Add 17 cents to your Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) expectations for the first quarter.
The chip giant on Thursday said a government audit of past tax returns revealed the company set aside too much for taxes. Intel said the move reverses previously accrued taxes.
As a result, Intel now expects to reduce its first quarter tax provision by $600 million, or 17 cents per share.
Analyst consensus predicts a first quarter profit of 69 cents per share for Intel. However, those estimates typically exclude one-time events.
Revenues, which Intel had predicted will be slightly down from the fourth quarter, could even be flat to down around 2 percent to 4 percent, analysts said. Intel said its previous guidance of a 31.7 percent tax rate for the year 2000 remains unchanged when excluding the $600 million reversal and other acquisition-related costs.
Shares of Intel rose as high as 128 13/16 in afterhours activity on the Island electronic communications network. The stock closed at 127, down 4 7/8 for the session.>