UPDATE 1-Sandvine posts loss as margins fall

Thu Oct 4, 2012 7:58am EDT

Oct 4 (Reuters) - Network equipment maker Sandvine Corp reported a third-quarter loss as margins fell.

The company provides equipment and software that help internet service providers manage network congestion and lower undesirable traffic.

Sandvine lost $900,000, or 0.6 cent per share, in the June-August quarter, compared with earnings of $1.7 million, or 1.2 cent per share, a year earlier.

Revenue fell 16 percent to $21.8 million.

Gross margins dropped to 70 percent from 76 percent.

Sandvine's customers include U.S. cable TV provider Comcast Corp, Japan's NTT Communications and Singapore's StarHub Ltd.

Sandvine reported smaller-than-expected second-quarter revenue due to delays in closing several projects with Telefonica SA. The Spanish telecom company accounted for 17 percent of Sandvine's fiscal 2011 revenue.

Shares of Waterloo, Ontario-based Sandvine closed at C$1.20 on Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.