Following the temporary suspension of dividend payments as part of the Group's response to the pandemic, the Group has resumed ordinary dividend payments. An interim dividend of 3.0p per share (2021: nil pence per share) was paid on 9 September 2022. The total amount paid was £43.3m (2021: £nil).
As previously announced the Group intends to declare dividends at an annual payout ratio of at least 40% of annual continuing adjusted earnings. Accordingly, the Board has proposed a final dividend of 6.8p per share (2021: nil pence per share). The final dividend is scheduled expected to be paid on 14 July 2023 to ordinary shareholders registered at the close of business on 2 June 2023. This will result in total dividends for the year of 9.8p (2021: nil pence).
The growth in earnings in 2022 means dividend cover was 2.5 times (2021: n/a), being adjusted diluted EPS on continuing operations of 24.4p (2021: 12.9p) divided by total dividends per share of 9.8p (2021: nil). The dividend payout ratio was 40%, being total dividends per share of 9.8p divided by the adjusted diluted EPS on continuing operations of 24.4p.