Ciena maintains momentum in Q1

Rob Powell/Telecom Ramblings
10 Mar 2014
00:00

Last year was a good one for Ciena, and they kicked off their fiscal 2014 with a strong first quarter. Analysts were a bit miffed by guidance, but it looks overblown to me. Here are their numbers in some context:

USD in millions
FQ1/13
FQ2/13
FQ3/13
FQ4/13
FQ1/14
FQ2/14
(guidance)
-Converged Packet-Optical
240.0
294.3
302.0
350.9
333.4
-Packet Networking
45.8
54.2
61.6
61.2
51.7
-Optical Transport
57.6
57.4
66.2
52.6
40.1
-Software and Services
109.7
101.8
108.6
118.7
108.5
Revenue
453.1
507.7
538.4
583.4
533.7
540-570
Adj. opex
176.6
197.4
190.4
210.5
199.8
~210
Adj. gross margin %
44.6%
42.5%
43.6%
40.8
43.4%
low 40%s
Adj. EPS
0.12
0.02
0.23
0.16
0.13

Revenues were on the higher side of guidance and right about where everyone thought they’d be. But lower opex costs helped on the bottom line, as earnings per share came in six cents ahead of the street.

Forward guidance straddled the $560 million or so analysts had in mind, but the midpoint was a bit lower. Seems to me a bit of conservative forecasting ought to be part of the equation regardless.

Converged packet-optical’s contribution rose to 63% of revenues, as their older optical transport product lines continued to fall off.

This article was authored by Rob Powell and was originally posted on Telecomramblings.com

Rob Powell is founder & editor of Telecom Ramblings, which was set up in 2008. The website is dedicated to discussing trends and developments in the telecom industry.

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