Interim Results for the six months ended 3 March 2018

16 April 2018

“Significant improvement in performance”

Carr's (CARR.L), the Agriculture and Engineering Group, announces its results for the six months ended 3 March 2018.


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Financial highlights

H1 2018 H1 2017 +/-
Revenue (£m) 200.1 176.8 + 13.2%
Operating profit (£m) 9.2 7.6 + 21.0%
Profit before tax (£m) 10.9 9.0 + 22.0%
Adjusted1 EPS (p) 9.2 7.1 + 29.6%
H1 2018 H1 2017 +/-
Revenue (£m) 200.1 176.8 + 13.2%
Operating profit (£m) 8.9 6.9 + 28.4%
Profit before tax (£m) 10.6 8.3 + 28.2%
Basic EPS (p) 9.0 6.4 + 40.6%
Dividend per share (p) 1.075 0.95 + 13.2%

Net debt of £16.1m (£14.1m net debt at 2 September 2017)

Commercial highlights

  • Strong performance in UK Agriculture with steadily increasing farm incomes continuing to reinforce confidence in the outlook for the industry
  • Feed volumes increased 6.3% driven by the successful integration of recent acquisitions and increased market demand
  • Global feed block sales continued to perform well with sales volumes up 11.2%
  • Recovery in the USA feed block market continued as expected
  • Strong recovery achieved across our Engineering businesses
  • New MD appointed for the Engineering division
  • Integration of NuVision continues to progress as planned

Tim Davies, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"We are very pleased with the performance of the Group during the first half of the year, which slightly exceeded the Board's expectations for the period. This strong performance demonstrates the excellent recovery made in our Engineering division and builds upon the strategic progress made during the last year.

In UK Agriculture, we now have greater visibility on the impact Brexit may have in relation to direct payments to farmers in the near term, although uncertainty remains on the issue of trade agreements both within the EU and the rest of the world. The clarity relating to direct support, together with improving farm incomes, means we are starting to see renewed confidence in the outlook for the industry. Our Engineering business is recovering well and we have strengthened management to drive further growth.

Trading in the second half has started well and the Board now anticipates that trading for the full year will be slightly ahead of its previous expectations. We are confident that our breadth of product offering, investments in acquisitions and research, and our international footprint leaves us well positioned for further growth across both our divisions in the medium term."


1 Adjusted results are after adding back amortisation of intangible assets and non-recurring items including acquisition costs



Carr's Group plc Tel: +44 (0) 1228 554 600
Tim Davies (Chief Executive)
Neil Austin (Group Finance Director)
Powerscourt Tel: +44 (0) 20 7250 1446
Nick Dibden / Lisa Kavanagh


About Carr's Group plc:

Carr's is an international leader in manufacturing value added products and solutions, with market leading brands and robust market positions in Agriculture and Engineering, supplying customers in over 50 countries around the world.

Its Agriculture division manufactures and supplies feed blocks for livestock, farm machinery and runs a UK network of rural stores, providing a one-stop shop for the farming community. Its Engineering division designs and manufactures bespoke equipment and provides technical engineering services into the nuclear, petrochemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, process and renewable energy industries, including robotic and remote handling equipment.