SAN FRANCISCO -- Sybase (SY) beat Wall Street's third-quarter earnings estimates, and delivered a fourth-quarter outlook in line with expectations.Shares of Sybase were up 79 cents, or 3%, to $27.39 in recent trading. The Dublin, Calif., business software company said net income for the third quarter grew 1.8% to $34.7 million, or 40 cents a share, from $34.1 million, or 37 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding special items, EPS was 55 cents. Analysts were expecting EPS of 50 cents. Revenue rose 11% to $284 million, from $255.3 million for the same quarter of last year. Analysts were expecting $275.8 million, according to Thomson Reuters. Deferred revenue rose 1.6% to $202.4 million. License revenue rose 9% to $92.9 million, while messaging revenue rose 30% to $44.7 million. Excluding special charges, operating margin was 24%, compared to 22% for the same period of last year. For the fourth quarter, the company projected revenue of $295 million to $305 million and EPS, excluding charges, of 60 cents to 62 cents. Analysts were looking revenue of $301.4 million and earnings before items of 61 cents a share. The company's business software competes with offerings from IBM ( IBM), Microsoft ( MSFT) and Oracle ( ORCL).