Revenue has increased 3 per cent, underlying operating profits have increased 3 per cent and underlying earnings per share have increased 7 per cent. We continued to make good progress across all our operations.

Please see below for an operational and financial summary of our three main business areas: funeral services, crematoria and pre-arranged funeral plans.

Group performance

Revenue up 3% to £324.0 million

Revenue
(£million)

Bar chart displaying revenue in £s million from 2013 (256.7) to 2017 (324.0)

Revenue by area
(£million)

Pie chart displaying areas of revenue in £s million
  • Funeral services 221.8
  • Crematoria 74.0
  • Pre-arranged funeral plans 28.2

Underlying operating profit up 3% to £104.6 million

Underlying operating profit
(£million)

Bar chart displaying underlying operating profit in £s million from 2013 (78.4) to 2017 (104.7)

Underlying operating profit by area*
(£million)

Pie chart displaying areas of operating profit in £ million
  • Funeral services 79.5
  • Crematoria 40.0
  • Pre-arranged funeral plans 8.0

*Excludes central overheads of £22.9 million

Underlying earnings per share up 7% to 128.3 pence per share

Underlying earnings per share
(pence)

Bar chart displaying underlying earnings per share in pence from 2013 (72.1) to 2017 (128.3)

Funeral services

Revenue up 2% to £221.8 million

Revenue
(£million)

Bar chart displaying revenue in £s million from 2013 (176.2) to 2017 (221.8)

Underlying operating profit up 1% to £79.5 million

Underlying operating profit
(£million)

Bar chart displaying underlying operating profit in £s million from 2013 (60.8) to 2017 (79.5)

Crematoria

Revenue up 10% to £74.0 million

Revenue
(£million)

Bar chart displaying revenue in £s million from 2013 (53.8) to 2017 (74.0)

Underlying operating profit up 6% to £40.0 million

Underlying operating profit
(£million)

Bar chart displaying underlying operating profit in £s million from 2013 (27.4) to 2017 (40.0)

Pre-arranged funeral plans

Total active pre-arranged funeral plans increased to 450,000

Total number of active pre-arranged funeral plans
(thousands)

Bar chart displaying Total number of active pre-arranged funeral plans from 2013 (323,000) to 2017 (450,000)

Underlying operating profit down 6% to £8.0 million

Underlying operating profit
(£million)

Bar chart displaying underlying operating profit in £s million from 2013 (6.7) to 2017 (8)

Annual report

Read the 2017 Annual Report

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