posted fourth-quarter earnings that exceeded analysts' expectations, helped by improved profits in its main car and home insurance business, as well as its life insurance unit.
The Northbrook, Ill.-based insurer said second-quarter earnings, excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, were $589 million, or 80 cents a share, compared with $524 million, or 66 cents a share, for the same period in 1999. According to
First Call/Thomson Financial
, 22 analysts produced a consensus estimate of 72 cents a share for the quarter.
Quarterly revenue rose to $7.2 billion from $7 billion a year ago. Allstate said the chief component of overall revenue, property-casualty premiums, dipped 2% to $5.3 billion from $5.4 billion in 1999, a result of the elimination of unprofitable policies from the company's underwriting book.
Shares of Allstate closed Tuesday at $40.04 on the
New York Stock Exchange
, close to its 52-week high of $44.75. The shares have a 52-week low of $17.19.