Trading conditions for Australian cotton growers have fluctuated over the past five years, due to increased volatility on the global cotton market. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Cotton Growing industry in Australia.
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) January 03, 2013
The fortunes of the Australian Cotton Growing industry are largely determined by global cotton demand, the world price of cotton and domestic growing conditions. Australia is a small cotton producer on a global scale; however, nearly all ginned cotton is sold abroad due to the small size of the domestic textile manufacturing industries and the increasing penetration of fabric and garment imports. According to IBISWorld Industry analyst Suzannah Rowley, "trading conditions for Australian growers have fluctuated over the past five years, due to increased volatility on the global cotton market." Added to this were fluctuations in climatic conditions such as prolonged drought, severe water shortages, and flooding. These factors pushed up the cost of growing cotton and forced smaller, less-viable operators out of the industry. Fortunately, the industry rebounded well due to recent hikes in global cotton prices and the positive effect of increased rainfall and improved growing conditions. These factors have contributed to the expected annualised revenue growth of 53.3% over the five years through 2012-13. However, as farmers increased plantings around the world in response to the high prices, global production has increased, causing world prices to tumble over the past two years. A continued decline in cotton prices over 2012-13 is expected to push industry revenue down by 5.4% to $2.27 billion.
Australian cotton producers will face difficult trading conditions over the next five years due to declining global cotton prices and a possible return to drought-like conditions. ‘The forecast decline in prices in the short term will be the main reason for the declines in domestic production and revenue', says Rowley. Added to this will be a likely decline in annual rainfall and water availability for irrigation over the next five years, which is expected to put downwards pressure on domestic production and negatively affect revenue growth. On a brighter note, increasing global demand from developing countries is likely to sustain demand for the industry and prices are expected to remain elevated. Overall, industry revenue is expected to decline over the next five years.
The majority of agricultural operators are family-run farms and so market shares are often highly fragmented across the sector. The Cotton Growing industry is no different in this respect; although a handful of major players do run sizeable operations. Most of these major players are also vertically integrated, running their own ginning operations, as well as marketing and exporting. Structurally, the industry is highly fragmented, with large players wielding all market power and determining the market price. The largest players in the industry are Cubbie Group, Kahlbetzer Investments, Auscott and Tandou.
For more information, visit IBISWorld's Cotton Growing report in Australia industry page.
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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
Farms in this industry grow cotton. Cotton is the white downy fibres grown on shrubby plants of the genus gossypium. These fibres are used to make textiles and other products.
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About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognised as the nation's most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com.au or call (03) 9655 3886.
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