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NEW YORK, April 17 (Reuters) - Intuitive Surgical Inc (ISRG.O) on Thursday said first-quarter profit jumped 88 percent, easily surpassing expectations, on increased demand for its da Vinci robotic surgical systems.
The Sunnyvale, California-based company, whose shares have tripled over the past 13 months, posted net profit of $44.8 million, or $1.12 per share, compared with profit of $23.8 million, or 62 cents a share, a year earlier.
Analysts on average expected 98 cents per share, according to Reuters Estimates.
Revenue for the quarter surged 65 percent to $188.2 million, topping Wall Street expectations of $178 million.
Da Vinci systems revenue jumped 76 percent to $99.1 million for the quarter, while instruments and accessories sales rose 54 percent to $61.9 million.
“Our financial performance reflects the continued expansion of robotic surgical procedures and the compelling value we provide to patients and hospitals,” Chief Executive Lonnie Smith said in a statement. (Reporting by Bill Berkrot; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)