(Removes paragraph 6, which incorrectly said that the company's
profit has been declining over the past four years)
* Full-year adj pretax profit rose 31 pct to 65.3 mln stg
* Revenue up 1 pct to 1.39 bln stg
* Sells Nine Elms property for 17.6 mln stg
* Final dividend raised to 15.4p/shr from 15p
May 22 Dairy Crest Group Plc, Britain's
largest dairy company, reported a 31 percent rise in full-year
pretax profit, helped by the sale of a property in London.
The company, whose brands include Country Life, Clover and
flavoured milk drink Frijj, said its adjusted pretax profit rose
to 65.3 million pounds ($110.2 million) in the year ended March
31 from 49.7 million pounds a year earlier.
Revenue rose 1 percent to 1.39 billion pounds.
Analysts on average expected the company to report full-year
pretax profit of 65.6 million pounds on revenue of 1.36 billion
pounds, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Dairy Crest sold its Nine Elms residential and middle-ground
milk depot located in London to Battersea Project Phase 5
Residential Co Ltd for 17.6 million pounds in cash, generating a
profit of 15 million pounds on the sale.
The producer of Cathedral City cheese raised its final
dividend to 15.4 pence per share from 15 pence a year earlier.
Shares in the company were down 0.8 percent at 456.3 pence
at 0711 GMT on Thursday on the London Stock Exchange.
($1 = 0.5925 British pounds)
(Reporting by Aastha Agnihotri in Bangalore; Editing by Ted
Kerr and Gopakumar Warrier)