S1 moves back into the black in Q1

S1 moves back into the black in Q1

US fintech firm S1 Corporation is reporting a profit of $3 million for the first quarter of 2007, compared with a net loss of $444,000 a year ago.

S1 posted earnings of five cents per share for the three months ending 31st March 2007, compared with a loss per share of one cent per share in the year ago quarter.

The vendor's revenues increased nine per cent to $47.6 million, from $43.4 million in the Q1 2006.

However the vendor says revenue at its Postilion financial services unit, "was essentially flat" but revenues at its Enterprise unit rose 19%, mainly due to increasing demand for professional services.

Operating expenses were also "essentially flat" in the year-over-year comparison for the first quarter, despite the increase in revenue, says S1.

Analysts were reportedly expecting S1 to post earnings of five cents per share on revenue of $48.2 million.

Commenting on the bullish Q1 results, Johann Dreyer, Chief Executive Officer of S1, says the year-over-year growth in revenue and income reflects "solid execution against our operating plan".

Looking ahead Dreyer says S1 expects to report 2007 full year revenues of between $200 million and $206 million and GAAP earnings of between 25 and 28 cents per share.

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