• Half-year net profits up by 23.7% to ZAR779.2m (US$100.7m)
  • Net sales up by 16% to ZAR8bn
  • Operating profits up by 22.4% to ZAR1.16bn
  • Strong growth in South Africa and overseas 
Distell enjoys strong half-year

Distell enjoys strong half-year

Distell has reported strong half-year rises in net sales and profits, driven by consumer demand at home and abroad, as well as a weaker rand currency.

Distell said today (17 February) that net sales for the six months to the end of December rose by 15.9% to ZAR8bn (US$1bn). Domestic sales increased by almost 15% in value, driven largely by Hunter's cidr, as well as Amarula cream liqueur, wine and Three Ships whiskies.

Outside of the firm's native South Africa, the group's international division benefited from a weaker rand currency, wine gains in the UK and Sweden and more strong growth across the rest of Africa. International sales rose by 21.6% in value and 10.5% in volume. 

The solid sales performance filted down through Distell's results. Operating profits increased by 22.4% on the same period of last year, to ZAR1.16bn, while net profits increased by 23.7% to ZAR779.2m. 

Distell's MD, John Scannell, praised a rounded performance. Alongside growth in Africa, which represented 63% of the group's international sales for the period, Scannell said: “We have also been very encouraged by buoyant demand in developing markets in the Asia Pacific region, as well as in the traditional markets of Europe and North America.”

He added: "We saw good export growth across all our product segments and we are particularly proud of our increased share of South Africa’s total bottled wine exports for the period."

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