Financial highlights

Financial highlights 700x492

    +21% Revenue up 20%; rental revenue up 21%1
    47% Group EBITDA margins of 47%
    (2017: 47%)
    £927m Group underlying pre-tax profit of £927m, up 21%1
    +26% Underlying earnings per share up 26%1 to 127.5p (2017:194.3p)
    £969m Post-tax profit of £969m
    £1.2bn invested in the business
    (2017: £1.1bn)
    £386m free cash flow generation
    (2017: £319m outflow)
    1.6x net debt to EBITDA leverage1 of 1.6 times (2017: 1.7 times)
    £392m spent on bolt-on acquisitions (2017: £437m) and 62 greenfield locations opened
    27.5p proposed final dividend of 27.5p, making 33.0p for the full year, up 20%
    (2017: 27.5p)
1 At constant exchange rates.
Underlying profit and earnings per share are stated before exceptional items and amortisation of intangibles. The definition of exceptional items is set out in Note 2 to the financial statements

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