Scottish temporary power firm Aggreko gave its investors a lift with an 8% rise in underlying profits.
Shares were up more than 10% after the company, which delivers power in disaster zones and at major events, also reported a 14% increase in first half underlying revenue to £857 million.
Pre-tax profits for the first six months of 2018 totalled £59m, down from £63m a year earlier without accounting for the impact of “pass-through” fuel, currency and exceptional items.
Aggreko, whose 2018 projects include providing power during this month’s multi-sport European Championships in Glasgow, where the firm is based, said revenue at its rental solutions arm grew by 32%, or 26% excluding the impact of hurricanes in North America.
Its industrial and utility power divisions saw revenue grow by 15%, or 3% excluding a boost from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, and fell by 15% respectively.
Chief executive Chris Weston said: “These are encouraging results that keep us well on track to deliver our full year guidance.”