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May 5, 2014
06:15 EDTJNPR, SPEXSpherix commences federal litigation against Juniper for patent infringement
Spherix (SPEX) commenced litigation against Juniper Networks (JNPR), in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging that the Sunnyvale, California based company infringes five patents owned by Spherix. The patents asserted in the litigation were developed by Nortel Networks and acquired by Spherix in December 2013. The technology at issue relates to routers and switches sold by Juniper that move data across a network and are five of the same patents previously asserted by Spherix against Cisco. Spherix contends that the scope of Juniper's infringement of the asserted patents has been and continues to be substantial. Juniper is one of the world's largest manufacturers and sellers of routing and switching products for high-performance networks. The complaint alleges that for Juniper's fiscal year ending December 31, 2013, Juniper had revenues of over $2.24B from routers, $638M from switches and more than $790M from services. Similar revenues were reported for Juniper's 2011 and 2012 fiscal years. The complaint goes on to allege that the majority of Juniper's revenue from at least January 1, 2011 until the present is and has been generated by products and services implementing technology that infringes the asserted patents.
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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%.

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