Dividend Announcement and Notice of Results
Press Release 25 February 2016
Personal Group Holdings Plc
(“the Company” or “the Group”)
Dividend Announcement, notice of Preliminary Results and Board change
The Directors of the Company are pleased to announce that the first dividend for 2016 of 5.50p per share will be paid on 24 March 2016 to members on the register on 4 March 2016. Shares will be marked ex-dividend on 3 March 2016.
This dividend is the first of the four dividends expected to be announced this year and represents an increase of 5.26% over the equivalent period last year.
Mark Scanlon, Chief Executive of the Company, commented: “The Board is pleased to announce this increased dividend, which is in line with our progressive dividend policy.”
The Group will report its Preliminary Results for the financial year ended 31 December 2015 on Wednesday 30 March 2016.
The Company also announces that Chris Curling, Chairman, intends to retire from his position at the Company’s AGM in May 2016. Mark Winlow, currently a non-Executive Director, will replace Chris in this role.
Mark Scanlon commented: “Chris is the architect of a seamless transition from founder Chairman to Chairman himself and now passing the baton to Mark. He has been a tremendous support to me over the past four years and helped me adapt to leading a publicly listed company. I have learned a great deal from Chris and will miss his contribution at board level. I know Chris has a long list of things he still wants to do in life and I and the board wish him all the very best”.
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For more information please contact:
Personal Group Holdings Plc
Mark Scanlon – Chief Executive
Mike Dugdale – Chief Financial Officer +44 (0)1908 605 000
Cenkos Securities Plc
Max Hartley / Stephen Keys (Nomad) +44 (0)20 7397 8900
Russell Kerr (Sales)
Quincy Allan / James Burman +44 (0)20 7398 7700
Notes to Editors
With over 30 years’ experience of looking after its customers’ employees, Personal Group Holdings Plc (AIM: PGH) is a leading provider of employee benefits and employee related insurance products, offering benefits programmes to over 2 million employees across the UK.
Personal Group’s innovative approach to using technology to deliver its programmes, combined with its face-to-face method of communicating with employees, makes its offering compelling to blue chip clients across the UK as a way of attracting, retaining and motivating employees. The Group tailors its packages to include insurance products such as hospital and convalescence plans, death benefit and income protection plans, as well as lifestyle benefits such as holiday and retail discounts, health and wellbeing benefits and a range of tax efficient benefits.
Personal Group can also supply home technology via salary sacrifice through its subsidiary Let’s Connect. Offering the latest iPads and other tablets, home computers and laptops, smart phones and smart TVs is a highly engaging benefit from which both the employer and employee can profit. In April 2015 the Group established its own Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) called Personal Group Mobile Ltd. which was achieved through the acquisition of the assets of shebang Technologies Ltd. This means that home technology, including handsets and airtime, can be provided via salary sacrifice with a reduction of c10-47% on costs to its client’s employees.
Personal Group has a strong client base across a range of sectors including transport, where it works with the likes of Network Rail, Stagecoach and EYMS Group Ltd, and healthcare, where clients include Four Seasons Health Care, Priory Group and Spire Healthcare. The Group also covers logistics, with companies such as TNT Express and Bibby, and motoring with Manheim and JCT600 as clients. In addition the Group also has a strong presence in food manufacturing and service and clients include 2 Sisters Food Group and Young’s Seafood.
With over 520 clients the Group has grown considerably and provides engaging and effective benefits packages across a breadth of sectors.