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Jazz beats 4Q profit forecasts

DUBLIN (AP) _ Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC (JAZZ) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $116.7 million.

The Dublin-based company said it had profit of $1.91 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and stock option expense, came to $2.71 per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.64 per share.

The drugmaker posted revenue of $396.6 million in the period, which fell short of Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $401.4 million.

For the year, the company reported profit of $396.8 million, or $6.41 per share. Revenue was reported as $1.49 billion.

Jazz expects full-year earnings in the range of $10.70 to $11.30 per share.

Jazz shares have increased 22 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $132.62, an increase of 9 percent in the last 12 months.

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