Enterprise Inns this morning said that it expected full-year pre-tax profit to be "comfortably in line" with expectations. The company also said that it would be returning surplus cash to shareholders through increased dividends and a share buy back programme. In a trading statement issued this morning Enterprise said that it had traded "well" and estimated that average operating profit per pub had increased by over 8% on the year. In reference to licensing reform, the group said that it had invested "significant resources" in preparing pub plans and providing advice and training for licensees as well as spending time with licensees to help them maximise the opportunities afforded by the new regime. The company added: "Despite misleading reporting in some sections of the press, these opportunities will not involve 24 hour drinking across our pub estate, but simply some flexibility and a few additional hours at appropriate times to allow licensees better to serve the demands of their customers." The company is due to report preliminary results for the year ending 30 September on 22 November.