Reed Elsevier NV (ENL) Q2 2012 (H1 2012) Results Earnings Call July 27, 2012 4:00 AM ET Executives Anthony Habgood – Chairman Erik Engstrom – Chief Executive Officer Mark Armour – Chief Financial Officer Analysts Sami Kassab – Exane BNP Paribas Andrea Beneventi – Cheuvreux Alastair Reid – UBS Nick Dempsey – Barclays Alex DeGroote – Panmure Gordon Richard James – Goldman Sachs Ian Whittaker – Liberum Mark Braley – Deutsche Bank Jonathan Helliwell – Berenberg PresentationAnthony Habgood
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for coming, for battling away in this morning and for those of you on the webcast, thank you for listening in. It gives me particular pleasure today that we’re reporting First Half Results which are showing growth in sales and profits for all five of our businesses. With underlying revenues in constant currency growing on aggregate at 5%, earnings per share for the parent companies grew at 11% for Plc and 18% for NV. These are record results and mark an important step for us and that they really reaffirm our positive momentum. We’re also reaffirming our commitment to continuing to dispose the businesses that no longer fit our strategy and to do this for the benefit of our shareholders. Our increase in dividends of 6% for Plc and 18% for NV reflect the earnings increases and our confidence in the future. The evolution of our Boards is continuing with our announcement today that Linda Sanford will be joining us in December. As Senior Vice President of Enterprise Transformation and IT of IBM Corporation, Linda has over 35 years’ experience in technological businesses and in particular in leveraging technology to achieve business transformation. She has also been a Non-Executive Director of ITT for almost 15 years and I’m sure she will bring valuable experience to our Boards.