UPDATE 1-Torchmark Q4 profit trails Street

miércoles 4 de febrero de 2009 23:35 CET

   * Q4 oper EPS $1.40 vs est $1.49
 * Sees 2009 oper EPS $6.05-$6.25
 Feb 4 (Reuters) - Life and health insurer Torchmark Corp
(TMK.N: Cotización) reported a lower-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as
insurance underwriting income fell.
 The McKinney, Texas-based company also said it expects 2009
net operating income between $6.05 and $6.25 a share.
 Analysts expect the company to earn $6.25 a share for the
year, excluding special items, according to Reuters Estimates.
 Net operating income in the latest fourth quarter was
$118.6 million, compared with $132.2 million for the year-ago
 Insurance underwriting income fell 13 percent to $108.2
 Shares of Torchmark closed at $29.08 Wednesday on the New
York Stock Exchange.
 (Reporting by Amiteshwar Singh in Bangalore; Editing by
Pratish Narayanan)