Source - SMW
NWF Group said trading in the year ended 31 May 2017 was ahead of the prior year and in line with market expectations.

HIGHLIGHTS:

- In the Feeds division, trading improved in the second half, albeit the year as a whole was down on the previous year after being impacted by the later than planned opening of our Northern feed mill and the previously reported margin pressure from increasing commodity costs.   

- In Food, the business performed well and ahead of the year before, efficiently meeting demand for storage and distribution from customers. Service levels were maintained at 99.7% and the division is actively seeking additional business to fully utilise space in 2018.

- The Fuels division performed well, and in advance of the previous year, both in developing business at existing depots and expanding the activity of new depots established in the last two years.

- Net debt was in line with the Board's expectations and reflects the development investment undertaken during the year.

- The Feeds mill development programme has now been completed and is expected to deliver its planned benefits. The delayed opening resulted in some additional exceptional costs being incurred.