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Chairman's Note - 10 December 2018

This has been a remarkable year in which we celebrated our 60th year in business and delivered our 15th year of unbroken growth in revenues, profits and dividends since flotation in November 2003.

The Group delivered revenues of £306.0m, growing 87% over 2017 (£164.0m). The Moravia acquisition was by far the most significant contributor to this substantial increase, but all divisions delivered growth, contributing to 5% organic revenue growth across the Group (excluding acquisitions and currency movements).

Adjusted profit before tax grew by 43% to £61.8m (2017: £43.3m), reflecting an 11-month contribution from Moravia. Adjusted profit before tax increased by 6% on an organic (excluding acquisitions and related additional borrowing costs) and constant currency basis. Our balance sheet remains strong with net assets more than doubling to £355.3m (2017: £158.9m). Net debt was £65.1m (2017: £20.2m) despite the £66.8m cash outflow for the Moravia acquisition, in addition to the £185m gross placing proceeds raised to fund it, signifying continued strong underlying cash generation from which we have also repaid £17.8m of borrowings during the year. As a result, leverage (net debt: EBITDA) at the year-end was a comfortable 1 times.

The Group is now one of the world’s leading providers of language services, with a strong platform for taking advantage of the multiple opportunities afforded by our enhanced service offering, extended global presence and the growing markets for our intellectual property, life sciences and localization businesses. Backed by a strong balance sheet, we are also well positioned to take advantage of further acquisition opportunities as they arise.

We have made a very good start to the new financial year and we look forward to 2019 with confidence.

Andrew Brode, Chairman, RWS
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