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Tech Data's stock price drops after releasing quarterly financial results

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Published Mar. 7

Tech Data CEO Rich Hume described his company's latest financial report as extremely strong, adding to what he called a very good year.

Speaking Thursday after the Clearwater-based company released its fourth quarter and year-end reports, Hume said he was proud of what his team had accomplished.

"We brought a lot of value to our customers and vendors along the way," he said. "Win-win for all of our stakeholders."

Tech Data's sales climbed 4 percent to $10.47 billion in the quarter that ended Jan. 31. Profits soared to $117 million, up from $1.6 million in the same period a year earlier.

Sales for the company's fiscal year, which also ended Jan. 31, rose 11 percent to $37.2 billion. Profits nearly tripled, topping $340 million.

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The company expects sales in the three months that end April 30 to range between $8.3 billion to $8.6 billion.

Despite the strong fourth quarter, sales didn't quite meet analysts' expectations. The company's share price closed the day at $93.67, down almost 6 percent.

Contact Graham Brink at gbrink@tampabay.com. Follow @GrahamBrink.

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