Lazard Keeps Neutral Rating on Ixia (XXIA) Amid Cut Q1 Outlook; Accounting Change Expected

April 12, 2013 6:59 AM EDT
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Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) is ticking lower in early trading Friday following reduced first-quarter 2013 expectations issued after the close of markets on Thursday.

Revenue is expected to be $121 million to $123 million, versus prior revenue expectations of $125 million to $127 million. The Street was looking for revs of $126 million.

Lazard is commenting on the new outlook today. The firm maintains a Neutral rating on the stock, but currently has no price target.

Analyst Ryan Hutchinson noted, "As we expected, Ixia revised its revenue guidance downward to reflect a change in accounting practices, resulting in a $4M shift in revenue from 1Q into prior periods....The lowered estimates stem from a prior accounting practice regarding Cisco's warranty and maintenance contracts that was deemed flawed, which was announced last week."

Shares of Ixia are down 4.8 percent early.

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Shares of Ixia closed at $18.68 yesterday.

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