VIENNA, March 22 Austrian special textiles maker
Lenzing's 2016 operating profit almost doubled to
296.3 million euros ($320.06 million) and it expects a
"considerable" improvement in results this year if the fibre
market and currency rates stay stable.
Lenzing said on Wednesday its margin on earnings before
interest and tax (EBIT) also almost doubled to 13.9 percent in
2016, mainly driven by higher fibre prices, higher sales and its
focus on more specialised textiles.
The average estimate in a Reuters poll of analysts was for
operating profit of 302 million euros. Lenzing reiterated it
aims to pay a dividend of 3 euros per share in addition to a
special dividend of 1.20 euros for 2016.
($1 = 0.9258 euros)
(Reporting By Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Maria Sheahan)