UPDATE 1-Coherent Q1 beats; sees strong 2011 revenue

Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:16pm EST

* Q1 adj EPS $0.85 vs est. $0.69

* Q1 rev up 49 pct

* Sees 2011 rev $760-$780 mln

* Shares rise 13 pct after market

Jan 28 (Reuters) - Laser manufacturer Coherent Inc (COHR.O) reported better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by higher flat panel display sales, and forecast 2011 revenue above analysts' expectations on strong bookings.

For the first quarter, the company reported earnings of $19.1 million, or 76 cents per share, compared with $4.2 million, or 17 cents per share a year ago.

Excluding items, it earned 85 cents per share.

Net sales rose 49 percent to $183.1 million.

Analysts on average were expecting earnings of 69 cents per share on revenue of $176.8 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

For 2011, the company forecast revenue of $760 million to $780 million.

Analysts were expecting revenue of $716 million.

Bookings received during the three months ended Jan. 1, 2011 of $234.4 million rose 48 percent from $158.4 million in the same prior year period, the company said.

Shares of the California-based company were up 13 percent at $53.50 in trading after the bell after closing at $47.43 on Thursday on Nasdaq. (Reporting by Bijoy Koyitty in Bangalore; Editing by Joyjeet Das)

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