Standards ("HKFRSs") and the Amendments to reference to the Conceptual Framework in HKFRS Standards (collectively "new HKFRSs") issued by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants ("HKICPA") which are effective in the current year.

    The adoption of the new HKFRSs has no material impact on the consolidated financial statements of the Group for the current or prior accounting periods.

    The Group has not early applied the following new HKFRSs that have been issued but are not yet effective:

    HKFRS 17

    Insurance Contracts and the related Amendments 1

    Amendments to HKFRS 16

    Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions 4

    Amendments to HKFRS 3

    Reference to the Conceptual Framework 2

    Amendments to HKFRS 9,

    Interest Rate Benchmark Reform - Phase 2 5

    HKAS 39, HKFRS 7,

    HKFRS 4 and HKFRS 16

    Amendments to HKFRS 10

    Sale or Contribution of Assets between an Investor

    and HKAS 28

    and its Associate or Joint Venture 3

    Amendments to HKAS 1

    Classification of Liabilities as Current or

    Non-current and related amendments to

    Hong Kong Interpretation 5 (2020) 1

    Amendments to HKAS 16

    Property, Plant and Equipment - Proceeds before

    Intended Use 2

    Amendments to HKAS 37

    Onerous Contracts - Cost of Fulfilling a Contract 2

    Amendments to HKFRSs

    Annual Improvements to HKFRSs 2018-2020 2

    • 1 Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2023

    • 2 Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2022

    • 3 Effective for annual periods beginning on or after a date to be determined

    • 4 Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 June 2020

    • 5 Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021

Amendment to HKFRS 16 Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions is effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 June 2020. The amendment introduces a new practical expedient for lessees to elect not to assess whether a Covid-19-related rent concession is a lease modification. The practical expedient only applies to rent concessions occurring as a direct consequence of the Covid-19 that meets all of the following conditions:

  • - the change in lease payments results in revised consideration for the lease that is substantially the same as, or less than, the consideration for the lease immediately preceding the change;

  • - any reduction in lease payments affects only payments originally due on or before 30 June 2021; and

  • - there is no substantive change to other terms and conditions of the lease.

A lessee applying the practical expedient accounts for changes in lease payments resulting from rent concessions the same way it would account for the changes applying HKFRS 16 Leases if the changes are not a lease modification. Forgiveness or waiver of lease payments are accounted for as variable lease payments. The related lease liabilities are adjusted to reflect the amounts forgiven or waived with a corresponding adjustment recognised in the profit or loss in the period in which the event occurs.

The application of amendment had no impact on the Group's financial position and performance as the Group did not obtain any rent concessions.

Apart from the above, the Group is in the process of assessing the impact of new

HKFRSs, which are not yet effective, on the Group's consolidated financial statements. Up to the date of approval of financial statements, the Group anticipates the application of all new and amendments to HKFRSs will have no material impact on the Group.

  • 3. Revenue

    Revenue represents net invoiced value of goods sold, after allowance for returns and trade discounts, as well as rental income and income from investments, and is analysed as follows:

    2020

    2019

    HK$'000

    HK$'000

    Sales of goods:

    Agriculture-related

    1,961,086

    1,788,836

    Health

    2,814,728

    3,021,285

    Revenue from contracts with customers

    4,775,814

    4,810,121

    Rental income (included in agriculture-related segment)

    165,824

    156,450

    Investment income

    906

    453

    4,942,544

    4,967,024

    Rental income represents the operating lease income with fixed lease payments.

  • 4. Other Income, Gains and Losses

    2020 HK$'000

    2019 HK$'000

    Included in other income, gains and losses are:Interest income from bank deposits Other interest income Government grants * Exchange gain/(loss)

    1,096 6,008

    1,272 2,748

    21,924

    -8,150 (34,372)

    Net unrealised gain on fair value changes of investment properties

    122,820 120,385

    Net reversal of impairment/(impairment) of property, plantand equipment 9,391 (21,425)Impairment of intangible assets Net impairment of trade receivables Impairment of other receivable

    - (2,992)

    (14,384) (1,348)

    - (600)

    Net (loss)/gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment

    (1,802) 1,073

    Fair value (loss)/gain on investments mandatorily measured at fair value through profit or loss

    - Investments held for trading

    (3,922) 5,051

    * Included in the government grants are Covid-19 subsidies of HK$4,863,000 (2019:

    Nil) relate to Employment Support Scheme provided by the Hong Kong government, and the remaining amounts represent the Covid-19 subsidies received from the Group's overseas operations.

  • 5. Staff Costs

    Staff costs which include salaries, bonuses, retirement benefit scheme contributions and recruitment costs for the year amounted to HK$1,019.9 million (2019: HK$1,049.5 million) of which HK$479.4 million (2019: HK$499.4 million) relating to direct labor costs were included in cost of sales.

6.

2020

2019

HK$'000

HK$'000

Included in other expenses are:

Auditor's remuneration

12,667

10,515

Clinical trial and laboratory expenses

107,382

79,565

Freight and delivery expenses

264,255

269,635

Information technology expenses

27,965

27,161

Insurance expenses

33,619

29,173

Professional, legal and consultancy expenses

47,769

58,354

Selling, promotion, advertising and related expenses

62,982

62,645

Short-term leases expenses

4,243

1,693

Low value assets leases expenses

548

419

7.

Finance Costs

2020

2019

HK$'000

HK$'000

Interest on:

Bank borrowings

85,734

116,832

Other borrowings

22,116

32,274

Lease liabilities

20,876

9,778

128,726

158,884

8.

Taxation

2020

2019

HK$'000

HK$'000

The tax (credit)/expenses for the year represent:

Current tax

Hong Kong

184

-

Other jurisdictions

39,387

32,139

Over provision in prior years

Hong Kong

-

-

Other jurisdictions

(796)

(4,729)

Deferred tax

Hong Kong

-

-

Other jurisdictions

(44,877)

64

(6,102)

27,474

Other Expenses

Hong Kong profits tax has been provided for at the rate of 16.5% of the estimated assessable profits. Taxation arising from other jurisdictions is calculated at the rates prevailing in the relevant jurisdictions.

  • 9. Earnings Per Share

    The calculations of the basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to shareholders of the Company are based on the following data:

    2020 HK$'000

    2019 HK$'000

    Profit for the year attributable to shareholders of the Company

    Profit for calculating basic and diluted earnings per share

    125,234

    181,735

    Number of shares

    Number of ordinary shares in issue used in the calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share

    9,611,073,000

    9,611,073,000

    Diluted earnings per share for the years ended 31 December 2020 and 31 December 2019 are the same as the basic earnings per share as there were no dilutive potential ordinary shares outstanding.

  • 10. Dividends

    A final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2020 of HK$0.01 per share (2019: HK$0.01 per share) with an aggregate amount of HK$96,111,000 (2019: HK$96,111,000) had been proposed by the Directors. It is subject to approval by the shareholders in the forthcoming general meeting.

12.

2020

2019

HK$'000

HK$'000

Trade receivables related to:

- Sales of goods

771,479

946,603

- Operating leases

3,938

1,422

775,417

948,025

Less: provision for impairment

(12,061)

(8,366)

763,356

939,659

Other receivables, deposits and prepayments

163,663

184,832

927,019

1,124,491

Receivables and Prepayments

The following is an analysis of trade receivables by age, presented based on invoice dates:

2020

2019

HK$'000

HK$'000

0 - 90 days

718,412

815,428

Over 90 days

44,944

124,231

763,356

939,659

Payables and Accruals

2020

2019

HK$'000

HK$'000

Trade payables

314,129

259,362

Other payables and accrued charges

491,957

407,808

806,086

667,170

The following is an analysis of trade payables by age, presented based on invoice dates:

2020

2019

HK$'000

HK$'000

0 - 90 days

306,503

225,559

Over 90 days

7,626

33,803

314,129

259,362

Segment Information

The Group's reportable segments and other information required under HKFRS 8 are summarised as follows:

(a) Reportable segment information

Segment revenue

Agriculture-related 2020 2019

HK$'000 HK$'000 2,126,910 1,945,286

Health 2020 2019

HK$'000 HK$'000 2,814,728 3,021,285

Unallocated

Total

2020 2019

2020 2019

HK$'000 HK$'000

HK$'000 HK$'000

906

453 4,942,544 4,967,024

Segment results Unallocated other income, gains or losses

Research and development expenditure

Corporate expenses Finance costs

Profit before taxation Taxation

Profit for the year

316,359 260,383

146,159 329,421

-

-

  • 462,518 589,804

  • 6,800 (17,439)

(149,773) (122,284)

(71,693) (73,762)

(128,726) (158,884)

  • 119,126 217,435

  • 6,102 (27,474)

125,228

189,961

Other information Interest income Amortisation of intangible assets Depreciation

Net impairment of trade receivables Impairment of other receivable

Net gain/(loss) on disposal of property, plant and equipment Net unrealised gain on fair value changes of investment properties Net reversal of impairment/ (impairment) of property, plant and equipment Impairment of intangible assets

315

959

(6,127) (6,057)

(118,053) (118,785)

(312)

-194

1,284

2,764

  • (1,001) (993)

  • (86,108) (69,167)

    (628)

  • (14,072) (720)

-

-

  • 1,074 (12)

769

5,033 2,368 8,756

- (9,076)

- (7,128) (7,050) (9,408) (213,237) (197,360)

-

- (14,384) (1,348)

-

- (600) - (600)

  • - (1,984)

(1)

(1,802) 1,073

122,820

120,385

-

-

-

-

  • 122,820 120,385

    9,391

    (21,425)

    - -

    - -

    - -

    - -

  • 9,391 (21,425)

-

(2,992)

- (2,992)

(b) Geographical information

Revenue is analysed by the Group's sales by geographical market while the carrying amount of non-current assets is analysed by the geographical area in which the assets are located.

Revenue

Non-current assets

(note i)

(note ii)

2020 2019

2020 2019

HK$'000 HK$'000

HK$'000 HK$'000

2,811,575 2,674,637

5,351,797 4,559,463

Asia Pacific

North America

2,130,063 2,291,934

3,244,329 3,064,237

4,941,638 4,966,571

8,596,126 7,623,700

Notes :

  • i. Revenue excluding investment income generated from financial instruments.

  • ii. Non-current assets excluding financial instruments and deferred tax assets.

The major countries where the group companies domiciled include China (including Hong Kong), Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.

The Group does not have any material sales (excluding investment income generated from financial instruments) to countries other than those in which the Group companies are domiciled. There are no material non-current assets (excluding financial instruments and deferred tax assets) which are located in countries other than those in which the Group companies are domiciled.

PURCHASE, SALE OR REDEMPTION OF THE COMPANY'S LISTED SECURITIES

During the year ended 31 December 2020, neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has purchased, sold or redeemed any of the Company's listed securities.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE CODE

The Board of Directors ("Board") and the management of the Company are committed to the maintenance of good corporate governance practices and procedures.

The corporate governance principles of the Company emphasize a quality Board, sound internal controls, and transparency and accountability to all shareholders.

The Company had applied the principles and complied with all code provisions (except as stated below) and, where applicable, the recommended best practices of the Corporate Governance Code ("CG Code") as set out in Appendix 14 to the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited ("Listing Rules") throughout the year ended 31 December 2020.

In accordance with code provision A.5.1 of the CG Code, the Company established its nomination committee ("Nomination Committee") on 1 January 2019. The Nomination Committee currently comprises a majority of Independent Non-executive Directors and is chaired by an Independent Non-executive Director in compliance with the requirements under the Listing Rules. During the period from 1 January 2020 to 30 November 2020, the Nomination Committee was chaired by the Chairman of the Board and comprised all the Directors of the Company, and when the need to select, nominate or re-elect Directors arose, the Nomination Committee established a sub-committee comprising a majority of Independent Non-executive Directors that was chaired by the Chairman of the Board in compliance with the requirements under the Listing Rules in relation to the composition of the nomination committee to consider and if appropriate, recommend the nomination of Director to be appointed or re-elected.

The Group is committed to achieving and maintaining standards of openness, probity and accountability. In line with this commitment and in compliance with the CG Code, the audit committee of the Company ("Audit Committee") has established the Procedures for Reporting Possible Improprieties in Matters of Financial Reporting, Internal Control or Other Matters. In addition, the Company has established the Policy on Handling of Confidential Information, Information Disclosure, and Securities Dealing for compliance by the Company's employees.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

The Listing Rules require every listed issuer to establish an audit committee comprising at least three members who must be non-executive directors only, and the majority thereof must be independent non-executive directors, at least one of whom must have appropriate professional qualifications, or accounting or related financial management expertise. The Company established the Audit Committee on 26 June 2002 and has formulated its written terms of reference, which have from time to time been modified, in accordance with the prevailing provisions of the CG Code.

The Audit Committee comprises three Independent Non-executive Directors, namely, Mr. Kwan Kai Cheong (Chairman of the Audit Committee), Mr. Paul Joseph Tighe and Mr. Donald Jeffrey Roberts. The principal duties of the Audit Committee include: the review and supervision of the Group's financial reporting system, risk management and internal control systems; review of the Group's financial information; review of the relationship with the external auditor of the Company; and performance of the corporate governance functions delegated by the Board.

The Group's annual results for the year ended 31 December 2020 have been reviewed by the Audit Committee and audited by the independent auditor of the Company, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

REMUNERATION COMMITTEE

In compliance with the CG Code, the Company established its remuneration committee ("Remuneration Committee") on 1 January 2005 with a majority of the members thereof being Independent Non-executive Directors. The Remuneration Committee comprises an Independent Non-executive Director, Mrs. Kwok Eva Lee (Chairperson of the Remuneration Committee), the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Victor T K Li, and an Independent Non-executive Director, Mr. Colin Stevens Russel.

NOMINATION COMMITTEE

The Company established the nomination committee on 1 January 2019 which currently comprises a majority of Independent Non-executive Directors and is chaired by an Independent Non-executive Director. The Nomination Committee currently comprises an Independent Non-executive Director, Mr. Paul Joseph Tighe (Chairman of the Nomination Committee), the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Victor T K Li, and an Independent Non-executive Director, Mr. Donald Jeffrey Roberts.

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE

The Company established its sustainability committee ("Sustainability Committee") on 1 December 2020 with an Executive Director, an Independent Non-executive Director and the Company Secretary to oversee management and advise the Board on the development and implementation of the sustainability initiatives of the Group, including reviewing the related environment, social and governance ("ESG") policies and practices, and assessing and making recommendations on matters concerning the Group's sustainability development and ESG risks. The Sustainability Committee comprises an Executive Director, Mr. Ip Tak Chuen, Edmond (Chairman of the Sustainability Committee), an Independent Non-executive Director, Mr. Paul Joseph Tighe, and the Company Secretary, Ms. Eirene Yeung.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The 2021 Annual General Meeting ("2021 AGM") of the shareholders of the Company will be held at 1st Floor, Harbour Grand Kowloon, 20 Tak Fung Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong on Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 9:45 a.m, and which will be a hybrid meeting. The shareholders of the Company have the option of attending, participating and voting in the 2021 AGM either through the physical attendance at the abovementioned venue or online access. Details of the arrangements for, among others, registration and voting at the hybrid meeting will be provided in the Company's Circular in relation to the 2021 AGM which will be published and despatched to the shareholders in accordance with the Listing Rules in due course.

CLOSURE OF REGISTER OF MEMBERS

The Register of Members of the Company will be closed from Monday, 10 May 2021 to Thursday, 13 May 2021, both days inclusive, during which period no transfer of shares will be effected. In order to determine the entitlement to attend and vote at the 2021 Annual General Meeting, all share certificates with completed transfer forms, either overleaf or separately, must be lodged with the Company's Branch Share Registrar, Computershare Hong Kong Investor Services Limited at Rooms 1712-1716, 17th Floor, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen's Road East, Hong Kong, not later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, 7 May 2021.

The final dividend is payable to shareholders whose names appear on the Register of Members of the Company at the close of business on Thursday, 20 May 2021, being the record date for determination of entitlement to the final dividend. In order to qualify for the proposed final dividend, all share certificates with completed transfer forms, either overleaf or separately, must be lodged with the Company's Branch Share Registrar, Computershare Hong Kong Investor Services Limited at Rooms 1712-1716, 17th Floor, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen's Road East, Hong Kong, not later than 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 20 May 2021.

As at the date of this document, the Executive Directors of the Company are Mr. Li Tzar Kuoi, Victor (Chairman), Mr. Kam Hing Lam, Mr. Ip Tak Chuen, Edmond, Mr. Yu Ying Choi, Alan Abel and Dr. Toh Kean Meng, Melvin; and the Non-executive Directors are Mr. Peter Peace Tulloch, Mrs. Kwok Eva Lee (Independent Non-executive Director), Mr. Colin Stevens Russel (Independent Non-executive Director), Mr. Kwan Kai Cheong (Independent Non-executive Director), Mr. Paul Joseph Tighe (Independent Non-executive Director) and Mr. Donald Jeffrey Roberts (Independent Non-executive Director).

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