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Ciena Corporation (CIEN)

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  • Jul. 29, 2014, 11:18 AM
    • Cyan (CYNI +5.7%) is getting a lift from news major customer Windstream plans to spin off its network assets into a REIT. Windstream predicts the move will allow it to "accelerate broadband investments, transition faster to an IP network and pursue additional growth opportunities to better serve customers."
    • Soft orders from Windstream have taken a toll on Cyan in recent quarters. Windstream fell to less than 10% of revenue in Q1, but CEO Mark Floyd expressed optimism on the CC (transcript) Windstream would increase orders for Cyan's metro network equipment in 2H14 once its long-haul network buildout was finished.
    • Cyan's Q2 report arrives on Aug. 11.
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  • 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).
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  • Jun. 17, 2014, 9:29 AM
    • Cisco (CSCO) is buying Tail-f Systems, a Swedish provider of network orchestration software for carriers, for $175M in cash + retention incentives.
    • Tail-f's software enables the rapid provisioning of apps/services over networks featuring hardware and virtual appliances from multiple vendors. Its offerings can be used to enable SDN implementations (likely of particular interest to Cisco), but can also work with more conventional networks.
    • Light Reading notes AT&T and Deutsche Telekom are Tail-f clients - both are hatching big SDN initiatives that present challenges for Cisco - and that its revenue is believed to be below $30M. CEO Fredrik Lundberg insists Tail-f will continue its multi-vendor support post-acquisition.
    • The purchase follows Cisco's 2012 acquisitions of network management/planning software firm Cariden and policy control software vendor BroadHop, and provides a fresh use for its offshore cash. Cisco has set a goal of doubling its software sales from 2012-2017.
    • Carrier routing archrival Juniper bought network management software firm WANDL last year. Cyan (CYNI) is an independent player in the network orchestration space.
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  • Jun. 5, 2014, 12:49 PM
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  • Jun. 5, 2014, 7:42 AM
    • In addition to beating on revenues and EPS, Ciena's margins - adjusted gross of 43.1% and adjusted operating of 6.2% - are also ahead of estimates.
    • Q3 revenue guidance of $585M-$615M is better than consensus of $583.3M, with adjusted gross margin expected in the low-mid 40s range.
    • CC at 8:30 ET
    • CIEN +12.9% premarket
    • Previously: Ciena beats by $0.04, beats on revenue
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  • Jun. 5, 2014, 7:03 AM
    • Ciena (CIEN): FQ2 EPS of $0.17 beats by $0.04.
    • Revenue of $560M (+10.3% Y/Y) beats by $1M.
    • Press Release
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  • Jun. 4, 2014, 5:30 PM
  • 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.
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  • May 6, 2014, 4:25 PM
    • Cyan (CYNI): Q1 EPS of -$0.33 misses by $0.04.
    • Revenue of $19.04M (-27.7% Y/Y) beats by $1.7M.
    • Press Release
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  • May 5, 2014, 5:35 PM
  • Apr. 24, 2014, 12:26 PM
    • In addition to beating Q1 estimates, Infinera (INFN +5.9%) guided on its CC (transcript) for Q2 revenue of $160M-$170M and EPS of $0.02-$0.06 vs. a consensus of $156.3M and $0.05. As is its custom, rival Ciena (CIEN +5.8%) is following Infinera higher.
    • Thanks to a favorable mix, Q1 gross margin was 41.8%, +40 bps Q/Q and +590 bps Y/Y, and above guidance of 40%. Infinera only forecasts a GM of 39%-41% for Q2 due to the margin pressure caused by new large-footprint deployments, but still expects a low-40s GM for the full year and future margin gains as it fulfills capacity expansion orders for major deployments.
    • Strong North American demand allowed revenue to grow 3% Q/Q in seasonally weak Q1. Infinera had two 10%+ customers - a cable MSO and a tier-1 North American carrier, and added one more client for its dense/high-capacity DTN-X optical transmission platform, raising the total to 42.
    • Not surprisingly, a positive outlook was provided for the 100G optical market, where the company and Ciena have leading positions. Infinera says it's confident it can outgrow the broader 100G market in 2014.
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  • Apr. 4, 2014, 1:54 PM
    • Ciena (CIEN -8%) guided during its investor day for its FY14 (ends Oct. '14) op. margin to be at the low end of the company's 7%-10% target range.
    • Citi (Neutral) thinks the forecast suggests ~10% op. margins are still a ways off. "While we have become believers in the sustainability of Ciena’s product cycle, op margin expansion seems to still be coming in fits and starts challenging the earnings power of the company and making it difficult to currently argue for more than a 20x P/E on our CY14 $1.24 est."
    • William Blair (Outperform) notes the forecast implies a fiscal 1H op. margin of 5%, but also a fiscal 2H margin near 10%. The firm is slightly upping its FY14 and FY15 EPS estimates.
    • Ciena also guided for FY14 opex to total $820M, up just slightly from an FY13 level of $810M (exc. restructuring/amortization costs). Revenue growth is expected to exceed mid-to-high single digit market growth; Ciena's rev. growth consensus already stands at 10.4%.
    • Ciena's investor day slides
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  • Mar. 28, 2014, 9:50 AM
    • InvenSense (INVN +3%) has been upgraded to Buy by Roth.
    • Ciena (CIEN -1.4%) and JDS Uniphase (JDSU -0.4%) have been cut to Sector Perform by RBC. MKM upgraded JDS a week ago.
    • Veeco (VECO +4.6%) has been upgraded to Buy by CLSA. UBS upgraded shares earlier in March.
    • Avago (AVGO +1.9%) has been started at Outperform by Pac Crest.
    • Telecom Italia (TI +2.2%) has been upgraded to Buy by Berenberg.
    • Integrated Silicon (ISSI +3.4%) has been started at Buy by B. Riley.
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  • Mar. 26, 2014, 11:00 AM
    • With Cyan (CYNI +7.2%) investors having taking in their share of bad news in recent months, they're bidding shares higher after the company simultaneously announced a CFO change and upped its Q1 revenue outlook.
    • The announcement arrived three weeks after a major insider buy.
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  • Mar. 26, 2014, 9:32 AM
    • Cyan (CYNI) CFO Mike Zellner has resigned for personal reasons, effective immediately. Jeff Ross,  who in the past has been the CFO of mobile ad firm Velti (filed for bankruptcy last year) and SAP-acquired Sybase, is replacing him.
    • Cyan also says its Q1 revenue will be "at or above the high end" of a $16M-$18M guidance range; the consensus is currently at $16.9M.
    • The CFO change and positive Q1 pre-announcement follows multiple earnings disappointments.
    • Shares are halted.
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Company Description
Ciena Corp is a provider of equipment, software and service solutions that support the transport, switching, aggregation and management of voice, video and data traffic on communications networks.