Dublin / IR. (gg) Greencore Group PLC issued its interim management statement for the period to 28 July 2015. Trading information relates to the 13 weeks to 26 June 2015 and the 39 weeks to 26 June 2015.
Third Quarter Trading
The Group recorded revenue of 346.5 million GBP in the 13 weeks to 26 June 2015, an increase of 6.2 percent on the prior year on both a reported and a like for like basis.
The Convenience Foods division recorded revenue of 331.9 million GBP, 6.9 percent higher than the prior year on a reported basis and up 6.3 percent on a like for like basis.
In the UK, like for like revenue was 4.0 percent higher than in the prior year. The food to go business continued to experience good growth led principally by the addition of new product lines in the Northampton facility. Elsewhere in the UK, revenue performance was more subdued.
In the US, like for like revenue was 22.1 percent higher than the prior year. This was driven principally by the roll out of new lines with our principal customers. The business remains focused on the delivery of major capacity related initiatives. The new facility in Quonset, Rhode Island, commenced production in April and the Newburyport facility was closed. Transfers from the Brockton site will commence during the current quarter to enable the site’s closure later in the year.
Ingredients and Property
The Ingredients and Property division, which now represents less than 5 percent of Group activity, recorded revenues of 14.6 million GBP in Q3, 4.4 percent higher on a constant currency basis and 8.2 percent lower in actual currency.
Year to Date Trading
In the 39 weeks to 26 June 2015, the Group recorded revenue of 986.3 million GBP, 4.2 percent ahead of the prior year on a reported basis and 4.7 percent ahead on a like for like basis. Year to date revenue in the Convenience Foods division was 946.6 million GBP, 5.4 percent higher than the prior year on both a reported and a like for like basis.
The Group’s financial position remains strong with good headroom within existing facilities.
The core UK grocery retail market remains challenging with high levels of change. The combination of modest deflation in ingredients and packaging costs, together with price investment by grocery retailers, has resulted in value growth lagging behind volume in a number of our product markets. The Group remains focused on delivering exceptional standards for its customers and on the execution of complex capacity increase projects in both the UK and US. We remain confident in our ability to deliver adjusted EPS growth for the financial year within the range of market expectations.