Sonic Healthcare: Interim result 2014

A robust result for Sonic as Australian pathology grows strongly.

Sonic Healthcare announced a solid half-year result with revenue increasing 12% to $1.9bn compared to the prior corresponding period. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was 13% higher at $344m, while net profit was up a very healthy 18% to $177m, mainly due to favourable exchange rate movements and lower interest costs. Earnings per share increased 16% to 44 cents and an interim dividend of 27 cents was declared (45% franked, ex date 6 March), an increase of 8%, for a current yield of 3.8%.

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