positional

For the year ended 31 December 2011

PROFIT BEFORE TAX*

£162.1 ( 12.2%)

  • 2007 (£115.2m)
  • 2008 (£128.8m)
  • 2009 (£130.1m)
  • 2010 (£144.5m)
  • 2011 (£162.1m)

EARNINGS PER SHARE

89.6 ( 14.0%)

  • 2007 (63.5p)
  • 2008 (70.9p)
  • 2009 (71.4p)
  • 2010 (78.6p)
  • 2011 (89.6p)

DIVIDEND PER SHARE

69.0 ( 8.7%)

  • 2007 (63.5p)
  • 2008 (63.5p)
  • 2009 (63.5p)
  • 2010 (63.5p)
  • 2011 (69.0p)

DIVIDEND COVER

1.30 times

  • 2007 (0.97 times)
  • 2008 (1.12 times)
  • 2009 (1.12 times)
  • 2010 (1.24 times)
  • 2011 (1.30 times)

GEARING

3.2 times

  • 2007 (2.7 times)
  • 2008 (3.2 times)
  • 2009 (3.3 times)
  • 2010 (3.3 times)
  • 2011 (3.2 times)

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT

£1.6m

  • 2007 (£0.6m)
  • 2008 (£0.8m)
  • 2009 (£1.3m)
  • 2010 (£1.5m)
  • 2011 (£1.6m)

*prior to exceptional costs.


CAUTIONARY STATEMENT

All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this document, including, without limitation, those regarding the financial condition, results, operations and business of Provident Financial plc and its strategy, plans and objectives and the markets in which it operates, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements which reflect the directors’ assumptions made on the basis of information available to them at this time, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors which could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Provident Financial plc or the markets in which it operates to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Nothing in the document shall be regarded as a profit forecast and its directors accept no liability to third parties in respect of this report save as would arise under English law. In particular, section 463 of the Companies Act 2006 limits the liability of the directors of Provident Financial plc so that their liability is solely to Provident Financial plc.

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