Insurer Great Eastern has reported a 26 per cent drop in its fourth-quarter net profit over the previous year to $165.9 million.
The decline came as profit for its insurance business fell 23 per cent from a year ago to $172.1 million for the three months ended Dec 31.
Great Eastern said on Friday that its earnings for the quarter were impacted by two one-off items.
One is that the insurer changed the timing of its terminal bonus recognition during the period, which led to a drag on earnings.
Another is the gains from tax provisions in the fourth quarter of 2012, which resulted in a higher base for comparison.
If the one-off items were excluded, the insurer said it would have registered "healthy year-on-year growth", though it did not specify numbers.
Profit for the full year was 43 per cent lower over a year ago at $674.8 million. The fall was partly due to one-off disposal gains from the sale of its stakes in Asia Pacific Breweries and Fraser & Neave in 2012.
Great Eastern said its operating profit from its insurance business rose 12 per cent for the full year to $559.6 million, on the back of better performance across all its life assurance funds.
That helped total weighted new sales rise 27 per cent to $1.04 billion.
Great Eastern chief executive Chris Wei said on Friday: "Besides sales that crossed the billion dollar mark, we also registered a steadily improving new business embedded value."