- Chesnara has increased its interim dividend by 2.7% following another strong set of results.

Chesnara - the owner of Countrywide Assured, Protection Life Co and Movestic Livförsäkringar AB - said IFRS profit before tax increased by 25.7% for the six months ended 30 June to £27.4m. And it says the search for value adding acquisition opportunities continues.

Chief executive Graham Kettleborough said: "I am, again, pleased to be able to deliver another strong set of results. All our businesses are performing well and, consequently, we are able to continue our dividend growth and declare a 2.7% increase in the interim dividend to 6.42p per share."

At 9:04am: [LON:CSN] Chesnara PLC share price was +6.63p at 330.88p

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