Fletchers Group refinances to maintain growth

05 February 2014

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has completed a £22m refinancing package and renewal of its banking facilities as it aims for long-term business growth.

The group, which is a supplier of bakery and morning goods to the foodservice and retail markets, has partnered with ABN AMRO, which provides the £22m banking facility for the next five years, representing a £4.5m increase in availability against its previous banking provision.

With strong investment strategies and targeted new product development in conjunction with major retail and foodservice customers, Fletchers Group is aiming to use the facility to maintain its growth and plant development across its Sheffield, Manchester and London sites.

Group finance director Paul Devlin said: "This is a significant step for the business, allowing us to further strengthen our balance sheet and pursue strategic options for the group for the foreseeable future.

"Over the last two years, Fletchers has invested more than £14m in existing facilities and creating new capacity. We have also had to make some hard decisions to rationalise non-profitable parts of the business and facing these difficult challenges has strengthened the company substantially."

The past 12 months have seen significant changes at Fletchers Group as the management team has brought a number of key projects to fruition to create a platform for future growth.

In its latest filed accounts - for the year 30 March 2013 - Fletchers Group's management initiatives put in place helped profitability increase significantly, with the business posting pre-tax profit of £2.8m on sales of £99.1m for the period.