WELLINGTON Feb 16 Telecommunications company
Spark New Zealand Ltd reported a 12.6 percent rise in
half-year net profit on Thursday.
New Zealand's largest provider of mobile phone services said
net profit for the six months to Dec. 31 totalled NZ$178 million
($128 million), compared with NZ$158 million for the same
period the previous year.
Earnings per share of NZ$0.097 slightly beat analyst
expectations of NZ$0.09.
The company will pay an interim dividend of NZ$0.11 per
share and a special dividend of NZ$0.15 per share, the same
payout as a year ago.
($1 = 1.3862 New Zealand dollars)
(Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Susan Fenton)