said fourth-quarter earnings fell 43% from a year ago, hit by hurricane losses.
The automobile and home insurer earned $46.2 million, or 84 cents a share, compared with $74.1 million, or $1.36 a share, a year ago. Adjusted for investment gains and hurricane losses, earnings were $61.7 million, or $1.12 a share, in the most recent quarter. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call were looking for $1.06 a share for the recent quarter.
Fourth-quarter revenue rose 10% from a year ago to $732.9 million. Analysts were expecting revenue of $751.1 million.
The combined ratio, which indicates the profitability of the insurer's operations, deteriorated 740 basis points to 92.4% due to losses from Hurricane Wilma.
On Monday, Mercury General fell 95 cents to $55.45.
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