July 14 (Reuters) - Canadian media company Corus Entertainment (CJRb.TO) on Thursday reported a 39 percent rise in third-quarter profit, driven mainly by television advertising revenue and subscriber fees, and it also raised its annual dividend by 16 percent.
The Toronto-based specialty television producer said the net income was C$39.2 million ($40.9 million), or 47 Canadian cents a share, compared with C$28.3 million, or 35 Canadian cents a share, a year ago.
Consolidated revenue grew 7 percent to C$211.8 million.
In the television segment, specialty advertising revenue was up 15 percent, while subscriber revenue rose 5 percent.
Corus’ board has approved an increase of 12 Canadian cents in its annual dividend.
At the new rate, the expected dividend on an annual basis for the company’s Class A and Class B Shares is 86.5 Canadian cents and 87 Canadian cents, respectively, up from the previous rate of 74.5 Canadian cents and 75 Canadian cents, respectively.
Corus’s Class B shares gained 3.2 percent to close at C$20.65 on Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The stock is down more than 9 percent since the start of the year. ($1 = 0.959 Canadian Dollars) (Reporting by Reporting by Alastair Sharp in Toronto and Bhaswati Mukhopadhyay in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel)