(In U.S. dollars, unless noted)
TORONTO, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Kinross Gold (K.TO) said on Wednesday it fell to a steep loss in the fourth quarter as it took a $1 billion charge to write down its 2007 acquisition of Bema Gold.
Canada's No. 3 gold producer lost $968.8 million, or $1.47 a share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31. That compared with a profit of C$173.1 million, or 29 cents a share, in the year-before period.
Stripping out the writedown, which Kinross warned of in January, as well as other small items, the company earned 9 cents a share.
The result slightly beat expectations of a profit of 10 cents a share, before items, as polled by Thomson Reuters.
Gold equivalent production rose 43 percent to 550,221 ounces, while costs per ounces retreated 11 percent to $375.
Revenue climbed 72 percent to $484.4 million. Realized gold prices were virtually flat at $794 an ounce, compared with $796.
$1=$1.26 Canadian Reporting by Cameron French; editing by Rob Wilson