Flash memory and software maker SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) on Wednesday released its earnings for the second quarter, in a report that delivered a positive surprise. The company’s net income for the period amounted to $81 million, equivalent to $0.38 per share, beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.34 per share. On a year over year basis, however, the profit was down by 70.4%. The company also delivered revenues of $1.24 billion, also beating analysts’ forecast of $1.20 billion, although it represented a 24% decline on the year. Ahead of the earnings release, expectations were low on the stock, owing to challenges in sales of embedded parts used in the making of drives that deliver faster speeds and greater reliability compared to the traditional drives. Nevertheless, the report revealed a 39% rise in retail sales as a percentage of the company’s total revenue for the quarter, up from 33% a year ago. The company posted its first revenue drop in two years at the end of first quarter of 2015. With analysts expecting lackluster performance and the management having also forecasted a fall in revenue, going as far as laying down strategies to trim its non-factory workforce by 5%, the future seemed uncertain. Its latest earnings results are therefore a harbinger of a healthier third quarter.
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