Thursday preview: Tate & Lyle outlook bright ahead of trading update

Tate & Lyle will update the market on its latest trading results on Thursday.

Tate & Lyle will update the market on its latest trading results on Thursday.

The food and sweetener products group last month reported a fall in third-quarter profits as it battled against high corn prices.

The company said that adjusted profit before tax was down year-on-year in the three months to December 31st due to the step change in fixed costs associated with its "business transformation initiatives", which include the restart of the McIntosh facility and the development of the Commerical and Food Innovation Centre in Chicago.

Analysts at Investec have painted a brighter future for the group, as it upgraded its forecasts and increased its target price to 860p.

"While the pressures are increasing, these feel like medium-term risks and, in the meantime, Tate should be the beneficiary of post-event forex upgrades, which we reflect in our forecasts and target this morning," the broker said Wednesday.

"Elsewhere we expect US corn refining economics to have been solid in the first quarter of the new contract year."

Investec also expects the group to benefit from a partnership with Coca-Cola which rolls out Classic Sprite with Tate & Lyle's stevia sweetener across Europe.

However, the broker retained its 'hold' rating as it cautioned that competition was hotting up with the emergence of a 'mid cal' segment in soft drinks, sponsored by Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

A day ahead of the company's trading update Tate a& Lyle revealed a partnership with digital agency Maynard Malone to design and develop a new website, coinciding with the launch of its new Taste Experience range of sugars.

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