Tate + Lyle: 2020 Full Year Results Statement

London / UK. (tl) Tate + Lyle PLC, a leading global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, announced the following statement for the twelve months to 31 March 2020. The Group recorded a year of strong performance, Tate + Lyle said in its Full Year 2020 Results Announcement.

Key highlights

  • Year of strong performance
    • Food + Beverage Solutions delivered strong revenue and double-digit profit growth
    • Sucralose profit slightly ahead
    • Primary Products profit higher despite challenging market conditions
  • Priorities to «Sharpen, Accelerate and Simplify» underpinning performance
  • Productivity programme increased from USD 100 million over 4 years to USD 150m over 6 years
  • Strong balance sheet and access to over USD 1 billion in available liquidity
  • New commitments for living our Purpose including ambitious sustainability targets

Financial highlights

  • +10 percent increase in Food + Beverage Solutions profit to GBP 162 million; +1 percent volume; +5 percent revenue
  • +1 percent increase in Sucralose profit3 to GBP 63 million
  • +3 percent increase in Primary Products profit3 to GBP 158 million with Sweeteners + Starches +1 percent, Commodities +17 percent
  • +23 percent increase in Group statutory profit before tax due to lower exceptional costs
  • +4 percent increase in adjusted profit before tax
  • +8 percent increase in adjusted diluted EPS benefitting from lower effective tax rate of 17.9 percent (2019: 21.0 percent)
  • +GBP 35 million higher adjusted free cash flow at GBP 247 million; Net debt / Ebitda ratio 0.9x
  • +40bps improvement in return on capital employed to 17.5 percent
  • Final dividend unchanged at 20.8 GBPence, making a full-year dividend of 29.6 GBPence, up 0.7 percent

Covid-19 and trading in April 2020

  • Measures in place to protect employees, keep operations running and serve customers
  • Actions taken in March to reduce costs, preserve cash and maintain financial strength
  • Food + Beverage Solutions volume in line with comparative period; Sucralose volume 18 percent higher
  • Primary Products bulk sweetener volume 26 percent lower; industrial starch volume 9 percent lower

Chief Executive’s Summary

Nick Hampton, Chief Executive, said: «This has been another year of consistent delivery. We made good progress executing our strategy with strong revenue and profit growth from Food + Beverage Solutions and profit growth from Primary Products in more challenging markets.

Food + Beverage Solutions delivered revenue growth in each region with revenue from New Products 15 percent higher. Operational execution was excellent and our three priorities to ‘Sharpen, Accelerate and Simplify’ the business continued to support performance. Customer focus was sharper, our innovation delivered strong growth and we delivered productivity ahead of target. Our culture is enabling us to move with greater pace and agility and we entered the new financial year with real momentum.

Our purpose of Improving Lives for Generations drives what we do and now we are announcing ambitious new commitments to help support healthy living, build thriving communities and care for our planet.

I am very proud of the way we have responded to the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19. Our purpose has been at the heart of our response, ensuring we care for our colleagues, their families and local communities as well as playing our part in supporting the food supply chain. Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to work very closely with our customers and support them as they have adapted to a rapidly changing operating environment. I want to thank all my colleagues for their extraordinary commitment, courage and agility in the face of Covid-19, and for truly living our purpose during these most difficult of times.

At the start of our 2021 financial year, with lockdowns in the US and Europe, trading in April was mixed. Food + Beverage Solutions performed well in the month but reduced out-of-home consumption in the US significantly impacted Primary Products. As the length and extent of the pandemic remains uncertain, we are not issuing guidance for the year ending 31 March 2021. To keep all stakeholders informed of our progress during these uncertain times, we will issue an exceptional first quarter trading update on 23 July 2020.

In the year ahead our priorities are clear – to look after our people and communities, strengthen our relationships with customers, continue to progress our strategy and maintain our financial strength.

Tate + Lyle is a resilient business that meets challenges head-on. The fundamentals of our business remain sound despite the challenges of Covid-19. Our high-quality portfolio of ingredients and solutions enable consumers to enjoy healthier and tastier food products and drinks. Demand for these products is growing and this trend is here to stay. Combined with our financial strength, this gives me confidence we will navigate this period successfully and that our future prospects remain strong.»