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2014-05-14

Lerøy Seafood Group ASA: Q1 2014 Results

Lerøy Seafood Group ASA - a record-breaking quarter for the Group

Lerøy Seafood Group is proud to report an operating profit before fair value
adjustment of NOK 550 million and an operating profit per kilo of NOK 16.5 in
Q1 2014, the best operating result ever in the Group's history. By
comparison, operating profit in Q1 2013 was NOK 369 million.

- We are proud and satisfied to report the best operating profit ever in the
history of the Group. All of our segments have had a positive development,
says CEO Henning Beltestad.

For Q1 2014, Lerøy Seafood Group reported a turnover of NOK 3,180 million
compared to NOK 2,332 million in the same period in 2013. The main driver
behind the high operating profit is higher price achievement for the Group's
main products, Atlantic salmon and trout.

In order to shed more light on the Group's recent significant downstream
investments, the Group has, as previously notified, slightly changed its
reporting structure. From now on, the Group will report in three segments:
Farming, Value-added-processing (VAP) and Sales&Distribution.

The Farming segment

Farming harvested 33,336 GWT of salmon and trout in Q1 2014, which is in line
with the figure of 33,231 GWT in Q1 2013. Operating profit before biomass
adjustment reported by the Farming segment increased from NOK 284 million in
Q1 2013 to NOK 506 million in Q1 2014. This represents an operating profit
per kilo (before biomass adjustment) in Q1 2014 of NOK 15.2 compared to NOK
8.6 i Q1 2013.

Lerøy Aurora AS achieved an operating profit per kilo of NOK 19.2 in Q1 2014,
while Lerøy Midt AS and Lerøy Sjøtroll AS reported an operating profit per
kilo of NOK 16.5 and NOK 12.4 respectively.

- All our farming companies have reported a positive development in Q1 2014,
with lower release from stock (RFS) and a significant increase in price
achievement on contract portfolio, explains Henning Beltestad. We are now
also in a position where we have good control over biological elements, he
continues.

The VAP segment

In recent years, Lerøy Seafood Group has made significant investments in
increasing its capacity for high value processed salmon and trout. The very
high spot prices for Atlantic salmon and trout are and have been challenging
for the VAP segment. However, mainly driven by higher prices, revenues for
the segment are up 44% from NOK 255 million in Q1 2013 to NOK 367 million in
Q1 2014. The operating margin for the same period has seen a slight increase
from 3.6 % in Q1 2013 to 4.1 % in Q1 2014.

- This margin is below the Group's target figure, and we are constantly
working to increase margins for this segment, explains CEO Henning Beltestad.

The Sales&Distribution segment

The Sales&Distribution segment can report a positive development for Q1 2014.
The segment has increased its revenue from NOK 2,229 million in Q1 2013 to
NOK 3,067 million in Q1 2014. This is by far the highest revenue ever to be
reported for any first quarter. The operating margin in Q1 2014 was 1.3%,
which is in line with Q1 2013, but the operating profit increased from NOK 29
million in Q1 2013 to NOK 39 million in Q1 2014.

- The margin reported for the Sales and Distribution segment is lower than the
Group's target. However, in light of start-up costs at several fish-cuts in
the quarter, the Group is very satisfied with developments and the potential
for the future, says Henning Beltestad in a comment.

Good growth conditions and the inclusion of the wholly-owned part of Villa
Organic AS (subsequent to the demerger of company in the summer of 2014) for
the second half of 2014 allow the Group to increase its harvested volume
projections for 2014 from 157,000 GWT to 163,000 GWT.

Net interest-bearing debt totalled NOK 1,748 million on 31 March 2014
(31.12.2013: 2,117) with an equity ratio of 56% (31.12.2013: 54%).

Questions and comments may be addressed to the company's CEO, Henning
Beltestad, or to the CFO, Sjur S. Malm.

About Lerøy Seafood Group ASA

Lerøy Seafood Group is the world's second largest producer of Atlantic salmon
and trout. In 2014 the Group expects to harvest 163,000 GWT and 181,500 GWT
included the Group's share from associated companies. LSG sells its seafood
to more than 70 markets and has more than 2,000 employees. Its main office is
in Bergen. Lerøy Seafood Group is listed on the Oslo stock exchange with the
ticker LSG. Please go towww.lsg.nofor more information.

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

Q1 2014 Presentation
http://hugin.info/131537/R/1785005/611922.pdf
Q1 2014 Report
http://hugin.info/131537/R/1785005/611920.pdf

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Source: Lerøy Seafood Group ASA via Globenewswire

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