Pest controller Rentokil said fourth quarter pre-tax profits rose a massive 760 per cent to 28.4m pounds.
Separate to the results, Rentokil said it had sold its Initial unit to Interserve for £250m in cash, allowing it to focus on its core services of pest control, hygiene and workwear, said Chief Executive Andy Ransom.
Rentokil said it would use the cash from the sale to pay off debt, and looking forward, Ransom forecast tough trading conditions in the current year.
"Though we see no immediate improvement in trading conditions in Europe (particularly the Benelux) in 2014 we expect to offset ongoing margin pressure with cost efficiencies and anticipate a material improvement in free cash flow as restructuring expenses and capex are reduced," he said.
"In addition our new strategy, with its differentiated plan to drive shareholder value, gives us confidence in making further operational and financial progress in the coming year."
For the 2013m full year, Rentokil said pre-tax profits rose 13.2% to £121.9m on revenues of £2.3bn against £2.2bn a year earlier.
The dividend was lifted 10% to 2.13p a share.
William Hill's annual pre-tax profit fell six per cent to £257m as the gaming company invested heavily in it its online offering.
In an effort to keep up with the growing online market, with consumers opting to gamble on tablets, computers and , the company launched mobile in new markets and took over full control of William Hill Online.
Along with its acquisition of the 29% stake in William Hill Online from Playtech, the group bought Australian gaming companies Sportingbet and tomwaterhouse.com.
Businesses in online and Australia accounted for 48% of revenue streams. International markets contributed 15% of net revenue in 2013.
The company also achieved profitability in the US in its first full-year within the market. William Hill US reported an £4.9m operating profit.
Group net revenue rose 18% to £1.48bn in the year through December 31st, with online revenue up 12% to £446.3m and retail revenue up 10% to £907m.
Adjusted earnings per share increased 7% to 28.8p.
"Our focused transformation of the group over the last five years means William Hill is now one of the world's leading multi-channel betting and gaming , with revenues diversified through the rapid growth of online and through careful expansion into selected international markets," said Chief Executive Ralph Topping.
"The work of the last five years to expand our product range, improve our user experience, innovate with our offering and invest substantial sums in the williamhill.com have made us a formidable online competitor."
Topping said it has positioned the firm well ahead of the expected introduction of the gambling Point of Consumption tax from December 2014.
"This has the potential to radically change the shape of the UK online gambling market and we are confident William Hill can, over time, take more market share as a result. In addition, we aim to mitigate some of the impact in 2015 by achieving £15-20m of cost savings against what we would otherwise have expected to spend in that year."
The group recommended a dividend per share of 11.6p, up 12% on the prior year.