Two mainboard-listed companies - toy-maker Playmates Interactive Entertainment and comic book publisher Culturecom Holdings - have returned to profit in their latest results. Playmates - which develops and manufactures toys, video games and dolls - posted a net profit of HK$124.44 million for the six months ended June 30. The toy-maker lost HK$34.72 million in the previous corresponding period. However, Playmates' earnings were boosted by a HK$179.82 million net gain on disposal of 17.4 million shares in estate investor and toy-maker ICG Asiaworks, which was formerly known as Harbour Ring International Holdings. Shares in Harbour Ring jumped to a HK$9.20 historic high on March 10 after Hutchison Whampoa announced its plan to take over Nasdaq-listed e-commerce company Internet Capital Group (ICG), and team up with eight other toy manufacturers to launch an Internet portal aimed at the plastic materials procurement market. On an operating level, Playmates' losses widened 104.89 per cent to HK$88.18 million, compared with HK$43.04 million in the previous corresponding period. Turnover dropped 18.04 per cent to HK$245.61 million during the first half this year. Earnings per share was 18.64 HK cents, while in the previous year the loss per share was 5.25 HK cents. An interim dividend of two HK cents was declared. Meanwhile, Playmates' sister company Prestige Properties Holdings said the profit attributable to shareholders for the first-half year amounted to HK$24.75 million, representing a drop of 9.2 per cent year on year. Turnover for the property investor dropped 14.4 per cent to HK$82.05 million. Comic-book publisher Culturecom - whose titles including kung fu comics Dragon Tiger Hero and Chinese Hero - said it returned to the black with a net profit of HK$5.19 million for the year ending March 31. The publisher lost HK$179.64 million a year earlier. Earnings per share was 0.26 HK cents, against a 15.81 HK cents loss per share a year earlier. No final dividend was given. Revenue for the year dropped 17 per cent to HK$155.91 million, compared with HK$187.94 million in the previous year. Culturecom, the largest comic book publisher in Hong Kong with more than 100 titles, is also engaged in publishing-related information technology development. Culturecom today will announce its plan to partner Australia-based parent ViaGold Capital to launch a digital domain name registration service - Viagold direct network - an Internet search engine designed to cater for markets with low English literacy.