Financial highlights for the year ended 28 December 2018.

Financial highlights 2018 2017 Increase/(decrease) per cent
 
Revenue (£million) 315.6 324.0 (3)
Underlying operating profit (£million) 80.2 104.6 (23)
Underlying profit before tax (£million) 54.4 77.8 (30)
Underlying earnings per share (pence) 85.8 128.3 (33)
Underlying cash generated from operations (£million) 101.9 115.4 (12)
Operating profit (£million) 66.3 98.0 (32)
Profit before tax (£million) 40.5 71.2 (43)
Basic earnings per share (pence) 63.0 115.8 (46)
Interim dividend paid in the period (pence) 8.64 8.64 -
Final dividend proposed in respect of the period (pence) 15.74 15.74 -
Number of Deaths 599,000 590,000 2

Alternative performance measures

All measures marked as underlying in the table above are alternative performance measures. The reasons for the Group's use of alternative performance measures, definitions and where relevant, reconcilliations are provided in the section on alternative performance measures in the Group's preliminary announcement.