Midway Games ( MWY) after the bell Monday said its third-quarter loss widened to $29.1 million, or 33 cents a share, from $16.1 million, or 20 cents a share, a year ago. The video-game publisher said its revenue for the quarter rose to $29.5 million, vs. $16.9 million last year. The results were slightly worse than analysts' estimates for a loss of 31 cents a share and revenue of $29.9 million, according to Thomson First Call. For the fourth quarter, the company expects to report a loss of $20 million on revenue of $65 million. The Street is looking for a fourth-quarter loss of 7 cents a share on sales of $82 million. Midway shares fell 26 cents, or 1.4%, to $18.72 in after-hours trading. Meanwhile, video-game maker Take-Two Interactive ( TTWO), said it bought Firaxis Games, the maker of the strategy game Civilization. Firaxis will join Take-Two's publishing label. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. "The Firaxis and 2K Games union is a strong fusion of creativity and vision that will continue to result in the development of innovative games with mass appeal," said Christoph Hartmann, managing director of Take-Two Games, in a statement. The stock was unchanged at $18.20 after hours. Comstock Homebuilding ( CHCI) reported third-quarter earnings of $11.5 million, or 81 cents a share, up from $5.5 million, or 78 cents a share a year ago. On a pro forma basis -- which adjusts the share count for Comstock's initial public offering in December -- Comstock's year-earlier earnings were 24 cents a share. The homebuilder's revenue surged to $78.4 million from $25.8 million last year. Analysts expected earnings of 80 cents a share and revenue of $74.4 million. The stock gained 36 cents, or 2%, to $18.20 in after-hours trading.
NetEase.com ( NTES) posted a profit of $32 million, or 89 cents per American depository share, for the third quarter, up from income of $13.2 million a year ago. The China-based Internet company's total revenue was $57.2 million, up 83% from last year. Analysts anticipated earnings of 91 cents a share, according to Thomson First Call. The stock tumbled $12.61, or 15.9%, to $66.63 in after-hours trading. Qiagen ( QGEN) said it earned $17.6 million, or 12 cents a share, for the third quarter, up from $12.6 million, or 9 cents a share, a year ago. The provider of molecular diagnostic systems reported revenue of $98.7 million, up from $90.4 million last year. The earnings matched First Call's estimate of 12 cents a share, but revenue fell short of analysts' target of $104.8 million. Qiagen also confirmed its previous full-year guidance for earnings of 44 cents to 47 cents a share, but excluded about $3 million from its fourth-quarter revenue guidance due to delayed OEM revenue and $2 million due to a soft market in Japan. The stock fell 59 cents, or 4.92%, to $11.41 in after-hours trading. WD-40 ( WDFC) reported earnings for the fourth quarter ended Aug. 31 of $10.5 million, or 63 cents a share, up from $8.9 million, or 53 cents a share, a year ago. The consumer products company said revenue increased to $76.3 million from $71.7 million last year. Analysts expected earnings of 54 cents a share and sales of $77.2 million. "Our focus on innovation and the introduction of new products allowed us to continue to perform even though we had some real challenges due to the increases in cost of goods that have plagued many manufacturers," said Garry Ridge, president and chief executive, in a statement. The stock rose $1.99, or 7.2%, to $29.50 in after-hours trading. Quest Software's ( QSFT) third-quarter net income fell to $6 million, or 6 cents a share, from $30.9 million, or 32 cents a share, a year ago. Excluding items, the company earned $17.5 million, or 17 cents a share, above the analyst estimate of 13 cents. The software provider said revenue for the quarter increased to $121.3 million from $96.7 million last year, topping Wall Street's prediction of $113 million.
For the fourth quarter, Quest sees net earnings of 12 cents to 15 cents a share, with non-GAAP earnings of 16 cents to 19 cents a share. The company targets revenue of $130 million to $135 million. Analysts, on average, project non-GAAP earnings of 21 cents a share and revenue of $137 million. The stock was up 2 cents to $13.57 in after-hours trading. NovaStar Financial ( NFI) said it earned $34.6 million, or $1.12 a share, for the third quarter, up from $22.7 million, or 89 cents a share, a year ago. The earnings were short of analysts' mean estimate of $1.25 a share. The stock fell 25 cents, or 0.9%, to $29.05 after hours. Autobytel ( ABTL) swung to third-quarter loss of $287,000, or 1 cent a share, reversing a year-earlier profit of $3.21 million, or 7 cents a share. Still, the loss was better than analysts' forecast of 3 cents a share. Revenue declined to $30.6 million from $32.5 million, and fell short of analysts' estimate of $31.1 million. The Internet auto marketing company's shares tumbled 33 cents, or 7.2%, to $4.25 after hours.