Netscape earnings soar five-fold

Rohit Khare (
Thu, 18 Jul 96 19:39:57 -0400

Reality check: Citibank entered the consumer banking business one year after
Microsoft was founded, and that *division* of Citibank is larger than MS in
every dimension except stock value and gross margins.. the tycoon at that helm
blames it on hypelessness -- "my multiple is like, 11 -- if we wrote
browsers, it would be 40!"



Netscape earnings soar five-fold

By Nick Wingfield and Mike Ricciuti
July 18, 1996, 4:15 p.m. PST

Bouyed by strong sales of its browser and server software, _Netscape
Communications_ reported today that the 2-year-old company more than
quintupled its revenues from the same quarter last year.

Analysts are also predicting that Netscape's chief rival, _Microsoft_, will
meet expectations when it follows with its own earnings report Monday. If that
holds true, the dual reports combined with Wednesday's strong financial
figures from _Intel_ will provide at least some relieve to an otherwise dismal
quarter for high-tech companies.

Today, Netscape posted revenues of $75 million for the quarter ending June
30, a significant increase over the $14.1 million of the correspondent quarter
last year. However, improvements in net income were less impressive, rising
from a loss of $2.79 million, or 4 cents per share, to $906,000, or 1 cent per
share. This quarter's net income report reflects $6.1 million in
merger-related expenses, including the acquisitions of Paper Software, InSoft,
and NetCode.

Although the company announced earnings after close of market, Netscape's
stock shot up 4-1/2 points to close at 56-1/2.