Experian raises its 2015 interim dividend by 2%

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Experian raises its 2015 interim dividend by 2%

General highlights

Good growth momentum; into our target range for organic revenue growth.

Delivering on capital framework; with higher dividend payout ratio and US$200m share repurchase extension, linked to divestments.

Strength in key areas of Credit Services and improvement in North America Consumer Services.

Foreign exchange was a significant headwind in the period.

Successfully delivering on our five strategic priorities.

  Financial highlights

Total revenue from continuing activities was US$2,216m, up 4% at constant exchange rates, with organic revenue also up 4%. At actual exchange rates, total revenue from continuing activities fell by 6% reflecting foreign exchange headwinds during the period. Total revenue was US$2,239m.

Total EBIT from continuing activities was US$570m, up 3% at constant exchange rates. At actual exchange rates, total EBIT from continuing activities was down 8%. Total EBIT was US$576m.

EBIT margin from continuing activities was stable at constant exchange rates. The impact of foreign exchange movements reduced EBIT margin at actual exchange rates by 60 basis points to 25.7%.

Benchmark profit before tax was US$541m, up 4% at constant exchange rates. Profit before tax was US$458m at actual exchange rates (2014: US$534m).

Operating cash flow conversion was 95%. Net debt increased by US$138m reflecting share purchases, with net debt to EBITDA now at 2.1 times.

Benchmark EPS was 42.0 US cents, up 5% at constant exchange rates and down 7% at actual exchange rates. Basic EPS was 34.3 US cents (2014: 41.8 US cents).

First interim dividend of 12.5 US cents per ordinary share, raised 2% to reflect the underlying strength of the business, notwithstanding the foreign exchange headwinds.

Share repurchase programme extended by US$200m.

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