Stock Spirits Group increases its 2017 interim dividend by 4.8% in Euro terms

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Stock Spirits Group increases its 2017 interim dividend by 4.8% in Euro terms


Total revenue €119.8 million, an increase of 3.3% (2016: €116.0 million)

Operating profit €16.5 million, an increase of 32% (2016: €12.5 million)

Profit after tax €11.7 million, an increase of 40% (2016: €8.4 million)

Basic EPS 6 € cents per share, an increase of 50% (2016: 4 € cents per share)

Interim dividend 2.38 € cents per ordinary share, an increase of 4.8% (2016: 2.27 € cents)

EBITDA €22.0 million, an increase of 23.4% (2016: €17.9 million)



Total sales volume increase of 7.3% to 5.7 million 9 litre cases (2016: 5.4 million)

Poland top line and profit growth; increased market shares since December 2016

Over €2.5 million of savings recorded in the period from initiatives implemented in 2016

Restructuring of operations and legal teams expected to generate incremental savings of €1.5 million from the start of next year

Investment in high growth, high margin, category of Irish whiskey through an equity investment - the Company's second bolt-on deal in nine months

New distribution arrangements in place with Synergy in Bosnia and Croatia, Distell in the UK, and Beam in Slovakia

Mirek Stachowicz, CEO of Stock Spirits Group, commented:

"We are pleased to have delivered good financial and operational progress during the first half of the year. This performance is a clear sign that the business has stabilised and that the initiatives put in place in 2016 are beginning to deliver tangible results including in Poland. While our core markets remain competitive, we believe that our strategy of further developing our existing brand portfolio whilst continuing to invest in markets and categories with strong potential leaves us well placed to continue delivering long-term and sustainable growth. As always, I would like to thank all of Stock Spirits' employees for their hard work and commitment in helping us to deliver the plans and ambitions that we have for this business."

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