Called up
share
capital
£m
Share
premium
account
£m
Merger
reserve
£m
Capital
redemption
reserve
£m
Share
option
reserve
£m
Exchange
reserve
£m
Retained
profits
£m
Total
Equity
£m
At 1 January 201459.1447.221.70.31.1(0.2)209.8739.0
Profit after tax26.226.2
Other comprehensive income/(expense)(1.4)(1.4)
Total comprehensive income/(expense)24.824.8
Exercise of share options
Credit to share option reserve0.70.7
Share capital issued in the year
Dividends paid to equity holders of the Company(22.6)(22.6)
At 31 December 201459.1447.221.70.31.8(0.2)212.0741.9
Profit after tax20.520.5
Other comprehensive income/(expense)(1.0)(1.0)
Total comprehensive income/(expense)19.519.5
Share capital issued in the year0.10.1
Debit to share option reserve(0.3)(0.3)
Exercise of share options(0.1)(0.1)
Dividends paid to equity holders of the Company(27.6)(27.6)
At 31 December 201559.1447.321.70.31.4(0.2)203.9733.5

There was no movement in the merger reserve, capital redemption reserve and exchange reserve in the year. During 2015 the Company allotted 209,345 shares (2014: 37,356) following the exercising of share options.

The accompanying Statement of Significant Accounting Policies and Notes to the Accounts are an integral part of this Company Statement of Changes in Equity.