WPP Plc announce a final dividend of 24.4p

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WPP Plc announce a final dividend of 24.4p

The WPP Plc Board is proposing a final dividend for 2023 of 24.4 pence per share, which together with the interim dividend paid in November 2023 gives a full-year dividend of 39.4 pence per share. The record date for the final dividend is 7 June 2024, and the dividend will be payable on 5 July 2024.

Other financial highlights include:

• FY reported revenue +2.9%, LFL revenue +3.2%

• FY revenue less pass-through costs +0.5%, LFL revenue less pass-through costs +0.9%

• Q4 LFL revenue less pass-through costs +0.3% with ex +3.1% benefiting from strong growth in the UK and India partially offset by declines in Germany and China. US Q4 LFL decline of 4.5% primarily due to lower spend by technology, healthcare and retail clients, partially offset by growth in CPG, telecoms and automotive sectors

• Global Integrated Agencies FY LFL revenue less pass-through costs +1.3% (Q4: +0.7%): within which GroupM, their media planning and buying business, grew +4.9% (Q4: +5.7%), partially offset by a 1.6% decline in other Global Integrated Agencies (Q4: -3.4%)

• Solid new business performance: $4.5bn net new billings (2022: $5.9bn) with Q4 net new billings $1.1bn (Q4 2022: $0.8bn). The current pipeline of potential new business remains higher year-on-year

• FY headline operating profit margin in line with original guidance of 15.0% (excluding the impact of FX). Headline operating profit margin of 14.8% (2022: 14.8%) reflecting a 0.2pt drag from FX, disciplined cost control and continued investment in their technology, data and AI offer

• Reported EPS of 10.1p (2022: 61.2p) reflects the impact of accelerated amortisation of intangible assets as a result of the creation of VML, and property impairments announced earlier in the year

• Headline EPS of 93.8p (2022: 98.5p) reflects a zero contribution from Kantar in income from associates in 2023, which in 2022 represented 3.3p in headline EPS

• Adjusted operating cash flow of £1,280m (2022: £669m) reflecting an improved working capital performance

• Adjusted net debt at 31 December 2023 of £2.5bn, flat year-on-year

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