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.