Hyperion Solutions ( HYSL) beat Wall Street's first-quarter earnings expectations by 7 cents a share, although the business-software maker's top line was a bit smaller than expected.

Net income increased to $13.3 million, or 33 cents a share, up 14% from $11.6 million, or 29 cents a share, in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year. Revenue increased 7% to $170.2 million, and software license revenue was up 5% to $60.5 million.

Excluding equity-based compensation and other items, Hyperion posted a profit of $19.9 million, or 49 cents a share, the company announced after the close of trading on Thursday.

Analysts polled by Thomson First Call were looking for a non-GAAP profit of 42 cents per share on sales of $171.4 million.

For the second quarter, the company now expects to earn a profit of 51 cents to 56 cents a share on a non-GAAP basis. Analysts had forecast a 53-cent profit. Revenue is expected to range from $184 million to $189 million, compared to expectations of $188 million.

The news gave the stock a small boost; in recent after-hours trading, shares were up 46 cents, or nearly 1%, to $48.

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