Intel Q3 earnings up but miss analysts' mark

Intel reported third-quarter earnings of $US1.9 billion, or 55 cents per share, excluding costs related to acquisitions, missing analyst's expectations by two cents per share, the company said today.

Revenues for the quarter increased 9 per cent from a year ago to $6.7 billion, helped by strong shipments of microprocessors, chipsets and flash memory products, Intel said.

The income figure of $1.9 billion is 21 per cent higher than Intel reported in the third quarter of 1998, while earnings of 55 cents are up 22 per cent over the same period. Nevertheless, Intel missed the expectation of financial analysts, who expected the company to show a profit of 57 cents per share, according to First Call.

Intel acquired four companies during the quarter: Dialogic, Level One Communications, Softcom Microsystems and NetBoost. These acquisitions were valued at more than $3 billion in total, Intel said.

Including costs related to those acquisitions, net income was $1.5 billion, down 6 per cent from a year ago. Earnings per share were 42 cents, down 5 per cent from 44 cents in the third quarter of 1998.

Craig Barrett, Intel's president and chief executive officer, said in a statement that the company is looking forward to "seasonally strong business" in the fourth quarter.

"We will aggressively ramp our high performance family of Pentium III microprocessors on 0.18 micron process technology," Barrett said. "At the same time, we are accelerating our new business activities in networking, communications products and online services, as illustrated by the number of acquisitions made in the third quarter."

The company has scheduled a press and analyst event in San Jose, California, on October 25 where it plans to roll out new Pentium III and Pentium III Xeon processors based on the advanced 0.18 micron process.

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