Chip equipment maker Kulicke & Soffa (Nasdaq: KLIC) handily beat Wall Street estimates Tuesday with first quarter earnings of 52 cents a share.
Kulicke & Soffa reported first quarter sales of $179.8 million, up 17 percent from the fourth quarter and up 194 percent compared to a year ago.
The company also reported earnings of $12.8 million, or 52 cents a share. The results reversed a loss of $8.9 million, or 38 cents a share, a year ago.
Kulicke & Soffa said it booked $207 million in new orders, up 31 percent from $158 million for the fourth quarter. Kulicke & Soffa's good news isn't unexpected for anyone watching the chip equipment sector. KLA Tencor (Nasdaq: KLAC) and Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT) topped estimates recently and Novellus (Nasdaq: NVLS) preannounced a strong quarter. Applied Materials also announced plans to buy Etec Systems (Nasdaq: ETEC) last week.
Among other earnings Tuesday morning:
Sales were up 73 percent from a year ago, said the provider of e-business software and services. License revenue was $19.4 million with maintenance and services accounting for the remainder of sales.
For the year, Entrust reported net income of $5.9 million, or 11 cents a share, on sales of $85.2 million. The company said it plans to file for a secondary offering in the first quarter. In the offering, Entrust will sell 2 million shares and Nortel Networks (NYSE: NT), Entrust's largest shareholder, will sell 6 million shares.
The company reported an operating loss of 14 cents a share and consensus called for a loss of 13 cents a share. Revenue was strong in the December quarter at $26.4 million, compared to $12.2 million in the September quarter.
Efficient Networks recently completed the purchase of FlowPoint Corp. from Cabletron (NYSE: CS). FlowPoint contributed about $3 million to sales.
Including charges related to acquisitions and stock options, Efficient reported a loss of 47 cents a share.