(Adds details on raised outlook)
Feb 8 (Reuters) - Cardinal Health raised its fiscal 2018 adjusted profit forecast due to benefit from recent changes to the U.S. tax law.
Net earnings attributable to the company was $1.05 billion, or $3.33 per share, in the second quarter ended Dec. 31, from $324 million, or $1.02 per share, a year ago.
The company recorded a $736 million benefit from income taxes.
The drug distributor raised its 2018 earnings outlook to $5.25-$5.50 per share from previous $4.85-$5.10 per share.
Analysts expect fiscal 2018 earnings of $5.14 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Excluding items, the company earned $1.51 per share in the quarter.
Analysts on average had estimated second-quarter earnings of $1.15 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Revenue rose to $35.19 billion, from $33.15 billion. (Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Martina D'Couto and Shailesh Kuber)