If you want to understand the power of social media, look how quickly attitudes to gambling have changed.Read more
High-cost lender Amigo said adjusted post-tax profits climbed 40% to £47.2m in the six months to the end of September.
The company - which sells guarantor loans at 49.9% APR - increased revenues by 40% to £130.1m as it added 52,000 borrowers to bring its customer base to 207,000.
The recently-listed lender, which floated in in July, announced its first interim dividend payment of 1.87p a share, which will paid at the end of January.
A scheme to help indebted consumers get time off from repayments is set to come into force next year.
Personal finance reporter
The Insolvency Service says it has issued its 250,000th Debt Relief Order (DRO) - a form of insolvency that is used by more women than men.
Introduced in April 2009, DROs allow people with debts of less than £20,000 and minimal assets to write off debts without a full-blown bankruptcy.
They have proved popular owing, in part, to the fact nearly all are granted within 48 hours, and debts are written off after a year. However, a DRO does not cover every kind of debt, and it stays on someone's record for six years.
Last year, 65% of these orders were granted to women.
Applications go through independent debt advisers. Many charities offer free advice and can explain the long-term effects of the various forms of insolvency.