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Tekelec’s Profit Climbs on Strong Gain in Orders

Tekelec, rebounding from a weak showing in 1987, said its first-quarter profit soared from a year earlier on an 85% gain in revenue.

The Calabasas-based company, which makes equipment to test telecommunications and data communications products, said net income in the quarter ended March 31 jumped to $1.1 million, or 28 cents a share, from $91,000, or 2 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue climbed to $6.73 million from $3.64 million.

Tekelec attributed the strong gains to a surge in orders, particularly from overseas customers, which swelled the value of Tekelec’s order backlog to $4.3 million from $2.5 million at the end of 1987.

Last year Tekelec’s full-year profit skidded 46% to $749,000 from $1.38 million in 1986, in part because of a $381,000 write-off of two discontinued product lines.

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