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Hays (HAS)

Hays has undergone a massive transformation from its previous incarnation as a multi business group. The company, which first came to the market in 1958 and again in 1989 after it was taken private in the 1970s, now concentrates on specialist recruitment.

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Annual Dividends

Year Amount Change
2006 4.35p
2007 5.0p 14.9%
2008 5.8p 16.0%
2009 5.8p 0%
2010 5.8p 0%
2011 5.8p 0%
2012 2.5p (56.9%)
2013 2.5p 0%
2014 2.63p 5.2%
2015 2.76p 4.9%
2016 2.9p 5.1%
2017 3.22p 11.0%
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Dividends

Ex-Div Date Pay Date Year Type Frequency Status Amount
10 Mar 2010 15 Apr 2010 2010 Interim Semiannually Paid 1.85p
20 Oct 2010 19 Nov 2010 2010 Final Semiannually Paid 3.95p
09 Mar 2011 15 Apr 2011 2011 Interim Semiannually Paid 1.85p
12 Oct 2011 18 Nov 2011 2011 Final Semiannually Paid 3.95p
29 Feb 2012 10 Apr 2012 2012 Interim Semiannually Paid 0.83p
10 Oct 2012 16 Nov 2012 2012 Final Semiannually Paid 1.67p
06 Mar 2013 15 Apr 2013 2013 Interim Semiannually Paid 0.83p
09 Oct 2013 15 Nov 2013 2013 Final Semiannually Paid 1.67p
05 Mar 2014 09 Apr 2014 2014 Interim Semiannually Paid 0.83p
09 Oct 2014 14 Nov 2014 2014 Final Semiannually Paid 1.8p
05 Mar 2015 08 Apr 2015 2015 Interim Semiannually Paid 0.87p
08 Oct 2015 13 Nov 2015 2015 Final Semiannually Paid 1.89p
03 Mar 2016 05 Apr 2016 2016 Interim Semiannually Paid 0.91p
13 Oct 2016 11 Nov 2016 2016 Final Semiannually Paid 1.99p
02 Mar 2017 07 Apr 2017 2017 Interim Semiannually Paid 0.96p
05 Oct 2017 17 Nov 2017 2017 Final Semiannually Paid 2.26p
05 Oct 2017 17 Nov 2017 2017 Special Irregularly Paid 4.25p
01 Mar 2018 12 Apr 2018 2018 Interim Semiannually Paid 1.06p
04 Oct 2018 16 Nov 2018 2018 Final Semiannually Paid 2.75p
04 Oct 2018 16 Nov 2018 2018 Special Irregularly Paid 5p
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Excellent 30% operating profit growth, with 53% drop-through of incremental net fees into operating profit

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Highlights

Solid Group results in the context of more fragile and fast-changing conditions in
several key markets

Resilient profit performance due to our selective investment approach and strong
cost control

UK returned to profit through successful delivery of significant cost reduction
programme

Strong performance in Continental Europe & Rest of World, net fees increased 14%(1);
markets mixed

- Germany up 19%(1), Canada up 36%(1) Russia up 37%(1); but 7 countries saw net
fees decrease

Asia Pacific net fees decreased 11%(1); markets overall more challenging

- Australia down 13%(1) including a step-down in Resources & Mining activity in Q2

- Asia down 6%(1) with markets tough but broadly stable

UK & Ireland net fees decreased 6%(1); markets remained challenging but sequentially
stable overall in H1

- Private sector net fees down 12%(1); Public sector up 15%(1) due to increased
perm job churn

Consultant headcount down 3% year-on-year, up 1% in the last six months

Solid cash performance, with 82% conversion of operating profit into operating cash flow(3)

12% decrease in EPS(4) reflecting the Group's higher net finance charge and effective
tax rate


Commenting on these results Alistair Cox, Chief Executive, said:

"I am pleased we have delivered such a resilient profit performance considering the fragile and rapidly changing environment we faced in the half. We have returned the UK business to profit, continued to invest for growth where markets are good such as in Germany or Canada, and taken rapid action to reduce costs in markets which deteriorated in the half such as Australia or France.

What sets us apart in today's more volatile market is the scale and strength of the business model we have built. Our business is well balanced across temp and perm recruiting, has market leadership positions in both structural-growth and more mature markets, and has a sectoral diversity which is unrivalled in our industry. All of this is underpinned by our unique technology systems which not only help us improve our own productivity and efficiency but also allow us to capitalise on new evolutions in the market such as social media platforms.

Looking ahead we expect overall conditions to remain fragile, but we have seen an encouraging return to work in our key temp and contractor businesses.
Several markets are likely to remain challenging, but these will sit side by side with clear opportunities for growth. To be successful in this environment,
we will continue to react quickly to the world as it changes, investing in stronger markets while reducing costs in tougher areas. Our focus is on long-term growth while driving profits along the way."

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Commenting on the Group's performance in the second quarter, Alistair Cox,
Chief Executive, said:

"Whilst several markets around the world were fragile, the fact that we've
built such a well-diversified and balanced business enabled us to deliver a
solid result in the quarter. 12 countries around the Group delivered net fee
growth of 10%(1) or more including Germany, which is operating at record
levels, and key markets such as Brazil, Canada and Russia. Other markets
remained tough, notably the UK, Southern Europe and Banking-related
specialisms, and we saw a step-down in activity levels in our Australian
Resources & Mining business.

The start to the New Year is always a key time and we are closely monitoring
activity levels in all of our markets. Overall, we expect conditions to remain
fragile but we continue to see opportunities for growth in several key parts of
our business. We will invest accordingly to fully capitalise on these growth
opportunities, while also controlling costs tightly and improving productivity
across the Group in order to maximise profitability."

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