Medical gloves maker Ansell has posted a 66 per cent jump in first-half net profit to $US65.8 million ($A98 million) and increased its payout to shareholders after a strong first half.
The company has lifted its first-half dividend 4.8 per cent to 21.75 US cents per share, saying strong performance across all segments supports the increased payout.
The interim profit was up 66 per cent, or 115.2 per cent, on a constant currency basis.
The gloves maker and safety specialist said its revenue was up 3.9 per cent at $753.3 million compared with the prior first half.
It expects the net financial effects on its operations from the coronavirus outbreak to be minimal.
Ansell has confirmed its earnings per share guidance of 112 cents to 122 cents per share for the full year.
It says it will continue its opportunistic buyback program.