20 Aug 2010

Profit plunge reported by NZ Post

11:49 am on 20 August 2010

New Zealand Post's profit has plunged due to fewer letters being posted, asset writedowns and a higher tax charge.

The State-owned postal operator made $1.3 million in the year to June, compared with $71.8 million in the previous year.

Stripping out nearly 53 million in asset writedowns and an extra $20 million on its tax bill, New Zealand Post's underlying profit fell 5% to $73.6 million.

Revenue fell 4% to $1.2 billion.

Chief financial officer Mark Yeoman says the company has not seen any sign of the recovery as yet.

A dividend of $6.4 million will be paid to the Government.