The company, which hires more than 95,000 power tools, excavators,
accommodation units and traffic management systems from 193 outlets across the country, increased operating profits to £13.9 million from £11.3 million, Margins increased from 7.3 to 8.6 per cent.
Turnover was up to £160.7 million from £156.3 million last year.
A-Plant is part of the Ashtead group, which also owns US company Sunbelt Rentals. Sunbelt continues to gain market share in the US and helped treble Ashstead's pre-tax profits for the year to April to £81.7 million from £32.2 million last time. Turnover was up 19 per cent to £638 million from £523.7 million.
Ashtead has also announced the retirement of chief executive George Burnett, who is 60 in September. He co-founded Ashtead in 1984 when he and a fellow investor bought what was then a five branch business in the south-east of England with turnover of £1 million.
He will be succeeded by Geoff Drabble, currently an executive director of
The Laird Group where he is responsible for its building products division.