In accordance with the dividend policy previously announced, an interim dividend of 0.83p per share will be paid on 10 January 2020 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 6 December 2019.
Other financial highlights include:
Total revenue down by 9% to £43.2m, but good future visibility with £38.8m recurring revenue representing 90% of total revenue (H1-19: 87%).
Gross margins improved to 64.5% from 59.8%.
Adjusted (pre-IFRS 16) EBITDA up 8% to £8.8m (H1-19 £8.1m), with margin improving to 20.3% (H1-19 17.1%).
Adjusted (pre-IFRS 16) operating profit up 23% to £5.0m (H1-19 £4.1m), with margin improving to 11.6% (H1-19 8.6%).
Continued strong cash flows with £8.7m of adjusted pre-IFRS 16 operating cash flow in the period (99% cash conversion).
Net debt, excluding the impact of IFRS 16, reduced by £1.1m in the period to £16.5m, with £4.8m capital expenditure and £1.5m of dividends paid in the period.