TORONTO (Reuters) - Insurance and wealth-management company Great-West Lifeco GWO.TO said on Wednesday its second-quarter profit more than doubled due to a large gain connected to the sale of its U.S. healthcare business.
Even without the gain, Great-West's results were ahead of expectations, and it raised its dividend by 5 percent to 30.75 Canadian cents a share.
The company's shares were up 3.1 percent at C$29.82 on the Toronto Stock Exchange shortly after midday.
Net income in the April-June quarter was C$1.21 billion ($1.19 billion), or C$1.36 a share, the company said. That was up from C$544 million, or 61 Canadian cents a share, in the same 2007 period.
Excluding the C$649 million gain on the U.S. healthcare business, adjusted net income was C$564 million, or 63 Canadian cents a share, up 4 percent from a year earlier.
Analysts had expected the Winnipeg, Manitoba-based company to produce a profit of 61 Canadian cents a share, according to Reuters Estimates.
Great-West has various insurance and asset-management companies in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
In its Canadian business, net income rose 7 percent to C$275 million.
Assets under management at Putnam Investments Trust, the U.S. money manager that Great-West acquired last year, rose to $169.8 billion at the end of June from $168.4 billion at the end of March.
Great-West is controlled by Power Financial Corp (PWF.TO), a Montreal-based financial holding company.
Reporting by Lynne Olver; editing by Rob Wilson