For the six months to 31 October 2012, A-Plant revenues reached £103.6m (2011 H1: £93.7m) and operating profit of £7.4m (2011 H1 £5.3m).
A-Plant's first half rental revenue grew by 8% to £92m (2011 H1: £86m) including a 9% growth in average fleet-on-rent (utilisation) offset by a 2% decline in yield.
The numbers were revealed within parent company Ashtead’s interim results, which show that A-Plant, the UK end of the business is becoming increasingly overshadowed by the US operation, Sunbelt. Sunbelt’s first half revenues were up 20% to £576.8m and operating profits up 49% to £160.5m.
Overall, group pre-tax profit for the first half was up 64% to £141m on revenue up 17% to £680m.
“With this momentum clearly established in the business we now anticipate a full year profit ahead of our earlier expectations,” said Ashtead chief executive Geoff Drabble.