Sipef Case Study


Figuur 1 Hectares planted (blue; source: Annual Report "Ouderdomstructuur") and oil yield per plant (%of rated output, right axis; source: both in function of plant age. Sipef has a lotof immature plants.

With the age structure of the plantations on the one hand, and the yield per age on the other,we can simulate the future production for Sipef, assuming no Capex is made in planting new palm oil trees. We do this by correlating the two data series, and applying a +1 year offset onthe age of the plants for every year we want to look into the future. We find that the effect of additional yield from the (numerous) immature plants maturing is more important than the detrimental effect of the declining yields of older plants, and the demolishing of +28 years plants for until 2019 (see below). Some findings:


Sipef’s real turnover (in tons) will grow 23%, until 2019, without any planting Capex!


without any planting Capex, Sipef can sustain current level of production for until 2024!With stable prices for all crops, this means Sipef’s turnover will grow 19%


 “organically”, and without any growth capex until 2019.

1 The simulated 23% growth only applies for Palm oil turnover

owned by the group

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