The mainframe computer vendor reported a loss of $4.8 million, or 4 cents a share, for the quarter ending September 27. In the same period a year ago, the company posted a profit of $20 million, or 17 cents a share.
Amdahl performed better than expected. Analysts estimated a loss of 17 cents for the quarter. Revenues rose to $439.8 million for the quarter, up from $350 million a year ago.
Software and services contributed to 65 percent of the company's revenue pie--driven by an 11 percent growth in its consulting and professional services business. The company also recently set up a new business unit to focus on software conversion services to deal with the anticipated date recognition problems that will occur when the year 2000 arrives.