By Kimberly Chin
ASX Ltd., Australia's dominant securities exchange, reported higher half-year profit as revenue climbed 7.1% due to a rise in listings and issuer services, as well as trading services.
Net profit rose to 250.4 million Australian dollars (US$168.7 million) in the six months through Dec. 31 from A$246.1 million in the same period a year before. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization was A$340.5 million for the period, up from A$319.5 million in the year-ago period.
Operating revenue climbed to A$454.9 million from A$424.7 million.
The company said it saw a rise in futures contracts and cash market trading.
ASX said it will pay an interim dividend of A$1.164 a share, representing a 1.7% increase.
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