Updated: February 13, 2013 7:01 AM | By The Canadian Press, thecanadianpress.com

Finning pushes ahead to higher Q4 profit



VANCOUVER - Vancouver-based heavy-equipment dealer Finning International Inc. (TSX:FTT) says strong sales in South America were offset by weakness in its Canadian and European operations during the fourth quarter.

As a result, Finning's revenue slipped to $1.78 billion — about two per cent below a record $1.81 billion set a year earlier and nearly $100 million below a consensus estimate.

The company's adjusted earnings also missed estimates — coming in at 55 cents per share, two cents short of the consensus compiled by Thomson Reuters.

However, Finning's net income rose to $105 million or 61 cents per share, up from $71 million or 41 cents per share a year before and four cents ahead of the consensus estimate.

Finning's fourth quarter net income included six cents per share from a gain on the sale of property in Canada and four cents per share from a new acquisition.

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