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What: Shares of unified communications specialist Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM) soared as much as 21% earlier in the trading session following the release of the company's third-quarter results.
So what: For the quarter, Polycom reported a 6% decline in sales to $335 million, and a one-time charge excluded profit of $0.10. Both figures slipped by Wall Street's expectations for $0.08 in EPS on sales of $331 million. Polycom's CEO, Andrew Miller, pointed to strength in the company's unified communications operations, as well as strength in its North American business, as the reason for the better-than-expected results.
Now what: I was a little premature in my outperform call on Polycom, but its troublesome North American market appears to be stabilizing. I see Polycom as a burgeoning videoconferencing-over-Internet play for enterprises over the next decade and feel that with $572 million in cash, no debt, and valued at roughly 15 times forward earnings, you'd be paying a very fair price for the company here. If anything, I'd suggest adding Polycom to your Watchlist for future reference.
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