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Corning 4Q results top analysts' estimates

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm •  Published: January 28, 2014

CORNING, N.Y. (AP) — Corning's fourth-quarter net income more than doubled, helped in part by lower expenses and charges. The glass maker's results beat analysts' estimates.

The company also said it expects first-quarter price declines for LCD glass, used in TV screens and other electronics, to be greater than in previous quarters. Analysts said that may be pressuring the stock. The shares fell in Tuesday afternoon trading.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, Corning Inc. earned $421 million, or 30 cents per share. That's up from $155 million, or 10 cents per share, a year earlier.

Removing certain items, earnings were 29 cents per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expected 27 cents per share.

Selling, general and administrative expenses and research, development and engineering expenses fell in the quarter. Restructuring impairment and other charges dropped to $71 million from $133 million.

Revenue declined 9 percent to $1.96 billion from $2.15 billion, but still topped Wall Street's estimate of $1.94 billion.

Specialty materials segment sales dropped 29 percent mostly because customers built up inventory a year ago. Sales for the display technologies unit fell 5 percent.

Full-year net income rose 20 percent to $1.96 billion, or $1.34 per share, from $1.64 billion, or $1.09 per share, in the previous year. Annual revenue fell 2 percent to $7.82 billion from $8.01 billion.

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