Rational Software

(RATL)

expects to report fourth-quarter earnings of 20 cents to 22 cents a share, a range that could put the company below Wall Street's estimates, and the software maker also disclosed plans to cut its workforce by 10%.

For the fourth quarter ended March 31, analysts expect Rational Software to earn 22 cents, up from 18 cents in the same quarter last year, according to

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Rational Software expects to post revenue of $240 million to $245 million, while analysts anticipate revenue of $252.7 million, according to First Call. In the year-ago fourth quarter, the company reported a top line of $180.4 million.

The company plans to cut its workforce by roughly 10%, or 400 employees. The job cuts will result in a charge of $20 million to $25 million in the first quarter.