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Hyperion Solutions ekes past 2Q forecasts

Hyperion Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: HYSL) topped Street estimates by a penny a share in its second quarter Monday, earning $7.1 million, or 22 cents a share, on sales of $115.8 million.

Its shares closed off 13/16 to 46 1/4 ahead of the earnings report.

First Call consensus expected Hyperion Solutions to earn 21 cents a share in the quarter.

The $115.8 million in sales represents an 8 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it pocketed $8.6 million, or 28 cents a share, on sales of $107 million.

Software license revenue increased to $55.7 million from $51.9 million a year ago, while maintenance and service revenue was $60.1 million compared with $55.1 million a year ago.

"While we are encouraged by last quarter's performance, we are committed to raising the bar to achieve higher levels of license revenue growth," said CEO Jeff Rodek in a prepared release. "To that end, we have focused on improving Hyperion's sales and marketing productivity, refining our product architecture and roadmap to speed the delivery of new products, and enhancing our operating model to improve focus and execution."

Hyperion reached a 52-week high of 48 1/2 earlier this month after falling to 9 7/8 in April.

Five of the nine analysts following the stock maintain a "hold" recommendation.