Why Aastra Tech Shares Skyrocketed

Is this meaningful? Or just another movement?

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What: Shares of enterprise communications company Aastra Techologies (TSX: AAH) soared 27% today after its quarterly results easily topped analyst expectations.

So what: Aastra’s bottom line has been pressured in recent years due to sluggish European demand, but today’s Q3 results — earnings jumped 47% as revenue inched up 2% — suggest that things are starting to turn. In fact, gross margins during the quarter increased 110 basis points over the year-ago period, giving Bay Street some good vibes over the company’s competitive position going forward.

Now what: Don’t expect Aastra’s operating momentum to slow anytime soon. “[T]he company has continued to invest in new product development, responding to the needs of customers and trends in the market,” wrote fellow Fool Karen Thomas last month. “As their market has evolved from proprietary to internet protocol (IP) networks, Aastra has strategically invested to take advantage of this trend.” More important, with Aastra only now trading at book value, there’ still plenty of room left for Fools to benefit from that growth.

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