IG Design sales up

IG Design Group's sales rose by 21.5% to £145.5m in the six monhts to the end of September.

Organic growth represents 5.5% of this growth with foreign exchange translation effects accounting for 8.8% and our acquisition of Lang a further 7.1%. Overall phasing of delivery to customers is expected to be split equally between the two halves of the year.

Gross profit margins at 21.2% (2015 H1: 18.2%) were higher than the prior year, assisted by Lang which benefits from higher gross margins, albeit with a higher cost delivery model reflected in overheads.

Operating profit before exceptional items and LTIP charges rose by 42.6% to £9.3m from £6.5m and pre-tax profits were up 57.5% before exceptional items and LTIP charges at £8.2m.

Chief executive Paul Fineman said: "We are delighted to be reporting such strong performance during the first half of the year, with all regions trading profitably and continuing to grow, both organically and through acquisition.

"We are continuing to drive growth from very solid foundations and still identifying further investment opportunities with fast payback to continuously improve efficiencies and enhance capabilities across all territories.

"With a substantial order book in place for the remainder of the year, we are on course to deliver a full year financial performance ahead of market expectations. Further we are sufficiently confident with the prospects for profits growth and cash generation to increase the total dividend expectation for the full year to 4p. The Group remains committed to creating sustainable value for our shareholders through both organic growth and, when the opportunity arises, through carefully considered acquisitions."