Sonic Healthcare: Result 2013

Sonic is a relatively large holding in our Growth Portfolio and, despite uncertainty on healthcare reform and fees, it’s delivered another steady result.

Sonic Healthcare’s full-year result produced no surprises, with revenue increasing 4.1% to $3.5bn from a year earlier. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased 3.6% to $647m, while net profit increased 6% to $335m. Earnings per share increased 4.5% to 84.3 cents and a final dividend of 37 cents was declared, (45% franked, ex date 4 Sep) bringing the annual total to 62 cents, up 5%. The current dividend yield is 4%.

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