* Net earnings C$38.3 million on C$263 million revenue
* MDA says order backlog was C$1.19 billion at end-Sept
TORONTO, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Canadian satellite and data distribution company Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) MDA.TO said on Wednesday its net profit jumped 34 percent in the third quarter and that it had a strong order backlog.
The Richmond, British Columbia-based company said it made C$38.3 million ($37.2 million), or 93 Canadian cents a share, on revenue of C$263 million in the three months to Sept. 30.
That compared with a net profit of C$28.5 million, or 70 Canadian cents a share, on revenue of C$245.6 million in the same period a year earlier.
Analysts had on average expected earnings per share of 81 Canadian cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The company, famous for creating the robotic arm used on NASA space shuttles, also distributes legal, real estate, satellite and aerial data.
MDA said revenue from its information systems division rose 26 percent to C$142 million and that its order backlog was C$1.19 billion at the end of September, up from C$928 million at the end of June.
Its shares closed 1.2 percent higher before the earnings release at C$47.09 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
$1=$1.03 Canadian Reporting by Alastair Sharp; editing by Peter Galloway