BMC Software Guides Up

The business software maker boosts profit and revenue, and rasies guidance for the full year.
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BMC Software

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delivered the expected strong second quarter and raised guidance for the rest of the fiscal year.

The maker of system software posted a profit of $58 million, or 28 cents a share, compared with $43 million, or 19 cents a share, in the same quarter last year.

Total revenue was up nearly 7% to $386.7 million from $361.8 million, BMC announced after Wednesday's closing bell.

Excluding various items, the Houston-based company earned $78 million, or 37 cents a share.

Analysts polled by Thomson First Call were looking for a profit of 32 cents a share on the same basis with revenue of $375.2 million.

Non-GAAP operating margin increased to 22% from 17%.

BMC signaled the strong quarter in early October when it said that both earnings and revenue would come in at the high end of previous guidance.

Looking to the third quarter, BMC said it expects revenue to range from $390 million to $410 million, while non-GAAP EPS will range from 35 cents to 39 cents a share. Wall Street was forecasting a profit of 36 cents a share on sales of $397 million.

For the full year, the company told investors to expects a non-GAAP profit of $1.40 to $1.48 a share, but it did not give revenue guidance. Earlier EPS guidance called for a profit of $1.28 to $1.38.

In after-hours trading, shares were up 5 cents to $30.12.