* Q3 adjusted EPS C$0.79 vs C$0.59 a year ago
* Q3 revenue up 18 pct to C$2.52 bln
TORONTO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Diversified Canadian miner Teck Resources TCKb.TO said on Tuesday its third-quarter operating profit rose sharply, driven largely by a jump in both coal and base metal prices.
The Vancouver-based miner, which produces coal, copper and zinc, said that its primary end-markets have strengthened in the current quarter and are moderately improved compared to the same time last year.
Teck -- which operates a string of coal mines in Canada, a number of copper mines in South America and the world’s largest zinc mine in Alaska -- said its operating profit rose to C$1 billion for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from C$694 million, a year earlier.
Excluding foreign-exchange adjustments, debt refinancing costs and other items, the company reported adjusted earnings of C$467 million, or 79 Canadian cents a share, up from a profit of C$337 million, or 59 Canadian cents a share, a year earlier.
However, the company’s quarterly net income fell sharply, as its earnings were hit by a C$340 million debt refinancing charge in the latest quarter, while its year-ago results included a C$311 million foreign exchange gain that was related to its U.S. dollar-denominated debt.
Net income fell to C$331 million, or 56 Canadian cents a share, down from C$609 million, or C$1.06 a share, in the year-ago period.
Teck said quarterly revenue rose 18 percent to C$2.52 billion, on the back of higher commodity prices. ($1= $1.02 Canadian) (Reporting by Euan Rocha)