*NEWS*LEXMARK SHARES TUMBLE ON TEPID FORECAST

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*NEWS*LEXMARK SHARES TUMBLE ON TEPID FORECAST

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    Lexmark shares tumble on tepid forecast
    SAN FRANCISCO – Lexmark International Inc. shares fell as much as 10% Tuesday after the printing and imaging company warned current quarter profits would fall despite a 10% rise in first-quarter profit.Lexmark said that for its second quarter, it expects to earn between 54 cents and 64 cents a share, down from 67 cents a share in the year-ago quarter. Lexmark also estimates its sales will be down in the mid-single digit percentage range from a year ago.Excluding charges and one-time items, Lexmark estimates it will earn between 65 cents and 75 cents a share.

    The outlook sent Lexmark’s shares down $3.57 to $31.80.
    For its first-quarter, Lexmark said it earned $101.7 million, or $1.07 a share, on $1.18 billion in sales for its first quarter, compared to $92.4 million, or 95 cents a share, on sales of $1.26 billion in the same period a year ago.Excluding charges and one-time items, Lexmark would have earned $1.16 a share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had forecast Lexmark to earn 90 cents a share.Lexmark has undergone restructuring efforts over the last year and has tried to focus its consumer products on high-usage customers. As a result, the company has shifted away from lower-end inkjet printers and more toward higher-end all-in-one printers with wireless capability.The shift has helped Lexmark’s earnings, as gross margins in the first quarter rose to 37.1% from 33.5% a year ago. Consumer sales, however, fell 17% from last year to $434 million, while Lexmark’s business segment revenue edged up 1% to $741 million.