On Feb. 2, Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) released Q4 and fiscal 2005 earnings for the period ended Dec. 31, 2005.

  • Fourth-quarter sales of $72.1 million easily outpaced Street estimates. Earnings, too, were higher than analysts expected, but a $24 million tax benefit helped the company achieve EPS of $1.31.
  • The company sold 40 of its da Vinci Surgical Systems during Q4, which makes 116 for the full year. That's a 53% increase from the 76 sold during 2004.

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