After a tough year that saw adjustments in its business, including layoffs and the sale of unprofitable business, USI Holdings Corp. reported that 2005 fourth-quarter net income increased 144 percent over 2004, helped by its acquisition strategy and organic growth.

“We made some pretty tough calls in 2005, and developed so-called noise, but we feel we were right and critical in really establishing future opportunities and success,” said David L. Eslick, chairman, president and chief executive officer, during an analyst’s conference call today.

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