Brocade guides in-line

Brocade (BRCD) guides in its FQ2 earnings presentation (.pdf) for FQ3 revenue of $525M-$545M and EPS of $0.18-$0.20, in-line with a consensus of $531.7M and $0.19.

SAN product sales (60% of revenue) -10% Q/Q and +1% Y/Y, putting them at the high end of a guidance range of -10% to -13% Q/Q. IP networking +1% Q/Q and -9% Y/Y, near the low end of a guidance range for flat to 7% Q/Q growth.

Brocade expects FQ3 SAN revenue to be down 2% to up 1% Y/Y on an adjusted basis, with "business transitions" at certain OEM partners taking a toll (could be a reference to IBM). QLogic and Emulex have already reported the Fibre Channel SAN market is weak.

IP networking sales are expected to be up 2%-8% Y/Y on an adjusted basis, boosted by enterprise customer growth.

FQ2 gross margin was 66.7%, -100 bps Q/Q and +160 bps Y/Y. GM is expected to drop to 65.5%-66.5% in FQ3. Headcount fell by 16 Q/Q and 587 Y/Y to 4,061.

$50M was spent on buybacks, down from $140M in FQ1. EMC, IBM, H-P, and Hitachi made up 56% of revenue between them.

BRCD -0.8% AH. FQ2 results, PR

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