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24 March 2023

Smiths Group plc – Half Year Results for 6 months ended 31 January 2023

Continued progress with record growth and increased FY2023 guidance

Pioneers of progress – improving our world through smarter engineering

Record growth – organic revenue +13.5%1, reported revenue +25.6%, EPS2 + 52.1%

  • Seventh consecutive quarter of growth, equally balanced between volume and price
  • Growth across all divisions, geographic regions, and major customer end markets
  • 200bps of growth from new product launches with a +13.5% increase in R&D to support future as well as current growth

Improving execution – Smiths Excellence System (“SES”) delivering clear benefits

  • Headline2 operating profit growth of +27.4% with margin up +20bps to 16.1%
  • +£5m operating profit contribution from SES, scaling to +£12m for FY. Expanding programme with additional resources
  • ROCE3 +120bps to 15.2%, driven by strong profit generation
  • Operating cash conversion3 of 63% reflecting continued investment to secure supply and support sustainable growth

Inspiring & empowering our People – advancing our inclusive and high-performing culture

  • Further progress embedding Smiths Leadership Behaviours
  • Increased investment in talent development with relaunch of our Accelerate leadership training programme
  • Actively investing in numerous diversity, equity & inclusion and employee engagement initiatives
  • Published inaugural Sustainability Report; introduced ESG targets into incentive compensation plans; on track to deliver FY2023 ESG targets

Strong balance sheet – a foundation for sustainable growth and shareholder returns

  • Net debt to EBITDA of 0.8x
  • Share buyback c.90% complete
  • Proposed interim dividend of 12.9p, +5%


FY2023 Guidance

  • Raising FY2023 guidance to at least 8% organic revenue growth, with moderate margin improvement


Headline2 HY2023 HY2022 Reported Organic1
Revenue £1,497m £1,192m +25.6% +13.5%
Operating profit £241m £189m +27.4% +12.7%
Operating profit margin3 16.1% 15.9% +20bps (10)bps
Basic EPS4 46.6p 30.6p +52.1%  
ROCE3 15.2% 14.0% +120bps  
Operating cash conversion3 63% 93%    


Statutory HY2023 HY2022 Reported
Revenue £1,497m £1,192m +25.6%
Operating profit £187m £157m +19.1%
Profit for the half year (after tax) £109m £1,123m (90.2)%
Basic EPS4 30.6p 283.9p (89.2)%
Dividend per share 12.9p 12.3p +5%


Paul Keel, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“We continued to improve our performance in H1, delivering double digit revenue and earnings growth. While we are still in the early days of executing our plan, we are pleased with the progress. I congratulate and thank my 15,000 colleagues around the world for continuing to do what we do best – improving our world through smarter engineering.

With order books healthy and trading strong, we are again raising our FY2023 organic revenue growth guidance to at least 8%, with moderate margin improvement.”


Upcoming Events

Date Event
Friday 19 May 2023 Q3 Trading Update
Tuesday 26 Sept 2023 FY2023 Financial Results


Statutory reporting

Statutory reporting takes account of all items excluded from headline performance.
See accounting policies for an explanation of the presentation of results and note 3 to the financial statements for an analysis of non-headline items.


The following definitions are applied throughout the financial report:
1 Organic is headline adjusted to exclude the effects of foreign exchange and acquisitions.
2 Headline: In addition to statutory reporting, the Group reports on a headline basis. Definitions of headline metrics, and information about the adjustments to statutory measures, are provided in note 3 to the financial statements. Headline performance is on a Smiths Group basis, excluding the results of Smiths Medical.
3 Alternative Performance Measures (“APMs”) and Key Performance Indicators (“KPIs”) are defined in note 19 to the financial statements.
4 Basic EPS on a headline basis includes results for Smiths Group, excluding Smiths Medical in the prior period and includes the impact of the share buyback. On a statutory basis HY2022 includes the gain on disposal of Smiths Medical.


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Investor enquiries

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Alex Le May, FTI Consulting
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The webcast presentation and Q&A will begin at 08.30 (UK time) today at:
A recording will be available from 13.00 (UK time).


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