Agri-business Origin Enterprises said its revenues for the year to the end of July rose by 5.8% to €1.4 billion.

Profit before tax for the year increased by 11.7% to €84m, while the company's dividend for the year rose by 15% to 17.25 cent from 15 cent last year.

Its chief executive Tom O'Mahony said during the year food producers experienced "unprecedented" challenges, as weather delayed crop plantings. He said this made for an extremely difficult planning environment.

''Origin retains a strong capacity to fund new market opportunities and we remain confident of delivering further growth in agri-services in 2014,'' Mr O'Mahony added.

Origin has also proposed returning up to €100m of capital to shareholders through shares, after the disposal of its Marine Proteins joint venture interest.

Origin said its agri-business in the UK saw a strong final quarter as unseasonably wet autumn and cold spring weather conditions curtailed in-field operations and early season crop development.

It noted that farm management plans were impacted during the key autumn planting season with winter wheat and oil seed rape areas reduced by about 20% and 5% respectively. But the spring season saw significant catch-up activity with increases in spring barley and spring oil seed rape plantings.

In Poland, the company's Dalgety business delivered an ''excellent result'' with higher profits across all input and service portfolios. Origin said the on-farm activity was robust, supported by excellent soil and crop conditions during the year.

Origin said its business-to-business agri-inputs division saw operating profits marginally head of last year due to higher fertiliser and feed volumes. The integration of Carrs Fertilisers contributed positively to the performance of the enlarged fertiliser business during the year.

Origin has a 32% shareholding in consumer foods company Valeo, which includes among its brands the likes of Batchelors beans, Fruitfield jams, Roma pasta and Club snacks. The company said that Valeo performed ''in line with expectations'' in what continues to be a highly challenging and competitive environment for the Irish grocery sector.

''Consumers are resolutely focused on value and there is an increasing emphasis on offer buying and migration to private label. Within this context the business has performed satisfactorily, building on market share positions across key categories during the period,' the company said in today's results statement.