Internet infrastructure services provider VeriSign has reported net income of $65m for the first quarter 2009, against a loss of $8.1m in the year-ago quarter, on revenue up 8.4% at $255m.
Operating income more than doubled to $74.7m from $28.5m in the same quarter last year. Diluted EPS was $0.34 compared to a diluted net loss per share of $0.04 in the year-ago quarter. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period was $942.4m.
The company said revenue from internet infrastructure and identity services grew 13% to $252m. Naming services showed a 9% increase in active domain names to approximately 92.4 million, while SSL Services showed a 13% increase in installed base at 1.15 million.
Dduring the quarter the company sold its Communication Services Group to Virginia-based data communications company TNS for $230m and European mobile division VeriSign Communications to Sinon Invest Holding.
Brian Robins, acting CFO at VeriSign, said: We are very pleased with the progress that we made in Q1, having delivered top- and bottom-line results that were in line with or exceeded expectations while continuing to execute on our strategy to divest of non-core businesses. Furthermore, our balance sheet remains strong with nearly $950m in cash and cash equivalents, and our deferred revenue for continuing operations grew 3% quarter-over-quarter.