MEMC Electronic Materials (NYSE:WFR) announced on Wednesday that it lost $61.3 million during the second quarter, compared to earnings of $47.3 million in the same period last year.
The semiconductor maker said it recorded revenue of $808.4 million during the quarter, up 8% from $745.6 million in 2011. That topped the $722.2 million that Wall Street was looking for, the Associated Press noted.
Adjusted EPS, excluding one-time charges, was 14 cents for the quarter. Analysts had forecast a loss of one cent per share.
Investors liked the results. Shares of MEMC Electronic Materials jumped more than 14% in Wednesday afternoon trading.
Company officials said that increased European sales at its solar energy unit and rising silicon wafer sales at its semiconductor unit had helped boost quarterly results.