DMGT Half Year Preliminary Results

DMGT have announced their half Yearly Financial Report for the six months ended 31 March 2013. They report a good underlying performance, with the full Year outlook unchanged.

Financial Highlights

                  Half Year   Half Year    Reported   Underlying  Half Year  Half Year
                    2013         2012      Change~     Change~      2013       2012
                             (restated)+                                    (restated)+
Revenue             £915m       £974m        -6%         +2%        £866m      £866m
Operating profit    £146m       £133m        +10%        +7%        £97m       £68m
Profit before       £137m       £105m        +30%                   £97m       £37m
tax
Earnings per        25.8p       19.6p        +32%                   28.2p      15.8p
share
Dividend per                                                        5.9p       5.6p
share
  • DMGT underlying revenue up 2%; underlying operating profit up 7%
  • Adjusted profit before tax of £137m, up 30%
  • Good performance from B2B; underlying revenue up 6% and underlying profit up 5%
  • Underlying revenue decline of 2% at dmg media; improved profit margin driven by cost efficiencies, resulting in underlying profit up 7%
  • Active portfolio management; bolt-on acquisitions and disposal of non-core assets
  • Net debt up £111m to £724m; net debt:EBITDA ratio of 1.85
  • Share buy back programme progressing well
  • Dividend increased by 5%
  • Outlook for the full year unchanged

Martin Morgan, Chief Executive, said:

“We have delivered a good underlying performance in the first half reflecting the strength of our B2B companies and the resilience of our national consumer titles. As expected, reported operating profit increased despite a decline in reported revenue resulting from recent disposals.

Our international B2B companies have increased their underlying revenues and profits* by 6% and 5% respectively. Our UK consumer business, dmg media, continued to experience challenging conditions and underlying revenues were slightly down, although the increase in digital revenues more than offset the decline in print advertising revenues and the business delivered a 7% underlying increase in operating profit*.

We have continued to actively manage our portfolio of businesses and have made several acquisitions and disposals during the period and into the second half, to improve the overall quality and growth prospects of the Group.

Relative to last year, the first half of the year benefited from the timing of biennial events and the absence of a bond redemption premium. Conversely we expect the comparatives in the second half of the year to be adversely impacted by the timing of biennial events and the Olympics, which were one-off benefits for us in the second half of the last financial year. Overall, the outlook for the full year remains unchanged.”

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