TIM Brasil Q4 net profit rises 16.3 pct, narrowly misses outlook

RIO DE JANEIRO Tue Feb 5, 2013 7:50pm EST

RIO DE JANEIRO Feb 5 (Reuters) - TIM Participaçoes SA , Brazil's second-largest wireless phone company, said on Tuesday that fourth-quarter net profit jumped 16.3 percent compared with a year earlier as sales of services and products rose and financial costs fell.

The Brazilian unit of Telecom Italia said in a securities filing that fourth-quarter net profit rose to 462.6 million reais from 397.8 million reais a year earlier, narrowly missing the average estimate of 476 million reais in a Reuters survey of seven analysts. (Reporting by Brad Haynes and Jeb Blount; Editing by Gary Hill)