LONDON -- The FTSE 100
But the dividend returns from the FTSE indexes only tell part of the story, and there's a huge variation in the yields to be had from individual companies.
Today we look at three from various indexes that have announced good dividend news this week.
IT assurance and escrow firm NCC Group
That nice growth comes as a result of revenue increasing by 24% to 88 million pounds -- with 17% of that being organic growth -- and adjusted pre-tax profit being boosted by 27% to 22.6 million pounds. Adjusted earnings per share came to 46.7 pence, up 24% from last year's 37.7 pence.
The dividend yield, at about 2%, is not high. But we're looking at the track record of a growth company here: The share price has risen from 280 pence three years ago to 810 pence today.
Thanks to strong demand for data on smartphones and other mobile devices, Anite saw revenue grow 31% to 122.5 million pounds, with pre-tax profit growing by 75% to 28.8 million pounds and diluted EPS coming in 76% ahead at 6.7 pence.
Again, this is very much a growth company: Its share price has risen from 30.5 pence in 2010 to 132 pence today, which puts the yield at about 1%.
Results were weak, as the number of companies failing and requiring its services was lower than expected, despite the recession. The net result was a statutory pre-tax loss of 5.7 million pounds, including losses from discontinued operations, though there was an underlying 5.5 million pound profit from continuing operations.
But that high dividend yield must have pleased the market, as the shares have risen to 32.5 pence.
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