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Kerry Group first quarter revenues fall 9.9pc


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Kerry Group saw revenues fall in the first three months of 2024 as consumer demand remained “relatively subdued” following periods of high inflation.

Group revenue was down 9.9pc in the first three months of the year.

Volumes were up 1.9pc, while prices dropped 5.5pc in the period as inflation eased.

The Irish food group’s margin on its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) rose 140 basis points.

This increase was attributed to the effect of price decreases, as well as cost efficiencies and portfolio developments.

European sales volumes were down 1.4pc in the quarter compared to the corresponding period in 2023 as consumers grappled with inflation. Volumes were up 3.6pc in the Americas region following strong inventory management in these markets towards the end of 2023.

Growth in the group’s taste and nutrition division was driven by a strong foodservice performance in the first quarter. Volume sales rose by 3.1pc, as prices were down 3.9pc in a deflationary environment.

Prices in Kerry’s dairy division dropped 13.7pc in the first three months of 2024 as dairy input costs were down compared to same period in 2023. The group also saw a 3pc drop in volumes.

Its dairy ingredients products range was also impacted by “softer overall supply” in the first quarter as a result of market conditions in Ireland.

Kerry also updated its adjusted earnings per share guidance. It now expects to achieve adjusted earnings per share growth this year of between 5.5pc and 8.5pc on a constant currency basis.

Previously, it had forecast 5pc to 8pc growth.

This follows the group’s introduction of a new €300m share buyback programme.

“Consumer market dynamics remain similar to those outlined at our full year results,” chief executive officer Edmond Scanlon said, pointing to muted demand.

“As part of our capital allocation framework as previously indicated, we are announcing a new share buyback programme, and the expected net earnings per share accretion has been reflected in our updated guidance range,” he added.

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