Comverse Technology ( CMVT) reported after the bell Tuesday that its third-quarter net income more than doubled to $38.3 million, or 18 cents a share, from $15.9 million, or 8 cents a share, a year ago. Excluding certain items, the software company earned $37.1 million, or 17 cents a share. Revenue for the quarter ended Oct. 31 increased 22%, to $299 million from $245.5 million a year ago. Analysts expected earnings of 15 cents a share, before items, on revenue of $293 million, according to Thomson First Call. The stock was up 62 cents, or 2.4%, to $27.02 in after-hours trading. Verint Systems ( VRNT), a unit of Comverse, said it earned $7.3 million, or 22 cents a share, up from $5.2 million, or 16 cents a share, a year ago. Excluding certain items, the company earned $8.8 million, or 26 cents a share, in line with analysts' mean estimate. The provider of analytic software-based systems said third-quarter sales rose to $78.2 million from $64 million last year. The stock was down $1.27, or 3.2%, to $38.50 in late trading. SimpleTech ( STEC) lowered its fourth-quarter revenue guidance to a range of $60 million to $63 million from a previous estimate of roughly $70 million. As a result, the data-storage company expects its earnings will also miss its guidance, which called for a profit of about 4 cents a share. Analysts, on average, had forecast earnings of 4 cents a share and revenue of $70 million. SimpleTech attributed the weaker outlook to a decrease in certain business related to the server sector. The stock tumbled 36 cents, or 9.5%, to $3.44 in after-hours trading. Shares of Hurco ( HURC) rose 17% after the company reported that its fourth-quarter net income rose to $7.2 million, or $1.13 a share, from $2.3 million, or 36 cents a share, a year ago. Excluding certain items, the industrial technology company earned $4.9 million, or 77 cents a share. Sales for the quarter ended Oct. 31 were $34.7 million, up from $28.9 million last year. The results beat analysts' expectations for earnings of 55 cents a share, before items, and sales of $33.6 million. The stock jumped $3.95 to $26.78 in after-hours trading.
Casey's General Stores ( CASY) posted a profit of $22.2 million, or 44 cents a share, for the second quarter ended Oct. 31, more than doubling its year-earlier earnings of $11 million, or 22 cents a share. Analysts expected a profit of 33 cents a share. Revenue rose to $967.8 million from $705.9 million last year. "At the six-month mark all three of our business categories were exceeding annual goals for sales and margins, giving the company a 27.9% increase in total sales and a substantial gross profit gain of 19.9%," said Ronald Lamb, chairman and CEO of the company, in a statement. Shares of Casey's General Stores were up 25 cents, or 1%, to $25.25 after hours. Teekay Shipping ( TK) announced a $180 million increase to its current share-buyback program. Since November 2004, the company has repurchased $555 million in stock, and had $49 million remaining under the existing plan. Shares were unchanged in late trading at $42.91. Hutchinson Technology ( HTCH) revised its previously reported fourth-quarter earnings upward by $1.9 million, or 6 cents a share. For the fourth quarter ended Sept. 25, the company's income now totals $6.6 million, or 24 cents a share. The increase stemmed from actual recoveries on scrap materials, which were higher than previous estimates. The stock was down a penny to $27.92 in after-hours trading. Automatic Data Processing ( ADP) said it acquired Kerridge Computer, a management systems provider to auto dealers in the U.K., for $300 million in cash. ADP expects the acquisition to add a penny a share to its earnings, beginning in fiscal 2007. Kerridge has revenue of about $150 million and also has operations in other European markets, the Middle East, the Far East and South Africa. Shares of ADP were unchanged at $47.