Credit Management Solutions Inc. had a better-than-expected fourth quarter as the indirect auto lending market responded enthusiastically to its new automated loan technology.

Analysts had been expecting the Columbia, Md., maker of credit analysis software to record a loss of about $200,000. Instead, the company earned $347,891, or 5 cents a share. That was a whopping 604% increase over the $49,369 in net income it recorded a year earlier.

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