Sage increases its 2014 full year dividend by 7.1%

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Sage increases its 2014 full year dividend by 7.1%

On track to deliver the 2015 financial targets of 6% organic revenue growth and 28% operating profit margin

‒ Key financial milestones achieved for 2014 with organic revenue growth of 5% (2013: 4%) and organic operating profit margin of 27.5%

(2013: 27.1%);

‒ Software subscription revenue growth of 28% (2013: 13%) the primary driver of organic revenue growth; 

‒ Organic recurring revenue growth increased to 7% (2013: 6%), with organic SSRS revenue contracting by 1% (2013: flat);

‒ Improved revenue mix with recurring revenue representing 73% of Group revenue (2013: 71%); and

‒ Recurring revenue growth, with strong subscription growth, underpins confidence in meeting 2015 targets.

Full year dividend up 7.1% to 12.12p

Sound execution against strategic priorities sees subscription base increase and cloud momentum build

‒ The move to higher quality software subscription revenue continued, with a 29% increase in the organic annualised value of the software subscriber base to £220m (2013: £170m); 

‒ Subscription is driving increased customer loyalty, which is reflected in an increase in the recurring contract renewal rate to 83% (2013: 82%);

‒ Strong momentum for Sage One as a small business global cloud solution; present in 10 markets and ca.150% increase in paying subscriptions to 86,000 (2013: 35,000*), driven by strong run-rates in the UK & Ireland ("UKI") and South Africa; and

‒ Disciplined resource allocation continued with 17% increase in R&D# and S&M^ expenditure on "Invest" products.

Stephen Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, said: "I would like to thank Guy Berruyer for leading Sage to deliver an encouraging set of results with a strong finish to the year. I reconfirm the Board's financial targets for 2015 and recognise the 2014 results as an important milestone on the path to meeting them. Our financial performance demonstrates the strength of Sage's global business and the quality of relationships it has with millions of SME customers worldwide.

Looking ahead, I believe that Sage, as a trusted partner to our customers, can be even more instrumental in supporting the success of SMEs around the world. I look forward to building on Sage's technology leadership, both in the cloud and on-premise, together with our outstanding customer support, to the benefit of our current and future SME customers."

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