XEROX 2Q PROFIT FALLS 19% ….DOWN $ 51Million

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XEROX 2Q PROFIT FALLS 19% ….DOWN $ 51Million

 user 2008-07-24 at 11:22:52 am Views: 58
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    Xerox Profit Falls 19% on Lower Prices for Printers
    July 08  — Xerox Corp., the world’s largest maker of high-speed color printers, said second-quarter earnings fell 19 percent as the company lowered prices on new equipment.Net income declined to $215 million, or 24 cents a share, from $266 million, or 28 cents a year earlier, the Norwalk, Connecticut-based company said in a statement. The results, which include a 5-cent restructuring charge, missed analysts’ estimates. Sales rose 7.7 percent to $4.53 billion.

    Xerox cut prices on its devices that can print, scan, fax and copy documents by as much as 10 percent during the quarter, trimming profit even as installations of the machines rose. Chief Executive Officer Anne Mulcahy is relying on the company’s Global Imaging sales network to boost orders from small- and mid-sized businesses “while the U.S. economy creates challenges” to large companies, she said in the statement.`We are seeing information technology declining a little bit,” said Tom Smith, an equity analyst with Standard & Poor’s in New York. He rates Xerox a “hold.” “We’re seeing incremental growth subject to pressure from moderating tech spending.”

    Xerox rose 26 cents to $14.03 yesterday in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. It has lost 13 percent this year.The average of nine analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg was for profit of 26 cents a share and sales of $4.53 billion. The company in April forecast earnings in the range of 23 cents to 25 cents a share, including a 5-cent restructuring charge.Third-quarter profit is forecast to be 28 cents to 30 cents, the company said. Analysts, on average, estimate third-quarter earnings of 30 cents.

    Full-Year Forecast
    For the full year, the company reaffirmed its April projection for earnings of $1.26 to $1.30 a share. Xerox in November forecast sales growth of 3 percent, or about $17.7 billion, based on last year’s revenue. Analysts, on average, expect $1.27 in profit and $18.4 billion in revenue.Xerox, which elected former Citigroup Inc. Chief Executive Officer Charles Prince to the board earlier this month, won a $400 million contract to provide printers and supplies to the U.S. Air Force in April. It also has a smaller contract to manage printing needs on 283 Navy ships.Mulcahy, 55, reinstated the company’s dividend in November, the first payout since 2001, and returned Xerox’s debt rating to investment grade. Xerox sold $1.4 billion of 5- and 10-year notes in April to pay down debt and for general corporate purposes in its biggest debt sale.The company also introduced a faster, more efficient digital printer at the Drupa trade show in Germany to boost sales to professional print shops. The company is aiming to capture more of the commercial market as printers move to digital devices from offset presses