Profits at Beverly Hills-based Great Western Financial Corp. rose 21% in the fourth quarter compared to year-earlier results, while annual profits rose 27%, the S&L holding company said.
An extraordinary gain of $8.4 million boosted quarterly earnings to $26 million from $21.4 million, the company said, and helped increase earnings to $94 million in 1984 from $73.7 million in 1983. The financial results in 1984 also reflect a full year's operation of two subsidiaries that Great Western acquired in the second half of the 1983.
The one-time gain of $8.4 million came from a change in federal tax law that resulted in a tax credit for one of those subsidiaries, Aristar Inc., a consumer-finance and life insurance company.
Great Western's assets stood at $23.5 billion at the end of 1984, an increase of 26% over the end of 1983. Shareholders equity during the same period rose to $25.64 a share from $24.19 a share. Great Western added 4.5 million shares of common stock in an offering in November that grossed $110 million.