Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR): Q4 Earnings PReview 2010

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR), the second- largest maker of computer-networking equipment, is scheduled to release its fourth-quarter financial results after the closing bell on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Analysts, on average, expect the company to report earnings of 37 cents per share on revenue of $1.12 billion. In the year ago quarter, the company reported earnings of 32 cents per share on revenue of $941.45 million.

Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops, and sells products and services that provide network infrastructure used for the deployment of services and applications over a single Internet Protocol (IP) based network worldwide.

In the preceding third quarter, the Sunnyvale, California-based company's net income was $134.5 million, or 25 cents a share, compared to $83.8 million, or 16 cents a share, in the same quarter last year. On an adjusted basis, the company earned 32 cents a share in the latest quarter. Revenue climbed 23% to $1.01 billion. Analysts, on average, expected the company to report earnings of 32 cents per share on revenue of $1.02 billion.

Based on strong demand metrics and a healthy business momentum noticed throughout the third quarter and first half of the year, Juniper expects fourth quarter revenues in the range of $1.10–$1.12 billion. At its last earnings call in October, the company said that it expects customer demand to remain healthy going forward, which would subsequently drive gains in networking and cloud computing spaces.

The company's carrier business has benefited from the increase in demand for its MX 3D routers, which has the potential to generate more business given some old business that it has recaptured. Continuous launch of new products and entry into new markets will keep Juniper ahead of its networking peers. Juniper will likely release several switches and routers to support its initiative in 2011 and challenge market leaders like Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO). Increased spending by key carriers such as AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Inc. (NYSE: VZ), as well as ongoing enterprise share gains, fueled by the EX switch and SRX security platforms, will pave the way for healthy profitability, going forward. Juniper is pushing further into the mobile internet market, which will likely be one of the important growth drivers going forward if current trends continue. Juniper recently deepened its push into mobile products by unveiling smartphone security software for corporate customers.

In cloud computing, Juniper will soon unleash products to support its Project Stratus plan to deliver a flat, unified fabric for data centers and cloud computing environments. The products will include switches and routers designed to be able to be linked together into a virtual chassis. Juniper has partnered with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to help it develop the Stratus fabric. Stratus is designed to flatten and scale data center and cloud switching fabrics for high-performance, low latency, resiliency and support for LAN and storage convergence. The companies have collaborated on a technology demonstration of extending private data center clouds; partnered on customer engagements in IBM's 10 global Cloud Labs; and on moving compute workloads between private and publicly managed cloud environments.The companies are also jointly researching cloud computing security models to determine how customers might mitigate attacks on corporate data and computer systems. The companies have entered into an OEM arrangement under which IBM will resell Juniper Ethernet switches and routers to data center customers.

In the mobile Internet, Juniper is acquiring companies to fill out its portfolio in several areas of this market. Most recently, it acquired WLAN pioneer Trapeze Networks from Trapeze parent Belden to fill a yawning gap in its mobile enterprise offerings. And earlier this year, Juniper acquired SMobile, a maker of security software for mobile handsets supporting an array of operating systems.

Moreover, continuous strategic alliances and new acquisitions are also positives for Juniper. Early in december, Juniper agreed to acquire privately held Altor Networks for $95 million in cash. Altor Networks is a provider of virtualization security technology for enterprises. The deal adds to Juniper's cloud security offerings for the enterprises and service providers. In November, the company agreed to buy Trapeze Networks, a wireless technology unit of Belden Inc (NYSE: BDC), for about $152 million. The all-cash deal is aimed at expanding Juniper's expertise in wireless networking and boosting its position among business clients.

In terms of stock performance, Juniper shares have gained nearly 33 percent over the past year.

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