UPDATE 2-Zoran Q1 loss narrows; sees Q2 rev above Street view

martes 22 de abril de 2008 00:23 CEST

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April 21 (Reuters) - Chipmaker Zoran Corp ZRAN.O posted a narrower first-quarter net loss, helped by growth in its digital televisions (DTV) business and mobile phone processor products, and forecast second-quarter revenue above market estimates, sending its shares up 14 percent.

The company, which makes audio and video chips, said it was well-positioned to benefit from the return of favorable market trends later in the year.

Zoran reported a fall in gross margin in the first quarter due to pricing pressure and product mix, a company executive said in a conference call with analysts.

However, it forecast an improvement in DTV and mobile phone margins for the rest of the year.

For the first quarter, net loss narrowed to $4.7 million, or 9 cents a share, compared with $5.9 million, or 12 cents a share, a year ago.

However, excluding items, Zoran earned 7 cents a share, which was in line with analysts' average estimate.

Revenue rose 7 percent to $109 million. Analysts on average expected $106.3 million, according to Reuters Estimates.

First-quarter gross margin fell to 47 percent, compared with 52.1 percent in the previous quarter.   Continuación...