Banking division boosts Close Brothers' profit
Sept 24 (Reuters) - Financial services company Close Brothers Group Plc's full-year adjusted operating profit rose 24 percent, propped by its core banking unit.
The company, which lends to small and medium-sized business and provides investment management advice, said it continues to see good opportunities for growth in its banking division.
Adjusted profit rose to 166.5 million pounds ($266.94 million) for the year ended July 31 from 134.2 million pounds a year earlier.
Core banking adjusted operating profit rose 17 percent to 157.8 million pounds.
The company said it would pay a final dividend of 29.5 pence per share for the period, higher than the 27.5 pence it paid a year earlier.