Ciena Corporation Beats Q1 Earnings Targets but Flubs Q2 Guidance

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Image source: Ciena.

High-speed networking specialist Ciena   reported first-quarter 2014 results this morning.

Ciena recorded $534 million in first-quarter sales, an 18% year-over-year surge and right in line with analyst expectations.

Adjusted earnings rose 8% to $0.13 per share, far ahead of the Street's $0.06 average estimate.

Looking ahead, Ciena's management set second-quarter revenue targets below current analyst forecasts. That was enough to take the buzz off Ciena's strong first-quarter earnings, and shares traded only 0.9% higher in pre-market action.

The converged packet optical division keeps growing in stature. These products bring together cutting-edge aspects of optical networking and traditional packet switching. The segment now accounts for 63% of Ciena's total revenue, up from 60% last quarter and 53% a year ago. By contrast, commodity optical products under the optical transport banner are becoming less important and now only represent 7.5% of Ciena's sales.

CEO Gary Smith likes Ciena's position in the market. "We continue to benefit from the strategic decisions we've made to expand our role and reach in the market, driving more consistent performance and progress toward achieving our long-term operating targets," he said in a prepared statement.


The article Ciena Corporation Beats Q1 Earnings Targets but Flubs Q2 Guidance originally appeared on

Anders Bylund has no position in any stocks mentioned, and neither does The Motley Fool. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2014 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from business news to personal finance tips delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

People are Reading