Royal Mail bosses are hoping that a surge in gains all through the pandemic will fulfill billionaire trader Daniel Kretinsky when they meet the “Czech sphinx” future week.

The firm discovered pre-tax gains strike £726m all through the calendar year to March, a fourfold raise on a calendar year previously, underscoring its extraordinary turnaround. Revenues jumped sixteen.6pc to £12.6bn as the closure of non-essential retail all through lockdown meant it benefited from a boom in on the internet purchasing. Royal Mail reported buyers will be rewarded with far better payouts as it declared a 10p dividend for the calendar year with ideas to raise it to 20p for the future monetary calendar year.

Mr Kretinsky is now the most significant trader, owning additional than 15pc of Royal Mail, which is closing in on a return to the FTSE 100.

Royal Mail was plunged into crisis a calendar year back when its boss Rico Again abruptly give up amid increasing tensions with union leaders and a quicker-thanexpected drop in letter volumes. Led by chairman Keith Williams, Royal Mail bosses struck a offer with union leaders previously this calendar year, taking away the threat of industrial motion.

Simon Thompson, chief govt, reported: “Very last calendar year stood out as just one of extraordinary improve at Royal Mail. It has been demanding at instances, but we have learnt that we can deliver benefits and improve at lightning pace when we are united by a widespread purpose.

“From beginning to deliver on Sundays as a result of to trialling drones – we are shifting. And it is doing the job. Hunting in advance, we will have to stay laser targeted on accelerating the pace of improve, staying good for our shoppers, and carrying out all this in an significantly economical way.”

Royal Mail’s shift absent from letters to concentration on parcels was verified as the firm discovered it created additional funds from parcel deliveries than letters for the 1st time in its historical past.

Parcels account for 72pc of revenues. Its European and US parcel enterprise GLS also fared properly all through the pan demic, with revenues soaring 28pc.

But inspite of the boosts in gains and revenues, bosses reported that the firm had incurred considerable further fees due to Covid-19.