Salada makes big recovery

SaladaTeaSalada Foods reported recovery in profit in the March quarter, from increased sales of 78 percent, to hit $220 million, from a disastrous March 2014 quarter with sales of only $124 million.
The recovery is also from a very poor first quarter when a small loss was incurred. For the half year, the company reports profit of just $28.4 million from sales of $354.6 million. The company is reporting strong growth in exports for the year to date. Exports now accounts for 30 percent of sales compared to 18.4 percent in 2014, the company reported in its release with the financial data.
In 2014, sales amounted to $251.6 million, with profit of $28 million after tax. Profit for the March quarter amounted $29 million up from $9 million in 2014. Losses increased in the subsidiaries that in 2012 acquired Roberts’ brands and now processes products under that name, with minority shareholders picking up $3.2 million of the losses in 2015 versus $1 million in 2014 for the quarter and $5.2 million and $2 million for the six month’s respectively. Earnings per share ended at 31 cents for the quarter and 32 cents for the six months. SaladaMountainPeak150x150
Receivables which stood at $283 million is now down at $146 million but inventories shot up to $409 million from $227 million at September last year. Cash is now at $95 million and increase over September’s $75 million.
Salada produces the Mountain Peak coffee but also manufactures and sells a variety of beverage based products as well as jello and some other consumer products. The stock is listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and last traded at $9 and is one of the few stocks not to have participated in the ongoing market rally.

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