Sinocan Holdings, which manufactures three-piece cans for use in the beverage and food industries, says profit attributable to shareholders grew 18 per cent in 1996. The company said the profit of $213.91 million - in line with expectations - was helped by the expansion of its operations in China and the stable price of tin plate. Turnover rose 21.6 per cent to $551.8 million, and earnings per share rose 18 per cent to 26.7 cents. The directors recommended a final dividend of seven cents per share. Sinocan said prospects for 1997 would be helped by the addition of planned beverage can and aerosol can lines in Shanghai and Fujian.