* EPS C$1.62 vs C$1.46
* International, investment bank businesses perform strongly (Adds divisional breakdown of earnings)
TORONTO, May 30 (Reuters) - Bank of Nova Scotia beat expectations for second-quarter results on Tuesday, helped by a strong performance from its international and investment banking business.
Scotiabank, which has the biggest foreign presence of any Canadian bank, is focusing its international strategy on the Pacific Alliance, a Latin American trade bloc comprising Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia.
"Our operations in the Pacific Alliance region had a particularly strong performance in the quarter," Chief Executive Brian Porter said.
Scotiabank, the last of Canada's biggest lenders to report second-quarter results, said earnings per share, excluding one-off items, increased to C$1.62, compared with C$1.46 a year earlier. Analysts had on average forecast earnings of C$1.56 per share, Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S data showed..
Rivals Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce all beat market expectations, while Bank of Montreal's earnings fell just short of market forecasts.
Scotiabank, Canada's third-biggest lender, reported net income of C$2.1 billion ($1.6 billion), compared with C$1.6 billion a year earlier.
Net income at the bank's international business rose by 19 percent to C$595 million.
The bank said its global banking and markets business had net income of C$517 million, up 60 percent on the year before, driven by higher contributions from its equities, fixed income and U.S. lending businesses and lower provisions for bad loans.
Net income at the bank's Canadian business increased by 11 percent to C$971 million after stripping out a gain on a disposal made during the previous year.
($1 = 1.3472 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by Matt Scuffham; editing by Jason Neely and Alexander Smith)