Speedy Hire PLC announce a proposed interim dividend of 0.80 pence per share

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Speedy Hire PLC announce a proposed interim dividend of 0.80 pence per share

The Speedy Hire Board has declared an interim dividend of 0.80 pence per share (H1 FY2022 interim dividend: 0.75 pence per share), to be paid on 20 January 2023 to shareholders on the register on 9 December 2022.

Other financial highlights include:

•  Continued hire revenue growth of 5.5% versus H1 FY2022:

•  Improved pricing helping to mitigate inflationary cost pressures

•  Strong service revenue increase of 29.0% versus H1 FY2022:

•  Strong performance, particularly in their re-hire business Customer Solutions (formerly Partnered Services) and the increased revenue from fuel and energy sales

•  Operating profit behind H1 FY2022 reflecting the impact of inflation on the cost base and the continued investment in growth strategies

•  Controlling costs through initiatives to improve operational efficiency and supply chain collaboration

•  Joint venture in Kazakhstan performing well following major contract wins in FY2022

•  Adjusted profit before tax from continuing operations in H1 down 3.4% on H1 FY2022 with the joint venture mitigating the impact of investment in the cost base

•  Profit before tax in H1 down 7.7% on H1 FY2022 to £13.2m; profit after tax has improved by 13.7% to £10.8m

Strong balance sheet and cash flow maintained:

•  Investment in hire fleet of £30.5m in part in response to retail strategy rollout and advanced purchasing to mitigate the impact of supply chain lead times and price inflation; H1 utilisation was 54.1%, improving to 58.1% currently

•  Cash and facility headroom of £91.7m (31 March 2022: £110.8m)

•  Net debt at £86.7m, leverage of 1.2 times reflective of share buyback of c.£20.3m to date (31 March 2022: £67.5m, 0.9 times)

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