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Reckitt increases its 2014 full year dividend by 1%

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Reckitt increases its 2014 full year dividend by 1%

Highlights: Full Year

Total and LFL net revenue growth of +4% - in line with targets.

Strong ENA (Europe and North America) performance LFL +2% and significantly improved growth from RUMEA (Russia, Middle East and Africa) LFL +11%. LAPAC (Latin America and Asia Pacific) grew LFL +5%

High quality, Health & Hygiene led growth of +5%.

Strong gross margin expansion +100bps to 57.7%, driven by mix, pricing, and cost optimisation initiatives.  

Increased investment in brand equity. BEI +£30m (constant) -10bps.

Strong (adjusted) operating profit growth of +11% (constant). Margins up +160bps to 24.7%.

Adjusted net income +4% (+14% constant): adjusted diluted EPS of 230.5p (+4%).

Net debt reduced by £0.6bn to £1.5bn (2013: £2.1bn). Free cash flow circa 100% of net income.

A further £500m, in addition to our existing c.£300m share buyback programme in 2015.

RB top-ranked company in UK, #7 overall in Global 100 index, one of the world's leading sustainability indices for global equity investors

The Board recommends a final dividend of 79p per share. Total dividend for 2014 139p (+1% versus 2013). 

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