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Financial summary

Financial summary
We have an excellent track record, delivering a consistently strong financial performance, achieving underlying revenue growth of 7% (excluding 2017 acquisitions).

Financial summary


 

​​ 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Reven​​u​e ​£m
1,153.3 998.7
757.4​
667.2
678.3
​Operating profit* £m
 
264.9 235.5​ 180.6 152.4
153.0
​Operating profit margin* % 23.0 23.6​ 23.8 22.8 22.5
​Profit before taxa​​tion* £m
​​
254.6 229.1 177.9 151.1​ 151.1
​Profit after taxation £m 223.4 157.9
121.3 96.7 100.6
​Dividends in respect of the year £m​ 73.6 64.4 55.8
50.6
139.9
Net assets​ £m 766.9 609.5
524.4 398.3
441.9
​Earnings per share* p 250.0 220.5 171.5 142.6 140.4
​Dividends per share p 100.0 87.5​ 76.0 69.0 64.5
​Special dividend per share p - -​ - -
120.0
​Return on capit​al ​employed %​​ 54.9 52.9​​ 47.9 44.1​ 44.3
 ​​​​​​​​* Adjusted measures exclude certain items​​​

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Reven​​u​e ​£m
689.4
661.7 650.0
589.7
518.7
​Operating profit* £m
151.6
136.2
134.0
119.1 89.9
​Operating profit margin* % 22.0
20.6​
20.6​
20.2 17.3
​Profit before taxa​​tion* £m
​​
151.1
134.9​
137.2​
121.6
90.2
​Profit after ta​xation £m 102.3​ 87.6
93.2
86.7
53.1
​Dividends in respect of the year £m​ 44.5
119.5
38.1​​ 52.6 27.6
Net assets​ £m 403.5
436.5
400.1​​ 379.5 307.4
​Earnings per share* p 138.8​ 122.2 124.8
109.5
82.2
​Dividends per share p 59.0​ 53.0 49.0
43.0
36.1
​Special dividend per share p -
100.0 -​ 25.0 -​
​Return on capital employed %​​ 44.4
39.4 41.1
42.1 33.3
 ​​​​​​​​* Adjusted measures exclude certain items​​​​
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