Halma increases its 2016 Interim dividend by 7%

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Halma increases its 2016 Interim dividend by 7%

Record half year results

Halma has made excellent progress during the first half of this year. Revenue for the half year increased by 11% to £380m (2014/15: £341m) including a positive currency translation impact of 3%. Organic revenue growth at constant currency was an impressive 7%.

Adjusted1 profit before taxation increased by 8% to £74.7m (2014/15: £69.0m) after a positive currency translation impact of 2%. Organic constant currency profit growth was 4%.

Profitability remained strong with Return on Sales1 of 19.7% (2014/15: 20.2%), well within our 18% to 22% target range. Gross margin (revenue less direct material and direct labour) also remained strong across the Group.

These results once again demonstrate Halma's ability to sustain growth and high returns. Demand for our products is underpinned by the long-term market growth drivers of increasing safety regulation, increasing demand for healthcare and increasing demand for life-critical resources. These external growth drivers are supplemented by a relentless commitment to increasing investment in innovation, international expansion and talent development enabling us to grow above our end-market rates.

7% dividend increase

The Board declares an increase of 7% in the interim dividend to 4.98p per share (2014/15: 4.65p per share). The interim dividend will be paid on 10 February 2016 to shareholders on the register on 4 January 2016. For the past 36 years we have increased our full year dividend by 5% or more each year.

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