Tax cut help boost D&G profit 30%

RED STRIPE  factDesnoes & Geddes, brewers of the world famous Red Stripe beer, racked up a 30 percent increase in after tax profit, for the quarter to September this year, thanks partly to a reduction in tax, a 3 percent revenue increase and static to reducing cost. Profit before tax increased 14.5 percent to $640 million from $559 million in 2013. Revenues grew just 3 percent to $3.4 billion in the quarter but taxes fell from $192 million in the 2013 to $164 million as the tax rate for companies dropped to 25 percent form 30 percent for 2013.
Gross profit margin improved to 71.76 percent, in the latest quarter, from 69.25 percent last year. The improvement in the margin flowed in part from what management says are “efficiency gains from the investment in the brewery modernization such as the new combined heat and power plant.”
Gross profit improved by 14.7 percent to reach $1.156, as local sales grew 4.8 percent year over year, to reach $2.95 billion. Exports sales fell to $414 million from $465 million in 2013 leading to a fall in gross profit in the export segment to $226 from $291 million. Management stated that the reduction in exports is due to shift in the timing of a Shipment from the September quarter to the December quarter.
The company benefited from lower general, selling and administrative cost which fell to $261 million in the quarter, compared to $288 million in the 2013 quarter.
Cash funds at the end of the quarter, stood at $1.79 billion. The company declared a dividend of 27 cents per share, payable in December to cost $760 million and will be adequately funded by the earnings, for the December quarter. With the planned dividend, the company will pay 52 cents per share, in dividend for the 2014, providing a yield of just over 10 percent, based on the price of $5.10 at the end of 2013.
IC Insider is projecting earnings of 85 cents per share, for the year ending June 2015 and $1.05, for the following year. The stock which last sold at $4.95 remains an IC insider BUY RATED stock.

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