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Annual Results

Informa sees third consecutive year of growth

06 March 2017 07:21

Informa reports its third consecutive year of growth in revenue, adjusted earnings, free cashflow and dividends in the 12 months to the end of December. Highlights:

- Higher revenue growth: +11.0% to £1,345.7m (2015: £1,212.2m), +1.6% organic

- Increased adjusted operating profit growth: +13.8% to £416.1m (2015: £365.6m)

- Improving adjusted diluted earnings per share growth: +6.6% to 42.1p (2015: 39.5p)

- Enhanced dividend: up 4.3% to 19.3p (2015: 18.5p*)

- Consistent free cash flow: £305.7m (2015: £303.4m)

- Robust balance sheet: Net debt/EBITDA 2.6x (2015: 2.2x) including £1.2bn Penton addition - Lower statutory operating profit: £198.8m (2015: £236.5m) Group chief executive Stephen A. Carter said: "2016 was a steady and strong year for the Group, where the business grew on all key financial measures, whilst expanding significantly in the US and investing substantially in its products.

"This sets Informa up well for further progress in 2017."

He added: "The current year will be characterised by Accelerated Change as we combine the newly-acquired Penton business with Informa, and as we complete planned GAP investments, reap the benefits of our international scale and continue to strengthen capabilities across the Group."

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