UPDATE 2-MEMC Q2 results trail Street, cuts FY08 view; shrs fall

jueves 24 de julio de 2008 00:16 CEST

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By Purwa Naveen Raman

BANGALORE, July 23 (Reuters) - MEMC Electronic Materials Inc WFR.N posted lower-than-expected quarterly profit as it was hurt by disruptions at two of its facilities, and also cut its 2008 outlook, knocking its shares down 29 percent after the bell.

The company, which supplies silicon wafers to the chip and solar industries, also gave a weak third-quarter revenue outlook, citing uncertainty in demand for its semiconductor application, mainly due to a weak economy.

Second-quarter net income was $176.1 million, or 76 cents a share, from $163.6 million, or 70 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding items, it earned 92 cents a share.

Revenue rose 12.4 percent to $531.4 million.

Analysts on average expected earnings of $1.01 a share, excluding items, on revenue of $557 million, according to Reuters Estimates.

The company said it suffered a "premature failure of a relatively new heat exchanger" at its Merano, Italy facility, while a loose pipe fitting caused a fire at its Pasadena, Texas facility during the quarter.

This was the third or fourth manufacturing issue in a row over the course of probably last 12 months, American Technology Research analyst John Hardy said by phone.   Continuación...