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ADIC Powers Through Q3

The crippling power outage in the Northeast U.S. didn't slow down tape library vendor Advanced Digital Information Corp. (Nasdaq: ADIC), which saw its stock climb almost 18 percent in morning trading today after posting its highest-ever quarterly revenues (see ADIC Posts Record Q3 Sales).

ADIC's stock was up this morning 17.9 percent, to $12.07. For the quarter ended July 31, the Redmond, Wash.-based company's top line grew to $108.3 million, up 42 percent compared with the same period last year. Its net income for the quarter was $2.6 million, or 4 cents per share, compared with a loss of $2.1 million in the year-ago period.

The company said it expects revenue for the current quarter to be in the range of $110 million to $120 million, and fiscal year 2004 revenue to be between $475 million and $525 million -- above Wall Street's estimates of $110 million for the fourth quarter and $460 million for 2004.

On a conference call yesterday, ADIC CEO Peter van Oppen said that the company's OEM revenues "exploded" with 79 percent annual and 18 percent quarter-over-quarter growth. Its OEM partners include Dell Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: DELL), Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), and Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW). Sales of ADIC's own branded products, however, dropped 1 percent sequentially.

"Our strategy of continued product innovation and investment in both our OEM and branded channels at the bottom of an economic cycle continues to produce additional market acceptance and share gain," the CEO said.

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