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Ciena Corporation (CIEN)

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  • Thu, Jul. 23, 2:56 PM
    • Application delivery controller/security hardware vendor F5 (FFIV +6.9%) beat FQ3 estimates on the back of strong software sales, and provided above-consensus FQ4 EPS guidance (revenue was in-line). With growing 100G long-haul optical deployments serving as a tailwind, optical networking hardware vendor Infinera (INFN +9.6%) beat Q2 estimates and provided strong Q3 guidance.
    • Also: Optical component vendor Alliance Fiber (AFOP +16%) beat estimates and offered healthy guidance. Strong datacom component demand from cloud service providers was cited.
    • A slew of telecom/networking equipment, component, and chip vendors are higher on a day the Nasdaq is down 0.4%. The list includes Infinera rival Ciena (CIEN +1.6%), F5 rival Radware (RDWR +3.3%), and Alliance Fiber peer NeoPhotonics (NPTN +4.7%). Others include Ciena acquisition target Cyan (CYNI +1.8%) and chipmakers Cavium (CAVM +3.6%), PMC-Sierra (PMCS +3%), EZchip (EZCH +2.8%), and InPhi (IPHI +3.7%).
    • Broader gains for chip stocks - the Philadelphia Semi Index is up 1.7% after selling off hard yesterday - are likely helping the chipmakers. Cisco, meanwhile, is up 2.2% after striking a deal to sell its share-losing set-top unit to Technicolor.
    • During F5's earnings call, new CEO Manny Rivelo stated F5 now leads the virtual (software-based) ADC market, which has sometimes been seen as a major long-term threat to its ADC hardware business, and noted the company saw a 20% Y/Y increase in its deferred revenue balance (driven by services/subscription growth) to $743M. He also disclosed sales chief Dave Feringa is stepping down on Oct. 1; his successor will be named shortly.
    • On Infinera's call, CEO Tom Fallon mentioned the company has now invoiced 12 customers for its new Cloud Xpress data center interconnect platform, up from 7 three months ago. For now, long-haul optical still makes up over 90% of revenue - Cloud Xpress growth, the pending launch of a metro aggregation product, and (provided it's approved) the Transmode acquisition should change that. 3 customers accounted for over 10% of Q2 revenue.
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  • Thu, Jun. 4, 2:07 PM
    • Though the Nasdaq is down 1%, Ciena (CIEN +1.4%) remains higher after beating FQ2 estimates on the back of strong packet-optical (integrated Ethernet/optical networking) hardware sales. FQ3 revenue guidance is at $610M-$640M, in-line with a $632.2M consensus.
    • Financials: Boosting FQ2 EPS: Gross margin was 44.4%, +30 bps Q/Q and +130 bps Y/Y, and above guidance of 42%-43%; FQ3 GM guidance is at 43%. Also helping: Operating expenses (non-GAAP) only rose by $1.6M Y/Y (less than 1%) to $207.9M. On a GAAP basis, R&D spend totaled $105.2M, sales/marketing $82.5M, and G&A $30.3M. Adjusted op. margin rose to 10.9% from 6.8% in FQ1 and 6.2% a year ago.
    • Business performance: Converged packet optical revenue (69.6% of total) +21% Y/Y to $432.9M. Packet networking (Ethernet switches) -20% to $53.3M. Optical transport -44% to $16.5M. Software/services +11% to $118.9M.
    • Georgaphic/customer performance: North America was 63.9% of revenue (U.S. was 59.1%), EMEA 16.4%, Asia-Pac 12%, and Caribbean/Latin America 7.7%. AT&T accounted for 19% of sales, and was the sole 10%+ customer. UBS likes the fact North American sales rose 20% Q/Q in spite of AT&T revenue (recently under pressure) remaining roughly flat.
    • Shares made a new 52-week high of $25.49 this morning before pulling back a bit.
    • FQ2 results, PR
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  • Thu, Jun. 4, 7:01 AM
    • Ciena (NYSE:CIEN): FQ2 EPS of $0.35 beats by $0.11.
    • Revenue of $621.6M (+11.0% Y/Y) beats by $15.07M.
    • Press Release
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  • Wed, Jun. 3, 5:30 PM
  • Mon, May 4, 7:09 AM
    • Cyan (NYSE:CYNI): Q1 EPS of -$0.14 beats by $0.01.
    • Revenue of $36M (+89.1% Y/Y) beats by $2.67M.
    • Press Release
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  • Thu, Mar. 5, 6:33 PM
    • Though Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) soundly missed FQ1 revenue estimates, it's guiding for FQ2 revenue of $585M-$615M, in-line with a $597.2M consensus. Meanwhile, EPS beat estimates thanks to a 620 bps Q/Q and 70 bps Y/Y increase in gross margin to 44.1% (favorable to guidance for a low-40s GM).
    • FY15 (ends Oct. '15) revenue growth guidance is now at 5%, below a 7.9% consensus. However, guidance would still be at 7%-9% if not for forex.
    • Investors took the numbers in stride; Ciena closed up 0.2%. However, shares are up 1.7% AH thanks to optical component supplier Finisar's strong April quarter guidance.
    • On the CC (transcript), the FQ1 sales miss was blamed on both forex and the timing of U.S. federal orders - they're now expected  to arrive in FQ2 and FQ3. The gross margin growth was attributed to cost cuts and a mix shift towards software and "certain kinds of metro [systems] where you’ve got high packet and switching capabilities built into the platform." FQ2 GM guidance is at 42%-43%.
    • Also: CEO Gary B. Smith stated Ciena thinks it's "very well placed" to win a major Verizon contract for a 100G metro optical buildout, and that it expects a decision soon. In December, Cowen predicted Ciena would be one of two suppliers, and that the deal could be worth $200M-$300M over two years.
    • Packet networking (Ethernet switch) and software/services revenue saw healthy Y/Y growth in FQ1; converged packet optical (integrated Ethernet/optical systems, 63.6% of revenue) grew slightly, and optical transport (now just 4% of revenue) fell sharply. Operating expenses fell 1% Y/Y to $199.8M.
    • FQ1 results, PR
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  • Thu, Mar. 5, 7:03 AM
    • Ciena (NYSE:CIEN): FQ1 EPS of $0.12 beats by $0.09.
    • Revenue of $529.16M (-0.9% Y/Y) misses by $29.62M.
    • Press Release
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  • Wed, Mar. 4, 5:30 PM
  • Wed, Feb. 18, 3:36 PM
    • Cyan (NYSE:CYNI): Q4 EPS of -$0.15 beats by $0.04.
    • Revenue of $30.5M (+46.1% Y/Y) beats by $0.25M.
    • Shares -1.79%.
    • Press Release
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  • Tue, Feb. 17, 5:35 PM
  • Fri, Jan. 30, 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.
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  • Fri, Jan. 23, 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.
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  • Wed, Jan. 7, 9:58 AM
    • Cyan (NYSE:CYNI) now expects Q4 revenue of $30M-$31M, well above prior guidance of $24M-$26M and a $25.1M consensus.
    • The hike is attributed to "strong demand for [Cyan's] Z-Series packet-optical hardware," which provides integrated optical transmission, switching, and Ethernet functionality, for both "metro and regional 100G and packet applications." Cyan also reiterates its expectation to "convert some of [its] SDN and NFV trials into wins" in 1H15.
    • The company was hit hard in 2013/2014 by soft orders from top customer Windstream, as well as a broader slowdown in North American wireline capex.
    • Full Q4 results are due on Feb. 18. Deep packet inspection hardware vendor Procera has also hiked its guidance this morning.
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  • Dec. 11, 2014, 9:25 AM
    • Though Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) missed FQ4 EPS estimates (while slightly beating on revenue) and offered FQ1 EPS guidance ($540M-$570M) that was below a $566.6M consensus at the midpoint, it guided on its CC for 7%-9% FY15 (ends Oct. '15) revenue growth; consensus is at 7.1%.
    • Also: Gross margin is expected to rebound to the low-40s range in FQ1 after falling 640 bps Q/Q and 290 bps Y/Y in FQ4 to 37.9%. Longer-term, Ciena expects GM to return to the low-to-mid 40s range.
    • Helping Ciena's cause today: Shares were down 29% YTD going into earnings, thanks to worries about weak telecom capex and the margin pressure caused by "up-front incentives" provided to AT&T for its huge Domain 2.0 initiative.
    • Ciena has been trying to lower its dependence on AT&T and other major telcos: "Non-carrier infrastructure" firms (including Internet companies) now make up more than 30% of revenue, and are expected to continue growing their revenue share.
    • FQ4 results, details
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  • Dec. 11, 2014, 7:50 AM
    • FQ4 adjusted net loss of $8.2M or $0.08 per share vs. profit of $18.3M or $0.16 one year earlier.
    • Adjusted gross margin of 37.9% vs. 40.8% a year ago.
    • Converged Packet Optical revenue of $383.3M vs. $350.9M a year ago.
    • Packet Networking revenue of $56.4M vs. $61.2M.
    • Optical Transport revenue of $26.5M vs. $52.6M.
    • Software and Services revenue of $124.8M vs. $118.7M.
    • FQ1 revenue expected at $540M-$570M, with adjusted gross margin in the low 40s range, and adjusted operating expense of about $210M.
    • Conference call at 8:30 ET
    • Previously: Ciena misses by $0.21, beats on revenue
    • CIEN -2.7% premarket
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  • Dec. 11, 2014, 7:03 AM
    • Ciena (NYSE:CIEN): FQ4 EPS of -$0.08 misses by $0.21.
    • Revenue of $591M (+1.3% Y/Y) beats by $1.56M.
    • Press Release
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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.