- Analytics software company Oxford Metrics posted a 25% rise in full-year profit and declared a special dividend, as it boosted revenue and improved margins.

Pre-tax profit for the year through September rose to £4.6m, as revenue rose 8.6% to £31.7m.

The company declared an interim dividend of 1.5p per share, up 25% on-year, plus a special dividend of 1.0p per share.

Gross Profit margins improved to 72.4%, up from 70.5%, reflecting a greater proportion of software-related income.

'We have made strong operational and financial progress during the year and remain firmly on track with our five-year plan,' chief executive Nick Bolton said.

'Following a period of investment, we have grown profits significantly and driven double-digit revenue growth on a constant currency basis in line with market expectations.'

'We have made an excellent start to the year and our pipeline continues to build, which gives us confidence in our prospects for the year ahead.'

At 2:23pm: [LON:OMG] Oxford Metrics Plc share price was +1.5p at 71p

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