Brazil's Itaú posts record profit on unexpected cut in provisions

martes 3 de febrero de 2015 05:22 GYT

SAO PAULO Feb 3 (Reuters) - Itaú Unibanco Holding SA posted on Tuesday fourth-quarter profit that beat expectations as a steeper-than-expected decline in defaults allowed Brazil's largest bank by market value to cut loan-loss provisions.

Recurring net income, or profit before one-time items, came in at a record 5.660 billion reais ($2.08 billion) in the quarter, compared with the 5.367 billion reais estimated in a Reuters poll. Profit rose 3.7 percent and 20.9 percent on a quarterly and annual bases, respectively.

($1 = 2.727 Brazilian reais) (Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal)