As set out at IPO in September 2016, the Hollywood Bowl Board has adopted a progressive ordinary dividend for the Group, reflecting its strong cash flow and profit, whilst allowing it to retain sufficient capital to fund its investment in existing centres as well as new centres, all to drive the long-term sustainable profitability of the business.
Reflecting the Board's continued confidence in the Group, as well as the strong results for the year ended 30 September 2019, the Board is recommending a final ordinary dividend of 5.16 pence per share, giving a total ordinary dividend for the year of 7.43 pence per share.
The final dividend will be paid, subject to shareholder approval at the Company's AGM on 30 January 2020, on 19 February 2020 to shareholders on the register on 31 January 2020.
Their capital and cash allocation policy remains as below, with their top priority being to maintain a strong balance sheet. As at 30 September 2019, net debt stood at £2.1m (0.05 times Group adjusted EBITDA).
To the extent that there is surplus cash within the business, the Board continues to expect to return the surplus to shareholders. In line with this strategy, this year the Board has proposed a special dividend of 4.50 pence per share be paid to shareholders alongside the ordinary dividend. All the dividend will be paid using cash on the balance sheet.