Financial highlights for the year ended 27 December 2013.

Financial highlights 2013 2012 Increase %
  1. Underlying profit is calculated as profit excluding profit (or loss) on sale of fixed assets and external transaction costs.
  2. Underlying earnings per share is calculated as profit on ordinary activities after taxation, before profit (or loss) on sale of fixed assets and external transaction costs (both net of tax) and exceptional items, divided by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue in the period.
  3. Cash generated from operations excludes external transaction costs and exceptional pension contributions.
  4. Interim dividend represents the interim dividend that was declared and paid in the period out of earnings generated in the same period.
  5. An interim dividend was not paid separately in 2013, but was instead included within the £1.08 Return of Cash per Ordinary Share paid August 2013.
  6. The final dividend represents the final dividend that was declared and paid in the period relating to the earnings generated in the previous period.
Revenue (£million) 256.7 229.6 12
Underlying operating profit(a) (£million) 78.4 69.4 13
Underlying profit before tax(a) (£million) 52.9 46.1 15
Underlying earnings per share(b) (pence) 72.1 62.8 15
Cash generated from operations(c) (£million) 94.2 83.3 13
Operating profit (£million) 75.1 68.7 9
Profit before tax (£million) 49.6 45.4 9
Basic earnings per share (pence) 72.8 65.1 12
Interim dividend(d,e) (pence) - 5.36 n/a
Final dividend paid in the period(f) (pence) 10.75 9.77 10
Return of Cash (£million) 61.9 - n/a

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