Financial history summary

*20172016201520142013
Revenue£185.5m£161.37m£154.74m£129.78m£121.54m
GP%31.1%29.7%29.0%27.7%26.0%
Underlying operating profit*£21.0m£16.79m£15.27m£9.70m£7.97m
Underlying EBITDA*£22.9m£18.15m£16.49m£10.80m£9.23m
Underlying PBT*£20.5m£16.00m£14.31m£9.16m£7.25m
ROCE*19.9%18.5%18.6%16.3%12.1%
Dividend per share**3.50p2.80p2.10p1.40p0.80p
Dividend increase %25%33.3%50%75%60%
Dividend cover3.7x3.6x4.1x4.3x5.9x
Underlying diluted EPS*12.85p9.99p8.68p5.95p4.73p
Net debt£6.4m£16.00m£13.42m(£2.03m)£5.20m
Cash conversion % of underlying EBITDA*97.3%88.9%50.2%109.5%85.3%
Share price at 31 March214.5p127p103p87p57p

*Before separately disclosed items, see note 2

** final of 2.50p proposed