It has been proposed by the Compass Group PLC Board that a final dividend of 14.0 pence per share be paid on 28 February 2022 to shareholders on the register on 21 January 2022. No interim dividend was paid and no dividends were paid in respect of the prior year. The dividend is covered 2.1 times on an underlying earnings basis.
The final dividend of 14.0 pence will be paid gross and a Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP) will be available. The last date for receipt of elections for the DRIP will be 7 February 2022.
Other financial highlights include:
• Underlying revenue recovered to 88% of 2019 revenue by Q4. FY underlying revenue 77% of 2019
• Underlying margin improved to 5.8% in Q4. FY underlying margin of 4.5%
• Strong FY operating cash flow of £1 billion whilst maintaining gross capex at 3.6% of underlying revenue. Reduced leverage ratio to 1.6x