BRIEF-Paddy Power profits hit by exceptional sports results

DUBLIN, March 4 Tue Mar 4, 2014 2:03am EST

DUBLIN, March 4 (Reuters) - Paddy Power PLC : * FY op profit rose 4 percent on constant fx to 137.4 million EUR after

exceptional run of poor sports results * FY revenue up 17 percent on constant fx to 745 million EUR, dividend up 13

percent to 135 cent per share * Sportsbook stakes up 16 percent so far in 2014, though sports results mixed * Signed new b2b contract with niké, largest retail and online operator in