Nearly a year after its acquisition of Veritas Software, Symantec continues to struggle to find a way to boost profits. On Tuesday, the company reported quarterly profits of US$279 million for the first three months of 2006, a drop from the $314 million reported during the same period last year.
Revenue for the combined company was up slightly, totaling $1.3 billion for the quarter, compared to $1.29 billion a year ago. And the company’s earnings for this fourth fiscal 2006 quarter, which ended March 31, amounted to $0.26 per share, just slightly ahead of analyst expectations.
Symantec completed its $13.5 billion acquisition of Veritas in July 2005, and has since struggled to convince Wall Street that the merger of the two companies’ security and storage technologies makes sense. Symantec’s stock (SYMC), which was trading in the $32 range before the acquisition was announced, closed Tuesday at $17.09.
During this most recent quarter, Symantec saw no growth in its consumer business, which accounts for 28 percent of revenue. Sales of the company’s data-protection products dropped 8 percent year over year.
The company had better luck with its enterprise security line, which includes content filtering and intrusion-prevention software. This line of business grew 9 percent year over year.
Sales in the Americas region, which represent more than half of Symantec’s total revenue, dropped 2 percent from the previous year. International sales were up 5 percent, however, led by the Asia Pacific region, where revenue grew by 9 percent from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.
-Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
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