For the half year to 30 June 2008
|Cost of sales||(153.3)||(136.9)||(283.8)|
|Net operating expenses||(160.5)||(141.5)||(281.7)|
|Profit on disposal of businesses||4||0.3||19.4||19.0|
|Profit before tax||39.1||56.4||118.1|
|Taxation – UK||7||(0.8)||(0.6)||(2.6)|
|Taxation – Overseas||7||(11.1)||(14.3)||(29.3)|
|Profit after tax for the period from continuing operations attributable to equity shareholders||27.2||41.5||86.2|
|Basic earnings per share||8||23.5p||33.4p||70.9p|
|Diluted earnings per share||8||23.5p||33.2p||70.6p|
|Interim dividends proposed for the period (per share)||9||6.4p||5.75p||21.0p|
|Dividends paid during the period (per share)||15.25p||12.5p||18.25p|
Spectris uses adjusted figures as key performance measures in addition to those reported under adopted IFRS. Adjusted figures exclude certain non-operational items which management has defined as amortisation of acquisition-related intangible assets, goodwill impairment charges, profits or losses on termination or disposal of businesses or major fixed assets, unrealised changes in the fair value of financial instruments, foreign exchange gains and losses from short-term financing activities, related tax effects and other tax items which do not form part of the underlying tax rate.
Reconciliations showing how the adjusted performance measures are derived from those reported above are set out in Note 2.