UPDATE 2-QLogic raises Q1 outlook; shares jump

miércoles 9 de julio de 2008 20:16 CEST

(Recasts; adds analyst's comments)

By Purwa Naveen Raman

BANGALORE, July 9 (Reuters) - QLogic Corp QLGC.O raised its first-quarter outlook that topped Wall Street estimates, as the supplier of components for data storage networks saw a sequential sales growth in its host and network products.

QLogic, which dominates host products market along with rival Emulex Corp ELX.N, gets almost 70 percent of its revenue from this business, with the core product being fiber channel host bus adapters -- used to connect a server to storage devices.

For its first quarter ended June 29, QLogic now expects earnings of 30 cents to 31 cents a share before special items, up from its previous forecast of 26 cents to 28 cents a share.

The company also raised its revenue outlook to a range of $166 million to $168 million, up from $154 million to $158 million, QLogic said in a statement.

Analysts on average were expecting the company to earn 27 cents a share, before special items, on revenue of $156.3 million, according to Reuters Estimates.

"Soft macro environment has impacted QLogic and its competitors, but I would point out that storage is a category that's a bit less discretionary than some other categories," Robert W. Baird & Co analyst Jayson Noland said by phone.

Noland, who has a "neutral" rating on the stock, said the host products market was worth almost a billion dollar in size and was growing 7 percent to 9 percent annually.   Continuación...