Sep. 5, 2014, 9:39 AM
- Goldman is going contrarian on Ciena (NYSE:CIEN), upgrading shares to Buy after they tumbled yesterday due to the light guidance accompanying Ciena's FQ3 beat. The firm cites valuation, and a belief Ciena's margin weakness is temporary.
- On its CC (transcript), Ciena mentioned "up-front incentives" provided to AT&T to secure a supplier role for Ma Bell's massive Domain 2.0 SDN/NFV initiative will pressure FQ4 sales and margins.
- The company also stated early-stage international deployments will hurt margins, and that order timing/revenue recognition for a couple major international projects remains uncertain. Plenty of other companies (Finisar being the most recent) have also reported soft telecom capex is taking a toll.
- CEO Gary Smith insists Ciena's issues are temporary, and that efforts such as Domain 2.0 are a long-term positive. "We have been focused on the convergence between optical and packet, and also on driving a more software-driven architecture for some time now ... You are talking about a very large-scale shift at how people build networks. It's not trivial, not going to happen overnight." He adds 30% of Ciena's revenue now comes from "non-carrier infrastructure," much of it for Internet giants.
Sep. 4, 2014, 12:47 PM
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Sep. 2, 2014, 1:45 PM
- Ahead of Thursday's FQ1 report, Jefferies' James Kisner has downgraded Finisar (FNSR -6.2%) to Hold, and cut his target by $6 to $19.
- Kisner cites weak pricing for both datacom and telecom optical components, weaker-than-expected 100G datacom share, a Chinese inventory correction, Cisco/Huawei vertical integration risk (previous), and looming price pressure/share loss to startups and possibly Intel.
- Fellow component vendors JDS Uniphase (JDSU -2.2%), Oclaro (OCLR -1.7%), and Alliance Fiber (AFOP -2.3%) are also off, as is equipment vendor Ciena (CIEN -2.1%). JDS and Alliance were among the names that followed Finisar lower last Wednesday, following cautious notes from MKM and RBC.
- Jefferies raised alarm bells about AT&T's wireline capex in June, before Juniper and JDS offered soft guidance blamed on light North American capex.
- A lot has been priced in: Finisar now only trades for 9x FY16E (ends April '16) EPS exc. net cash.
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. 14, 2014, 11:46 AM
- Ciena (CIEN +1.9%) is catching a bid following vague M&A chatter. The gains come even though Cisco just reported an 11% Y/Y drop in service provider orders for the July quarter, and stated it expects carrier demand to remain soft for several quarters.
- Ciena fell yesterday in response to JDS Uniphase's weak guidance and cautious CC commentary. Its FQ3 report is due on Sep. 4.
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.
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. 5, 2014, 12:49 PM
Jun. 5, 2014, 9:12 AM
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Mar. 20, 2014, 10:48 AM
- Stifel's Sanjiv Wadhwani has upgraded Infinera (INFN +5.5%) to Buy. Following meetings at last week's OFC 2014 optical networking industry conference, Wadhwani believes demand for 100G systems "is now on a much more global scale versus a year ago," with activity having picked up in Europe and parts of Asia.
- Ciena (CIEN +3.8%), also a major player in the 100G optical transport space, is following Infinera higher. Both companies (as well as several peers) rallied last week after Goldman upgraded Infinera and Calix, while estimating 100G systems have a 15% gross margin edge relative to 10G systems.
- Component makers Finisar (FNSR +2.3%), Oclaro (OCLR +2.6%), and Alliance Fiber (AFOP +3.8%), each of which also have 100G exposure, are rallying as well.
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