Tiger Brands It’s a jungle out there
Those Tiger Brands results for the year through September: turnover up +10% to R34bn, with price inflation at +11% and volume down -1%. The export fruit business was a notable performer, growing +19% to R4.3bn, offsetting volume declines in pasta, bread, flour and maize and the personal care and household goods divisions. In a year of high inflation, Tiger was able to claw some of its input costs back, increasing selling prices by +11%. Something they’re calling “profit from continuing operations” came through at R2.85bn, up over +60% from last year. The Striped One is considering various measures for growth, including producing private label for retailers, something they’ve never sullied their hands with before now, and are perhaps looking at opportunities for relevant acquisitions.
Comment: Nice work, Tiger, with some way still to go before the difficulties of the past few years are behind it. But is it too much to ask that businesses simply report their operating profit, rather than confusing things with “continuing operations”, or hiding behind a hedge of HEPS?