ACI shares fall on job cuts news, Gresham up on takeover rumours

ACI shares fall on job cuts news, Gresham up on takeover rumours

The Finextra50 Financial Technology Index held steady last week, dropping just .5% to 86.08. ACI Worldwide and Computershare led the fallers, while Firstsource and Gresham Computing led the gainers.


ACI Worldwide was the index's poorest performer last week, as it dropped 16.79% to $17.15 after announcing a major round of job cuts and consolidation of non-core products and facilities in an effort to save $30 million in costs over 2008 and 2009.

This initiative was announced as the company issued quarterly figures that saw it return to profit after posting a net loss in the same quarter last year. Net income for the quarter ending 30 June was $0.8 million, compared to net loss of $2.7 million during the same period last year. Revenue was $109.2 million, an increase of $11.1 million, or 11%, over the prior-year period revenue of $98.1 million.

Australia's Computershare lost 8.50% last week to close at AUD$8.83. Despite posting record earnings for the fifth year in a row, the global share registry operator narrowly missed analyst expectations for its year-end figures and conceded in its outlook that slowing corporate activity could rein in its growth.

Misys also fell last week, losing 5.86% to close Friday at 164.75p


Indian outsourcing firm Firstsource saw the index's biggest gain last week. It rose 20.58% to Rs41.6 by Friday after heavy trading volumes saw its share price spike on Monday, with a further rise on Wednesday when it announced a $30 million six-year deal with British Telecom Global Services to provide knowledge-based back-office services.

Gresham Computing rose 16.06% last week to 79.5p after newspaper The Daily Express reported rumours of a takeover bid.

Other firms to see significant rises include:

Online Resources, up 12.25% to $8.98

Fair Isaac, up 10.34% to $26.67

Polaris, up 10.18% to Rs 108.80

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