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  • superiorgains superiorgains Oct 1, 2010 9:44 AM Flag

    Record Results at Albemarle & Bond

    Below are results of Ezcorp's associated undertaking,Albemarke & Bond (UK Based) of which Ezcorp owns approx. 30%.

    ALBEMARLE & BOND HOLDINGS PLC
    (the “Group”)
    Final results for the twelve months to 30 June 2010
    Excellent Organic Growth and Cash Generation,
    Investing for Accelerated Growth
    Financial Highlights
    Turnover grew 48% to stg£82 million
    Profit after tax grew 35% to stg£14.404 million Basic EPS grew 34% to 26.20p,Fully Diluted EPS grew 33.52% to 25.89p.
    Opened 17 new full line stores, increasing total to 132 stores and 15 pop-up shops as at 30 June 2010.New full line stores trading ahead of forecasts.
    Outlook
     Strong cash generation actively being invested in long term value creation; 3 further stores opened since year end and on track to open 25 in this financial year with strong cashflows funding investment and significant headroom on facilities in reserve.
     Gold Buying pop-up shops‟up from 9 to 15 and now trading from 19 with further openings planned
     New senior management team driving forward key initiatives under the Five Year Growth Plan
     Reflecting a strong year and confidence in the future performance we are recommending a 9.0p final dividend, resulting in a 34% increase in the total dividend to 11.75p per share (2009 8.75p)
    (Interim 2.75p paid in May + final 9p to be paid Jan'11).
    Shares of Albemarle & Bond hit £2.90 (a nice 3% dividend for those of record at 31/12/10) at one point today on heavy volume (day's range £2.82 to £2.90) which valued Ezcorps 16,619,640 shares held at $76,382,536 using today's $1.5848/stg£1 exchange rate.Furthermore a final dividend of circa US $ 2.37m (just using today's exchange rate) is receivable by Ezcorp in January 2011.

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