* Full-year pretax profit 253.2 mln stg vs 237.5 mln stg
last year earlier
* Full-year sales up 2.3 percent 1.05 billion stg
* Full-year consumer care sales up 2.6 percent to 586.4
Feb 26 British specialty chemical maker Croda
International Plc said increased fourth-quarter sales
at its consumer care business helped it report a 6.6 percent
rise in full-year profit.
Croda, which makes chemicals used in personal care and home
care products as well as in lubricants and coatings, said
underlying sales grew 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter.
Sales at its consumer care business, which brings in most of
the company's revenue, grew 1.4 percent to 136.3 million pounds.
Sales for the full year grew 2.3 percent to 1.05 billion
pounds ($1.59 billion), said the company that counts Procter &
Gamble Co, Unilever Plc, L'Oreal SA
and Estee Lauder Co Inc among it customers.
Consumer care sales rose 2.6 percent to 586.4 million
Pretax profit rose to 253.2 million pounds from 237.5
million pounds a year earlier.
Analysts on average expected 251.6 million pounds in pretax
profit and 1.07 billion pounds in revenue, according to Thomson
Croda raised its final dividend to 32.75 pence per share
from 30.25 pence a year earlier.
The company's shares closed at 2556 pence on the London
Stock Exchange on Monday, valuing Croda at 3.53 billion pounds.