Travel software firm Datalex released its annual results for last year this morning.

The figures show a 69% increase in profit after tax to $2.7m and a 66% increase in earnings per share to 3.71 cents. The company also reported a 60% increase in cash generated from operations to $9.6m. Datalex chief executive Aidan Brogan said 2014 was a year of continued performance and growth, with significant new business wins.

Aidan Brogan says that last year was another strong year for the company and it achieved strong financial growth across all its metrics. The company's cash generation was also strong and the Datalex CEO says the company was delighted to announce a 50% increase in its dividend for shareholders. He says the strong performance came on the back of securing new customers across Europe, the US and especially in Asia and bringing those companies "live" on to Datalex's software. Datalex opened a new office in Beijing in the middle of last year, starting off with a small number of people but increasing that number significantly during the rest of the year. Mr Brogan says the company has just also agreed a local partnership deal with a technology company in China which will increase its market reach and capabilities. 

On the strong dollar, Mr Brogan says the strengthening greenback did have a negative impact on the company's results last year, but adds that in the long term a strong dollar is good for Datalex. He points out that most of the company's contracts are in dollars, while its cost base in mainly in euro so therefore a strong dollar will suit it longer term. He predicts an increase in inbound traffic from the US to Europe and Ireland in 2015 and beyond due to the strengthening dollar, while the strengthening sterling will also encourage people from the UK to Ireland and Europe.

On the proposed bid by IAG for Aer Lingus, the Datalex CEO says the likelihood is that the deal will happen, but it is up to the Aer Lingus shareholders to decide.  


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