* Vastera, a Dulles developer of software to help companies manage international trade, reported it lost $508,000 (1 cent per share) in the fourth quarter, an improvement over the same quarter of 2001, when it lost $7.6 million (20 cents). Revenue was $19.7 million, up from $19.5 million in the year-earlier period. For the year, Vastera's revenue was $76.4 million, up from $64.9 million the year before, but the company still had a net loss of $11.4 million (28 cents), compared with $45.8 million ($1.22) in 2001. Vastera shares closed at $5.10, down 14 cents.
* Micros Systems, a Columbia firm that sells information systems to hospitality companies, said its profit rose to $4.9 million (28 cents per share) on revenue of $95.5 million in its fiscal second quarter, which ended Dec. 31. That compares with a profit of $2.5 million (14 cents) on revenue of $90.9 million in the year-earlier period. Micros shares closed at $21.06, down 31 cents.
* Halifax, an Alexandria information technology firm, said it earned $151,000 (7 cents per share) in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with $109,000 (5 cents) in the same period of the previous year. The company's fiscal third-quarter revenue fell to $11.3 million, from $13.2 million in the year-earlier quarter. Halifax shares closed at $5, up 1 cent.
* Microlog, a Germantown software firm, said it earned $5,000 (no per-share profit) in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, which ended Oct. 31. That compared with a loss of $755,000 (11 cents) in the year-earlier period. The company's revenue fell in the recent quarter to $1.1 million, from $1.4 million. For the fiscal year, Microlog earned $18,000 (no profit per share), compared with a loss of $3.2 million (45 cents) in fiscal 2001. The firm's revenue for fiscal 2002 fell to $5.6 million, from $7.2 million. Microlog shares rose 2 cents, to 9 cents.
Compiled from reports by Washington Post staff writers, washingtonpost.com and Dow Jones News Service