Feb 13 Insurer American International Group Inc
posted a fourth-quarter profit, compared with a
year-earlier loss, and raised its quarterly dividend.
AIG shares rose 3 percent in extended trading.
The company reported net income of $1.98 billion, or $1.34
per share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss
of $3.96 billion, or $2.68 per share, a year earlier.
The year-earlier quarter included a net loss of $4.4 billion
related to the sale of AIG's aircraft leasing business and
after-tax catastrophe losses of $1.3 billion from superstorm
On an operating basis, the company earned $1.70 billion, or
$1.15 per share.
Analysts on average had expected earnings of 96 cents per
share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. It was not
immediately clear if the reported figure was comparable.
AIG raised its quarterly dividend to 12.5 cents per share
from 10 cents and authorized an additional share buyback of up
to $1 billion.
The company, which was nearly wiped out by its derivative
bets during the financial crisis, restarted paying dividends
last year after it repaid the $180 billion taxpayer bailout it
received in 2008.
The company's shares closed at $49.59 on the New York Stock
Exchange on Thursday.