"I am delighted to be able to report record order intake, record revenues, record adjusted pre-tax profit and record earnings per share for the year ended 31 December 2017. Pleasingly, performance has been achieved through both organic growth and contributions from our acquisitions, illustrating the execution of both facets of our strategy. The long-term growth drivers in the scientific instruments industry remain robust and, whilst volatility in short term demand remains a feature within our industry, the climate was in our favour as evidenced by the strong demand for our products observed over the last 18 months.
As well as record financial results, 2017 has been a year of significant progress for the Group and within our businesses. The Group completed its 16th acquisition and the two businesses that had experienced lower demand in 2016 returned to normal levels of orders, sales and profitability.
Delivering returns to our shareholders remains the objective of the Group and as such the Board is pleased to be recommending a final dividend of 22.0p, making a total of 32.0p in respect of 2017, a 16.4% increase on the prior year (2016: 27.5p)."
Alex Hambro, Chairman of Judges Scientific plc