Dividend Policy

On 5 March 2020 the Group declared an interim dividend of 17.6p per share to be paid on 23 April 2020 an increase of 10% year-on-year. Going forward, the Group has committed to minimum annual dividend growth of 10%.

On 6 April 2020 the Group announced due to the ongoing uncertainty as to how long restrictions as a result of COVID-19 will be in place around the world, the Board has taken the prudent decision to withdraw the payment of the second interim dividend of 17.6p per share announced on 5 March 2020. This was due to be paid on 23 April 2020 with a total cash cost of £103m.

However, the Board recognises the importance of dividends as a part of shareholder returns and will consider dividends with future results announcements.

2019 Interim Dividend Timetable

5 March 2020 Dividend declared
12 March 2020 Ex-dividend date
13 March 2020 Record date
23 April 2020 Payment

Dividends paid / declared since acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral Group on 28 March 2018

Date declared Divi per share
in pence
Notes
13/9/2018 16.0 2018 Interim Dividend
5/3/2019 16.0 2018 Second Interim Dividend
15/8/2019 17.6 2019 Interim Dividend
5/3/2020 - 2019 Interim Dividend - withdrawn 6 April 2020
Subtotal 49.6
Total since 01.05.2007 397.8

Dividend History & FX Rates

Recent Dividend History

Ordinary and special dividends declared in fiscal year.

2015 20.1p
2016 25.6p
2017 29.8p
2018 32.0p
2019* 17.6p

* On 6 April 2020 the Group announced that due to the ongoing uncertainty as to how long restrictions as a result of COVID-19 will be in place around the world, the Board has taken the prudent decision to withdraw the payment of the second interim dividend of 17.6p per share announced on 5 March 2020.

Dividends paid / declared since acquisition of bwin.party on 1 February 2016

Date declared Headline rate Divi per share
in EUR
Divi per share
in pence
Actual
FX rate
Notes
14/09/2017 1.12858 16.5 14.620 1.128576 Interim dividend
 09/03/2018 1.15205 17.5 15.19 1.152050 2017 Second Interim Dividend
Subtotal 34.0 29.81
Total since 01.05.2007 428.3 348.247

Dividends paid / declared since acquisition of Sportingbet plc on 19 March 2013

Date declared Headline rate Divi per share
in EUR
Divi per share
in pence
Actual
FX rate
Notes
01/07/2013 1.1582 10.5 9.0658 1.158199 First Interim dividend, 2013
25/09/2013 1.1910 10.5 8.816106 1.191002 Second Interim dividend, 2013
09/01/2014 1.2105 11.5 9.500 1.210526 Third Interim dividend, 2013
09/04/2014 1.219 11.5 9.434 1.219 Final dividend
09/04/2014 1.219 4.5 3.691 1.219 Special dividend
15/07/2014 1.26645 12.5 9.87 1.26645
22/09/2014 1.27632 12.5 9.79 1.276324 Special Interim dividend
22/09/2014 1.27632 2.5 1.96 1.276324 Special dividend
12/01/2015 1.30250 12.5 9.60 1.3025 Third interim dividend
23/03/2015 1.3600 14.0 10.29 1.360544 Final dividend 2014
23/03/2015 1.3600 1.5 1.10 1.360544 Final dividend 2014 - Special
08/07/2015 1.43479 14.0 9.7575 1.43479 Quarterly dividend 2015
08/10/2015 1.35302 14.0 10.3472 1.35302 Second interim dividend, 2015
03/11/2016 1.19200 14.9 12.50 1.192000 Special dividend 2016
(increased 15/02/16)
23/03/2017 1.15647 15.1 13.057 1.156470 Second special dividend 2016
Subtotal 162.0 128.779
Total since 01.05.2007 394.3 318.437

Record of dividends per share and EUR/GBP rates used since 2007

Date declared Headline rate Divi per share
in EUR
Divi per share
in pence
Actual
FX rate
Notes
01/05/2007 1.4697 19.3 13.00 (six figures) Dividend declared in GBP
at 13p per share
01/10/2007 1.4388 20.0 13.90 1.438849
01/05/2008 1.2658 20.0 15.90 1.257862
01/10/2008 1.2634 20.0 15.83 1.263424
01/05/2009 1.1254 20.0 17.77 1.125492
01/10/2009 1.0953 20.0 18.26 1.095290
01/06/2010 1.1915 50.0 41.96 1.191500
28/09/2010 1.1400 10.0 8.77 1.1400
28/03/2011 1.1312 10.0 8.84 1.131222
29/09/2011 1.1547 10.0 8.66 1.154734
25/05/2012 1.2523 11.0 8.7835 1.252348
19/09/2012 1.2405 15.0 12.09 1.240541
25/01/2013 1.1875 7.0 5.895 1.187507
Subtotal 232.30 189.66