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April 5, 2013
10:24 EDTJNPR, FFIV, RVBD, FNSR, JDSUF5 plummets nearly 20% after results miss expectations
F5 Networks (FFIV), which develops networking technology, is tumbling after the company last night announced preliminary second quarter results that were significantly below analysts' expectations. WHAT’S NEW: F5 said that its second quarter earnings per share would be $1.06-$1.07, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.23. The technology company's preliminary revenue was also meaningfully below analysts' outlook. Telecom sales and sales to the federal government fell sharply during the quarter, F5 explained. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to clients today, Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen responded to the company's announcement by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. This is the fourth consecutive quarter that sales of F5's products have dropped, and the company is losing market share, Jensen wrote. Moreover, the analyst stated that he is concerned about the outlook of F5's core Application Delivery Controller market. Jensen slashed his target on the shares to $82 from $107. On the other hand, Wells Fargo was more upbeat about the company's outlook, as it believes that the results probably reflect uneven spending by telecom carriers. F5 has a number of attractive upcoming opportunities, and today's sell-off is probably a good opportunity to buy shares, wrote the firm, which lowered its target on the shares to $97-$103 from $110-$120 but maintained an Outperform rating. OTHERS TO WATCH: Several other network infrastructure companies, such as Juniper (JNPR) and Riverbed (RVBD), are trading significantly lower in the wake of F5's announcement. Also declining are companies such as JDS Uniphase (JDSU) and Finisar (FNSR) that sell optical products to telecom companies, and Radware (RDWR), which develops networking solutions and also reported preliminary results that missed expectations. In a note to clients today, Needham analyst Alex Henderson wrote that F5's lower than expected results were caused by timing issues specific to that company, and do not reflect on the outlook of companies that make similar products. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In early trading, F5 sank nearly 20% to $72.70, and Radware also tumbled nearly 20% to $30.20, while Juniper slid 6% to $17 and JDS Uniphase gave back 3% to $12.70.
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November 24, 2015
11:33 EDTJNPRBrocade sinks to 52-week low after Q1 outlook trails estimates
Shares of Brocade (BRCD), a supplier of networking equipment, are sinking after the company's outlook for the first quarter trailed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Brocade reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 26c and revenue of $588.83M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 24c and $575.1M, respectively. Adjusted gross margin for the quarter was 67.9%, while adjusted operating margin was 25%. SAN product revenue was $325M in Q4, flat year-over-year and up 5% quarter-over-quarter, while Q4 IP Networking product revenue was $170M, up 12% year-over-year and 10% quarter-over-quarter. GUIDANCE: Looking ahead to Q1, Brocade forecast adjusted EPS of 23c-25c and revenue of $550M-$570M, below analysts' consensus estimates of 26c and $582.17M, respectively. The company also sees Q1 adjusted gross margin of 67%-67.5%, adjusted operating margin of 24%-25.5%, adjusted free cash flow of $30M-$50M, operating cash flow of $50M-$70M and capital expenditures of $15M-$20M. Additionally, the company forecast Q1 SAN product revenue flat to up 3% quarter over quarter, "as we typically see stronger buying patterns from our OEM partners in our fiscal Q1." IP Networking revenue is expected down 16% to down 22% q/q, driven by U.S. federal seasonality and lower router sales. The company sees Q1 Global Services revenue down 2% q/q due to a one-time catch-up benefit realized in Q4 of approximately $3M. Brocade noted that at the end of Q4, OEM inventory was approximately 1.3 weeks of supply based on SAN business revenue and the company expects inventory to be between one to two weeks in Q1. ANALYST REACTION: JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall downgraded Brocade to Neutral from Overweight this morning, saying that enterprise IT spending continues to look weak after the company's guidance missed estimates. Hall also cut his price target for shares to $9 from $14. PRICE ACTION: Brocade fell 82c, or about 8%, to $9.27 in late morning trading on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $9.16. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 20% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other networking equipment suppliers include Cisco Systems (CSCO), down 0.6%, Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 0.4%, Extreme Networks (EXTR), down 0.7%, and QLogic (QLGC), down 1.3%.
10:29 EDTFFIVPalo Alto seen adding confidence on IT security demand
The shares of IT security company Palo Alto (PANW) are rising after the company reported stronger than expected results last night. In a note to investors today, JPMorgan wrote that the results "should help restore investor confidence" in demand for IT security systems. WHAT'S NEW: Palo Alto reported first quarter earnings per share of 35c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 32c. The company's revenue came in at $297M, versus the consensus outlook of $284M. The IT security company provided roughly in-line Q2 EPS guidance, while its Q2 revenue guidance came in slightly above expectations. "Security remains a strategic consideration embedded in virtually every IT decision, (and) as a result, the demand environment remains very healthy, said Palo Alto CEO Mark McLaughlin. ANALYST REACTION: Palo Alto's results should boost investors' confidence in the IT security demand environment, wrote JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty. Palo Alto's results were "healthy" and the company's customer growth trends continue to be strong, the analyst stated. Moreover, the company is selling more of its products to each customer, Auty reported. As investors shift to valuing the company on cash flow, moving away from their current revenue based valuation method, the stock should rise, according to Auty, who kept a $216 price target and Overweight rating on the name. Palo Alto reported strong results, showing that the company is continuing to gain share in the new, fast growing next generation firewall and advanced threat detection market, according to Stephens analyst Jonathan Ruykhaver. Strong demand, good new products, and a wider distribution network will enable the company to deliver significant share gains and strong growth, believes the analyst, who increased his price target on the stock to $200 from $190. Also very upbeat on Palo Alto was Pacific Crest analyst Rob Owens. The company's growth continued to be "torrid" last quarter and it will clearly be among the winners in the IT security sector, wrote Owens, who raised his price target on the shares to $210 from $190 and kept an Overweight rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Barracuda (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Palo Alto climbed 7% to $184.22.
November 13, 2015
10:00 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) downgraded after Q3 miss at Sterne Agee CRT... CafePress (PRSS) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... (CTRP) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CubeSmart (CUBE) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Digital Ally (DGLY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... El Pollo Loco (LOCO) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded on stock outperformance at Raymond James... Fly Leasing (FLY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GameStop (GME) downgraded on valuation, digital impact at Pacific Crest... Histogenics (HSGX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... MaxPoint (MXPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Memorial Resource (MRD) downgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Rite Aid (RAD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rubicon Minerals (RBY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Canaccord... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Sensata (ST) downgraded at SunTrust... Stryker (SYK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
08:10 EDTFFIVF5 Networks downgraded on limited catalysts at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities downgraded F5 Networks to Market Perform from Outperform. Following the company's Analyst Day, the firm thinks the company has "limited catalysts." The firm does not expect investors to be impressed by the company's upcoming new hardware products, and it does not expect them to become a significant catalyst until fiscal 2017. JMP says it's also concerned that the transition to public clouds is hurting F5.
07:25 EDTFFIVCisco selloff an attractive opportunity, says Citi
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06:37 EDTFFIVF5 Networks downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities
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05:56 EDTFFIVF5 Networks downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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November 12, 2015
13:24 EDTJNPR, FFIVEarnings Watch: Cisco seeks to break out of trading rut with Q1 report
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal first quarter after the market close on Thursday, November 12 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $12.65B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $12.55B-$12.81B. Along with its quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q1 EPS of 55c-57c and said it expects its revenue to increase 2%-4% year over year. LAST QUARTER: On August 12, Cisco reported fourth quarter EPS of 59c on revenue of $12.8B, beating consensus estimates of 56c and $12.65B for EPS and revenue, respectively. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Cisco said that it was looking at acquisitions at the right price, particularly in areas like software and security. On August 31, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco announced a partnership to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. The next day, Cisco was among multiple other companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Mozilla, and Netflix (NFLX), announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media to build next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies in the public interest. On September 3, Business Insider reported that people at Cisco still though that chairman John Chambers was running the show as chief executive officer after appointing Chuck Robbins to that role last May. On September 15, Mandiant, a FireEye (FEYE) subsidiary, said in a blog post that researchers discovered previously unknown attacks on certain routers and that such attacks replace the operating system used in Cisco equipment. About a week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cisco was aiming to strengthen its business in China by joining forces with Inspur group, a move which was confirmed on September 24. On October 29, Cisco announced its intention to acquire 1 Mainstream. CNBC later reported that the company paid $100M-$150M to acquire 1 Mainstream. On November 9, Ericsson (ERIC) and Cisco announced a global business and technology partnership to "create the networks of the future." The companies said that the strategic partnership will be a key driver of growth and value for the next decade, with each company benefiting from incremental revenue in calendar year 2016 and expected to ramp to $1B or more for each by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On August 17, Morgan Stanley downgraded Cisco to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained a $30 price target on the stock, saying it did not believe improved growth is "secular" and anticipates growth will revert to GDP like levels as the upgrade cycle concludes. Wells Fargo said on August 28 that a 10% selloff in communication tech stocks, including Cisco, had created an attractive buying opportunity. Bernstein said a week later that Cisco, Juniper (JNPR), and F5 Networks (FFIV) should be bought on wider macro economic weakness. On October 6, Citi initiated coverage of Cisco with a Buy rating and $30 price target. A week later, Barclays initiated coverage of Cisco with an Overweight rating and a $32 price target. On November 9, RBC Capital maintained an Outperform rating and $33 price target on Cisco, saying it expects the company to report slightly better than expected results. The next day, SunTrust maintained a Buy rating on Cisco, saying its partnership with Ericsson was a positive and should strengthen Cisco's service provider business. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares were up 0.5% to $27.97. In the last three months, Cisco shares are fractionally higher and virtually unchanged when discounting this afternoon's slight rise.
08:01 EDTJNPRJuniper names Kevin Walker as Security Chief Technology Officer
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