VA Linux Posts Strong Fourth Quarter

Linux systems vendor VA Linux Systems Inc. in Sunnyvale, Calif., impressed analysts with a strong showing in its fiscal fourth quarter ended July 28.

Revenue, at $50.7 million, was up 547% compared with last year. "They blew away our numbers," said Prakesh Patel, an analyst at W. R. Hambrecht & Co. in San Francisco. Excluding acquisition-related costs and other noncash expenses, VA Linux lost 10 cents per share, 5 cents better than analysts had estimated.

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