SHARE PRICE & DIVIDENDS

Dividends

In line with the Group’s progressive dividend policy, the Board proposed a total dividend for 2023 of £113m, to be paid to shareholders in equal instalments with H1 and FY results.

An interim dividend of £56.5m (8.9p per share) in respect of H1 2023 was paid on 22 September 2023 to shareholders on the register on 18 August 2023. A second interim dividend of £56.5m (8.9p per share) in respect of FY 2023 was paid on 26 April 2024 to shareholders on the register on 15 March 2024.

Date declaredDivi per share
(in pence)
Notes
13/SEP/201816.02018 Interim Dividend
05/MAR/201916.02018 Second Interim Dividend
15/AUG/201917.62019 Interim Dividend
11/AUG/20228.52022 Interim Dividend
09/MAR/20238.52022 Second Interim Dividend
10/AUG/20238.92023 Interim Dividend
07/MAR/20248.92023 Second Interim Dividend
Total84.4

Recent Dividend History

Ordinary and special dividends declared in fiscal year.

201520.1p
201625.6p
201729.8p
201832.0p
2019*17.6p
2022#17.0p
202317.8p

*On 6 April 2020 the Group announced that due to the ongoing uncertainty as to how long restrictions as a result of COVID-19 would be in place around the world, the Board took the prudent decision to withdraw the payment of the second interim dividend of 17.6p per share announced on 5 March 2020.

#The Board implemented a new dividend policy in 2022.

Date declaredHeadline
rate
Divi per share
(in EUR)
Divi per share
(in pence)
Actual FX rateNotes
14/SEP/20171.1285816.514.6201.128576Interim dividend
09/MAR/20181.1520517.515.191.1520502017 Second Interim Dividend
Subtotal34.029.81
Total since 01/MAY/2007428.3348.247

Date
declared
Headline rateDivi per share
(in EUR)
Divi per share
(in pence)
Actual FX rateNotes
01/JUL/20131.158210.59.06581.158199First Interim dividend, 2013
25/SEP/20131.191010.58.8161061.191002Second Interim dividend, 2013
09/JAN/20141.210511.59.5001.210526Third Interim dividend, 2013
09/APR/20141.21911.59.4341.219Final dividend
09/APR/20141.2194.53.6911.219Special dividend
15/JUL/20141.2664512.59.871.26645
22/SEP/20141.2763212.59.791.276324Special Interim dividend
22/SEP/20141.276322.51.961.276324Special dividend
12/JAN/20151.3025012.59.601.3025Third interim dividend
23/MAR/20151.360014.010.291.360544Final dividend 2014
23/MAR/20151.36001.51.101.360544Final dividend 2014 - Special
08/JUL/20151.4347914.09.75751.43479Quarterly dividend 2015
08/OCT/20151.3530214.010.34721.35302Second interim dividend, 2015
03/NOV/20161.1920014.912.501.192000Special dividend 2016
(increased 15/02/16)
23/MAR/20171.1564715.113.0571.156470Second special dividend 2016
Subtotal162.0128.779
Total since 01/MAY/2007394.3318.437
Date
declared
Headline
rate
Divi per share
(in EUR)
Divi per share
(in pence)
Actual
FX rate
Notes
01/MAY/20071.469719.313.00(six figures)Dividend declared in GBP at 13p per share
01/OCT/20071.438820.013.901.438849
01/MAY/20081.265820.015.901.257862
01/OCT/20081.263420.015.831.263424
01/MAY/20091.125420.017.771.125492
01/OCT/20091.095320.018.261.095290
01/JUN/20101.191550.041.961.191500
28/SEP/20101.140010.08.771.1400
28/MAR/20111.131210.08.841.131222
29/SEP/20111.154710.08.661.154734
25/MAY/20121.252311.08.78351.252348
19/SEP/20121.240515.012.091.240541
25/JAN/20131.18757.05.8951.187507
Subtotal232.30189.66