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NCR Sees Big Fourth Quarter

The company also raises 2005 guidance in preannouncing quarterly results.
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NCR Corp.


said Tuesday it will report better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, due to double-digit revenue growth in three businesses.

The Ohio-based computer services company expects quarterly revenue of approximately $1.79 billion. EPS on a GAAP basis is seen at $1.20. Excluding items, the company expects EPS of 96 cents to $1.00, vs. the Thomson First Call consensus of 77 cents a share.

The company singled out the performance of its Teradata Data Warehousing, Financial Self Service and Retail Store Automation businesses.

NCR's previously approved 2-for-1 stock split becomes effective on Jan. 21. On that basis, EPS is likely to be 60 cents on a GAAP basis, and 49 cents to 50 cents excluding items.

NCR also increased 2005 EPS guidance to $2.30 to $2.40, on a pre-stock-split basis, from $2.15 to $2.25. The consensus is $2.32. On a post-stock-split basis, NCR's 2005 earnings per share are expected to be in the $1.15 to $1.20 range.

The company will report full earnings on Jan. 27.

Shares closed at $65.15 Friday.