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Esure Group to pay higher H1 interim dividend

U.K.-based esure Group Plc's supervisory board approved an interim dividend of 4.1 pence per share for the first half, up from 3.0 pence per share in the year-ago period.

The dividend comprises a base dividend of 2.9 pence per share and a special dividend of 1.2 pence per share. Reflecting a total payout ratio of 70% of EPS, both dividends will be paid Oct. 13, with a record date of Sept. 1 and an ex-dividend date of Aug. 31.

The group reported first-half consolidated profit attributable to the owners of the parent of £36.5 million, up from £30.7 million a year ago. EPS for the half was 8.6 pence, compared to the year-ago 7.4 pence.