Ciena Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

March 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM EST

Demonstrates continued operating leverage improvement with strong quarterly operating profit

HANOVER, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 5, 2015-- Ciena® Corporation (NYSE: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced unaudited financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended January 31, 2015.

For the fiscal first quarter 2015, Ciena reported revenue of $529.2 million as compared to $533.7 million for the fiscal first quarter 2014.

On the basis of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Ciena's net loss for the fiscal first quarter 2015 was $(18.8) million, or $(0.17) per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net loss of $(15.9) million, or $(0.15) per diluted common share, for the fiscal first quarter 2014.

Ciena's adjusted (non-GAAP) net income for the fiscal first quarter 2015 was $13.6 million, or $0.12 per diluted common share, which compares to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net income of $13.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted common share, for the fiscal first quarter 2014.

“Our first quarter performance is highlighted by continued customer diversification, an expanding portfolio, and strong profitability. While order timing and foreign exchange headwinds impacted revenue in the quarter, we delivered improved gross margin and excellent operating profit," said Gary B. Smith, president and CEO of Ciena. "We are consistently delivering on our business model and are well positioned to capitalize on our leadership in driving an open, global network for the cloud."

Fiscal First Quarter 2015 Performance Summary

The tables below (in millions, except percentage data) provide comparisons of certain quarterly results to prior periods, including sequential quarter and year-over-year changes. A reconciliation between the GAAP and adjusted (non-GAAP) measures contained in this release is included in Appendix A.

     
    GAAP Results
    Q1   Q4   Q1   Period Change
    FY 2015   FY 2014   FY 2014   Q-T-Q*   Y-T-Y*
Revenue   $ 529.2     $ 591.0     $ 533.7     (10.5 )%   (0.8 )%
Gross margin   43.5 %   37.4 %   42.3 %   6.1 %   1.2 %
Operating expense   $ 226.1     $ 222.7     $ 222.5     1.5 %   1.6 %
Operating margin   0.8 %   (0.3 )%   0.6 %   1.1 %   0.2 %
                               
     
    Non-GAAP Results
    Q1   Q4   Q1   Period Change
    FY 2015   FY 2014   FY 2014   Q-T-Q*   Y-T-Y*
Revenue   $ 529.2     $ 591.0     $ 533.7     (10.5 )%   (0.8 )%
Adj. gross margin   44.1 %   37.9 %   43.4 %   6.2 %   0.7 %
Adj. operating expense   $ 197.3     $ 203.7     $ 199.8     (3.1 )%   (1.3 )%
Adj. operating margin   6.8 %   3.4 %   5.9 %   3.4 %   0.9 %
                     
     
    Revenue by Segment
    Q1 FY 2015   Q4 FY 2014   Q1 FY 2014
    Revenue   %   Revenue   %   Revenue   %
Converged Packet Optical   $ 336.6   63.6   $ 383.3   64.9   $ 333.4   62.5
Packet Networking   55.0   10.4   56.4   9.5   51.7   9.7
Optical Transport   22.3   4.2   26.5   4.5   40.1   7.5
Software and Services   115.3   21.8   124.8   21.1   108.5   20.3
Total   $ 529.2   100.0   $ 591.0   100.0   $ 533.7   100.0
                               
* Denotes % change, or in the case of margin, absolute change
 

Additional Performance Metrics for Fiscal First Quarter 2015

     
    Revenue by Geographic Region
    Q1 FY 2015   Q4 FY 2014   Q1 FY 2014
    Revenue   %   Revenue   %   Revenue   %
North America   331.5   62.6   340.5   57.6   355.8   66.7
Europe, Middle East and Africa   111.0   21.0   133.7   22.6   88.7   16.6
Caribbean and Latin America   42.8   8.1   51.8   8.8   52.7   9.9
Asia Pacific   43.9   8.3   65.0   11.0   36.5   6.8
Total   $ 529.2   100.0   $ 591.0   100.0   $ 533.7   100.0
                               
  • U.S. customers contributed 56.3% of total revenue
  • One customer accounted for greater than 10% of revenue and represented 22% of total revenue
  • Cash and investments totaled $799.0 million
  • Cash flow from operations totaled $22.1 million
  • Average days' sales outstanding (DSOs) were 87
  • Accounts receivable balance was $513.6 million
  • Inventories totaled $241.1 million, including:
    • Raw materials: $53.9 million
    • Work in process: $9.4 million
    • Finished goods: $159.6 million
    • Deferred cost of sales: $70.2 million
    • Reserve for excess and obsolescence: $(52.0) million
  • Product inventory turns were 3.9
  • Headcount totaled 5,070

Business Outlook for Fiscal Second Quarter 2015

Statements relating to business outlook are forward-looking in nature and actual results may differ materially. These statements should be read in the context of the Notes to Investors below.

Ciena expects fiscal second quarter 2015 financial performance to include:

  • Revenue in the range of $585 to $615 million
  • Adjusted (non-GAAP) gross margin between 42 percent and 43 percent
  • Adjusted (non-GAAP) operating expense to be approximately $210 million

Live Web Broadcast of Unaudited Fiscal First Quarter 2015 Results

Ciena will host a discussion of its unaudited fiscal first quarter 2015 results with investors and financial analysts today, Thursday, March 5, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern). The live broadcast of the discussion will be available via Ciena's homepage at www.ciena.com. An archived transcript of the discussion will be available shortly following the conclusion of the live broadcast on the Investor Relations page of Ciena's website at www.ciena.com/investors.

To accompany its live broadcast, Ciena has posted to the Investor Relations page of its website at www.ciena.com/investors a presentation that includes certain highlighted information to be discussed on the call and certain historical results of operations.

Notes to Investors

Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on current expectations, forecasts, assumptions and other information available to the Company as of the date hereof. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Forward-looking statements in this release include: “Our first quarter performance is highlighted by continued customer diversification, an expanding portfolio, and strong profitability"; "While order timing and foreign exchange headwinds impacted revenue in the quarter, we delivered improved gross margin and excellent operating profit"; "We are consistently delivering on our business model and are well positioned to capitalize on our leadership in driving an open, global network for the cloud"; "Ciena expects fiscal second quarter 2015 financial performance to include: Revenue in the range of $585 to $615 million; Adjusted (non-GAAP) gross margin between 42 percent and 43 percent; Adjusted (non-GAAP) operating expense to be approximately $210 million."

Ciena's actual results, performance or events may differ materially from these forward-looking statements made or implied due a number of risks and uncertainties relating to Ciena's business, including: the effect of broader economic and market conditions on our customers and their business; changes in network spending or network strategy by large communication service providers; seasonality and the timing and size of customer orders, including our ability to recognize revenue relating to such sales; the level of competitive pressure we encounter; the product, customer and geographic mix of sales within the period; supply chain disruptions and the level of success relating to efforts to optimize Ciena's operations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates affecting revenue and operating expense; and the other risk factors disclosed in Ciena's Report on Form 10-K, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 19, 2014. Ciena assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information included in this press release.

Non-GAAP Presentation of Quarterly Results. This release includes non-GAAP measures of Ciena's gross profit, operating expense, income (loss) from operations, net income (loss) and net income (loss) per share. In evaluating the operating performance of Ciena's business, management excludes certain charges and credits that are required by GAAP. These items share one or more of the following characteristics: they are unusual and Ciena does not expect them to recur in the ordinary course of its business; they do not involve the expenditure of cash; they are unrelated to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course; or their magnitude and timing is largely outside of Ciena's control. Management believes that the non-GAAP measures below provide management and investors useful information and meaningful insight to the operating performance of the business. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to Ciena's GAAP results and these measures are not intended to be a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Ciena's non-GAAP measures and the related adjustments may differ from non-GAAP measures used by other companies and should only be used to evaluate Ciena's results of operations in conjunction with our corresponding GAAP results. To the extent not previously disclosed in a prior Ciena financial results press release, Appendix A to this press release sets forth a complete GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures contained in this release.

About Ciena. Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with its OPn architecture for next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. For updates on Ciena news, follow us on Twitter @Ciena or on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/ciena. Investors are encouraged to review the Investors section of our website at www.ciena.com/investors, where we routinely post press releases, SEC filings, recent news, financial results, and other announcements. From time to time we exclusively post material information to this website along with other disclosure channels that we use.

 
CIENA CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
     
    Quarter Ended January 31,
    2014   2015
Revenue:            
Products   $ 432,941     $ 422,315  
Services   100,762     106,847  
Total revenue   533,703     529,162  
Cost of goods sold:            
Products   245,216     236,548  
Services   62,636     62,319  
Total cost of goods sold   307,852     298,867  
Gross profit   225,851     230,295  
Operating expenses:            
Research and development   101,497     100,761  
Selling and marketing   78,348     76,712  
General and administrative   30,097     29,553  
Amortization of intangible assets   12,439     11,019  
Restructuring costs   115     8,085  
Total operating expenses   222,496     226,130  
Income from operations   3,355     4,165  
Interest and other income (loss), net   (5,998 )   (8,233 )
Interest expense   (11,028 )   (13,661 )
Loss before income taxes   (13,671 )   (17,729 )
Provision for income taxes   2,265     1,050  
Net loss   $ (15,936 )   $ (18,779 )
             
Net Loss per Common Share            
Basic net loss per common share   $ (0.15 )   $ (0.17 )
Diluted net loss per potential common share   $ (0.15 )   $ (0.17 )
             
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding   104,501     107,773  
Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding   104,501     107,773  
             
 
CIENA CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share data)
(unaudited)
         
    October 31,   January 31,
    2014   2015
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 586,720     $ 598,723  
Short-term investments   140,205     145,154  
Accounts receivable, net   518,981     513,554  
Inventories   254,660     241,118  
Prepaid expenses and other   192,624     182,818  
Total current assets   1,693,190     1,681,367  
Long-term investments   50,057     55,153  
Equipment, furniture and fixtures, net   126,632     119,403  
Other intangible assets, net   128,677     115,458  
Other long-term assets   74,076     84,774  
Total assets   $ 2,072,632     $ 2,056,155  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 209,777     $ 192,109  
Accrued liabilities   276,608     289,984  
Deferred revenue   104,688     106,486  
Current portion of long-term debt   190,063     190,020  
Total current liabilities   781,136     778,599  
Long-term deferred revenue   40,930     46,052  
Other long-term obligations   45,390     44,596  
Long-term debt, net   1,274,791     1,275,483  
Total liabilities   $2,142,247     $2,144,730  
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity (deficit):        
Preferred stock – par value $0.01; 20,000,000 shares authorized; zero shares issued and outstanding        
Common stock – par value $0.01; 290,000,000 shares authorized; 106,979,960 and 108,246,661 shares issued and outstanding   1,070     1,082  
Additional paid-in capital   5,954,440     5,973,537  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (14,668 )   (33,958 )
Accumulated deficit   (6,010,457 )   (6,029,236 )
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)   (69,615 )   (88,575 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)   $ 2,072,632     $ 2,056,155  
                 
 
CIENA CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
    Three Months Ended January 31,
    2014   2015
Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities:            
Net loss   $ (15,936 )   $ (18,779 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:            
Depreciation of equipment, furniture and fixtures, and amortization of leasehold improvements   13,328     13,772  
Share-based compensation costs   11,392     10,807  
Amortization of intangible assets   16,890     13,219  
Provision for inventory excess and obsolescence   5,439     5,787  
Provision for warranty   7,974     2,293  
Other   2,175     (10,689 )
Changes in assets and liabilities:            
Accounts receivable   (31,291 )   5,362  
Inventories   (40,460 )   7,755  
Prepaid expenses and other   (252 )   (4,473 )
Accounts payable, accruals and other obligations   (14,647 )   (9,836 )
Deferred revenue   8,230     6,920  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (37,158 )   22,138  
Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities:            
Payments for equipment, furniture, fixtures and intellectual property   (15,776 )   (11,194 )
Restricted cash   (33 )    
Purchase of available for sale securities   (54,991 )   (50,085 )
Proceeds from maturities of available for sale securities   85,000     40,000  
Settlement of foreign currency forward contracts, net   441     9,314  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   14,641     (11,965 )
Cash flows from financing activities:            
Payment of long term debt       (625 )
Payment for debt and equity issuance costs       (60 )
Payment of capital lease obligations   (762 )   (2,993 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock   7,412     8,302  
Net cash provided by financing activities   6,650     4,624  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (536 )   (2,794 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (15,867 )   14,797  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   346,487     586,720  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 330,084     $ 598,723  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information            
Cash paid during the period for interest   $ 6,333     $ 8,754  
Cash paid during the period for income taxes, net   $ 4,086     $ 2,894  
Non-cash investing and financing activities            
Purchase of equipment in accounts payable   $ 4,401     $ 3,270  
Debt issuance costs in accrued liabilities   $     $ 178  
                 
 
APPENDIX A - Reconciliation of Adjusted (Non- GAAP) Quarterly Measurements
         
    Quarter Ended
    January 31,
    2014   2015
Gross Profit Reconciliation        
GAAP gross profit   $ 225,851     $ 230,295  
Share-based compensation-products   506     487  
Share-based compensation-services   580     519  
Amortization of intangible assets   4,451     2,200  
Total adjustments related to gross profit   5,537     3,206  
Adjusted (non-GAAP) gross profit   $ 231,388     $ 233,501  
Adjusted (non-GAAP) gross profit percentage   43.4 %   44.1 %
         
Operating Expense Reconciliation        
GAAP operating expense   $ 222,496     $ 226,130  
Share-based compensation-research and development   2,572     2,167  
Share-based compensation-sales and marketing   4,063     3,659  
Share-based compensation-general and administrative   3,506     3,919  
Amortization of intangible assets   12,439     11,019  
Restructuring costs   115     8,085  
Total adjustments related to operating expense   22,695     28,849  
Adjusted (non-GAAP) operating expense   $ 199,801     $ 197,281  
         
Income from Operations Reconciliation        
GAAP income from operations   $ 3,355     $ 4,165  
Total adjustments related to gross profit   5,537     3,206  
Total adjustments related to operating expense   22,695     28,849  
Adjusted (non-GAAP) income from operations   $ 31,587     36,220  
Adjusted (non-GAAP) operating margin percentage   5.9 %   6.8 %
         
Net Income (Loss) Reconciliation        
GAAP net income (loss)   $ (15,936 )   $ (18,779 )
Total adjustments related to gross profit   5,537     3,206  
Total adjustments related to operating expense   22,695     28,849  
Non-cash interest expense   293     361  
Change in fair value of embedded redemption feature   1,090      
Adjusted (non-GAAP) net income   $ 13,679     $ 13,637  
         
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding   104,501     107,773  
Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding 1   119,789     121,896  
         
Net Income (Loss) per Common Share        
GAAP diluted net income (loss) per common share   $ (0.15 )   $ (0.17 )
Adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share 2   $ 0.13     $ 0.12  
             
1.   Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding used in calculating Adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 includes 2.2 million shares underlying certain stock options and restricted stock units, and 13.1 million shares underlying Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, due June 15, 2017.
     
    Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding used in calculating Adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 includes 1.0 million shares underlying certain stock options and restricted stock units and 13.1 million shares underlying Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, due June 15, 2017.
     
2.   The calculation of Adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for the fiscal first quarter of 2014 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $1.4 million associated with Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, due June 15, 2017 to the Adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in order to derive the numerator for the Adjusted earnings per common share calculation.
     
    The calculation of Adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $1.4 million associated with Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, due June 15, 2017 to the Adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in order to derive the numerator for the Adjusted earnings per common share calculation.
     

The adjusted (non-GAAP) measures above and their reconciliation to Ciena's GAAP results for the periods presented reflect adjustments relating to the following items:

  • Share-based compensation expense - a non-cash expense incurred in accordance with share-based compensation accounting guidance.
  • Amortization of intangible assets - a non-cash expense arising from the acquisition of intangible assets, principally developed technologies and customer-related intangibles, that Ciena is required to amortize over its expected useful life.
  • Restructuring costs - costs incurred as a result of restructuring activities taken to align resources with perceived market opportunities. During the fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2015, Ciena recorded a charge of $8.1 million of severance and other employee-related costs associated with a global workforce reduction of approximately 125 employees to address organizational realignment and the reallocation of resources toward strategic growth areas of the business.
  • Non-cash interest expense - a non-cash debt discount expense amortized as interest expense during the term of Ciena's 4.0% senior convertible notes due December 15, 2020 relating to the required separate accounting of the equity component of these convertible notes.
  • Change in fair value of embedded redemption feature - a non-cash unrealized gain or loss reflective of a mark to market fair value adjustment of an embedded derivative related to the redemption feature of Ciena's outstanding 4.0% senior convertible notes due March 15, 2015.

Source: Ciena Corporation

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