* Q4 oper EPS $1.04 vs est $0.99
* Expenses down 43 pct
* Net investment income marginally up
Feb 8 Property and casualty insurer Max Capital
Group Ltd MXGL.O, reported quarterly profit well above
analysts' expectations, helped by lower expenses.
Net income for the fourth quarter was $62.6 million, or
$1.08 a share, compared with net loss of $94.1 million, or
$1.67 a share, in the year-ago period.
Operating income for the quarter was $60.5 million, or
$1.04 a share, reversing a year ago loss of $85.5 million, or
$1.52 a share.
Analysts expected the company to earn 99 cents a share,
according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Total expenses for the quarter fell 43 percent to $200.7
million. Net investment income rose marginally to $44.7 million
from $44.2 million.
Shares of Max Capital closed at $22.41 in regular session on
Nasdaq. The stock has gained 72 percent in value since its low
of $13 in early March last year.
(Reporting by Sweta Singh in Bangalore ; Editing by Jarshad