Keynote's Q4 Off-Key: Fool by Numbers

On Nov. 2, Keynote Systems (Nasdaq: KEYN  ) released earnings for its 2005 fourth quarter, which ended Sept. 30.

  • Net income and EPS benefited from a $2.7 million tax credit from the partial recognition of a deferred tax asset. Without it, EPS would have been $0.08 per stub, still ahead of Wall Street estimates.
  • Management says it bought back 2 million shares from March to October. (Find out why buybacks aren't always a good thing by clicking here.)
  • Keynote expects to book between $13.3 million and $13.7 million in sales and $0.01 and $0.03 in per-share earnings during the first quarter of fiscal 2006. That's well below Street expectations of $13.83 million and $0.08 per stub. Bummer.

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