Cray, InfoSpace Exceed Analyst Expectations, and Other Second-Quarter Earnings Highlights

8/7/09

In the past week, companies have been releasing their financial results for the second quarter. There’s a mix of good and bad news from Seattle’s public tech companies weathering the economic storm, with surprisingly positive news from some quarters.

—Bellevue, WA-based metasearch developer InfoSpace announced its revenue was $43.8 million for the quarter, up 14 percent from the same period last year. InfoSpace (NASDAQ: INSP) now has $208.3 million in cash and securities. This was better than analysts had expected from InfoSpace, which has undergone some significant growth recently, including a new charity search website Xconomy previously wrote about.

—Good news was also reported by Seattle-based supercomputer manufacturer Cray (NASDAQ: CRAY), which turned a profit with $62.7 million in revenue last quarter, up 34 percent from the same period last year. Cray’s success has a lot to do with recent, lucrative contracts the company has landed. Xconomy recently profiled Cray here.

—Things were less positive for Seattle-based digital media company RealNetworks (NASDAQ: RNWK), which reported $135.7 million in second-quarter revenue, an 11 percent decrease from last year. For this quarter, RealNetworks had a net loss of $188.3 million. The company said it hopes to show some improvement for the second half of the year.

—Online diamond retailer Blue Nile (NASDAQ: NILE) also reported a slight decrease in revenue. The Seattle-based company posted net sales of $69.9 million, a decrease of 5.2 percent from the same period last year, although sales are continuing to increase slightly from year-to-year for the company.

—Slightly more cheerful news was posted by embedded device software developer Bsquare (NASDAQ: BSQR). The Bellevue, WA-based company earned $16.1 million in revenue, up 5 percent from the second quarter of 2008. The company announced last month it will start working with Coca-Cola to create the Coca-Cola Freestyle software-driven fountain dispenser.

Eric Hal Schwartz was an intern in Xconomy's Seattle office. Follow @

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