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B&M (BME) pays special dividend after profit growth

By Jenni Reid

11:59, 9 December 2021

Sign above a B&M store
B&M has seen strong sales growth during the pandemic – Photo: Britpix / Alamy Stock Photo

British value store B&M (BME) has announced a special dividend after reporting growth on its pre-pandemic levels. 

The company will pay out £250m to shareholders through the 25p-per-share dividend, to be paid on 14 January 2022. 

Shares in the FTSE 100 firm were up around 1% to 637p at 11:30 GMT. 

It has 681 B&M stores and 306 Heron Foods outlets in the UK, together with 104 Babou shops in France. 

Sales shift

B&M’s half-year results to 26 September actually showed a fall in UK sales from 2020, an exceptionally strong year, but also an 86.4% rise in group adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation over 2019. 


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It said it had increased its margins as more consistent sales meant it was discounting fewer end-of-season items. 

The company previously increased its ordinary half-year dividend, due on 17 December, by 16.3% to 5p per share. 

 Today B&M said that following “ongoing evaluation of its leverage and cash position” it had “determined to return surplus cash to shareholders in line with the company’s capital allocation framework.”

Read more: B&M (BME) shares fall on like-for-like comparison

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