Burford Capital increases its 2016 interim dividend by 15% in $ terms

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Burford Capital increases its 2016 interim dividend by 15% in $ terms


Income increased by 88% to $76.2 million (H1 2015: $40.6 million), driven by a 110% increase in  income from litigation investment to $64.4 million (H1 2015: $30.7 million)

117% increase in operating profit to half-year record of $61.7 million (H1 2015: $28.4 million), and  123% increase in profit after tax to $52.8 million (2015: $23.7 million)

Interim dividend of 2.67¢ (H1 2015: 2.33¢) declared, at the rate of one third of total 2015 dividend - an increase of 15% over last year's interim dividend. Interim dividend payable on 28 October 2016  with record date of 7 October 2016

Strong demand for Burford's capital, with record new commitments to investments of  $200 million (1H 2015: $81 million), at an average commitment level of over $10 million

Record organic cash generation of $99 million, including $84 million from litigation finance  investments

Beneficiary of weaker Sterling, with 94% of balance sheet assets denominated in US Dollars and  100% of debt GBP denominated as at 30 June 2016

Sir Peter Middleton, Chairman of Burford, commented: 

"Burford has committed more capital than in any other six-month period previously to support law firm and corporate clients, while delivering strong investment returns for our shareholders and continuing to show the potential of the litigation finance business. We look forward to continuing to serve our clients with a broad range of financial solutions."

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