Analyst Cameron Steele says license revenue and earnings per share outperformed on the back of two large transactions, and the acceleration of program execution wins. She notes an uptick in new customer count, and a positive tone from management. She's keeping her conservative near-term outlook for the company and the product life cycle management market, though she sees signs of improvement toward the back end of 2003. She notes management maintained its conservative guidance.
Steele says the timing of large deal closures remains unpredictable in the near term. She narrowed her 46-cent 2003 loss estimate to a 45-cent loss, and cut the 12-cent 2004 loss to a 4-cent loss. She also upped her target to $12.