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Ciena Corporation (CIEN)

  • 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.
    | Fri, Jan. 30, 2:56 PM | Comment!
  • 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.
    | Fri, Jan. 23, 10:32 AM | Comment!
  • 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.
    | Wed, Jan. 7, 9:58 AM | Comment!
  • 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
    | Dec. 11, 2014, 9:25 AM | Comment!
  • 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
    | Dec. 11, 2014, 7:50 AM | Comment!
  • 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
    | Dec. 11, 2014, 7:03 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 10, 2014, 5:30 PM
  • Nov. 6, 2014, 6:32 AM
    • Cyan (NYSE:CYNI): Q3 EPS of -$0.19 beats by $0.05.
    • Revenue of $26.6M (-29.4% Y/Y) beats by $0.36M.
    • Press Release
    | Nov. 6, 2014, 6:32 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 5, 2014, 5:30 PM
  • Oct. 24, 2014, 12:32 PM
    • Though Ericsson (ERIC -3%) beat Q3 estimates, the mobile infrastructure giant stated North American business activity "slowed down during the quarter as operators currently focus on cash flow optimization." It added North American spending patterns make it tough to judge near-term demand.
    • Ericsson's North American sales fell 3% Y/Y to $1.93B, partly offsetting strong growth in China, India (+56%), the Middle East (+38%), and other emerging markets. Top-line figures were boosted some by M&A.
    • AT&T and Verizon have been taking cautious approaches to capex, and Sprint (though investing heavily in 4G following the SoftBank deal) has been looking to cut costs under new CEO Marcelo Claure. The U.S. and Japan have been ahead of many other developed markets in ramping 4G coverage.
    • Juniper (JNPR -6.3%) offered light Q4 guidance two weeks after delivering a Q3 warning, and reported its service provider sales were down 6% Y/Y due to soft demand from Asia-Pac, EMEA, and (especially) U.S. carriers.
    • When the world's #2 carrier router vendor was asked on the CC (transcript) about 2015 sales, CEO Shaygan Keradpir admitted Juniper has poor near-term visibility, and that a rebound could take time. "Because we think these cycles typically take 2 to 4 quarters ... our planning assumption is that growth will return in the second half of 2015."
    • Nokia and Infinera recently offered more positive numbers/commentary. Bulls have argued strong data/video traffic growth will lift capex. Bears have argued soft (if not negative) carrier revenue growth will continue pressuring spending.
    • Decliners: ALU -1.6%. JDSU -2%. INFN -3.1%. CIEN -2.5%. CALX -2.5%. FNSR -1.8%. ADTN -1.5%. The Nasdaq is up 0.4%.
    | Oct. 24, 2014, 12:32 PM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 22, 2014, 5:38 PM
    • Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) guided on its Q3 CC for Q4 revenue of $175M-$185M, above a $160.4M consensus.
    • The outlook serves as a breath of fresh for the telecom equipment industry, given its recent issues. Infinera bulls have argued for some time the company's strong 100G optical exposure would allow it to outperform.
    • Rival Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) is ticking higher in response.
    • Infinera's Q3 results, PR
    | Oct. 22, 2014, 5:38 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 15, 2014, 4:07 PM
    • In an encouraging sign for beaten-down telecom equipment and chip/component stocks, Adtran (ADTN +5.7%) managed to rally even though it guided on its Q3 CC (transcript) for a low-to-mid teens Q/Q revenue drop. Consensus (doesn't appear to have fully accounted for Adtran's Q3 warning) was for revenue to drop 2% to $154.9M in Q4.
    • Adtran attributed much of its Q3 weakness to "a decline in Europe as a large project there had a seasonal slowdown." Enterprise softness also took a toll.
    • The company "[expects] to see an upturn in this business" in 2015, but European sales are expected to remain soft in Q4. Other equipment vendors, such as Juniper (JNPR +2%) and Ciena (CIEN +2.7%), have provided weak guidance blamed on U.S. wireline capex; AT&T is generally seen as a big culprit.
    • In addition to Juniper and Ciena, many other industry names have closed with healthy gains. PKT +6.3%. INFN +3.4%. ZHNE +6.7%. ALLT +5.2%. AFOP +4.5%. AMCC +12.5%. CYNI +4%. CALX +3.3%. FNSR +3.1%. UBNT +4.2%. OPLK +3.4%. RKUS +3.3%.
    | Oct. 15, 2014, 4:07 PM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 6, 2014, 11:30 AM
    • EZchip (EZCH -12.5%), a top supplier of network processors for edge/access routers, now expects Q3 revenue of $19M, below prior guidance of $22M and a $22.6M consensus.
    • CEO Eli Fruchter: "We have seen weakness in orders as well as inventory adjustments across most of our key customers that are serving the carrier networking equipment space. We believe this is a temporary slowdown, caused primarily by a weaker carrier spending environment that the market is currently going through." Like others, he's optimistic growth will soon pick up.
    • Fruchter's remarks echo those from Cisco (EZchip's top customer), Juniper, Ciena, Finisar, JDS Uniphase, and several other firms. Soft North American wireline capex (led by AT&T) has especially been taking a toll on the industry.
    • Several telecom equipment and component/chip suppliers are following EZchip lower. CIEN -2.8%. CAVM -2.8%. OCLR -2.7%. ZHNE -2.7%. CYNI -3.1%. AFOP -2.1%. NPTN -2.4%. OPLK -1.7%.
    | Oct. 6, 2014, 11:30 AM | Comment!
  • Oct. 3, 2014, 1:37 PM
    • Adtran (NASDAQ:ADTN) expects Q3 revenue of $162M-$163M and EPS of $0.23-$0.24, below a consensus of $177.4M and $0.27.
    • The company blames a bigger-than-expected Q/Q drop in European sales, and a "softer enterprise spending environment." On the other hand, sales to U.S. carriers (a weak spot for many companies as of late) grew Q/Q, and Adtran forecasts "a re-acceleration in carrier spending both in Europe and the U.S." in 2015.
    • Telecom equipment peer Cyan (CYNI -5.4%) is selling off on a day the Nasdaq is up 1%. Calix (CALX -1.1%) is off moderately.
    | Oct. 3, 2014, 1:37 PM | Comment!
  • Sep. 4, 2014, 7:31 AM
    • FQ4 revenue guidance of $570M-$610M is lower than the Street's $629M. In addition, the adjusted gross margin outlook in the "high 30s to low 40s percent range" compares to 44.3% in FQ3.
    • The conference call begins at 8:30 ET.
    • Previously: Ciena beats by $0.03, beats on revenue
    • CIEN -10% premarket
    | Sep. 4, 2014, 7:31 AM | Comment!
  • Sep. 4, 2014, 7:02 AM
    • Ciena (NYSE:CIEN): FQ3 EPS of $0.32 beats by $0.03.
    • Revenue of $603.6M (+12.1% Y/Y) beats by $2.79M.
    • Press Release
    | Sep. 4, 2014, 7:02 AM | Comment!
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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.