Bubs’ record quarter amid Chinese demand

Australian baby formula producer Bubs has reported its highest quarterly gross revenue thanks to booming demand in China for infant formula.

Bubs’ $19.7 million revenue for the quarter ended March 31 was helped by sales in China more than doubling on the same period last year.

Chief executive Kristy Carr said production of goat milk infant formula had been prioritised, with sales of that product up by 137 per cent on a year ago.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, there has been minimal disruption to production and supplying overseas customers, Ms Carr said.

Total sales in Australia increased by 34 per cent, helped by supplying about 200 Woolworths stores with infant formula in March.

The formula will be supplied to about 700 of the stores by May.

Bubs’ year-to-date gross revenue is $48.5 million – already more than its 2019 full year revenue of $46.8 million.

Mr Carr said direct sales to China had doubled and there was strong demand in Vietnam.

Bubs in February reported a $7.5 million first half net loss, although this was better than the $8.8 million loss for first half 2019.

The improving results have helped its share price avoid the sharp plunge of many others during the pandemic.

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