Cash Flow Statements For the year ended 31 December 2007

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  Group Company
  Note 2007
£'000
2006
£'000
2007
£'000
2006
£'000
Cash generated from operations 20 148,663 78,827 41,744 29,234
Income tax (paid)/received   (36,519) (21,705) 2,446
Net cash from operating activities   112,144 57,122 41,744 31,680
Cash flows from investing activities          
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (11,927) (9,167)
Purchases of computer software   (1,579) (737)
Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment, and computer software   743 1,210
Interest received   1,189 821
Net cash used in investing activities   (11,574) (7,873)
           
Cash flows from financing activities          
Dividends paid   (21,785) (18,088) (21,785) (18,088)
Interest paid   (2,741) (1,209) (2,397) (869)
Proceeds from bank loan   25,300 39,150 25,300 39,150
Repayment of bank loan   (39,150) (6,700) (39,150) (6,700)
Issue of own shares for the exercise of options   8,740 38,190 8,740 38,190
Purchase of own shares for cancellation   (59,885) (83,363) (59,885) (83,363)
Purchase of shares held in the employee benefit trust   (15,000)
Net cash used in financing activities   (104,521) (32,020) (89,177) (31,680)
           
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents   (3,951) 17,229 (47,433)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year   35,544 19,779
Exchange gains/(losses) on cash and cash equivalents   3,964 (1,464)
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year 21 35,557 35,544 (47,433)

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