Viavi: SOTP Suggests Upside; M&A Reshuffling The Key Question
Aug. 27, 2014, 12:52 PM
- Ahead of Finisar's (FNSR -3.9%) Sep. 4 FQ1 report, MKM's Michael Genovese has respectively cut his revenue and EPS estimates for the quarter by $3M and $0.01, albeit while reiterating a Buy.
- Genovese predicts "soft 2HCY14 carrier capex and the mix shift to low margin Chinese sales is likely to result in fairly anemic Telecom revenue growth and limited [gross margin] expansion in the near term." But he's still upbeat about Finisar's datacom sales (boosted by Web data center buildouts), and thinks telecom sales "should improve in 2HCY15 as the 100G Metro market positively inflects."
- Likewise, RBC's Mark Sue is reiterating an Outperform, but offering cautious remarks. "Inventories are creeping upward, inventory lead-times are decreasing and there’s concern that current soft-pricing may continue or spread to higher speed products."
- Sue thinks Chinese competition is affecting pricing for "low-mid speed components," and suggests Finisar should slash capex and launch a buyback. Shares plunged in June due to light FQ1 EPS guidance that stemmed from margin pressure.
- A slew of other firms with strong telecom capex exposure are also trading lower. JDSU -1.8%. INFN -1.6%. CYNI -2.4%. AFOP -1.5%. CAVM -1.4%. ZHNE -1.6%. Juniper and multiple component vendors have already reported seeing soft near-term capex trends.
- For component vendors, a decent amount of bad news has been priced in since April.
Aug. 21, 2014, 5:35 PM
Aug. 21, 2014, 3:59 PM
- Optical component vendors JDS Uniphase (JDSU +4.3%), Finisar (FNSR +3.4%), Oplink (OPLK +3.2%), Oclaro (OCLR +3.6%), and Alliance Fiber (AFOP +2.5%) have all rallied on a quiet day of trading, and so has client Ciena (CIEN +2.7%). No news has hit the wires to explain the gains.
- JDS, Oclaro, and Alliance Fiber all sold off in recent weeks (I, II, III) after providing disappointing guidance in their calendar Q2 reports. JDS (like Juniper following its Q2 report) observed soft North American wireline capex is pressuring industry sales.
Aug. 13, 2014, 2:45 PM
- B. Riley and Piper have downgraded JDS Uniphase (JDSU -8.9%) following its light Sep. quarter outlook. Each cites the impact of soft carrier spending.
- B. Riley's Dave Kang (downgrade to Neutral) notes the AT&T/DirecTV deal has affected Ma Bell's spending (previous), and that industry demand is pressured by a transition to software-defined networking (SDN) architectures that's still in its early stages.
- Kang: "In hindsight, we significantly under-estimated the potential impact of the SDN transition on the telecom equipment industry." He notes the transition is hurting JDS' test equipment/software sales (expected to fall to $160M-$175M in FQ1 from $199M in FQ4) more than its optical component sales. Optical component/laser division sales are expected to total $200M-$210M in FQ1 vs. $196.9M in FQ4.
- On the CC (transcript), CEO Tom Waechter admitted North American carriers "have ratcheted down wireline spending" (echoes of Juniper), and that wireless investments "have been tepid due to rapid changes in network technology architectures." On the other hand, he states component demand "remains healthy with notable strength in Datacom, 100G modulators and China's infrastructure spend."
- Ciena (CIEN -2.7%) and Fabrinet (FN -3%) have joined the ranks of companies following JDS lower. Cisco reports after the bell.
Aug. 13, 2014, 9:15 AM
Aug. 12, 2014, 4:49 PM
- Though it beat FQ4 estimates, JDS Uniphase (NASDAQ:JDSU) is guiding for FQ1 revenue of $405M-$425M and EPS of $0.08-$0.12, below a consensus of $440.9M and $0.14.
- FQ4 gross margin was 50%, +240 bps Q/Q and +390 bps Y/Y. Opex rose 17% Y/Y to $226M. $160M was spent on buybacks in FY14.
- Network service & enablement revenue (test equipment/software) +10.2% Y/Y to $209.1M; optical communications (components/modules) +1.4% to $156.2M; lasers +44.3% to $40.7M; optical security/performance -13.4% to $42.6M. Test equipment and laser sales were respectively boosted by the Trendium and Time-Bandwidth acquisitions.
- Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) is following JDS lower.
- FQ4 results, PR
Aug. 12, 2014, 4:08 PM
- JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ:JDSU): FQ4 EPS of $0.14 beats by $0.01.
- Revenue of $448.6M (+6.5% Y/Y) beats by $11.51M.
- Shares -5.54% AH.
Aug. 11, 2014, 5:35 PM
Jul. 23, 2014, 1:45 PM
- Juniper's (JNPR -9.8%) soft Q3 guidance, along with its related commentary on U.S. telco demand, is taking a toll on fellow telecom equipment suppliers Cisco (CSCO -1.2%), Ciena (CIEN -3.2%), Cyan (CYNI -2.5%), Zhone (ZHNE -6.5%) Ruckus (RKUS -1.6%), and Sonus (SONS -3.8%).
- Optical component vendors JDS Uniphase (JDSU -2.9%) and Finisar (FNSR -2%) are also off, as are several chipmakers (previous) with heavy networking/telecom exposure.
- On its CC (transcript), Juniper stated "market dynamics including M&A activity" are affecting the "sequencing and timing" of U.S. carrier projects. Jefferies reported in June AT&T has significantly cut its wireline capex in the wake of the DirecTV deal.
- There has been speculation AT&T is keeping a lid on wireline capex ahead of the full rollout of its ambitious Domain 2.0 initiative, which will feature the launch of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) platforms.
- Juniper insists it remains well-positioned with the aforementioned U.S. carriers, and that it has "major design wins" for next-gen projects. The company adds demand remains healthy with U.S. federal, cable, and Internet clients.
- The company's router revenue rose 7% Y/Y in Q2 to $617.8M, and its switch revenue rose 25% to $199.8M. Security product revenue fell 8% to $111.6M. The Junos Pulse VPN software ops (about to be sold for $250M) contributed $31.4M in revenue ($15.9M product, $15.5M service).
Jun. 12, 2014, 5:36 PM
Jun. 12, 2014, 4:19 PM
- Finisar (FNSR) expects FQ1 revenue of $320M-$335M, above a $317M consensus. But EPS guidance of $0.30-$0.34 is below a $0.41 consensus.
- Gross margin pressure is responsible for both the guidance and FQ4's EPS miss. FQ4 GM was 34.2%, +200 bps Y/Y but -300 bps Q/Q and below guidance of 35.5%. GM is expected to fall to 32% in FQ1.
- Finisar blames the FQ4 margin weakness on telecom product price cuts and the impact of recently-acquired u2t Photonics, whose products carry a lower GM.
- Opex +4.3% Y/Y in FQ4 to $65.9M, well below rev. growth of 25.7%. A 39.1% Y/Y increase in datacom product sales (boosted by the investments of Web/cloud service providers) offset a 2.5% drop in telecom sales, and helped drive the revenue beat.
- JDS Uniphase (JDSU) is following Finisar lower. Other optical component firms that could be hit: OPLK, OCLR, FN, NPTN.
- FQ4 results, PR
Jun. 5, 2014, 10:12 AM
- Ciena is flying higher after beating FQ2 estimates and issuing above-consensus FQ3 guidance. As is its custom, rival Infinera (INFN +2.2%) is heading in the same direction as Ciena, as are component vendors Finisar (FNSR +3.6%) and JDS Uniphase (JDSU +1.7%).
- Other gainers include deep packet inspection hardware vendors Allot (ALLT +5.5%) and Procera (PKT +3%), access/metro equipment provider Adtran (ADTN +3%), network processor developer Cavium (CAVM +1.2%), and carrier Wi-Fi hardware vendor Ruckus (RKUS +1.8%). An upbeat Oppenheimer note could be contributing to Allot's gains.
- The rally comes a few days after Ciena and other industry names fell due to a Jefferies report stating AT&T has slashed wireline capex ahead of the DirecTV deal's closing and the full rollout of its giant Domain 2.0 SDN/NFV initiative.
Jun. 2, 2014, 4:43 PM
- Jefferies reports AT&T (T -0.1%) significantly cut its wireline capex starting last month.
- It thinks many companies could be affected, including equipment vendors Alcatel-Lucent (ALU -2.2%), Ciena (CIEN -3.9%), Juniper (JNPR +0.2%), and Adtran (ADTN -5.1%), and component vendors JDS Uniphase (JDSU -2%) and Finisar (FNSR -0.7%).
- As its is, AT&T's 2014 capex budget ($21B) is down $200M from 2013's spending level. Moreover, the carrier's huge mobile infrastructure needs and the DirecTV deal could be motivating it to cut wireline spend.
- Also: AT&T may be looking to keep capex down ahead of the full rollout of Domain 2.0, an initiative meant to improve network flexibility, lower costs, and cut provisioning times through the embrace of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
- MKM has argued Domain 2.0 will be a negative for Cisco, but a positive for Ciena and Finisar, among others.
May 27, 2014, 5:16 PM
- JDS Uniphase's (JDSU) buyback is good for repurchasing 3.9% of shares at current levels. The company had $926.2M in cash to help pay for capital returns as of March 29.
- The announcement comes with shares within striking distance of a 52-week low of $10.29. They dove a month ago due to an FQ3 miss and soft FQ4 guidance.
May 14, 2014, 5:44 PM
- Cisco's FQ3 beat, above-consensus FQ4 guidance,, and positive CC commentary are providing a lift to networking equipment rivals and component suppliers.
- Up AH: ALU +1%. JNPR +1.6%. FFIV +0.8%. FNSR +2%. JDSU +1.5%. RVBD +0.9%. JBL (a major Cisco contract manufacturer) +0.8%.
- Cisco's product orders were nearly flat Y/Y in FQ3 after falling 4% in FQ2. U.S. orders (+7%, with 10%+ increases in enterprise/SMB orders) provided a boost, as did a 4% increase in Northern European orders.
- The company's service provider orders fell another 5% Y/Y (router/set-top share loss), but that was better than FQ2's 12% drop. Emerging markets (-7% vs -3% in FQ2) also remained weak.
May 1, 2014, 9:13 AM
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