4 de febrero de 2009 / 22:40 / hace 8 años

UPDATE 1-Torchmark Q4 profit trails Street

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   * 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) 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 quarter.
 Insurance underwriting income fell 13 percent to $108.2 million.
 Shares of Torchmark closed at $29.08 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange.  (Reporting by Amiteshwar Singh in Bangalore; Editing by Pratish Narayanan)   

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