Verluste für Whyte & Mackay

Die schottische Whiskyfirma Whyte & Mackay hat im Geschäftsjahr bis September 2005 einen Verlust von 3 Millionen Pfund vor Steuern eingefahren, während die Verkäufe um 4% gegenüber dem Vorjahr gestiegen sind. Die Verluste der Anteilseigner wurden um mehr als 12 Millionen Pfund auf 1,5 Millionen vermindert, nachdem die Firma Neuemissionen im Wert von 15,5 Millionen Pfund ausgegeben hat.

Whyte & Mackay racks up £3m loss

SCOTCH whisky major Whyte & Mackay has posted another multi-million pound loss as it seeks to reinvent itself in the premium market.

The group made a pre-tax loss of just over £3 million in the year to 30 September 2005, as sales climbed around 4 per cent to £149m compared with 2004. The deficit in shareholders‘ funds was reduced by more than £12m to £1.5m after the company issued more than £15.5m in new capital. The company was not returning repeated phone calls yesterday.

Despite the loss, the accounts show performance could be improving at Whyte & Mackay, previously known as Kyndal after a £200m buyout from Jim Beam in 2001. Gross profit was £34.4m, around £3m more than 2004. The pre-tax loss was also an improvement on previous years, after a £4.8m loss in 2004 and £13.7m in 2003.