Strong sales drive increased profit forecast for API.
Australian Pharmaceutical Industries is forecasting an underlying net profit after tax for the year to 31 August of up to $31.5 million, representing an increase of move than 30% on the previous year.
The upgrade is from previous guidance predicting a result of $28m-$30m, with both Priceline and Priceline Pharmacy recording comparable store sales growth of 6% during the year.
The year has also seen a net growth of 27 stores, lifting the Priceline network to 390 shops, and Pharmacy Distribution has achieved underlying sales growth of 11.9% after adjusting for the effect of PBS reforms.
API has also delayed the roll-out of its new OneERP (SAP) program, with a go-live date now planned for the first quarter of calendar 2015, in order to “safeguard the current sales momentum during the Christmas period.
“The company has taken a conservative view in relation to the timing of the roll out to ensure no disruptions to this important trading period for both API and its Franchise Partners,” the company said.
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