AG Barr Records 30.5% Decrease In Its Full-Year Profit

By Dave Simpson
AG Barr Records 30.5% Decrease In Its Full-Year Profit

Soft drinks maker AG Barr, which is best known for manufacturing Scottish fizzy drink Irn-Bru, has recorded a 30.5% decrease in its full-year profit, as last year's coronavirus-led restrictions weakened sales in pubs and sapped commercial demand for its products.

The Cumbernauld, Scotland-based soft drinks maker said that a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and another full lockdown in the UK hit hospitality sales and impulse purchases, but the company is confident about a turnaround.

"It is clear 2021 will not be an entirely normal year," AG Barr said.

The company, which ended the year with £50 million pounds in net cash, said that sales of Irn-Bru fell by 9.7%, with a decline in out-of-home revenue being partially offset by growth in the take-home category.

"We closed the year in strong financial health, with our brands and business poised for growth on a like-for-like basis, and with the clear intention to recommence dividend payments in 2021," CEO Roger White said.


AG Barr said that while sales of its cocktail brand Funkin saw an 11.5% slide, retail sales of ready-to-drink cocktails under the same brand showed strong growth with rising demand from consumers drinking at home.

The company said that it took steps towards cost conservation across business units, but also continued investing in marketing.

Profit Before Tax And Sales

Profit before tax fell to £26 million for the 12 months ended January 2021, compared with £37.4 million a year earlier. Sales in the reported period fell 11.2% to £227 million.

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