Hunting have declared an interim dividend of 5.0 cents declared (H1 2018 - 4.0 cents), absorbing cash of approximately $8.3m (H1 2018 - $6.6m), payable to shareholders on 23 October 2019, with a record date of 4 October 2019.
Other financial highlights include:
15% increase in revenue reported in the period as performance of US, EMEA and Asia Pacific segments deliver growth.
Gross margin of 29% (H1 2018 - 31%) and EBITDA margin of 15% (H1 2018 - 16%) achieved in the period - impacted by Hunting Titan.
Strong net cash position reported at 30 June 2019 of $33.4m, which includes $47.1m for lease liabilities (Net cash reported at 30 June 2018 of $39.0m and 31 December 2018 of $61.3m both exclude lease liabilities).
The Group generated a statutory cash inflow of $19.6m in the period.
Adoption of IFRS 16 Leases from 1 January 2019 benefits EBITDA with the removal of $4.6m of lease costs at the half year point. On a like-for-like basis EBITDA is in line with H1 2018. Prior period financials have not been restated for IFRS 16, as the standard is being adopted with effect from 1 January 2019. Additional depreciation of $4.0m in the half year is charged to the income statement on the capitalised lease assets and accordingly operating profit benefits by a net $0.6m at the half year point. Additional finance charges of $1.1m are recognised in the half year results and result in a net $0.5m deterioration in profit before tax from the adoption of IFRS 16. The balance sheet as at 30 June 2019 now reflects capitalised right-of-use assets of $39.6m and $47.1m of lease liabilities.