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June 9, 2014
08:05 EDTRVBDElliott says Riverbed board hasn't responded to request
Elliott Management issued a public statement regarding Riverbed. It stated, "It has now been two weeks since Elliott requested a meeting with Riverbed to discuss the results of its annual meeting, at which shareholders overwhelmingly voted down the company's proposals and voted off the director up for reelection. We are one of Riverbed’s largest shareholders, and the fact that this board hasn’t responded to our request for a simple meeting is unprecedented in Elliott’s history. Despite complaints from other shareholders and public criticism from leading shareholder advisers ISS and Glass Lewis, Riverbed Directors Mark Floyd, Chris Schaepe, Kim Stevenson, Michael Boustridge, Eric Wolford and CEO Jerry Kennelly have done nothing to address the severe governance issues at Riverbed and the need to rectify its significant stock-price underperformance. Riverbed is experiencing a governance crisis. It is long past time for this Board to stop stonewalling shareholders and engage with us to find a path forward."
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October 13, 2014
07:12 EDTRVBDRiverbed news already priced into stock, says JMP Securities
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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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