BEA has been let-off filing its financial results until the end of February by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The regulatory body gave the middleware vendor an extension beyond the 8 January deadline just passed, allowing the company to continue to trade its shares on the financial markets while it updates its books for the quarters ended July 31 and October 31 2006.

BEA is one of the many US IT companies affected by the ongoing SEC stock options backdating probe, and has delayed fling its financial returns since last summer while investigators carry its own internal searches.

Apple recently took a $84-million hit earlier this month as a result of restating its finances because of a similar internal probe.