22 May 2019, 08:16
The Board is recommending a final dividend of 17.0 pence per share, giving a full year dividend of 25.0 pence per share for 2018-19, an increase of one pence per share, or four per cent.
It is then rebasing the dividend and changing the dividend policy. From 2019-20, the policy is for a full year dividend underpin of 15.0 pence per share, which may be supplemented by additional payouts in years with substantial excess cashflow. The dividend is expected to be covered by cumulative trading cashflows over both three and five years.
Our new dividend policy reflects the additional investment to turnaround and grow our UK business and expected lower cash generation in the early years of the plan.