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  • Jul. 15, 2015, 5:39 PM
    • The breakup of JDS Uniphase (NASDAQ:JDSU) into an optical component/industrial laser firm (to be known as Lumentum) and a business containing the company's network test equipment/software and optical security/performance units (to be known as Viavi) will occur on Saturday, Aug. 1.
    • 80.1% of Lumentum's shares will be distributed on Monday, Aug. 3, with JDS shareholders receiving one Lumentum share for every 5 JDS shares currently owned. The next day, Lumentum and Viavi will begin regular trading under the symbols LITE and VIAV.
    • Previously: JDS Uniphase plans to spin off Lumentum in August
    | Jul. 15, 2015, 5:39 PM
  • Jul. 10, 2015, 9:36 AM
    • JDS Uniphase (JDSU +0.9%) now plans to spin off its optical component/industrial laser year, christened Lumentum Holdings, next month. Existing SEC filings pointed to a July 26 distribution date for Lumentum shares to JDSU shareholders.
    • In May, JDSU announced plans to sell up to $40M worth of Lumentum preferred stock to Japanese client Amada Holdings. What's left of JDSU following the spinoff - its network test equipment/software and optical security/performance product units - will be known as Viavi Solutions.
    | Jul. 10, 2015, 9:36 AM
  • May 13, 2015, 10:59 AM
    • Japanese machine tool maker Amada Holdings plans to buy up to $40M worth of preferred stock in a subsidiary of JDS Uniphase's (JDSU +0.8%) telecom optical component/industrial laser unit (CCOP) following the unit's spinoff as Lumentum Holdings.
    • The exact size of Amada's investment will be "based on initial trading" of Lumentum's shares following the spinoff, which is set for calendar Q3.
    • Amada is a buyer of JDS' industrial lasers. CCOP's sales were nearly flat Y/Y in FQ3 (calendar Q1) at $195.2M - optical component sales fell 2%, and laser sales rose 1.9%.
    | May 13, 2015, 10:59 AM
  • Apr. 30, 2015, 4:09 PM
    • JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ:JDSU): FQ3 EPS of $0.12 beats by $0.03.
    • Revenue of $410.7M (-1.7% Y/Y) misses by $7.42M.
    • Shares -6.79%.
    | Apr. 30, 2015, 4:09 PM
  • Mar. 29, 2015, 7:39 PM
    • Optical component industry consolidation "was a common topic of discussion among investors and companies" at the industry's recent OFC conference, reports Piper's Troy Jensen. "The reasons for consolidation are well known and center on operational expense savings, a more rational pricing environment, and more complete product lines."
    • One deal that's viewed as especially likely: A Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) purchase of JDS Uniphase's (NASDAQ:JDSU) optical component/laser unit (CCOP), currently set to be spun off as Lumentum Holdings in Q3. Activist Sandell Asset Management has been urging JDS to sell CCOP, which had FY14 (ended June '14) revenue of $794M (+7% Y/Y). Jefferies' James Kisner thinks a deal could happen, but not before the spinoff occurs.
    • Jensen on industry consolidation in general: "The question isn't really an if, but more of the urgency of potential sellers and buyers and also at what price a deal would take place. In general, our feeling is that investors were slightly more anxious for a deal, while companies we spoke with sensed the need for consolidation, but were less anxious."
    • The industry has already seen a decent amount of M&A. In addition to CCOP, smaller component vendors Oclaro (OCLR - $213M market cap), Alliance Fiber (AFOP - $308M market cap), Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI - $196M market cap), and NeoPhotonics (NPTN - $217M market cap) could be targeted. NeoPhotonics has soared since delivering a big Q4 beat (fueled by strong 100G component demand) on March 3.
    | Mar. 29, 2015, 7:39 PM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 5, 2015, 4:27 PM
    • Though its FQ3 results were nearly in-line, Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) is guiding for FQ4 revenue of $310M-$330M and EPS of $0.22-$0.28, mostly above a consensus of $307.9M and $0.23. Compared with FQ3, FQ4 results will benefit from an extra, but be hurt by the timing of the Chinese New Year.
    • Datacom revenue rose 8.5% Q/Q and 11.4% Y/Y to $234.4M, lifted by strong wireless transceiver and 40G/100G component demand; Internet data center buildouts likely boosted the latter. Telecom revenue (under pressure for a few quarters) fell 11.3% Q/Q and 14% Y/Y to $71.9M. In addition to weak carrier capex, the Q/Q drop was caused annual price cuts.
    • Operating expenses rose 3% Y/Y to  to $63.2M (compares with 4% revenue growth). Gross margin fell to 30% from 31.1% in FQ2 and 37.2% a year earlier (price pressure). FQ4 GM guidance is at 30%.
    • Finisar is up to $21.35 AH. Rival JDS Uniphase (NASDAQ:JDSU) is following Finisar higher, rising to $13.51.
    • Finisar's FQ3 results, PR, earnings slides (.pdf)
    | Mar. 5, 2015, 4:27 PM
  • Jan. 30, 2015, 2:56 PM
    • Optical networking/carrier Ethernet hardware vendor Ciena (CIEN -4%), optical component suppliers Finisar (FNSR -2.4%) and Oclaro (OCLR -2%), and telecom chipmakers AppliedMicro (AMCC -5.9%) and Cavium (CAVM -4.4%) are all off after component vendor JDS Uniphase (JDSU -7.4%) missed FQ2 estimates and provided soft FQ3 guidance.
    • On its CC (transcript), JDS observed its FQ2 network enablement (test equipment) and service enablement (telecom software/services) revenue fell a combined 8% Y/Y due to "weaker carrier spending and no budget flush in historically stronger December quarter." Network enablement is expected to remain soft in seasonally weak FQ3 as customers weigh their 2015 spending plans. Service enablement is expected to grow ~24%, after growing 16.6% in FQ2.
    • AppliedMicro is down 10% since providing a soft FQ4 EPS guidance (-$0.09 vs. a -$0.07 pre-earnings consensus) on Tuesday afternoon to go with an FQ3 beat.  Cavium is giving back the gains it saw yesterday after beating Q4 estimates and providing strong Q1 guidance.
    | Jan. 30, 2015, 2:56 PM
  • Jan. 29, 2015, 5:21 PM
    • JDS Uniphase (NASDAQ:JDSU) expects FQ3 revenue of $418M (+/- $10M) and EPS of $0.09 (+/- $0.02), below a consensus of $431.3M and $0.14.
    • Not surprisingly (previous), JDS states weak U.S. carrier spending weighed on FQ2 results. This weakness led network enablement (test equipment) revenue to fall 14.2% Y/Y to $133.7M. Optical component sales fell 4.2% to $167.1M, but laser sales (boosted by industrial demand) rose 70.2% to $40M.
    • Service enablement (telecom software/services) revenue rose 16.6% to $45.7M, and optical security/performance products (includes Xbox Kinect components) fell 7.3% to $50.6M.
    • Gross margin rose 10 bps Q/Q and 60 bps Y/Y to 49.1%. Op. margin was 9.9%, +80 bps Q/Q but -110 bps Y/Y. JDS expects to finish spinning off its optical component/laser ops (CCOP) by the end of calendar Q3.
    | Jan. 29, 2015, 5:21 PM
  • Jan. 29, 2015, 4:06 PM
    • JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ:JDSU): FQ2 EPS of $0.15 misses by $0.01.
    • Revenue of $437.1M (-2.3% Y/Y) misses by $7.39M.
    • Shares -1.47%.
    | Jan. 29, 2015, 4:06 PM
  • Jan. 28, 2015, 5:35 PM
  • Jan. 23, 2015, 10:32 AM
    • Infinera (INFN +17.7%) knocked the cover off the ball yesterday afternoon, soundly beating Q4 estimates and issuing strong Q1 guidance on the back of growing demand for its DTN-X optical transmission/switching platform for 100G deployments.
    • Rival Ciena (CIEN +3.7%) and optical component vendors JDS Uniphase (JDSU +2.7%) and Finisar (FNSR +2.3%) are rallying in response. The companies followed equity markets higher yesterday after Verizon guided for its 2015 capex to be slightly above 2014 levels (contrasts with AT&T's planed capex cut).
    • On its CC (transcript), Infinera said it added 10 new invoiced DTN-X customers in Q4 (3 new to Infinera altogether), raising its total to 59, and that nearly half of all DTN-X clients are now opting for the company's Instant Bandwidth rapid provisioning tech. Initial revenue for the Cloud Xpress point-to-point interconnect platform was received in December, and 8 customer commitments have been received to date.
    | Jan. 23, 2015, 10:32 AM
  • Jan. 9, 2015, 2:48 PM
    • JDS Uniphase's (JDSU -1.1%) FQ2 report arrives after the close on Thursday, Jan. 29. CC at 5PM ET.
    • Consensus is for revenue of $445M (-1% Y/Y) and EPS of $0.09 (-53%). Shares +9% since an FQ1 beat and better-than-feared guidance were provided on Oct. 29.
    | Jan. 9, 2015, 2:48 PM
  • Dec. 9, 2014, 1:52 PM
    • Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has promised his company will continue growing wireless capex (albeit while cutting wireline capex) to keep up with data traffic growth. Small cells and smart antennas were mentioned as areas of interest.
    • The remarks have been well-received by investors in telecom equipment and component/chip vendors, many of whom have been hit hard by soft North American and (to an extent) European spending. The Nasdaq is up 0.3%.
    • Gainers: JDSU +3.6%. FNSR +3.1%. CYNI +10.1%. INFN +2.8%. CIEN +1.9%. AMCC +3.7%. PMCS +3.7%. ZHNE +3%. OCLR +5.4%. AFOP +2.8%. ADTN +2.5%. UBNT +2.2%. XXIA +1.7%. CALX +3.5%. EZCH +2.9%. SONS +2.4%. Sonus is also benefiting from a bullish Wedbush coverage launch.
    • The group was pummeled in November after AT&T set a 2015 capex budget of $18B, down from 2014's $21B.
    | Dec. 9, 2014, 1:52 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 20, 2014, 1:38 PM
    • Optical networking hardware vendors and their component suppliers are turning in a good day. The gains come a day after component vendor Oplink announced it's being acquired by Koch Industries for $445M, and will be managed by connector maker Molex (a Koch subsidiary).
    • RBC thinks Koch's entrance into the slumping component industry could trigger further consolidation. "Current fab utilization rates remain low ... with optical component vendors unable to charge a premium for their innovation. Gross margins are currently weighed by competitive pressures with optical component makers willing to cut pricing to account for high fixed costs."
    • The firm believes Finisar (FNSR +1%) could be a buyer, and JDS Uniphase (JDSU +1.5%) and Oclaro (OCLR +7.1%) sellers. JDS, set to spin off its component unit, is facing activist pressure to put the business on sale.
    • Meanwhile, Ciena (CIEN +2.8%) announced this morning it's partnering with Avaya to offer an enterprise solution that pairs its optical networking and integrated optical/Ethernet gear with Avaya's Ethernet switches. Like peers, Ciena is trying to lower its dependence on pressured carrier capex budgets.
    • Other gainers: AFOP +3.7%. NPTN +3.3%. ADTN +2.7%. INFN +1.9%.
    | Nov. 20, 2014, 1:38 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 17, 2014, 6:04 PM
    • After management rejected its call to do so, activist Sandell Asset management has issued an open letter outlining its case for why JDS Uniphase (NASDAQ:JDSU) should put its optical component/commercial laser unit (CCOP, set to be spun off) on the block.
    • Sandell also calls for shareholders not to re-elect CEO Thomas Waechter and governance committee chair Martin Kaplan to the board at JDS' annual meeting.
    • Sandell: "It is our belief that there are several potential buyers who would be interested in an outright acquisition of the CCOP business, and we believe that a sale could be consummated far sooner than the 3rd quarter of 2015, which is the date of the proposed CCOP spin-off."
    • The firm adds JDS "has federal, state, and foreign tax net operating loss carryforwards (NOLs) of approximately $6.1 billion, $1.8 billion, and $1.0 billion, respectively." It argues a CCOP sale acts as the most effective way to monetize the NOLs.
    • JDS: "The JDSU Board believes that pursuing an auction process for the sale of any business segment, as Sandell proposes, would be harmful to the business and not serve to maximize shareholder value."
    • Bloomberg reported in October Sandell was pushing for a CCOP sale.
    | Nov. 17, 2014, 6:04 PM
  • Nov. 13, 2014, 3:28 PM
    • Though Cisco is higher after beating FQ1 estimates and issuing soft FQ2 guidance, many telecom equipment and component/chip names are going in the opposite direction.
    • At issue: Cisco reported a 10% Y/Y drop in service provider orders (-18% in the U.S.), while stating on its CC (transcript) it "saw dramatically reduced spend at several large U.S. service providers." The networking giant also suggested demand will remain weak during the next couple of quarters.
    • The remarks came just a few days after AT&T set a 2015 capex budget of $18B (down from 2014's $21B), prompting a Monday selloff in equipment vendors and their suppliers.
    • Today's decliners: ALU -3.8%. CIEN -2.8%. JDSU -3.1%. FNSR -3.7%. JNPR -1.7%. INFN -3.8%. RKUS -3.4%. ZHNE -3.2%. AMCC -4.1%. CALX -2.7%. CYNI -1.8%. ADTN -3.5%. ALLT -2.4%. FN -1.9%.
    | Nov. 13, 2014, 3:28 PM
Company Description
Viavi Solutions Inc is a provider of network and service enablement solutions and optical products for telecommunications service providers, wireless operators, cable operators, network-equipment manufacturers and enterprises.