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Australian United Investment Company Ltd continues its amazing dividend run

Australian United Investment Company Ltd (ASX: AUI) reported its result for the half-year to 31 December 2017.

Australian United is one of the largest listed investment companies (LICs) in Australia, with total investable assets worth more than $1.25 billion.

Here are some of the highlights compared to the prior corresponding period.

Revenue from ordinary activities grew by 7.6% to $26.7 million. Profit after tax grew by 8.4% to $23.1 million. Excluding special dividends received, profit after tax grew by 8.4%.

The earnings per share based on the profit after tax was 18.7 cents, which was an increase of 8.1%. The interim dividend for this half-year will be 16 cents, compared to 15.5 cents in the prior corresponding period. The dividend will be fully franked.

Australian United has maintained or increased its dividend for over 25 years.

The net tangible asset (NTA) backing per share at the end of the half-year was $9.04, which represents a rise of 8.4% compared to the prior corresponding period.

Australian United’s net asset backing accumulation performance for the six months was a rise of 7.8%, compared to the rise of 8.4% in the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index.

At the end of the half-year Australian United’s biggest five holdings were Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ), Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC), National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) and Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES).

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Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Wesfarmers Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of National Australia Bank Limited. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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