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American Superconductor 4Q revenue declines

DEVENS, Mass. (AP) -- American Superconductor's fourth-quarter narrowed as expenses declined, but revenue fell as well and shares slid in premarket trading Friday.

The company lost $19.8 million, or 35 cents per share, for the period ended March 31. That compares with a loss of $21.2 million, or 42 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding a charge related to a class-action lawsuit and other items, the loss was 21 cents per share.

Total cost and operating expenses dropped to $18.4 million from $24 million.

Revenue fell 29 percent to $20.4 million from $28.6 million. Wind revenue declined to $8.9 million from $16.8 million.

For the year, American Superconductor Corp. lost $66.1 million, or $1.25 per share. A year earlier the company lost $136.8 million, or $2.69 per share.

The adjusted loss was 98 cents per share.

Annual revenue rose 14 percent to $87.4 million from $76.5 million.

The company anticipates a first-quarter loss of less than 26 cents per share and revenue of more than 22 million.

American Superconductor's stock fell or 8.7 percent, or 23 cents, to $2.42 before the opening bell.