Construction materials company Billington Holdings swung to an annual profit, following a turnaround of the steel business.
The group achieved a pre-tax profit of £929,000 in the year through December 2013, compared to a pre-tax loss of £133,000.
The structural steel business, which accounts for 84% of revenue, made progress as the group underwent a major restructuring. Turnover from the division was at a similar level to the previous year but an improvement in margin was achieved through cost reductions and operating efficiencies.
The overall earnings per share for the year increased to 4p from a loss of 3.6p in 2012.
Billington benefitted from a restructuring activity and a pick-up in trading conditions.
"The improvement in Billington's financial performance in 2013 is testament to the extensive efforts that have been made restructuring all group operations in the recent past.
Revenue fell slightly to £37.6m from £38.2m amid a challenging market but the firm said it has entered 2014 with its strongest order book for five years relative to output capacity.
The board decided against a final dividend at this time in order to preserve cash for working capital requirements.
After a strong performance and a high cash generative year, online gaming group 888 has proposed an extra one-off dividend of 7.0 cents per share on top of a final dividend of 4.0 cents.
In a record year for revenue as it rose 7% to $401m, the Gibraltar-headquartered company lifted its dividend 56% for the full year to a total of 14 cents per share, including the 3.0 cents interim dividend already paid.
FTSE 250-listed 888, which continued to invest in product development and cost effective customer acquisition, increased adjusted operating profits 13% to $76m as casino, poker and sport betting accounts jumped 19% to 15.5m.
"All of this was achieved whilst devoting significant energy and resources to preparing 888 for launch in the US market," said Chief Executive Brian Mattingley.
"I am incredibly proud to say that 888 is the only operator currently present in all three regulated states as we execute our strategy in what is potentially the largest online gaming market globally."
Poker delivered another strong performance with the number of active players increasing more than 21% in the fourth quarter against the prior year.
Mattingley admitted the bingo market remained a highly competitive, mature market that proved to be challenging for most operators in 2013, with 888 suffering a 16% fall in revenues.
However, thanks in part to its re-launch on mobile devices, bingo enjoyed steady progress during the second half of the year and saw revenue in the fourth quarter rise 7% against the third, with management feeling confident that this improving trend will continue as it enters 2014.
Emerging markets saw a 2% decline in revenues as the company focused on its US launches, but remained robust in the recently regulated Spanish and Italian markets.
In all, business-to-consumer revenues grew 7% to $352m and business-to-business revenues by 5% to $48.3.
Costs, especially sales and marketing, and research and development, increased but profits advanced as margin swelled from 17.8% to 18.9%.