Fuller's pride as it looks to double number of pubs after rise in profits
Saturday 31 May 2003
Fuller Smith & Turner, the London-based brewer, yesterday threw its hat into the ring for any parcels of pubs that might come on to the market after the sale of Scottish & Newcastle's 1,450-strong pubs arm.
While S&N's entire estate would be beyond the reach of the London Pride brewer, the shake-up in the pubs market could provide opportunities for Fuller's, Michael Turner, the chief executive, said.
He added: "We would like to double the number of pubs. We're always looking at everything that comes on the market but so far we haven't found what we want."
His comments came as Fuller's pre-tax profits for the year to 29 March almost doubled to £17m, reflecting the absence of an exceptional loss incurred on property disposals the previous year. On an underlying basis, pre-tax profits rose 10 per cent to £16.4m on sales up 4 per cent to £137.6m.
Mr Turner attempted to gloss over the effect of City job losses on trading at its pubs in London's financial district. Although one quarter of the group's managed estate - about 25 pubs - is based in the City, a strong performance from its brewing division helped to mask the shortfall, he added.
The group said its results were "reassuringly good" in a difficult year for the industry. It is expanding the food offering across its pub estate to compensate for a decline in sales. Like-for-like sales across its managed estate fell 1.7 per cent, while food sales rose by 1.4 per cent on a like-for-like basis. Average profit per house across its tenanted division rose by 7 per cent, reflecting the improving quality of the estate, it added.
The group's hotels arm, which includes sites in Bristol, grew turnover by 31 per cent and revenue per available room by 11 per cent.
It is seeking permission to buy back 10 per cent of its unquoted "B" shares, while pressing ahead with a programme to buy back its quoted shares.
- 1 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 2 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 4 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 5 Israel-Gaza conflict: Deadly flechette shells 'used by Israeli military in Gaza Strip’
Hacking Trial: Rebekah Brooks, Raisa and a new twist in the saga of a horse fit for a Prime Minister
Israel-Gaza conflict: Palestinian death toll now exceeds 500 – but Israel fights on
Income tax league: Revealed - the UK towns where people pay the most and least tax
Israel-Gaza conflict: Deadly flechette shells 'used by Israeli military in Gaza Strip’
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Blogger captures footage ‘showing BUK missile launcher that shot down jet’ now back in Russia
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
iJobs Money & Business
£850 - £950 per day: Orgtel: Programme Director - Conduct Risk - Banking - £85...
£45000 - £50000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...
£250 - £300 per day + competitive: Orgtel: Finance Manager - Accountant - Bank...
£100000 - £120000 per annum + BONUS + BENEFITS: Harrington Starr: A leading fi...