May 20 Intuit Inc reported a 20 percent
jump in quarterly profit as demand rose for its tax-preparation
software TurboTax during the delayed tax filing season.
However, the company's shares fell more than 3 percent after
Intuit cut its fourth-quarter revenue and profit outlook.
The company said it now expects a loss of 10-12 cents per
share on revenue of $683 million-$713 million for its seasonally
weak fourth quarter.
Intuit had previously forecast a loss of 2-4 cents per share
on revenue of $710 million to $720 million.
The Mountain View, California-based company earns most of
its profit in its second and third quarters when people are more
likely to buy its software in the lead-up to the tax season.
The company had to rely heavily on its third quarter to
boost its overall earnings this year due to the delayed start to
the tax-filing season.
Net income rose to $984 million, or $3.39 per share, in the
third quarter ended April 30 from $822 million, or $2.71 per
share, a year earlier.
Revenue rose about 14 percent to $2.39 billion.
Intuit said sales of TurboTax units grew 10 percent to 27.8
million units, led by a 14 percent growth of TurboTax Online.
Intuit shares were trading at $74.12 in extended trading
after closing at $76.84 on Tuesday on Nasdaq.
(Reporting by Amrutha Gayathri in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj