Huntsworth looks to boost margins

In its first full-year results since acquiring rival Incepta, Huntsworth today (Thursday) announced an annualised group operating income of £136.2m for businesses it owned at 31 December 2005.

Like-for-like operating income growth for continuing operations was 2.8 per cent, with its PR businesses up 4.4 per cent. Before, central costs were 18.6 per cent with pure PR at 19.1 per cent.

CEO Lord Chadlington said: 'We're pleased we have remained on track towards a margin target of 20 per cent.'

Huntsworth announced a proposed final dividend of 1.2 pence per share, which will provide an increased total dividend of 1.7 pence.

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