* Q1 oper EPS $0.51 vs est $0.49
* Q1 EPS $0.53 vs $0.40 last yr
* Q1 net earned premiums up 11.8 pct to $148.1 mln
* Combined ratio 80.3 pct vs 79.7 pct last year
May 3 Property and casualty insurer AmTrust
Financial Services Inc (AFSI.O) reported a quarterly profit
above market view, helped by a rise in net earned premiums.
For the first quarter, net income was $31.9 million, or 53
cents a share, compared with $24.2 million, or 40 cents a
share, a year ago.
On an operating basis -- which typically excludes any
investment gains and losses -- the company posted earnings of
51 cents a share.
Analysts on average were looking for a profit of 49 cents a
share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Net earned premiums rose 11.8 percent to $148.1 million.
AmTrust said the combined ratio was 80.3 percent during the
quarter, up from 79.7 percent last year.
Combined ratio is the percentage of premiums an insurer has
to pay out in claims and expenses. A figure over 100 indicates
that underwriting was unprofitable.
Shares of the company closed at $13.63 Friday on Nasdaq.
(Reporting by Brenton Cordeiro in Bangalore; Editing by Ratul