Oxford instruments increases its 2015 full year dividend by 4.8%

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Oxford instruments increases its 2015 full year dividend by 4.8%


Orders grew by 13.0% to £386.6 million (2014: £342.2 million)

Revenue grew by 7.1% to £385.5 million (2014: £360.1 million)

On an Organic Constant Currency basis, Orders flat on prior year and Revenues declined by 5.4%

Adjusted profit before tax* of £35.6 million (2014: £47.1 million), reflecting macro headwinds in Japan and Russia, and weaker trading than expected in Industrial Analysis

Adjusted EPS* of 48.2p (2014: 67.7p)

Andor Technology acquisition has integrated well and is performing strongly

Cost reduction programme accelerated and delivering greater than planned savings

Investment in future organic growth: R&D spend increased to £35.2 million (2014: £27.9 million)

Proactive portfolio management to deliver long-term shareholder value: acquisition of MIR; joint venture to combine Oxford Instruments' Omicron business with Scienta Scientific AB

Proposed final dividend of 9.30 pence (2014: 9.04 pence), giving a total dividend for the year of 13.0 pence (2014: 12.4 pence)

Jonathan Flint, Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments plc, said:

"Overall, we have had a challenging year. We expect a return to organic growth in the coming year, with potential for margin improvement in the medium term. This reflects our swift and decisive action to improve our business, and our confidence that nanotechnology continues to drive long term demand for our high technology tools. Our strategy remains to grow our core markets of physical and materials science, and expand into life sciences."

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