Corning Inc. recently announced that its third quarter profits more
than doubled amid surging demand for optical fiber and components
used in communications networks, and that it expects earnings to grow
about 25% next year. Corning's third quarter pro forma earnings rose
to $317 million, or 35 cents a share, compared with $148.1 million,
or 19 cents a share, a year ago. Earlier this month Corning said it
expected earnings in the range of 34-35 cents a share. Revenues rose
54% to $1.9 billion, compared with $1.25 billion a year ago.
Excluding the impact of acquisitions, sales increased 37%. The
company said its solid third quarter performance was driven by strong
demand for high-data-rate optical fiber and cable, optical amplifiers
and flat-panel display glass. Sales of photonic technologies grew
113%, led by optical amplifier demand.