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Halma PLC Full Year Results 2021

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Financial Highlights

 

 

 

Change

 

2021

 

2020

Continuing Operations

 

 

 

Revenue

-2%

£1,318.2m

£1,338.4m

Adjusted Profit before Taxation1, 3

+4%

£278.3m

£267.0m

Adjusted Earnings per Share2, 3

+2%

58.67p

57.39p

 

 

 

 

Statutory Profit before Taxation

+13%

£252.9m

£224.1m

Statutory Earnings per Share

+10%

53.61p

48.66p

Total Dividend per Share4

+7%

17.65p

16.50p

 

 

 

 

Return on Sales3,5

 

21.1%

19.9%

Return on Total Invested Capital3

 

14.4%

15.3%

Net Debt6

 

£256.2m

£375.3m

 

 

· Record profit: Adjusted1 profit before tax up 4%; organic constant currency3,7 profit up 1%; statutory profit before tax up 13%, including a £21.6m gain on disposal of Fiberguide Industries.  

 

· Three out of four sectors grew profit on a reported basis; two on an organic constant currency7 basis.

 

· Revenue down 2%, with a 5% decline in the first half improving to 2% growth in the second half.

 

· O rganic constant currency3,7 revenue down 6%, with an 11% decline in the first half improving to a flat performance in the second half.

 

· Robust revenue performance in all major regions: Asia Pacific slightly up including double digit growth in China; the USA and Mainland Europe stable; a small decline in the UK.

 

· Strong returns: Return on Sales3,5 of 2 1.1 % and ROTIC3 of 1 4.4 %.

 

· Continued investment in future growth: R&D expenditure at 5.3% of revenue.

 

· Impressive cash generation: cash conversion of 104%, driven primarily by good working capital control.

 

· Rebound in M&A activity since the start of the second half, with a healthy pipeline and momentum continuing into the new financial year.

 

· Strong balance sheet and significant liquidity supporting value-enhancing acquisitions and an increased dividend.  

 

· Total dividend4 per share for the year up 7%, the 42nd consecutive year of an increase of 5% or more.

 

Operational and Sustainability Highlights

 

· Self-financed an employee furlough programme without accessing the UK Government's employee support scheme. Total employee numbers at end March 2021 unchanged from end March 2020.

 

· No balance sheet support requested from the UK Government or our other stakeholders.

 

· Accelerated planned technology investments to support our companies' growth, including operational IT and digital product development projects.

 

· Increasing our impact: new Sustainability Framework to amplify our positive impact from purpose-aligned growth and focus our efforts on the most material areas both for Halma and its stakeholders.

 

· Set a 1.5 degree-aligned 2030 target for Scope 1 & 2 emissions and a target to achieve net zero Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2040.

 

· Made new public commitments including: paying a Real Living Wage across UK operations from 1 June 2022; signing the Change the Race Ratio charter; and disclosing for the first time the gender pay gap in our UK and US operations.

 

· Appointed Dame Louise Makin as Chair Designate and Dharmash Mistry as non-executive Director. Dame Louise will succeed Paul Walker as Chair at our AGM in July 2021.

 

· Announced a new sector organisation from April 2021 to better align Halma's operations and reporting with its purpose and focus on the safety, environmental and health markets.

 

Andrew Williams, Group Chief Executive of Halma, commented:

 

"Halma's purpose is to grow a safer, cleaner, healthier future, for everyone, every day. It underpins our growth strategy, financial model, culture and organisational design. The combination and interaction of these elements has created increasing value for all stakeholders on a sustainable basis for almost 50 years.

 

Together, they have enabled us to make further progress during the ongoing pandemic, giving us an agility which has been crucial in allowing us to address short-term challenges while simultaneously investing for a fast-changing future. Our progress has also been supported by our teams' relentless execution across all parts of our business, and our resilience which stems from the diversity of our market niches, their fundamental growth drivers, and the value of the solutions we provide.

 

For the year ahead, we expect our markets to continue to recover, albeit at varying rates, while acknowledging that there are potential headwinds including currency, inflation, and supply chain constraints. Organic constant currency revenue for the period from the beginning of January to the end of May is up 10% year-on-year. We have made a good start to the year, order intake is currently ahead of revenue and the same period last year, and we also have a good pipeline of potential acquisition opportunities. We currently expect to deliver full year low double-digit percentage organic constant currency profit growth (prior to any IAS 38 impact8) and a more normal level of return on sales. We look forward to making further progress, in this year and the longer term."