* Q4 EPS C$0.16 vs year-ago loss of C$2.03
* Quarterly revenue flat at C$380 mln
TORONTO, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Sherritt International S.TO said on Wednesday it posted a fourth-quarter profit, compared against a year-ago loss, when results were hurt by a large goodwill impairment charge.
The Canadian miner and energy producer, whose main assets are in Cuba, earned C$48.3 million, or 16 Canadian cents a share, in the quarter that ended Dec. 31.
That compared with a net loss of C$592.1 million, or C$2.03 a share, in the year-ago period, when the company took a write-down on its high-cost Ambatovy nickel joint venture in Madagascar.
Quarterly revenue was flat at C$380 million.
Ambatovy, which Sherritt co-owns with Japan’s Sumitomo Corp [SUMTME.UL], Korea Resources Corp and Canadian engineering company SNC-Lavalin SNC.TO, is expected to cost $4.5 billion to build.
It is forecast to eventually produce 60,000 tonnes of nickel and 5,600 tonnes of cobalt a year.
Sherritt said operational readiness activities at Ambatovy are well advanced in anticipation of commissioning activities that will begin later this year. (Reporting by Euan Rocha, editing by Maureen Bavdek)