MILAN, May 9 (Reuters) - Italian coffee roaster Massimo Zanetti said on Thursday it confirmed its forecast for profitability growth in 2019 despite a slight fall in core earnings in the first quarter.
The group — which owns a portfolio of brands including Segafredo, Boncafe and Puccino’s — said its core earnings adjusted to exclude the impact of new accounting standard IFRS 16 fell 3 percent to 14.8 million euros ($17 million).
Revenues reached 218 million euros, up 3 percent at current exchange rates but stable at constant rates between January and March.
Net debt rose to 250 million euros at end-March after the effect of IFRS 16. Excluding the new accounting standard the debt was 204 million euros, up from 175 million euros at end 2018. ($1 = 0.8904 euros) (Reporting by Francesca Landini)