"The Group has had a good start to the year and the outlook is positive. We expect a continuation of the favourable trends in the Irish and Netherlands businesses.  In view of recent economic and political developments, we are more cautious about the prospects for the UK however we have a good portfolio of businesses with strong market positions and we look to the future with confidence" – Gavin Slark (9 May 2017)

Group Income Statement for the year ended 31 December 2016

Continuing activities Notes 2016
£’000
2015
£’000
Revenue 2 2,507,276 2,211,990
Operating costs – before exceptional items   (2,372,349) (2,090,471)
Property profits 3 4,923 6,692
Operating profit – before exceptional items   139,850 128,211
Exceptional items 3 (19,713) -
Operating profit 3 120,137 128,211
Finance expense 4 (7,166) (8,932)
Finance income 4 1,276 1,050
Profit before tax   114,247 120,329
Income tax expense 17 (21,128) (23,827)
Profit after tax for the financial year   93,119 96,502
Profit attributable to:
Owners of the Company   93,347 97,179
Non-controlling interests 8 (228) (677)
Profit after tax for the financial year   93,119 96,502
Earnings per ordinary share - basic 5 39.56p 41.62p
Earnings per ordinary share - diluted 5 39.44p 41.30p