"Continued growth in challenging markets"
Carr's (CARR.L), the Agriculture and Engineering Group, announces its results for the 26 weeks ended 2 March 2019.
|Adjusted1 operating profit (£m)||11.9||11.3||+5.2%|
|Adjusted1 profit before tax (£m)||11.4||10.9||+4.5%|
|Adjusted1 EPS (p)||9.4||9.2||+2.2%|
|Operating profit (£m)||10.8||11.0||-1.6%|
|Profit before tax (£m)||10.3||10.6||-2.6%|
|Basic EPS (p)||8.3||9.0||-7.8%|
|Dividend per share (p)||1.125||1.075||+4.7%|
Net debt2 of £23.3m (£15.4m net debt at 1 September 2018)
1 Adjusted results are after adding back amortisation of acquired intangible assets and non-recurring items including acquisition costs
2 Further details of net debt can be found in note 12
Tim Davies, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
"The Group delivered a good performance during the first half of the financial year and trading remains in line with the Board's expectations for the full year. During the period, our Agriculture division was impacted by challenging external market conditions, including unseasonably mild weather in marked contrast to the same period in 2018, and continued uncertainty in the UK around Brexit. However, we were able to mitigate the effect of these challenges through improved efficiencies, operating cost controls and better procurement.
I am pleased to report that our Engineering division had a strong start to the year as a result of good performances in our UK Manufacturing and USA Engineering businesses. We are now seeing strong order books across the division, driven by contract wins, and we have improved manufacturing processes and strengthened our management teams.
Trading in the second half of the year has started in line with expectations, and the Board's outlook for the full year remains unchanged. We also remain confident in the medium term prospects of the Group as we continue to invest across our divisions, expand our product offering and grow our international footprint."