Pensions Update

Released : 28/03/2017 07:00

RNS Number : 6719A
Premier Foods plc
28 March 2017
 

 

Premier Foods plc

("Premier Foods" the "Company")

 

28 March 2017

Pensions update

·           2016 Actuarial Valuations now agreed with all UK pension schemes

·           Cash payments to schemes reduced by further £32m over next three financial years

In March 2014, as part of a wider re-financing of the Company, Premier Foods agreed a schedule of pension deficit cash contributions with the Trustees of the Company's pension schemes, with payments fixed for nearly six years; from April 2014 until December 2019.

Following finalisation of the 2016 actuarial valuations, the Company is pleased to announce today a revised schedule of pension payments which significantly reduces the Group's cash outflow over the next three years. This new agreement includes:

·           Reductions and re-phasing of deficit contributions to the Premier Foods' schemes1

·           No deficit contributions to the RHM schemes in the recovery plan

·           Administration costs over the next three years to be part funded by RHM schemes by £2m per annum

Overall, the total cash costs from April 2017 until March 2020 to the RHM and Premier Foods Pension Schemes will be approximately £32m lower than outlined in our Interim Results on 15 November 2016.

Alastair Murray, Chief Financial Officer, said:

"We are pleased to have agreed a reduction in our pension scheme obligations with the scheme Trustees as we continue to focus on maximising the Company's free cash flow generation and debt reduction. While this has been a challenging negotiation, we appreciate the open and constructive dialogue which has taken place with all pension scheme Trustees in arriving at this revised agreement."

The revised schedule of payments over the next six years of the recovery period is outlined in the table below.

£m

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

New plan







Deficit contributions

35

35

37

38

38

38

Administration costs

4-6

4-6

4-6

6-8

6-8

6-8

Total

39-41

39-41

41-43

44-46

44-46

44-46

Previous plan (as November 2016)







Deficit contributions

49

44

40

33

33

35

Administration costs

6-8

6-8

6-8

6-8

6-8

6-8

Total

55-57

50-52

46-48

39-41

39-41

41-43








Reduction/(Increase)2

16

11

5

(5)

(5)

(3)

 

As part of these overall reductions, the Company has also agreed with the Premier Foods schemes a mechanism (including limited changes to the existing dividend matching agreement) to allow the schemes limited further cash contributions in the event the Company outperforms certain agreed profit targets. These targets are materially ahead of current market expectations for the Company.

The net present value of future deficit payments, to the end of the respective recovery periods remains at c.£300-320m.

For further information please contact:

Alastair Murray, Chief Financial Officer

Richard Godden, Head of Investor Relations

+44 (0) 1727 815850

+44 (0) 1727 815850

 

 

Maitland

Kate O'Neill

Tom Eckersley

+44 (0) 20 7379 5151



Notes to editors:

1.      The Premier Foods schemes include the Premier Foods Pension Scheme and the Premier Grocery Products Pension Scheme

2.      Assumes mid-point of reduction in payments when comparing new and previous plans

 


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