Like Cisco, Brocade Falls Short

Cisco’s Q4 sales fell short last week and Brocade followed suit with its Q3 earnings, missing analyst forecasts and lowering its revenue expectations for its fiscal year. But why?

Some industry insiders think customers are biding their time as they watch how the whole converged networking/unified fabric push plays out.

In a statement regarding Brocade’s (NASDAQ: BRCD) earnings, CEO Michael Klayko said, “Q3 was another solid quarter for Brocade in which we achieved better-than-expected results from our storage area networking business and continued to make progress in our Ethernet go-to-market initiatives. As we look to Q4, we expect a strong finish to our fiscal 2010. Despite operating in a challenging global economy with variable IT spending patterns, we are confident that our sales and marketing strategies as well as our product portfolio are aligned well with customer imperatives.”

Cisco’s (NASDAQ: CSCO) CEO John Chambers also cited uncertainty in the economy as well asmixed signals in the market and customer expectations as the reason for Cisco’s Q4 sales miss. However, Chambers said he’s confident that Cisco will succeed by continuing to “aggressively move into new areas where the network is becoming the platform.”

Brocade’s Numbers:

- Q3 revenue was $504 million, increasing approximately 1% sequentially and 2% year-over-year.

- Q3 GAAP EPS (diluted) was $0.05, sequentially level, and increasing from a loss in Q3 2009.

- Q3 non-GAAP EPS (diluted) was $0.13, sequentially level, and increasing 8% year-over-year.

- Q3 non-GAAP operating margin was 17.3% versus 20.5% in Q2 2010 and 20.3% in Q3 2009.

- Q3 effective GAAP tax rate was (220)%; non-GAAP effective tax rate was 0.2%.

- Q3 Adj. EBITDA was $102 million, down from $116 million in Q2 2010 and $119 million in Q3 2009.

- Q3 total Storage Area Networking (SAN) port shipments were approximately 1.0 million.

For the full Q3 financial results, including prepared comments from Brocade executives, go to http://www.brcd.com.

For more earnings news, check out Dave Simpson’s blog on NetApp’s Q1 bonanza.


posted by: Kevin Komiega

Kevin Komiega, Senior Editor
by Kevin Komiega
Senior Editor

Kevin Komiega has been the Senior Editor of InfoStor since 2005. He was previously a senior news writer with SearchStorage.com and held a position as a public relations account executive with Porter Novelli, Boston. Kevin also spent four years running tape backup operations at the University of Rhode Island's Academic Computer Center. He can be contacted at kkomiega@quinstreet.com.