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June 13, 2014
11:31 EDTFNSR, OPLK, OCLR, CIEN, JNPRFinisar plummets after profit, gross margin outlook trail estimates
Shares of Finisar (FNSR), which provides optical subsystems and components for telecommunication applications, are sinking after the company’s first quarter profit and gross margin outlook trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Finisar reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 36c and revenue of $306M, compared to the consensus views of 38c and $303.2M, respectively. The company said Q4 adjusted gross margins decreased to 34.2% from 37.2%. Finisar attributed the decline in Q4 adjusted gross margin primarily to the impact of the full three months of the annual price reductions for telecom products, as well as the impact of the u2t acquisition whose products carry a lower gross margin than the corporate average. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Finisar forecast Q1 EPS of 30c-34c, far short of the consensus of 41c. Q1 revenue was seen at $320M-$335M, versus consensus of $316.96M. The company expects its gross margin issue to last beyond the current quarter. It attributes the reduction in gross margin to the product mix with lower margin wireless products, noting that it sold "a lot more" wireless transceivers for wireless applications than originally expected. Finisar noted that the wireless products have lower than average gross margins and that it will continue to pursue the "wireless opportunity" in spite of lower margins. Finisar sees its product mix in the near term to be relatively similar to what it is seeing in this quarter. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Research firms Piper Jaffray and Raymond James both said weakness in Finisar was a buying opportunity, however each lowered their respective price targets on the shares. Another firm, Craig-Hallum, downgraded Finisar to Hold from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Finisar fell $5.46, or about 21.5%, to $19.80 on nearly eight times its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s pull back, the stock has gained approximately 35% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that provide telecommunication components include Oplink Communications (OPLK), Oclaro (OCLR), Ciena (CIEN), and Juniper Networks (JNPR).
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September 2, 2014
13:04 EDTOCLR, FNSRFinisar retreats after analyst cuts on pricing, demand worries
Shares of optical components maker Finisar (FNSR) are falling after research firm Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy in a note to investors today, citing pricing and demand concerns. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, Jefferies analyst James Kisner wrote that Finisar is facing "brutal" prices for datacom optics, particularly in China. Prices for telecom components in North America are also challenging for Finisar, he reported. Various low-cost competitors are driving down prices for datacom optics, while AT&T (T) is trying to force optical systems vendors to cut the prices of their components by 40%, Kisner stated. Meanwhile, demand for mobile backhaul optics slowed significantly in China over the last month, and two of Finisar's customers - Cisco (CSCO) and Huawei - are exploring alternatives to Finisar's products, Kisner indicated. Additionally, Intel (INTC) and numerous start-ups may launch products that will compete with those of Finisar, potentially cutting into its market share beginning in the second half of 2015, the analyst warned. He cut his price target on the shares to $19 from $25. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Finisar slumped 5.5% to $19. Other optical components makers also dropped, with Oclaro (OCLR) falling 1% to $1.75 and JDS Uniphase (JDSU) losing 2% to $11.30.
11:47 EDTFNSRFinisar shares defended at Raymond James
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10:02 EDTFNSROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:57 EDTFNSRFinisar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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07:35 EDTCIENCiena recent pullback leads to better set-up for shares, says UBS
UBS believes the recent pullback in Ciena has led to a better set-up for the shares as expectations have been reduced. The firm sees limited downside risk, although some caution is warranted given concerns over softer Tier-1 capital expenditures. UBS keeps its Buy rating and $27 price target on Ciena.
07:14 EDTCIENCiena September volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
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05:37 EDTFNSRFinisar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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August 31, 2014
13:27 EDTJNPRAT&T to hold a conference
16th Annual AT&T Cyber Security Conference will be held in New York on September 3-4 with webcast availability on September 4 at 9 am; Webcast Link
13:20 EDTJNPRCitigroup to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in New York on September 2-4.
August 27, 2014
08:20 EDTCIENCiena September volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
Ciena September call option implied volatility is at 50, October is at 42, January is at 39; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into its release of Q3 results on September 4.
07:43 EDTOCLRJefferies to hold a summit
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August 25, 2014
06:24 EDTFNSRFinisar September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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