US: Bunge has hedged half of next year’s sugar

Published: 11/01/2017, 5:35:40 PM

Bunge Ltd has hedged about half of its sugar sales next year and about 75-80% this year, the agribusiness company's chief financial officer told investors on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

"(F)or this year, we have hedged about 75-80% of our sugar sales and looking into next year, we are getting to the 50%-range plus," CFO Thomas Michael Boehlert said on a conference call to discuss third-quarter earnings.

The commodities merchant owns sugarcane mills in Brazil, the world's top producer and exporter of the sweetener. Sugar prices have tumbled as industry players have raised their expectations for excess supplies in the current 2017/18 sugar season.

Benchmark futures SBc1 are down about 25% year-to-date.