(Corrects headline to say profit rose 8-fold, not seven. Also corrects third bullet point to show revenue rose nearly 7-fold, not 6-fold)
* Q4 EPS C$0.72 vs C$0.09 yr ago
* AUM at Dec. 31 C$8.5 bln
* Q4 rev up nearly 7 fold to C$241.9 mln (Adds details)
March 24 (Reuters) - Canadian fund manager Sprott Inc’s quarterly profit rose seven-fold, helped by the launch of new funds and its exposure to gold and silver.
For the October-December quarter, the company’s net income rose to C$108 million, or 72 Canadian cents a share, from C$13.3 million, or 9 Canadian cents a share, a year ago.
Total revenue rose 578 percent to C$241.9 million.
Analysts, on average, expected the company to earn 74 Canadian cents a share, on revenue of C$225.9 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Assets under management jumped nearly 80 percent to $8.5 billion at the end of 2010, partly helped by net sales related to the launch of its Sprott Physical Silver Trust and a growth in the net market value of its funds.
Shares of the company, which have gained about a fifth in value over the last three months, closed at C$9.28 on Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Abhiram Nandakumar; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty) (firstname.lastname@example.org; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 4135 5800; Reuters Messaging: email@example.com)