New Delhi: State-owned power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) has paid a final equity dividend of 39% for 2016-17. With this, the total dividend paid during the year stands at 79%, including an interim one of 40% paid earlier, Bhel said in a statement on Wednesday.

The figure is four times the dividend paid in the previous year and its highest in the last three years. In value terms, the total dividend for 2016-17 amounts to Rs386.72 crore. With the move, the company has maintained its impeccable track record of rewarding investors by paying dividends uninterruptedly for four decades without a break.

A cheque of Rs120.39 crore towards the final dividend for 2016-17 on the equity (63.06%) held by the central government was presented by Bhel chairman and managing director Atul Sobti to heavy industries minister Anant G. Geete here on Wednesday.

Bhel has paid a total dividend of Rs244 crore to the Government of India for 2016-17, including the interim dividend paid earlier. In spite of 2016-17 posing headwinds, Bhel achieved double-digit growth in top line and bounced back into profit, reversing the declining trend of the last three years and ending the year with significant traction in growth drivers.

During the year, Bhel recorded a turnover of Rs28,840 crore, up 11% over the previous year, and profit before tax (PBT) of Rs628 crore compared to loss of Rs1,164 crore (Ind-AS restated) in the previous fiscal. Ind-AS is short for Indian Accounting Standard. Net profit (profit after tax) stood at Rs496 crore against net loss of Rs710 crore (Ind-AS restated) in the previous year.