Premier Foods has a taste for success as pre-tax profit surges

Manufacturer Premier Foods saw its pre-tax profit surge 74 per cent, as it racked up its strongest revenue growth for over five years in its final results out today.

The figures

The company announced that its pre-tax profit had increased to £20.9m for the 52 weeks ended 31 March, up from £12m the year before, making it a 74 per cent increase.

In addition, earnings per share rose from 0.7p to 0.9p, an increase of almost 29 per cent. The company's net debt was reduced by £26.8m to £496.4m.

Partnerships with international food companies such as Mondelez International and Nissin resulted in 55 per cent of revenue growth, with international sales boosted by 25 per cent in the last year.

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Why it's important

Premier Foods, which is responsible for brands such as Hovis, Bisto, Sharwood's and Batchelors, has had a very good year which can be seen in part as a result of its focus to branch out internationally.

The company now announced that the brand Batchelors, the brand that has products such as Cup a Soup, Pasta n' Sauce and Super Noodles under its name, was the brand with the highest growth rate among its products and has turned out to become very profitable now although it was in decline three years ago.

What Premier Foods said

Chief executive of the company Gavin Darby said: “After a slower start in the first quarter, performance accelerated during the year as planned … Three important drivers of this performance were innovation, our International business and our strategic partnerships with Nissin and Mondelez International.”

“The Batchelors brand is now the fastest growing in our portfolio having been turned around from decline three years ago to double-digit growth for the past year. This followed the launch of new products designed to meet consumer trends such as Batchelors Super Noodles pots, which sold over 13 million pots in the past year,” he said.

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