Midway Limited (ASX:MWY) Managing Director and CEO Tony Price talks about the company's 1H19 results, performance of its acquisitions, strategy and outlook. Anna Napoli: Hello, I'm Anna Napoli for the Finance News Network and joining me now from Midway (ASX:MWY) is Managing Director, Tony Price. Tony, welcome to FNN. Tony Price: Thanks, Anna. Anna Napoli: First up, can you start with an introduction to the company? Tony Price: Midway Limited (ASX:MWY) is an integrated forestry business. The only one, fully integrated forestry business listed on the stock exchange. And by integrated I mean that we operate from on the cradle to grave basis. And that means that we plant trees, we tend trees, we harvest them, we take them to processing facilities, we market them, and then we also in some cases deliver the product all the way to the customer. We're one of the biggest exporters in Australia. And most of our product is delivered to customers in China and Japan. Anna Napoli: Let's talk about your first half 2019 results. What were some of the highlights? Tony Price: We basically generated a revenue of about $124 million. Which was up 45 per cent on the previous half year. That delivered an EBITDA of $12.2 million. Which was up 88 per cent. So all in all we had a good year. That was driven by a significant increase in sales price and also the tailwind of foreign exchange. Anna Napoli: Now to your operations. Can you tell us more, starting with production? Tony Price: We've got operations throughout Australasia. We have an operating business that manages plantations on our behalf and also on behalf of third parties. We also have a number of processing facilities, Queensland and two in Victoria. And more recently we've developed operations in Tasmania and also Western Australia. Anna Napoli: And how about pricing? Tony Price: Pricing has moved upwards significantly in the last two years. So 2018 calendar year, we were able to achieve 8 per cent price increase with our produ...
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