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Previous Close
261.80 GBp
Day High
261.90 GBp
Day Low
255.10 GBp
52 Week High
02/21/14 - 307.70 GBp
52 Week Low
06/25/14 - 244.70 GBp
Market Cap
1.3B
Average Volume 10 Days
441.6K
EPS TTM
0.10 GBp
Shares Outstanding
511.7M
EX-Date
09/3/14
P/E TM
27.1x
Dividend
11.22 GBp
Dividend Yield
4.32%
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national express group plc (NEX) Details

National Express Group PLC, through its subsidiaries, provides public transportation services in the United Kingdom, North America, Spain, Germany, and Morocco. The company operates through six segments: UK Bus, UK Coach, Rail, North American Bus, Spanish Coach and Bus, and Central functions. It delivers services through its buses, trains, light rail services, and coaches. The company offers urban bus transportation services outside of London, as well as in Coventry and Dundee; and operates the Midland Metro light rail service between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. It also operates scheduled coach services linking approximately 1,000 destinations across the United Kingdom; and offers commuter coach travel services in London and the south of England. In addition, the company operates long distance, regional, and urban bus and coach services in Spain and Morocco, as well as service areas and other transport-related businesses, such as fuel distribution; and offers student transportation and transit services in 36 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces. As of December 31, 2013, it operated approximately 25,000 vehicles. National Express Group PLC is based in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

42,000 Employees
Last Reported Date: 03/28/14

national express group plc (NEX) Top Compensated Officers

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Total Annual Compensation: 1.3M GBP
Group Finance Director and Director
Total Annual Compensation: 1.0M GBP
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

national express group plc (NEX) Key Developments

National Express Group plc Announces Interim Dividend, Payable on September 19, 2014; Reports Unaudited Group Earnings Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2014; Provides Financial Guidance for the Year 2014

The board of National Express Group plc has increased the interim dividend by 3% to 3.35 pence per share compared to 3.25 pence per share in 2013, reflecting its confidence in the performance and future prospects of the business. The dividend will be payable on September 19, 2014 to shareholders on the register at close of business on September 5, 2014. The company reported unaudited group earnings results for the six months ended June 30, 2014. For the six months, the company reported revenue of £939.5 million against £956.7 million a year ago. Group operating profit was £47.4 million against £59.7 million a year ago. Profit before tax was £23.4 million against £34.3 million a year ago. Profit attributable to equity shareholders was £20.0 million against £28.1 million a year ago. Diluted earnings per share were 3.9 pence against 5.5 pence a year ago. On normalized basis, group operating profit was £89.5 million against £97.2 million a year ago. Profit before tax was £65.5 million against £71.8 million a year ago. Profit attributable to equity shareholders was £50.4 million against £55.0 million a year ago. Normalized earnings per diluted share were 9.8 pence against 10.7 pence a year ago. Net cash from operating activities was £116.5 million against £159.1 million a year ago. Purchase of property, plant and equipment was £37.6 million against £50.7 million a year ago. Payments to acquire intangible assets were £2.7 million against £1.2 million a year ago. Net debt as of June 30, 2014 was £729.0 million against £809.4 million as of June 30, 2013. £80.3 million of free cash flow was generated in the period against £94.5 million a year ago. EBITDA was £139.9 million against £153.6 million a year ago. Replacement capital investment was GBP 25 million, which is about 50% depreciation. After tax and interest, free cash flow was GBP 80 million. Cash generation remains very strong as the company grow out towards GBP 150 million of free cash flow this year, supporting a growing dividend, investing for the future and further reducing net debt. The company has also provided financial guidance for the year 2014. The group is targeting £150 million of free cash flow in the full year 2014, adding to the £180 million delivered in 2013. The group's effective tax rate for 2014 is forecast to be 22.2% against 22.5% a year ago.

National Express Group plc, H1 2014 Earnings Call, Jul 30, 2014

National Express Group plc, H1 2014 Earnings Call, Jul 30, 2014

National Express Group plc Retains Essex Thameside Franchise

National Express Group plc announced that it has retained the Essex Thameside franchise. National Express, which currently operates the line as c2c, will continue to run the service from 9 November 2014 until 2029. Under National Express the c2c service has radically improved from the 'Misery Line' into the most punctual train operator in the UK. In the new 15 year franchise c2c will be transformed again, with new trains, extra services and a ground-breaking Personal Performance Promise at the heart of a Passenger Charter that will put it at the forefront of international standards of customer service.

 

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