Babcock increases its 2016 interim dividend by 10%

DividendMax Ltd.

Babcock increases its 2016 interim dividend by 10%

Solid delivery

o 7% growth in underlying and organic operating profit at constant exchange rates

o 6% growth in underlying revenue; 4% organic growth at constant exchange rates

o 7% growth in underlying profit before tax

o Stable margins

Strong revenue visibility

o 93% of revenue for full year 2016/17 in place

o 63% of revenue for full year 2017/18 already under contract

o £20 billion order book, reflecting £2 billion intake during the period

Maintained win rate of over 40% on new bids and over 90% on rebids

Continuing demand for our services

o Increased £10.8 billion bid pipeline of opportunities where formal process underway

o £3 billion of new entries into bid pipeline

o Strong tracking pipeline of future opportunities underpins long-term growth

Ongoing focus on financial discipline and cash performance

o Free cash flow up 8%

o Pre-capital expenditure cash conversion of 108%

o Net debt of £1,291 million; net debt to EBITDA ratio of 2.0x

Generating shareholder value

o 8% increase in underlying EPS to 37.2 pence

7% increase in interim dividend to 6.50 pence

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