LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) - British roadside recovery group and insurer AA posted a 3 percent drop in core profit, it said on Tuesday, following a year which saw the unexpected departure of the firm’s executive chairman and prompted a strategic review.
Trading earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the year ending Jan 31, 2018, was 391 million pounds ($560.77 million), in line with a company-supplied consensus forecast.
AA said in February it forecast core profit of 390-395 million pounds.
Trading revenue rose 2 percent to 959 million pounds, supported by strong performance in insurance underwriting.
“We have made a positive start to the 2019 financial year as we begin to execute on our new strategy,” Chief Executive Simon Breakwell said in a statement. Breakwell took over after the company dismissed Bob Mackenzie as executive chairman for gross misconduct.
The company said it would pay a total dividend of five pence per share, down 46 percent but in line with previous guidance. ($1 = 0.6973 pounds) (Reporting by Carolyn Cohn, editing by Sinead Cruise)