Wright seafood records loss due to €500,000 redundancy bill

Howth-based company posts pretax loss after revenues slip back by 6% to €20m

Bernie Wright at Wrights shop and restaurant West Pier, Howth, Co Dublin. The directors state that they were pleased with the overall performance. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Bernie Wright at Wrights shop and restaurant West Pier, Howth, Co Dublin. The directors state that they were pleased with the overall performance. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

 

 The Howth-based Wright seafood and restaurant group last year recorded a pretax loss due to €500,000 in redundancy costs.

Accounts filed by Ireland’s Eye Seafoods Ltd show it recorded a pretax loss of €102,589 in the 12 months to the end of January last after recording a pretax profit of €695,271 in the prior year. Revenues dipped by 6 per cent to €20 million. 

The directors state that they were pleased with the overall performance in the 12 months to the end of January last and noted that the loss was due to the once-off redundancy costs incurred.

The directors said the drop in revenues can be attributed to the closure of a restaurant in Dawson Street in 2017 and the closure of a retail unit at Dublin Airport in 2018.

Directors’ pay more than doubled from €471,012 to €1.07 million due to the redundancy costs. This is made up of remuneration of €583,498 and redundancy costs of €494,800. 

Staff costs rise

The main activity of the group was selling smoked salmon and other deli products, wholesale and retail of fish products, operation of a convenience store in Dublin Airport, operation of a restaurant in Howth and running a food court at Terminal Two in the airport.

Staff costs increased from €5 million to €5.2 million as employee numbers increased from 180 to 186. The loss takes account of non-cash depreciation costs of €763,604.

A note attached to the accounts states that a subsidiary, Wrights Airport Convenience Store Ltd, renewed its tender with the Dublin Airport Authority in February 2019. As part of the tender, the company committed to a €600,000 capital refurbishment of the unit.