- Sales up 1% at CER to £2.2bn reflecting growth in North America, Brazil and China, and strength in digital and services, including Connections Education and Pearson On Line Services. This was partly offset by a smaller new textbook adoption market in US schools and the phasing of school textbook expenditure and lower college enrolments in South Africa.
- Deferred revenue from continuing operations up 3% at CER to more than £750m as a result of further good progress in our digital and services businesses partly offset by lower deferred revenue in UK testing and in South Africa, due to lower college enrolments.
- Adjusted operating profit from continuing operations down 4% at CER to £72m (2014: £73m). Sales growth, lower net restructuring charges, and growth in the contribution from Penguin Random House was offset by revenue mix, shared services costs related to the Penguin de-merger, and a contract termination charge arising from the transition of our three Saudi Arabian Colleges of Excellence to new providers.
- Adjusted EPS of 4.4p (2014: 4.7p) primarily reflecting the absence of Mergermarket.
- Dividend raised 6% to 18p.
- On 23 July, Pearson announced its intention to sell FT Group to Nikkei Inc. for a gross consideration of £844m.
2015 FULL YEAR OUTLOOK
- At our preliminary results on 27 February 2015 we stated that we expect to report adjusted earnings per share of between 75p and 80p in 2015, on the basis of ownership of PowerSchool for all of 2015 and based on exchange rates as at 21 January 2015. This guidance remains unchanged.
- On 17 June 2015 we announced the sale of PowerSchool to Vista Equity Partners for $350m, which will reduce expected earnings per share by approximately 1p. If current exchange rates persist until the end of 2015 it would reduce earnings per share by approximately 2p.