The Judges Scientific Board is recommending a final dividend of 47p per share subject to approval at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting on 24 May 2022, which will make a total distribution of 66p per share in respect of 2021 (2020: 55p per share). The total dividend per share is 3.6 times covered by adjusted earnings per share (2020: 3.2 times).
The proposed final dividend, if approved by shareholders, will be payable on 8 July 2022 to shareholders on the register on 10 June 2022 and the shares will go ex-dividend on 9 June 2022.
Other financial highlights include:
Organic revenue increased 10% against 2020;
Organic order intake up 25% compared with 2020; and 8.5% up compared with record 2019;
Organic order book at 22.6 weeks (2020: 14.7 weeks); total order book at 23.0 weeks;
New £60m five-year bank facility to provide greater acquisition financing capability;