February 3, 2010 / 2:19 PM / 9 years ago

UPDATE 1-Roper Industries Q4 results top Street

* Q4 adj EPS $0.81 vs est $0.70

* Rev falls 4 pct

* Sees Q1 EPS of $0.62-$0.65, excl items

Feb 3 (Reuters) - Diversified manufacturer Roper Industries Inc (ROP.N) posted better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by improved margins and orders, and forecast first-quarter profit above market estimates.

For the fourth income, net income was $71.9 million, or 77 cents a share, compared with $70.9 million, or 77 cents a share, a year ago.

On an adjusted basis, the company earned 81 cents a share.

Revenue for the company, which is a component of the S&P 500 index .SPX, fell 4 percent to $553.6 million.

Analysts on average were expecting earnings of 70 cents a share on revenue of $529.8 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Orders for the company, which provides engineered products and solutions for water, energy and healthcare markets, rose 1 percent to $565 million.

Operating margin was 21.8 percent, an increase of 110 basis points from the prior year, helped by restructuring actions, the company said.

For the first quarter, the company sees earnings of 62 cents to 65 cents a share, excluding items. Analysts on average were expecting 61 cents a share.

Shares of the company closed at $51.39 Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Bhaswati Mukhopadhyay in Bangalore; Editing by Aradhana Aravindan)

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