In an Interim report 2012 - issued to the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday 25th January 2012 - Sir David McMurtry, chairman and chief executive of technology company, Renishaw, stated, "Revenue for the six months ended 31st December 2011 was a record £147.1m, up 11% on the £132.2m for the corresponding period last year.Geographically, revenue in Europe increased strongly by 25% over the comparable period and the Americas also showed strong growth of 23%. In the Far East we saw 12% growth in Japan, but a fall of 17% in the rest of the Far East which includes China; this was principally due to an industry and world-wide slowdown in the micro-electronics and opto-electronics markets.
The Group's profit before tax was £31.2m, 11% below the £35.2m reported last year reflecting the impact of continued investment in staff and infrastructure to support growth. Earnings per share were 34.7p, compared with 39.0p last year.
The outlook for continuing global investment for production systems in automotive, civil aviation, agriculture and energy (including oil, gas and renewables) looks increasingly favourable. Furthermore, we anticipate a recovery in the important electronics sector. The Group is well-positioned to benefit from these structural growth trends as they should result in increasing demand for Renishaw's systems and products. Following restructuring within the healthcare business, we anticipate an improved performance going forward. We therefore remain focused on positioning the Group for further growth and view the future with great confidence."