Tate & Lyle PLC Trading Statement
This Trading Statement covers the period from 1 April 2016 to 30 June 2016, which is the…
This Trading Statement covers the period from 1 April 2016 to 30 June 2016, which is the first quarter of the financial year.
The Group made a strong start to the year with profit ahead of the comparative period in constant currency. The encouraging start to the year supports our confidence that we will continue to make progress, at constant currency, in the full year.
Speciality Food Ingredients performed solidly with profit for the division overall ahead of the comparative period. Excluding SPLENDA® Sucralose, profit was slightly ahead of the comparative period reflecting good margin improvement. Volume was slightly lower than the comparative period with good growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa, which benefited from the acquisition of the Slovakia facility, and stabilisation in Latin America, more than offset by softer demand in North America, Asia Pacific and Food Systems.
Profit for SPLENDA® Sucralose was significantly higher than the comparative period benefiting from strong volume growth from the sell-down of inventory carried into the financial year following the consolidation of the sucralose manufacturing footprint.
Bulk Ingredients performed strongly with profit well ahead of the comparative period due to solid demand at the start of the US summer beverage season, robust US bulk sweetener margins, and strong manufacturing performance. In Commodities, performance was broadly in line.
The Group generates less than 2 % of its revenues in the United Kingdom, with most revenues being US dollar based. Sterling has weakened significantly in recent weeks and, if current exchange rates were to prevail for the remainder of the financial year, our reported earnings would increase strongly1 due to US dollar and other currency movements.
1With regard to foreign currency, the Group’s results are most sensitive to changes in the US dollar. For the year ended 31 March 2016, it is estimated that a 1 cent change in the sterling:US dollar exchange rate led to a £1.3 million change in adjusted profit before tax. Given the weakening of sterling against most other currencies, changes in the rates of exchange of other currencies is also expected to increase adjusted profit before tax.