TORONTO (Reuters) - Power Financial Corp said on Wednesday that fourth-quarter profit fell as earnings at its IGM Financial (>> IGM Financial Inc.) mutual funds unit dipped and income at its Great-West Lifeco (>> Great-West Lifeco Inc.) insurance operation dropped.
The Montreal-based company said operating earnings fell to C$406 million ($396 million), or 57 Canadian cents a share, from C$422 million, or 52 Canadian cents, in the same quarter a year earlier.
Analysts had expected, on average, a profit of 58 Canadian cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Power Financial, controlled by Montreal's Desmarais family through its Power Corp (>> Power Corporation of Canada) holding company, also owns a major stake in Swiss-based Pargesa Holding SA (>> Pargesa Holding SA).
On an operating basis, Great-West contributed C$337 million to Power Financial's profit, down from C$342 million, while IGM contributed C$106 million, down from C$113 million.
Shares of Power Corp were down 58 Canadian cents to C$26.85 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
(Reporting by Andrea Hopkins; Editing by Frank McGurty and Jeffrey Benkoe)