Bodycote increases cits 2015 full year dividend by 4.9% and pays special

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Bodycote increases cits 2015 full year dividend by 4.9% and pays special


Revenue down 4% at constant currency

Business improvements and restructuring actions mitigated challenging energy and general industrial markets

Headline operating margin sustained at 18%

Capital investment accelerated for future growth

Net cash of £12.3m

Final dividend of 10.3p

Special dividend of 10.0p


The Board considers the dividend to be an important component of shareholder returns and is proposing a final ordinary dividend of 10.3p, an increase of 5.1%, which will be paid on 3 June 2016, subject to shareholder approval at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. This brings the total ordinary dividend for 2015 to 15.1p (2014: 14.4p) costing £28.7m which represents a year-on-year increase of 4.9%. Recognising the net cash position of the Group the Board is, for the third successive year, recommending a supplemental distribution by way of a special dividend, also payable on 3 June 2016, amounting to 10.0p per share (2014: 20.0p) costing £19.0m (2014: £38.1m).

Commenting, Stephen Harris, Group Chief Executive said:

"The Group delivered a resilient performance in 2015. Automotive and aerospace revenues moved ahead. However, the decline in oil price combined with downward pressures on our general industrial business led to Group revenues falling by 4% at constant exchange rates. The speed and effectiveness of management's actions, in addition to the continued focus on improved mix, enabled headline operating margins to be sustained. Recognising the Group's net cash position, the Board is recommending a further special dividend.

The Group will continue to follow its strategy of investing in areas of robust revenue opportunity, notably in Specialist Technologies and in higher growth territories, as well as further enriching the mix towards higher added value services. The Board is confident that management's continued focus on business improvements will generate good returns throughout the cycle."

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