(Reuters) - Image sensor maker OmniVision Technologies Inc <OVTI.O> reported first-quarter revenue that beat analysts' expectations, and the company forecast current-quarter sales well above estimates, sending its shares up 9 percent in extended trade.
The company, which makes back-lit image sensors for most of Apple Inc's <AAPL.O> products, forecast second-quarter adjusted earnings of between 21 cents to 37 cents per share on revenue of $355 million to $390 million.
Analysts on average were expecting earnings of 33 cents per share on revenue of $268.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
"While we are successful in rebuilding revenues momentum, our gross margins remain under pressure as a result of our current cost structure," Chief Executive Shaw Hong said in a statement.
The company's first-quarter net profit fell to $2.3 million, or 4 cents per share, from $42 million, or 68 cents per share, a year earlier.
Revenue fell 7 percent to $258.1 million.
Excluding items, OmniVision, which pioneered imaging sensors that use both sides of a chip to deliver better quality in a smaller-sized camera, earned 21 cents per share.
Analysts on average had expected adjusted earnings of 22 cents per share on revenue of $243.8 million.
OmniVision shares were up at $17.40 in extended trading. They had closed at $15.91 on the Nasdaq on Thursday.
(Reporting by Chandni Doulatramani and Supantha Mukherjee in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)