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Stock Spirits Group PLC - Interim results 2014

28.08.2014 08:44
Stock Spirits Group PLC, a leading Central and Eastern European branded spirits producer, announces its results for the six months ended 30 June 2014.


  • Total revenue down 10% to €137.7 million (2013: €153.1 million) reflecting the impact of the Polish duty sales re-phasing and adverse foreign exchange movements in the Czech Republic
  • Operating profit before exceptional costs down 23% to €23.2 million (2013: €30.3 million) which includes the impact of the Polish duty increase of €5m, foreign exchange movements, incremental costs of being a listed company and the presentation of new Long Term Incentive Plans for management
  • Profit after tax up to €16.8 million (2013: €10.7 million loss) reflecting a reduction in exceptional and finance costs as a result of the capital restructuring at the time of the IPO
  • EPS €0.084 per share
  • Maiden interim dividend €0.0125 per ordinary share
  • EBITDA before exceptionals €28.6 million (2013: €34.3 million)
  • Results in line with expectations and on track to deliver full year targets


  • Total volume 6.8 million 9 litre cases (2013: 7.8 million) reflecting impact of Polish duty increase
  • 'Project Polar' the roll out of 20,000 fridges in traditional off-trade stores completed in February 2014
  • The impact of the 15% excise duty increase, which resulted in the pulling forward of €5 million of operating profit into 2013, has been mitigated by effective management action
  • 14 new product launches including Sznaps and new flavours of Lubelska in Poland and a new range of flavoured vodkas in Slovakia
  • New distribution agreement signed in Croatia with Beam Suntory
  • Further international spirits awards won, reflecting the high quality nature of the Group's products

Chris Heath, CEO of Stock Spirits Group, commented:

"The Group's results for the first half of the year 2014 are in line with our internal targets and we are on track to meet our expectations for the full year. This solid performance has been delivered despite the challenge posed by the January 2014 excise duty increase in our largest market, Poland.

We have continued to grow our share of the key profit pools in Poland and have successfully launched a number of exciting new products in all of our core markets.

We are also pleased to have added a new distribution agreement with Beam Suntory in Croatia in line with our strategic aim of increasingly premiumising our portfolio in our core markets. Along with our existing agreements with Beam Suntory in Poland and Diageo in the Czech Republic, we are now working in partnership with global spirits leaders in three of our six core markets.

As intended at the time of the IPO last year, the Board is pleased to announce the payment of a maiden interim dividend of €0.0125 per share to shareholders. The Group is well placed to capitalise on the opportunities available in the Central and Eastern European Region and we continue to view the future with confidence."

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