- Niche venture capital provider B.P. Marsh & Partners' net asset value per share increased to 273p in the year to the end of January - up from 243p last time.

The total return to shareholders in the year was 13.9% (2016: 13.7%) and the consolidated after-tax profits rose to £9.8m from £8.7m in 2016.

The group declared a final dividend of 3.76p per share - up 9.9%.

Chairman Brian Marsh said: "We have concluded a further year in which our Company has built on its past achievements.

" The portfolio businesses continue to perform well as we support them in their development, we have interesting new investment opportunities to complete and a much increased supply of cash."

At 8:15am: [LON:BPM] B.P. Marsh Partners PLC share price was +4p at 216.5p

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