Total voting rights

As at the date of this announcement the Company had 32,501,949 issued ordinary shares of 5 pence each admitted to trading.  Each ordinary share carries the right to one vote in relation to all circumstances at general meetings of the Company.  The Company does not hold any ordinary shares in Treasury.

The above figure may be used by shareholders and others with notification obligations as their denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

 

Trading statement and dividend

Following on from the Group’s half year report in January, trading to 7 April 2019 has continued well. Compared to the same period in the prior year, sales and profits are ahead. Royalties receivable are also ahead of the prior year following the signing of new licence agreements. The Board’s current expectation is that profit before tax for the year ending 2 June 2019 will be c. £80 million.

The Group also announces that the Board has today declared a dividend of 35 pence per share, in line with the Company’s policy of distributing truly surplus cash. This will be paid on 31 May 2019 for shareholders on the register at 26 April 2019, with an ex- dividend date of 25 April 2019. The last date for elections for the dividend re-investment plan is 10 May 2019. This dividend will take the total dividend declared and paid during the year ending 2 June 2019 to £1.55 per share.

Total voting rights

As at the date of this announcement the Company had 32,499,797 issued ordinary shares of 5 pence each admitted to trading.  Each ordinary share carries the right to one vote in relation to all circumstances at general meetings of the Company.  The Company does not hold any ordinary shares in Treasury.

The above figure may be used by shareholders and others with notification obligations as their denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the Disclosure and Transparency Rules.