- VP Plc's FY pretax profit rose to £18.9m, from £16.4m. Revenue was £183.1m, from £167.0m. "We look forward to the year ahead with confidence," said chairman Jeremy Pilkington.

It proposed a final dividend of 10.4p a share, making a total of 14.0p for the year, up 14%.

Other highlights included:

- Return on capital employed improved to 13.5% (2013: 13.3%) maintained above target threshold of 12% for 10 consecutive years

- Continued strong cash flow generation with EBITDA increasing to £44.3m (2013: £41.0m)

- Increase in net debt to £53.0m (2013: £45.3m) after funding: Capital investment in the fleet of £38.2 million; Successful £4.6m acquisition of Mr Cropper in September 2013

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