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Share Price:
Up 309.50p
Change Today:
3.00p
Market Cap:
933.72m
Sector:
Support Services

Essentra restarts dividend on upbeat outlook

By Sean Farrell

Date: Friday 05 Mar 2021

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - Essentra restarted its dividend as the components and packaging company posted an upbeat outlook after a steep decline in annual profit.
Adjusted operating profit for the year to the end of December fell 28% at constant currency to 62m as revenue dropped 7% to 897m. Reported pretax profit fell 91% to 6m.

Essentra proposed a final dividend of 3.3p a share and said trading was improving in both its divisions. The annual result showed an improving trend after operating profit dropped 40% in the first half.

The FTSE 250 group scrapped its final dividend for 2019 in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic and paid no interim dividend in 2020. With trading improving, Essentra said in August it was considering restarting the dividend in 2020.

Paul Forman, Essentra's chief executive, said: "Through the company's agility, adaptability and resilience, we have delivered a full-year operating profit result which is in line with the consensus of analysts' forecasts. Given the group's resilient performance, encouraging outlook and strong financial position, the board recommends a resumption of dividend payments."

After a slow start to the current year because of logistical holdups Essentra's components division will register improving like-for-like trends, the company said. The packaging market should return to moderate growth in the second half of 2021 as healthcare systems catch up on a backlog of prescriptions and operations, it added.

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Essentra Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Price 309.50p
Change Today 3.00p
52 Week High 341.20p
52 Week Low 234.00p
Volume 376,987
Shares Issued 301.69m
Market Cap 933.72m
Beta 0.02

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What The Brokers Say

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Essentra Dividends

  Latest Previous
  Final Interim
Ex-Div 22-Apr-21 26-Sep-19
Paid 01-Jun-21 30-Oct-19
Amount 3.30p 6.30p

Trades for 14-May-2021

Time Volume / Share Price
16:35 21,789 @ 309.50p
16:29 77 @ 310.50p
16:29 6 @ 309.50p
16:29 88 @ 309.50p
16:29 21 @ 310.00p

Essentra Key Personnel

CEO Paul Forman
CFO Lily Liu