Brocade Earnings: Exceeds Forecasts with Boost of Profit RISE

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) reported net income above Wall Street’s expectations for the third quarter. Brocade Communications Systems is a supplier of networking equipment, including end-to-end Internet Protocol based Ethernet networking solutions and storage area networking solutions for service providers such as telecommunication firms and cable operators.

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Brocade Communications Systems Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Net income for Brocade Communications Systems Inc. rose to $43.3 million (9 cents per share) vs. $1.9 million (0 cents per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This marks a substantial increase from the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 10.4% to $555 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Brocade Communications Systems Inc. reported adjusted net income of 14 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean estimate of 8 cents per share. It beat the average revenue estimate of $541.4 million.

Quoting Management: “Fiscal Q3 was a great quarter for Brocade. With continued differentiation in our products and focused execution across our organization, we were able to overcome many issues in the current challenging macroeconomic environment. As a result, our financial performance in the quarter exceeded our expectations for revenue, operating margin and earnings per share,” said Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade.

Key Stats:

For three consecutive quarters, the company has topped analyst estimates. It beat the mark by 4 cents in the second quarter and by 5 cents in the first quarter.

Looking Forward: The average estimate for the fourth quarter is steady at 11 cents a share. Over the past three months, the average estimate for the fiscal year has climbed from 43 cents per to share to 45 cents.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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