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Waters: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) _ Waters Corp. (WAT) on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $109 million.

On a per-share basis, the Milford, Massachusetts-based company said it had net income of $1.51. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $1.60 per share.

The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.73 per share.

The maker of products used in drug discovery and development posted revenue of $513.9 million in the period, which also missed Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $545.5 million.

For the current quarter ending in July, Waters expects its per-share earnings to range from $2.05 to $2.15. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $2.23.

The company expects full-year earnings in the range of $9.05 to $9.25 per share.

Waters shares have increased 28 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased 16 percent. The stock has increased 16 percent in the last 12 months.


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