Hansard Global plc (HSD.L) reported that its first-half pretax profit increased to 6.2 million pounds from 5.2 million pounds last year. Profit for the period was 6.1 million pounds or 4.4 pence per share, compared to 5.2 million pounds or 3.8 pence per share last year. EEV profit after tax was 10.5 million pounds compared to a loss of 2.6 million pounds last year.
Fees and commissions were 28.5 million pounds compared to 27.3 million pounds prior year. New business sales - regular premiums was 66.8 million pounds compared to 67.6 million pounds prior year. New business sales - single premiums was 16.6 million pounds compared to 22.1 million pounds prior year.
The Board has resolved to pay an interim dividend of 3.25 pence per share, which will be paid on April 3. The company expects dividend payments for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2013 to total 8.0 pence per share.
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