MINNETONKA, Minn. -- Managed-care provider UnitedHealth ( UNH) says fourth-quarter profit fell 40% from last year, partly because of a legal settlement.

Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth reported net income of $726 million, or 60 cents a share, compared with $1.22 billion, or 92 cents a share, in the same quarter last year. Revenue rose 9% to $20.45 billion from $18.71 billion.

The insurer's profit included a charge of 18 cents a share to resolve class-action litigation over out-of-network medical services. UnitedHealth's adjusted profit of 78 cents a share matched expectations of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

The company also says it will maintain its outlook for 2009 earnings of $2.90 to $3.15 a share.

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