21 Aug 2013

Net profit lifted by Trade Me

11:44 am on 21 August 2013

Trade Me lifted its full year net profit, but was hampered by underwhelming revenue growth in its auction activities and by the extra interest it has to pay as a result of its former parent loading it with debt ahead of its float.

Net profit for the online auction website rose 4% to $78.6 million in the 12 months ended June.

Operating profit rose 12% to $123.5b million, bolstered by a 15% rise in revenue to more than $164 million.

Trade Me's Classified business was strong during the year, with nearly 30% revenue growth.

However, revenue from its traditional auction activities grew by just 5%, and the company says it had a slower than hoped pick-up of its new goods stream.

Interest costs as a result of debt taken on during Trade Me's float by Fairfax Media in December 2011, rose from $4 million to more than $7 million.

Chief executive Jon Macdonald also announced the company will buy LifeDirect, an online insurance comparison business. The deal is expected to be completed next month.

Trade Me will pay a final dividend of 8.3 cents per share.