Strong operational performance, further progress on strategic initiatives
- Group headline revenue in line on an underlying1 basis; up 18% on a reported basis
- Group headline operating profit up 8% on an underlying1 basis; up 27% on a reported basis
- Cash conversion strong at 115% with a 44% increase in free cash flow
- Headline basic EPS up 30% at 45.7 pence per share
- Proposed interim dividend of 13.55 pence per share, up 2.3%
- Operational improvements support increased R&D investment in long-term growth opportunities
- Balance sheet strengthened by business disposals and improved pension funding
- Morpho Detection acquisition in final stages, with approval and completion expected shortly
1 Underlying excludes the impact of acquisitions and divestments, and the effects of foreign exchange translation
Interim results for the six months ended 31 January 2017
|Headline free cash-flow
|Return on capital employed
*In addition to statutory reporting, Smiths Group reports its continuing operations on a headline basis. Definitions of headline metrics, and information about the adjustments to statutory measures are provided in the notes to the financial statements
Andy Reynolds Smith, Group Chief Executive, said:
“In the past six months we have made good progress to focus our portfolio and run our businesses better. Strong cash conversion and improved margins across the Group provide us with additional resources to invest for the future. By laying the foundations for organic growth through targeted investments and by taking a disciplined approach to acquisitions and disposals, we are building a bigger, better and more focused Smiths.
“While sales were flat for the first six months of the year, Smiths Group delivered good underlying profit growth. Once again, Smiths Detection delivered strong growth in revenue and profit, offsetting declines at Smiths Medical and John Crane, and reinforcing our view that the acquisition of Morpho Detection makes compelling sense and will increase our exposure to a growing market. We are in the final stages of securing all necessary regulatory approvals, and expect to complete the acquisition shortly. In tough markets, John Crane continued to show resilience with a modest return to growth in the aftermarket, which now accounts for two-thirds of the division’s revenue. Smiths Medical had a weak first half and performance at Smiths Interconnect and Flex-Tek was in line with expectations.
“In September, we set out a new strategy for Smiths. We’re now implementing measures across the Group that we believe, in the medium term, will deliver our twin priorities of chosen market outperformance and world-class competitiveness. We’ve made good progress, generating over £330m of proceeds from the disposal of three non-core businesses, investing for growth with increased R&D spend and introducing the Smiths Excellence System.
“Overall, the outlook for 2017 is unchanged. Group performance is expected to be slightly weighted towards the second half, albeit with a more balanced split between the first and second half than we saw last year. We expect some improvement in Smiths Medical’s revenue performance in the second half. John Crane’s first-fit end markets are expected to remain tough, somewhat counterbalanced by continued resilience in aftermarket. We anticipate sales growth at Smiths Detection in the second half, albeit at lower levels than we saw in the first half, and margins will moderate given contract mix and investment in new products. Smiths Interconnect and Flex-Tek are expected to continue to perform in line with the first half. We expect cash conversion to continue to be strong as the rate of progress on inventory management improves. The depreciation of sterling is expected to provide a tailwind to reported revenue and operating profit, should current rates prevail.”
Statutory reporting takes account of all items excluded from headline performance. On a statutory basis, pre-tax profit from continuing operations was £346m (2016: £168m) and basic earnings per share were 76.5p (2016: 32.8p).
See Accounting policies for an explanation of the presentation of results and note 3 to the accounts for an analysis of non-headline items.
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