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July 14, 2014
10:59 EDTRVBD, CTXS, LOGM, NTCTElliot reaffirms $21 Riverbed bid following Q2 warning
Shares of information technology solution developer Riverbed (RVBD) are falling after the company cut its second quarter adjusted EPS and revenue outlook. Afterward, investor Elliot Management announced that it is reaffirming its $21 per share bid for the company. WHAT'S NEW: Riverbed announced this morning that it now sees Q2 adjusted EPS to be at low end of a 26c-28c range, which is in line with analysts' consensus forecast of 27c. The company lowered its Q2 adjusted revenue view to $264M-$265M from $274M-$280M, below analysts' consensus of $277.4M. The company said Q2 sales were below its expectations, principally in North America, as it experienced longer sales cycles on some of its larger and more complex deals. Following the company's announcement, activist investor Elliot Management, one of Riverbed’s largest shareholders, said Riverbed's "poor performance this quarter reveals its decision to stonewall prospective buyers to be a serious and costly mistake." Elliot urged the board to "immediately" retain an advisor and announce a review of strategic alternatives, including a sale. Elliot also reaffirmed its previously announced cash bid of $21 per share to buy the company. ANALYST OPINION: Research firm Wells Fargo said after the profit warning that it thinks there are still fundamental reasons to be cautious about Riverbed. However, the firm also believes the company's Q2 miss strengthens Elliot's position that its $21 offer represents fair value and the activist investor's involvement limits downside risk in the stock. The firm keeps its Market Perform rating and $19-21 price target range on Riverbed. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other cloud infrastructure companies include Citrix Systems (CTXS), LogMeIn (LOGM), and NetScout Systems (NTCT). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Riverbed were down $1.19, or 5.85%, to $19.16.
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October 14, 2014
08:12 EDTNTCTNetScout upgraded at DA Davidson
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08:03 EDTNTCTNetScout upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson
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08:00 EDTNTCTNetScout downgraded to Sell from Hold at Noble Financial
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06:20 EDTNTCTNetScout downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
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October 13, 2014
10:12 EDTNTCTNetScout turns negative on the session, levels to watch
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09:49 EDTNTCTNetScout expects synergies to be achieved as both businesses are combined
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07:31 EDTNTCTNetScout to host conference call
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07:12 EDTRVBDRiverbed news already priced into stock, says JMP Securities
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06:49 EDTNTCTDanaher to merge communications business with NetScout for $41.91 per share
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06:48 EDTNTCTNetScout Systems to acquire Danaher's Communications business for $2.6B
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06:47 EDTNTCTDanaher to merge communications business with NetScout for $41.91 per share
October 10, 2014
09:06 EDTRVBDF5 Networks checks indicate return to stable growth, says Janney Capital
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October 9, 2014
12:07 EDTRVBDRiverbed downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Riverbed to Neutral citing the Q3 top-line shortfall.
10:44 EDTRVBDRiverbed miss increases likelihood of Elliot deal, says Wells Fargo
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10:19 EDTRVBDFollow-up: Riverbed downgraded at William Blair
As previously reported, William Blair downgraded Riverbed to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares citing disappointing preliminary Q3 results, survey feedback that indicates lack of excitement around Riverbed's non-WAN optimization portfolio of products, and neutral risk/reward.
10:11 EDTRVBDRiverbed downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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09:43 EDTRVBDElliott 'commends' Riverbed board for initiating strategic review
Elliott Management Corporation commented on Riverbed Technology’s announcement of preliminary earnings and other actions: “We commend the Board for initiating a strategic review and believe that Riverbed is a great company with products customers value,” said Jesse Cohn, portfolio manager at Elliott Management. “We have made a $21 bid for the company, and our team and advisors look forward to completing our confirmatory diligence in an expedited fashion.”
08:32 EDTRVBDRiverbed to undertake comprehensive review of stratetgic, financial alternatives
08:32 EDTRVBDRiverbed initiates restructuring plan to reduce annual costs by $20M-$25M
The company announced that it has initiated a restructuring plan in order to reduce annual costs by $20 million to $25 million and improve annual operating margins by 1% to 2%. The company expects these restructuring efforts to be substantially complete by the end of calendar 2014. “In light of current business conditions, we are taking decisive steps to improve our cost structure in order to drive enhanced operating performance,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO, Riverbed. “We believe these actions enable us to deliver increased value to our shareholders while continuing to deliver the products and support expected by our customers.” In addition to these restructuring initiatives, Riverbed's Board of Directors has determined to undertake a comprehensive review, with the assistance of its advisors, of strategic and financial alternatives to enhance shareholder value. There is no set timetable for the review process. The company does not intend to disclose or comment on further developments unless and until its Board approves a specific action or it otherwise concludes its review of alternatives.
08:31 EDTRVBDRiverbed narrows Q3 adjusted EPS view to 30c-31c from 30c-32c
Consensus is 31c. Cuts Q3 revenue view to $276M-$277M from $285M-$291M, consensus $286.75M. The revised guidance primarily reflects lower than expected growth in the company’s WAN Optimization and virtual ADC businesses.
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