Ciena Corp. (Nasdaq: CIEN) shares climbed 18.9% to $14.55 after the network-equipment maker reported losses narrowed in its fiscal third quarter. Volume for the stock proved to be 24.4 million shares, or nearly four times its normal daily average.
The company put out a news release Sept. 1, saying that, for the fiscal third quarter 2011, Ciena reported revenue of $435.3 million. On the basis of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Ciena’s net loss for the fiscal third quarter 2011 was $31.5 million, or $0.33 per common share, which compares to a GAAP net loss of $109.9 million, or $1.18 per common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2010.
Ciena’s adjusted (non-GAAP) net income for the fiscal third quarter 2011 was $8.3 million, or $0.08 per common share, which compares to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net loss of $8.0 million, or $0.09 per common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2010.
Ciena CEO Gary Smith was quoted in the same release as saying, “Our third quarter results, which included a favorable product mix and reduced operating expense to achieve an as-adjusted operating profit, demonstrate our early progress in delivering additional operating leverage from the business.”
Smith continued, “Despite current macroeconomic headwinds that could cause the rate of market growth to be moderated, we believe that we are well-positioned to capitalize on the continued modernization of today’s networks and to grow faster than the market.”
The Maryland-based Ciena offers leading network infrastructure solutions, intelligent software and a comprehensive services practice.