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Fertiliser and feed-supplier makes €87m - and thanks mother nature for it

“Near-perfect” conditions for selling lots of stuff to farmers, Origin Enterprises says.

Origin Enterprises credits
Origin Enterprises credits "near-perfect" conditions for its rising profits.
Image: Greg Clarke via Flickr

AGRI-SERVICES COMPANY ORIGIN Enterprises boosted its profits last year – and put its performance down to the good weather.

The Dublin-headquartered group, which owns a string of fertiliser, animal-feed and food-product businesses, took in less money but made more profit compared to the previous financial year.

While its revenues were slightly up down for 2013/14 to €1.415 billion,  the company’s before-tax profit lifted to €87.4 million, compared to €84.6 million for the same period 12 months earlier.

Profits from its agri-services division were up 15%, but it made nearly 39% less this year on its joint ventures, which include animal-feed supplier R&H Hall and Valeo Foods – the company behind Jacob’s Biscuits.

8360448899_bb5c727672_k Mmmm... biscuits. Source: Neil Turner via Flickr

Valeo bought the biscuit brand and Fruitfield jams when it took over Jacob Fruitfield in 2011.

In a report to investors today, Origin said there had been a “robust contribution” to its performance from Agroscope, which supplies fertilisers and other farm products in the Ukraine.

3676933394_8cf863f34d_b Less-than-ideal growing conditions in the Ukraine. Source: marktristan via Flickr

The company employs about 1,450 people across its operations in Ireland, the UK, Norway, Poland and the Ukraine, with the vast majority of the workers employed offshore.

Thanks mother nature

Origin chief executive Tom O’Mahony said the “excellent result” came despite the company selling off its share in a marine protein and oils joint venture.

Origin Business AGMS Origin Enterprises chief executive Tom O'Mahony. Source: Samboal/Photocall Ireland

Near-perfect planting and growing conditions led to a strong recovery in the demand for agronomy services and farm inputs,” he said.

“This is in contrast to the prior year when activity levels on-farm were adversely impacted by very unseasonal autumn and spring weather.”

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