"We are positive about the prospects for the Group and expect the recent trends in the Group’s markets in Ireland and the Netherlands to be sustained over the remainder of the year. Strong market fundamentals should support activity in the UK housing and RMI markets although uncertainty over the outcome of the referendum on continued membership of the EU appears to be having a bearing on current activity levels." – Gavin Slark (10 May 2016).

2015 Final Results

Grafton Group plc announced its 2015 Final Results, on Tuesday, 08 March 2016, at 07:00 (GMT).

The following information was released on the day.

  2015
£’m
2014
£’m
% change
Revenue 2,212 2,082 +6%
Adjusted*
Operating profit 126.8 110.1 +15%
Operating profit before property profit 120.1 107.9 +11%
Profit before tax 118.9 101.2 +17%
Profit after tax 95.1 80.0 +19%
Adjusted earnings per share – basic 41.0p 34.4p +19%
Statutory
Operating profit 128.2 110.1 +16%
Profit before tax 120.3 101.2 +19%
Profit after tax 96.5 80.0 +21%
Earnings per share – basic 41.6p 34.4p +21%
Dividend 12.50p 10.75p +16%
Net debt 113.6 75.3 +51%
Total equity 989.0 906.3 +9%
Adjusted operating margin 5.7% 5.3% +40 bp
Return on capital employed 12.2% 11.1% +1.1% pts
*Before defined benefit pension scheme past service credit of £2.95 million and an asset impairment charge of £1.52million in the Belgium business.