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Final results for the year ended 30 April 2019


Final results for the year ended 30 April 2019

Begbies Traynor Group plc (the 'company' or the 'group'), the business recovery, financial advisory and property services consultancy, today announces its final results for the year ended 30 April 2019.

Financial highlights
  2019
£m
2018
£m
Revenue 60.1 52.4
Adjusted profit before tax*                                     7.1 5.6
Profit before tax  3.5 2.3
Adjusted basic EPS**(p) 4.9 4.0
Basic EPS (p) 2.2 1.3
Proposed total dividend (p) 2.6 2.4
Net debt 6.0 7.5

* Profit before tax of £3.5m (2018: £2.3m) plus amortisation of intangible assets arising on acquisitions of £2.4m (2018: £1.9m) and transaction costs of £1.2m (2018: £1.4m)

** See reconciliation in Full Statement FY 2019

Operational highlights
  • Strong financial performance in line with upgraded expectations*, with revenue growth of 15% (9% organic)
    and an improved operating profit** margin of 12.6% (2018: 11.6%)
  • All areas of the group performed well:
    business recovery - growth from organic investment, acquisitions and an increase in insolvency
    numbers nationally;
    advisory - benefit of prior year acquisition of Springboard Corporate Finance; and
    property - continued to develop through focussed investment and acquisition
  • Strong cash generation enabled reduction in net debt and leverage
  • Proposed 8% increase in total dividend for the year, the second consecutive year of dividend growth

* Expectations upgraded in the full year trading update on 7 May 2019
** Operating profit before amortisation and transaction costs

Outlook
  •  Well placed to continue our track record of growth
  • Entered the new financial year with positive momentum
  • Update on trading at annual general meeting in September 2019

Commenting on the results, Ric Traynor, Executive Chairman of Begbies Traynor Group, said:

"We have reported another year of strong financial performance, ahead of our original expectations, in which we have grown the business organically, completed four acquisitions and increased the dividend whilst reducing net debt. All areas of the group performed well, reflecting the benefits of recent organic investment, an increase in market activity and the good performance of recent acquisitions.

"Looking ahead, we are better positioned than ever with multiple sources of potential growth supported by a strong financial platform. There is currently uncertainty in the UK economy as a result of the Brexit process, but with a combination of our counter-cyclical activities together with our breadth of services, we are well placed to continue our track record of growth in the new financial year and beyond."


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Ric Traynor

Executive Chairman

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Ric qualified with Arthur Andersen in 1984 and founded Begbies Traynor in 1989. Ric specialises in practice management and has considerable experience in financial turnaround and dispute resolution within professional practices.

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