* Q2 EPS $0.15 vs $0.03 a yr-ago
* Q2 adjusted EPS $0.16 vs $0.12 a yr-ago
* Qtrly revenue up 16.5 pct at $696.6 mln (In U.S. dollars)
TORONTO, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Kinross Gold (K.TO) said on Wednesday it posted a stronger second-quarter profit as record gold prices more than offset the impact of higher costs and a slight decrease in output.
Kinross, which agreed earlier this week to buy Red Back Mining Inc RBI.TO for about $7 billion, said net income was $103.8 million, or 15 cents a share, up from a year-ago profit of $19.3 million, or 3 cents a share, when results were hurt by a foreign exchange-related loss.
Excluding items, the company said earnings rose to $113.1 million, or 16 cents a share, from $84.3 million, or 12 cents a share, a year earlier.
Quarterly revenue rose 16.5 percent to $696.6 million, as its average realized gold price in the quarter climbed 27 percent to $1,158 an ounce.
Kinross said on Monday it will buy the 91 percent of Red Back Mining that it did not already own, in a bid to build its presence in West Africa. Kinross already owns mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Russia.
$1=$1.02 Canadian Reporting by Euan Rocha; editing by Rob Wilson