Posted on Tuesday 18 August 2015 by Ulster Business

Moy park takes top spot as northern irelands biggest company

Owner of Greer Publications James Greer, chief executive of Moy Park Janet McCollum and Ulster Business editor David Elliott

Northern Ireland’s biggest companies have revealed record sales of over £22.24bn, according to latest figures published today in the Ulster Business Top 100 Northern Ireland Companies 2015.

The listing, now in its 27th year, provides a snapshot of the Northern Ireland economy from the latest available company accounts – most relating to the 2013/2014 financial year - filed at Companies House.

The results, produced by Dun & Bradstreet for the magazine, show total sales of the 100 biggest companies have jumped 5.6% compared to the same time last year and reaffirm the confident recovery of the economy here.

Firms are ranked in the list by turnover, a strong measure of performance which gives a good indication of how much each contributes to the economy here.

As a group, the Top 100 Companies saw profitability climb an impressive 15.6% to £1,215bn.

And net worth, the value of a firm to its shareholders, rose 36% to £7,246 bn.

Poultry processor Moy Park topped the survey for the fourth year running after registering sales figures of £1.201bn, up 10% on the previous year, and profits of £33.78m. Other companies which saw turnover grow significantly include Short Brothers PLC (12.2%), John Graham Holdings (17.4%) and Donnelly Brothers (53%).

David Elliott, editor of Ulster Business said:

“This year’s Ulster Business Top 100 Companies list shows the Northern Ireland economy is continuing to grow at an impressive rate. Most importantly, our biggest companies have managed to grow sales in an increasingly profitable manner, a factor which bodes well for long-term economic health.”

“Our congratulations to Moy Park which has taken the top spot for the fourth year running at an exciting time for both the company and for the agri-food sector in Northern Ireland.”

Jonathan Cushley of Dun & Bradstreet, which carried out the survey on behalf of Ulster Business, said:

“The 2015 compilation of the Ulster Business Top 100 Northern Ireland Companies listing showed growth across all noteworthy financial measures. Turnover has passed £22bn for the first time and the worth of the companies now exceeds £7bn up 35% on like-for-like company results”

The full Ulster Business Top 100 Northern Ireland Companies list is published today in Ulster Business magazine.

The top 10 companies are listed below:

Rank

Company

Account date

Latest year sales

Previous sales

Profit (loss)

Net worth

1

MOY PARK

31/12/2013

1,201,148,000

1,089,570,000

33,780,000

196,606,000

2

GLEN ELECTRIC

31/03/2014

845,177,000

812,670,000

68,544,000

291,184,000

3

DUNBIA

30/03/2014

764,242,000

726,459,000

4,611,000

53,123,000

4

GORTMULLAN

31/12/2013

666,860,000

687,880,000

-3,958,000

290,354,000

5

JOHN HENDERSON

31/12/2014

663,634,000

642,761,000

21,205,874

124,185,000

6

SHORT BROTHERS

31/12/2014

651,669,000

580,361,000

23,383,000

415,273,000

7

CATERPILLAR (NI)

31/12/2013

626,250,000

795,848,000

28,707,000

171,896,000

8

POWER NI ENERGY

31/03/2014

585,900,000

607,200,000

21,100,000

58,200,000

9

FANE VALLEY

30/09/2014

553,888,000

533,935,000

6,765,000

73,662,000

10

LCC

30/09/2014

530,491,000

576,646,000

19,330,000

70,826,000

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