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August 12, 2014
11:52 EDTNUANNuance shares fall over 10% as Q3 results, guidance disappoints
Shares of voice and language solutions provider Nuance (NUAN) are sharply lower after the company's guidance missed analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: The company reported third quarter earnings per share 27c on revenue of $486.8M, against analysts' estimates of 27c and $498.56M, respectively. The company's Q3 non-GAAP operating margin was 23.5%, down from 28.1% in the year-ago period. Despite the underperformance in revenue, Nuance said its EPS came in at the midpoint of its guidance range as a result of cost reductions and expense control. The company also reported year over year bookings growth of 17% and deferred revenue growth of 32%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Nuance forecast fourth quarter EPS of 24c-29c and $500M-$520M, both falling well short of analysts' estimates of 34c and $540.49M, respectively. The comany also sees fiscal year 2014 EPS of $1.03-$1.08 on revenue of $1.97B-$1.99B, below estimates of $1.13 and $2.02B. In prepared remarks, the company said the transition to recurring revenue models continue to happen faster than it had anticipated, weighing heavily on near-term revenue growth and a bookings growth rate for recurring revenue type that is higher than overall bookings growth rate. ANALYST OPINION: This morning, Craig-Hallum shared its concerns about the competitive and operating environments in both Healthcare and Mobile segments. Although the firm said bookings were not as bad as the top-line miss suggests, Nuance's results open "another series of questions as to how far we really are through this transition." It maintained its Hold rating and cautious stance on the company. Canaccord analysts, meanwhile, view the sell-off as an over-reaction and believes the higher booking numbers make the stock relatively inexpensive. The firm is confident in Nuance's pipeline heading into Q4 and 2015. PRICE ACTION: In late-morning trading, shares of Nuance dropped $1.94, or 10.72%, to $16.16.
News For NUAN From The Last 14 Days
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November 25, 2014
10:25 EDTNUANOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:39 EDTNUANActive equity options trading
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09:20 EDTNUANOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Signet Jewelers (SIG), up 2.6%... Tiffany (TIF), up 4.8%... Nuance Communications (NUAN), up 5.1%... Brown Shoe (BWS), up 6.6%... Cracker Barrel (CBRL), up 3.1%... Qihoo 360 (QIHU), up 5.8%... DSW (DSW), up 7.3%. ALSO HIGHER: SinoCoking Coal (SCOK), up 27.9% after aboveground facility operating at 100% capacity. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xcerra (XCRA), down 7.4%... Workday (WDAY), down 8.4%... Brocade (BRCD), down 3.8%... Post (POST), down 7.5%. ALSO LOWER: Wet Seal (WTSL), down 15.8% after announcing that it has not set a timetable for review of strategic and financial alternatives... Medgenics (MDGN), down 11.1% after 5.125M share Spot Secondary priced at $4.10... Pandora (P), down 3.7% after being downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Cyberark Software (CYBR), down 3.7% after receiving multiple downgrades.
November 24, 2014
18:17 EDTNUANOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:29 EDTNUANNuance Sees FY15 EPS $1.10-$1.20, consensus $1.15
Sees FY15 Non-GAAP revenue $2.02B-$2.08B, consensus $2.07B.
16:27 EDTNUANNuance sees Q1 EPS 21c-23c, consensus 27c
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16:07 EDTNUANNuance says well positioned for return to growth in FY15
Nuance CFO Tom Beaudoin said, “We delivered a strong finish to fiscal 2014, with revenue, EPS and bookings above our guidance ranges. In fiscal 2014, recurring revenues represented 64% of total revenue, up 6 percentage points from last year, as we continue to transition our revenue model toward more stable, predictable recurring revenue streams. The positive deferred revenue and cash flow characteristics of our recurring revenue streams also continue to benefit the business. Fiscal 2014 bookings and execution in strategic markets position us well for a return to growth in fiscal 2015.”
16:06 EDTNUANNuance reports Q4 EPS 33c, consensus 27c
Reports Q4 non-GAAP revenue $520.3M, consensus $510.79M. Reports Q4 bookings of $619.6M, up 24.5% from $497.7M in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.
15:20 EDTNUANNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:39 EDTNUANNuance December 15 straddle priced for 10.5% move into Q4
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November 20, 2014
11:39 EDTNUANNuance options active into Q4
Nuance December 13 puts and Jan 17 calls are active on 4K put contracts (2K calls) on takeover speculation into the expected release of Q4 results on November 24. December call option implied volatility is at 48, January is at 41, April is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:14 EDTNUANRumor: Nuance strength attributed to takeover speculation
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08:07 EDTNUANNuance December volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Nuance December call option implied volatility is at 48, January is at 41, April is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 24.

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