Updated from 11:58 a.m. ESTFast food giant Burger King ( BKC) posted a 41% jump in second-quarter income and declared its first-ever dividend as a public company. For the quarter ended Dec. 31, the company reported net income of $38 million, or 28 cents a share, up from $27 million, or 24 cents a share, a year earlier. The No. 2 burger chain, behind McDonald's ( MCD), said revenue increased 9% to $559 million from $512 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected earnings of 26 cents a share and revenue of $545 million. "Our BK Value Menu, as well as our innovative Xbox game collection -- which was the best-selling video game of the holiday season, with more than 3.2 million copies sold -- increased both sales and restaurant traffic," CEO John Chidsey said in a statement Same-store sales, or sales at restaurants open for at least a year, increased 3.7% worldwide and 4.4% in North America. The Miami-based hamburger chain also announced its first quarterly dividend since the company went public on May 18. The dividend payment of 6.25 cents a share will be paid March 15 to shareholders of record Feb. 15. "We have elected to pay our first cash dividend as a public company because we have consistently generated strong cash flow, and we expect our cash flow to continue to strengthen," Ben Wells, chief financial officer and treasurer, said in a statement. "Because we believe that our business will remain financially strong, we expect to be able to return capital to our shareholders and simultaneously grow our restaurant count."