UPDATE 2-Sigma Designs profit tops estimates on IPTV growth

jueves 5 de marzo de 2009 00:28 CET

* Q4 adj EPS $0.38 vs est $0.18

* Q4 revenue beats estimates

* Sees Q1 revenue, gross margins at Q4 levels

* Stock up 8 percent in after the bell trading (Adds outlook, details from conference call)

March 4 (Reuters) - Strong sales of Internet protocol television chips drove Sigma Designs Inc's (SIGM.O: Cotización) quarterly profit, which beat market estimates, and sent its shares up as much as 10 percent.

The company, which makes chips for the IPTV set-top box market and Blu-ray players, said it expected first-quarter revenue and gross margins to be at fourth-quarter levels. Sigma said the IPTV market was showing resiliency to the current economic turmoil and would continue to do so throughout the year.

"We believe the IPTV market remains strong though perhaps dampened by the economic turmoil," said Ken Lowe, vice president, strategic marketing.

"Television services have always been relatively resilient in a recession and represent a primary avenue of consumer escape," Lowe said.

IPTV formed 77 percent of revenue in the quarter. It is expected to represent "the vast majority" of its revenue this year.   Continuación...