Form 8-K CIENA CORP For: Dec 07

December 7, 2017 7:29 AM




 
 
 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549

 
 
 
FORM 8‑K
 
 
 
 
 
 
CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
 
 
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): December 7, 2017
 
 
 
 
Ciena Corporation
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
 
 
 
Delaware
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
 
 
 
001-36250

 
23-2725311
(Commission File Number)
 
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
7035 Ridge Road, Hanover, MD
 
21076
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
 
 
(410) 694-5700
(Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
 
Not Applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
 
 
 
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
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o     Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))







ITEM 2.02 – RESULTS OF OPERATIONS AND FINANCIAL CONDITION
On December 7, 2017, Ciena Corporation ("Ciena") issued a press release announcing its financial results for its fourth quarter ended October 31, 2017. The text of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Report. As discussed in this press release, Ciena will be hosting an investor call to discuss its results of operations for its fourth quarter ended October 31, 2017.
In conjunction with the issuance of this press release, Ciena posted to the quarterly results page of the Investors section of www.ciena.com an audio recording of management commentary providing greater context for Ciena's performance to date and its strategy, as well as certain long-term financial targets, and an accompanying investor presentation. A transcript of the recording and related investor presentation are furnished as Exhibits 99.2 and 99.3 to this Report.
The information in Exhibits 99.1, 99.2 and 99.3 and Item 2.02 of this Report shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, and shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Investors are encouraged to review the “Investors” page of our website at www.ciena.com because, as with the other disclosure channels that we use, from time to time we may post material information exclusively on that site.
ITEM 8.01 – OTHER EVENTS
On December 7, 2017, Ciena announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a program to repurchase up to $300 million of the company’s common stock through the end of fiscal 2020. Ciena may purchase shares at management’s discretion in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions, in transactions structured through investment banking institutions, or a combination of the foregoing. Ciena may also, from time to time, enter into Rule 10b5-1 plans to facilitate repurchases of its shares under this authorization. The amount and timing of repurchases are subject to a variety of factors including liquidity, cash flow, stock price, and general business and market conditions. The program may be modified, suspended or discontinued at any time.
The text of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.4 to this Report.
ITEM 9.01 – FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS
(d)
The following exhibit is being filed herewith:
 
 
 
 
Exhibit Number
Description of Document
 
 
 
 
Exhibit 99.1
 
Exhibit 99.2
 
Exhibit 99.3
 
Exhibit 99.4






SIGNATURES



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
    




 
Ciena Corporation
 
 
 
 
 
 
Date: December 7, 2017
By:
/S/ James E. Moylan, Jr.
 
 
James E. Moylan, Jr.
 
 
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ciena Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2017 and Year-End Financial Results

HANOVER, Md. - December 7, 2017 - Ciena® Corporation (NYSE: CIEN), a network strategy and technology company, today announced unaudited financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended October 31, 2017.

“Our fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 results reinforce our continued ability to adapt to changing market conditions by growing revenue and expanding profitability as we outperform the industry,” said Gary B. Smith, president and CEO, Ciena. “We are confident that our long-term strategy to scale and diversify our existing business and to expand our addressable market will enable us to continue to grow and generate cash.”

For the fiscal fourth quarter 2017, Ciena reported revenue of $744.4 million as compared to $716.2 million for the fiscal fourth quarter 2016. For fiscal year 2017, Ciena reported revenue of $2.80 billion, as compared to $2.60 billion for fiscal year 2016.

Ciena's fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 results reflect a tax benefit of $1.13 billion related to the reversal of a deferred tax asset valuation allowance. As a result, on the basis of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Ciena's net income for the fiscal fourth quarter 2017 was $1.16 billion, or $7.32 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $36.6 million, or $0.25 per diluted common share, for the fiscal fourth quarter 2016. For fiscal year 2017, Ciena had a GAAP net income of $1.26 billion, or $7.53 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $72.6 million or $0.51 per diluted common share for fiscal year 2016.

Consistent with Ciena's historical non-GAAP presentation ("Prior Method"), Ciena's adjusted (non-GAAP) net income for the fiscal fourth quarter 2017 was $68.8 million, or $0.46 per diluted common share, which compares to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net income of $69.4 million, or $0.44 per diluted common share, for the fiscal fourth quarter 2016. For fiscal year 2017, Ciena's adjusted (non-GAAP) net income was $260.5 million, or $1.68 per diluted common share, as compared to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net income of $214.6 million, or $1.38 per diluted common share for fiscal year 2016.

Beginning this quarter, Ciena is changing how it calculates its adjusted (non-GAAP) provision for income taxes in accordance with the SEC's interpretive guidance on non-GAAP financial measures. In order to assist investors in understanding the change, Ciena is providing its calculations of adjusted (non-GAAP) net income under its "Prior Method" and the "New Method" in Appendix B. Under the "New Method," the Non-GAAP tax provision consists of current and deferred income tax expense commensurate with the level of adjusted (non-GAAP) income before income taxes using a current blended U.S. and foreign statutory tax rate (which was 36.5%). Under the "Prior Method," the Non-GAAP tax provision consisted of current and deferred income tax expense, primarily related to





foreign income tax, which is paid using cash. This change in calculation methodology will not affect Ciena's adjusted (non-GAAP) income before income taxes, actual cash tax payments, or cash flows, but will result in significantly higher non-GAAP provisions for income taxes than our "Prior Method" presentation. However, Ciena does not expect to pay substantial cash taxes for the foreseeable future primarily due to its deferred tax asset balance. As of October 31, 2017, Ciena has deferred tax assets, net, of approximately $1.16 billion and, consequently, over the near term Ciena's cash taxes will continue to be primarily driven by the tax expense of its foreign subsidiaries, which amounts have not historically been significant.

Ciena's adjusted "New Method" (non-GAAP) net income for the fiscal fourth quarter 2017 was $48.5 million, or $0.32 per diluted common share, which compares to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net income of $48.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted common share, for the fiscal fourth quarter 2016. For fiscal year 2017, Ciena's adjusted (non-GAAP) net income was $177.7 million, or $1.14 per diluted common share, as compared to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net income of $145.3 million or $0.93 per diluted common share for fiscal year 2016.

Authorization of Share Repurchase Program
In a separate press release today, Ciena announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a program to repurchase up to $300 million of the company’s common stock through the end of fiscal 2020.

Supplemental Materials and Live Web Broadcast of Unaudited Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2017 Results
Today, Thursday, December 7, 2017, in conjunction with the issuance of this press release, Ciena has posted to the quarterly results page of the Investors section of www.ciena.com an audio recording of management commentary that provides greater context for Ciena's performance to date and its strategy, as well as certain long-term financial targets. Ciena has also posted a transcript of the recording and a related investor presentation to this page. Consistent with past practice, Ciena’s management will host a discussion with investors and financial analysts of its unaudited fiscal fourth quarter 2017 results and fiscal first quarter 2018 outlook. The live audio web broadcast beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern will be accessible via www.ciena.com. An archived replay of the live broadcast will be available shortly following its conclusion on the Investor Relations page of Ciena's website at www.ciena.com/investors.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2017 Performance Summary
The tables below (in millions, except percentage data) provide comparisons of certain quarterly results to prior periods, including sequential quarterly and year over year changes. A reconciliation between the GAAP and adjusted (non-GAAP) measures contained in this release is included in Appendix A and B to this release.





 
 
GAAP Results (unaudited)
 
 
Q4
 
Q3
 
Q4
 
Period Change
 
 
FY 2017
 
FY 2017
 
FY 2016
 
Q-T-Q*
 
Y-T-Y*
Revenue
 
$
744.4

 
$
728.7

 
$
716.2

 
2.2
 %
 
3.9
 %
Gross margin
 
43.7
%
 
45.0
%
 
44.5
%
 
(1.3
)%
 
(0.8
)%
Operating expense
 
$
269.9

 
$
246.1

 
$
258.9

 
9.7
 %
 
4.2
 %
Operating margin
 
7.5
%
 
11.3
%
 
8.3
%
 
(3.8
)%
 
(0.8
)%
 
 
Non-GAAP Results (unaudited)
 
 
Q4
 
Q3
 
Q4
 
Period Change
 
 
FY 2017
 
FY 2017
 
FY 2016
 
Q-T-Q*
 
Y-T-Y*
Revenue
 
$
744.4

 
$
728.7

 
$
716.2

 
2.2
 %
 
3.9
 %
Adj. gross margin
 
44.2
%
 
45.5
%
 
45.2
%
 
(1.3
)%
 
(1.0
)%
Adj. operating expense
 
$
240.9

 
$
229.3

 
$
232.4

 
5.1
 %
 
3.7
 %
Adj. operating margin
 
11.9
%
 
14.1
%
 
12.8
%
 
(2.2
)%
 
(0.9
)%

* Denotes % change, or in the case of margin, absolute change

 
 
Revenue by Segment (unaudited)
 
 
Q4 FY 2017
 
Q3 FY 2017
 
Q4 FY 2016
 
 
Revenue
 
%
 
Revenue
 
%
 
Revenue
 
%
Networking Platforms
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Converged Packet Optical
 
$
504.7

 
67.8
 
$
506.5

 
69.5
 
$
488.0

 
68.1
Packet Networking
 
92.5

 
12.5
 
82.1

 
11.3
 
72.4

 
10.1
Optical Transport
 
1.7

 
0.2
 
3.7

 
0.5
 
5.8

 
0.8
Total Networking Platforms
 
598.9

 
80.5
 
592.3

 
81.3
 
566.2

 
79.0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Software and Software-Related Services
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Software Platforms
 
17.3

 
2.3
 
18.4

 
2.5
 
16.3

 
2.3
Software-Related Services
 
24.5

 
3.3
 
23.9

 
3.3
 
21.3

 
3.0
Total Software and Software-Related Services
 
41.8

 
5.6
 
42.3

 
5.8
 
37.6

 
5.3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Global Services
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maintenance Support and Training
 
56.2

 
7.5
 
57.9

 
7.9
 
59.8

 
8.3
Installation and Deployment
 
33.5

 
4.5
 
27.4

 
3.8
 
38.6

 
5.4
Consulting and Network Design
 
14.0

 
1.9
 
8.8

 
1.2
 
14.0

 
2.0
Total Global Services
 
103.7

 
13.9
 
94.1

 
12.9
 
112.4

 
15.7
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
 
$
744.4

 
100.0
 
$
728.7

 
100.0
 
$
716.2

 
100.0







Additional Performance Metrics for Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2017

 
 
Revenue by Geographic Region (unaudited)
 
 
Q4 FY 2017
 
Q3 FY 2017
 
Q4 FY 2016
 
 
Revenue
 
%
 
Revenue
 
%
 
Revenue
 
%
North America
 
$
440.5

 
59.2
 
$
465.2

 
63.8
 
$
463.1

 
64.7
Europe, Middle East and Africa
 
110.7

 
14.9
 
96.1

 
13.2
 
112.5

 
15.7
Caribbean and Latin America
 
43.5

 
5.8
 
51.7

 
7.1
 
46.8

 
6.5
Asia Pacific
 
149.7

 
20.1
 
115.7

 
15.9
 
93.8

 
13.1
Total
 
$
744.4

 
100.0
 
$
728.7

 
100.0
 
$
716.2

 
100.0


U.S. customers contributed 56% of total revenue
Two 10%-plus customers represented a total of 27.6% of revenue
Cash and investments totaled $969.4 million
Cash flow from operations totaled $138.5 million
Average days' sales outstanding (DSOs) were 75
Accounts receivable balance was $622.2 million
Inventories totaled $267.1 million, including:
Raw materials: $52.9 million
Work in process: $18.6 million
Finished goods: $185.5 million
Deferred cost of sales: $61.3 million
Reserve for excess and obsolescence: $(51.2) million
Product inventory turns were 5.3
Headcount totaled 5,737

Notes to Investors

Forward-Looking Statements. You are encouraged to review the Investors section of our website, where we routinely post press releases, SEC filings, recent news, financial results, supplemental financial information, and other announcements. From time to time we exclusively post material information to this website along with other disclosure channels that we use. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on current expectations, forecasts, assumptions and other information available to the Company as of the date hereof. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Forward-looking statements in this release include: "Our fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 results reinforce our continued ability to adapt to changing market conditions by growing revenue and expanding profitability as we outperform the industry." and "We are confident that our long-term strategy to scale and diversify our existing business and to expand our addressable market will enable us to continue to grow and generate cash."

Ciena's actual results, performance or events may differ materially from these forward-looking statements made or implied due to a number of risks and uncertainties relating to Ciena's business, including: the effect of broader economic and market conditions on our customers and their business; changes in network spending or network strategy by large communication service providers; seasonality and the timing and size of customer orders, including our ability to recognize revenue relating to such sales; the level of competitive pressure we encounter; the product, customer and geographic mix of sales within the period; supply chain disruptions and the level of success relating to efforts to optimize Ciena's operations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates affecting revenue and operating expense; and the other risk factors disclosed in Ciena's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 6, 2017 and Ciena's Annual Report on Form 10-K to be





filed with the SEC. Ciena assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information included in this press release.

Non-GAAP Presentation of Quarterly and Annual Results. This release includes non-GAAP measures of Ciena's gross profit, operating expense, income from operations, and measure of net income and net income per share, in each case, under our "Prior Method" and "New Method" as described above. In evaluating the operating performance of Ciena's business, management excludes certain charges and credits that are required by GAAP. These items share one or more of the following characteristics: they are unusual and Ciena does not expect them to recur in the ordinary course of its business; they do not involve the expenditure of cash; they are unrelated to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course; or their magnitude and timing is largely outside of Ciena's control. Management believes that the non-GAAP measures below provide management and investors useful information and meaningful insight to the operating performance of the business. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to Ciena's GAAP results and these measures are not intended to be a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Ciena's non-GAAP measures and the related adjustments may differ from non-GAAP measures used by other companies and should only be used to evaluate Ciena's results of operations in conjunction with our corresponding GAAP results. Under the "Prior Method" of calculating adjusted (non-GAAP) net income and net income per share, the Non-GAAP tax provision consists of current and deferred income tax expense, primarily related to foreign income tax, which is paid using cash. Under the "New Method" of calculating adjusted (non-GAAP) net income and net income per share, the Non-GAAP tax provision consists of current and deferred income tax expense commensurate with the level of adjusted (non-GAAP) income before income taxes using a current blended U.S. and foreign statutory tax rate (which was 36.5%). As such, the tax provision in our adjusted (non-GAAP) net income is presented as a separate and comparative reconciling item. To the extent not previously disclosed in a prior Ciena financial results press release, the Appendix A and B to this press release sets forth a complete GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures contained in this release.

About Ciena. Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a network strategy and technology company. We translate best-in-class technology into value through a high-touch, consultative business model - with a relentless drive to create exceptional experiences measured by outcomes. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @Ciena, LinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit www.ciena.com. 






CIENA CORPORATION
CONDENSED UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)

 
 
Quarter Ended October 31,
 
Year Ended October 31,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Products
 
616,216

 
582,455

 
2,318,581

 
2,117,472

Services
 
128,233

 
133,736

 
483,106

 
483,101

Total revenue
 
744,449

 
716,191

 
2,801,687

 
2,600,573

Cost of goods sold:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Products
 
352,992

 
324,663

 
1,308,295

 
1,176,304

Services
 
65,772

 
72,980

 
247,606

 
262,693

Total cost of goods sold
 
418,764

 
397,643

 
1,555,901

 
1,438,997

Gross profit
 
325,685

 
318,548

 
1,245,786

 
1,161,576

Operating expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Research and development
 
119,108

 
112,448

 
475,329

 
451,794

Selling and marketing
 
95,877

 
96,853

 
356,169

 
349,731

General and administrative
 
36,181

 
32,147

 
142,604

 
132,828

Amortization of intangible assets
 
3,661

 
14,551

 
33,029

 
61,508

Acquisition and integration costs
 

 

 

 
4,613

Significant asset impairments and restructuring costs
 
15,059

 
2,876

 
23,933

 
4,933

Total operating expenses
 
269,886

 
258,875


1,031,064


1,005,407

Income from operations
 
55,799

 
59,673


214,722


156,169

Interest and other income (loss), net
 
652

 
(1,339
)
 
(2,744
)
 
(12,795
)
Interest expense
 
(13,926
)
 
(15,371
)
 
(55,852
)
 
(56,656
)
Income before income taxes
 
42,525

 
42,963

 
156,126

 
86,718

Provision (benefit) for income taxes
 
(1,117,531
)
 
6,376

 
(1,105,827
)
 
14,134

Net income
 
$
1,160,056

 
$
36,587

 
$
1,261,953

 
$
72,584

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income per Common Share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic net income per common share
 
$
8.11

 
$
0.26

 
$
8.89

 
$
0.52

Diluted net income per potential common share1 
 
$
7.32

 
$
0.25

 
$
7.53

 
$
0.51

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding
 
143,097

 
139,741

 
141,997

 
138,312

Weighted average diluted potential common shares outstanding 2
 
158,791

 
165,298

 
169,919

 
150,704

1. The calculation of GAAP diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $0.4 million associated with Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018 and approximately $2.3 million associated with Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020 to the GAAP net income in order to derive the numerator for the diluted earnings per common share calculation. 
The calculation of GAAP diluted net income per common share for fiscal 2017 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $0.9 million associated with Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, approximately $7.2 million associated with Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018 and approximately $8.7 million associated with Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020 to the GAAP net income in order to derive the numerator for the diluted earnings per common share calculation. 





The calculation of GAAP diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $0.7 million associated with Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, and approximately $3.6 million associated with Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018, to the GAAP net income in order to derive the numerator for the diluted earnings per common share calculation. 
The calculation of GAAP diluted net income per common share for fiscal 2016 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $4.8 million associated with Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017 to the GAAP net income in order to derive the numerator for the diluted earnings per common share calculation. 
2. Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding used in calculating GAAP diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 includes 1.2 million shares underlying certain stock options and restricted stock units, 1.6 million shares underlying Ciena's "New" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018, 3.7 million shares underlying Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018, and 9.2 million share underlying Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020.
Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding used in calculating GAAP diluted net income per common share for fiscal 2017 includes 1.4 million shares underlying certain stock options and restricted stock units, 0.4 million shares underlying Ciena's "New" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018, 3.0 million shares underlying Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, 13.9 million shares underlying Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018, and 9.2 million share underlying Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020.
Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding used in calculating GAAP diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 includes 1.6 million shares underlying certain stock options and restricted stock units, 6.6 million shares underlying Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017 and 17.4 million shares underlying Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018.
Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding used in calculating GAAP diluted net income per common share for fiscal 2016 includes 1.3 million shares underlying certain stock options and restricted stock units and 11.1 million shares underlying Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017.






CIENA CORPORATION
CONDENSED UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share data)

 
October 31,
 
2017
 
2016
ASSETS
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
640,513

 
$
777,615

 Short-term investments
279,133

 
275,248

Accounts receivable, net
622,183

 
576,235

Inventories
267,143

 
211,251

Prepaid expenses and other
197,339

 
172,843

Total current assets
2,006,311

 
2,013,192

Long-term investments
49,783

 
90,172

Equipment, building, furniture and fixtures, net
308,465

 
288,406

Goodwill
267,458

 
266,974

Other intangible assets, net
100,997

 
146,711

Deferred tax asset, net
1,155,104

 
1,116

Other long-term assets
63,593

 
67,004

Total assets
$
3,951,711

 
$
2,873,575

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
260,098

 
$
235,942

Accrued liabilities and other short-term obligations
322,934

 
310,353

Deferred revenue
102,418

 
109,009

Current portion of long-term debt
352,293

 
236,241

Total current liabilities
1,037,743

 
891,545

Long-term deferred revenue
82,589

 
73,854

Other long-term obligations
111,349

 
124,394

Long-term debt, net
583,688

 
1,017,441

Total liabilities
$
1,815,369

 
$
2,107,234

 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ equity:
 
 
 
Preferred stock — par value $0.01; 20,000,000 shares authorized; zero shares issued and outstanding

 

Common stock — par value $0.01; 290,000,000 shares authorized; 143,043,227 and 139,767,627 shares issued and outstanding
1,430

 
1,398

Additional paid-in capital
6,810,182

 
6,715,478

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(11,017
)
 
(24,329
)
Accumulated deficit
(4,664,253
)
 
(5,926,206
)
Total stockholders’ equity
2,136,342

 
766,341

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
3,951,711

 
$
2,873,575







CIENA CORPORATION
CONDENSED UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
 
Year Ended October 31,
 
2017
 
2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
Net income
$
1,261,953

 
$
72,584

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation of equipment, furniture and fixtures, and amortization of leasehold improvements
77,189

 
63,394

Share-based compensation costs
48,360

 
51,993

Amortization of intangible assets
45,713

 
78,298

Deferred taxes
(1,126,732
)
 
(1,116
)
Provision for doubtful accounts
18,221

 
1,701

Provision for inventory excess and obsolescence
35,459

 
33,713

Provision for warranty
7,965

 
15,483

Other
22,417

 
24,929

Changes in assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
(66,123
)
 
(26,074
)
Inventories
(91,567
)
 
(53,000
)
Prepaid expenses and other
(33,834
)
 
30,047

Accounts payable, accruals and other obligations
33,897

 
7,153

Deferred revenue
1,964

 
(9,585
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
234,882

 
289,520

Cash flows used in investing activities:
 
 
 
Payments for equipment, furniture, fixtures and intellectual property
(94,600
)
 
(107,185
)
Restricted cash
(54
)
 
11

Purchase of available for sale securities
(299,038
)
 
(365,191
)
Proceeds from maturities of available for sale securities
335,075

 
230,612

Settlement of foreign currency forward contracts, net

(2,810
)
 
(18,506
)
Purchase of cost method investment

 
(4,000
)
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

 
(32,000
)
Net cash used in investing activities
(61,427
)
 
(296,259
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, net

 
248,750

Payment of long-term debt
(233,554
)
 
(266,116
)
Payment for modification of term loans
(93,625
)
 

Payment of debt and equity issuance costs
(722
)
 
(3,987
)
Payment of capital lease obligations
(3,562
)
 
(5,966
)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock
20,412

 
23,091

Net cash used in financing activities
(311,051
)
 
(4,228
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
494

 
(2,389
)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
(137,102
)
 
(13,356
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of fiscal year
777,615

 
790,971

Cash and cash equivalents at end of fiscal year
$
640,513

 
$
777,615

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information
 
 
 
Cash paid during the fiscal year for interest
$
47,235

 
$
46,897

Cash paid during the fiscal year for income taxes, net
$
33,166

 
$
15,268

Non-cash investing and financing activities
 
 
 
Purchase of equipment in accounts payable
$
6,214

 
$
15,030

Equipment acquired under capital leases
$

 
$
5,322

Building subject to capital lease
$
50,370

 
$
8,993

Construction in progress subject to build-to-suit lease
$

 
$
39,914







APPENDIX A- Reconciliation of Adjusted (Non- GAAP) Measurements (unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quarter Ended
 
Year Ended
 
 
October 31,
 
October 31,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Gross Profit Reconciliation (GAAP/non-GAAP)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP gross profit
 
$
325,685

 
$
318,548

 
$
1,245,786

 
$
1,161,576

Share-based compensation-products
 
694

 
612

 
2,672

 
2,457

Share-based compensation-services
 
561

 
557

 
2,487

 
2,479

Amortization of intangible assets
 
2,332

 
4,320

 
12,685

 
16,401

Total adjustments related to gross profit
 
3,587

 
5,489

 
17,844

 
21,337

Adjusted (non-GAAP) gross profit
 
$
329,272

 
$
324,037

 
$
1,263,630

 
$
1,182,913

Adjusted (non-GAAP) gross profit percentage
 
44.2
%
 
45.2
%
 
45.1
%
 
45.5
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Expense Reconciliation (GAAP/non-GAAP)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP operating expense
 
$
269,886

 
$
258,875

 
$
1,031,064

 
$
1,005,407

Share-based compensation-research and development
 
2,956

 
3,172

 
12,957

 
13,870

Share-based compensation-sales and marketing
 
3,218

 
2,890

 
12,846

 
15,138

Share-based compensation-general and administrative
 
4,130

 
2,961

 
17,321

 
17,342

Share-based compensation-acquisition related
 

 

 

 
714

Amortization of intangible assets
 
3,661

 
14,551

 
33,029

 
61,508

Acquisition and integration costs, excluding share-based compensation
 

 

 

 
3,899

Significant asset impairments and restructuring costs
 
15,059

 
2,876

 
23,933

 
4,933

Settlement of patent litigation
 

 

 

 
1,200

Total adjustments related to operating expense
 
$
29,024

 
$
26,450

 
$
100,086

 
$
118,604

Adjusted (non-GAAP) operating expense
 
$
240,862

 
$
232,425

 
$
930,978

 
$
886,803

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from Operations Reconciliation (GAAP/non-GAAP)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP income from operations
 
$
55,799

 
$
59,673

 
$
214,722

 
$
156,169

Total adjustments related to gross profit
 
3,587

 
5,489

 
17,844

 
21,337

Total adjustments related to operating expense
 
29,024

 
26,450

 
100,086

 
118,604

Total adjustments related to income from operations
 
32,611

 
31,939

 
117,930

 
139,941

Adjusted (non-GAAP) income from operations
 
$
88,410

 
$
91,612

 
$
332,652

 
$
296,110

Adjusted (non-GAAP) operating margin percentage
 
11.9
%
 
12.8
%
 
11.9
%
 
11.4
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





APPENDIX B- Reconciliation of Adjusted (Non- GAAP) Measurements (unaudited)
 
 
(New Method)
 
(Prior Method)
 
 
Quarter Ended
 
Year Ended
 
Quarter Ended
 
Year Ended
 
 
October 31,
 
October 31,
 
October 31,
 
October 31,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Net Income Reconciliation (GAAP/non-GAAP)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP net income
 
$
1,160,056

 
$
36,587

 
$
1,261,953

 
$
72,584

 
$
1,160,056

 
$
36,587

 
$
1,261,953

 
$
72,584

Exclude GAAP provision (benefit) for income taxes
 
(1,117,531
)
 
6,376

 
(1,105,827
)
 
14,134

 
(1,117,531
)
 
6,376

 
(1,105,827
)
 
14,134

Income before income taxes
 
42,525

 
42,963

 
156,126

 
86,718

 
42,525

 
42,963

 
156,126

 
86,718

Total adjustments related to income from operations
 
32,611

 
31,939

 
117,930

 
139,941

 
32,611

 
31,939

 
117,930

 
139,941

Loss on extinguishment of debt
 

 
376

 
41

 
226

 

 
376

 
41

 
226

Non-cash interest expense
 
525

 
500

 
2,099

 
1,881

 
525

 
500

 
2,099

 
1,881

Modification of debt
 
692

 

 
3,616

 

 
692

 

 
3,616

 

Adjusted income before income taxes
 
76,353

 
75,778

 
279,812

 
228,766

 
76,353

 
75,778

 
279,812

 
228,766

Non-GAAP tax provision on adjusted income before income taxes
 
27,869

 
27,659

 
102,131

 
83,500

 
7,597

 
6,376

 
19,301

 
14,134

Adjusted (non-GAAP) net income
 
$
48,484

 
$
48,119

 
$
177,681

 
$
145,266

 
$
68,756

 
$
69,402

 
$
260,511

 
$
214,632

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding
 
143,097

 
139,741

 
141,997

 
138,312

 
143,097

 
139,741

 
141,997

 
138,312

Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding 1
 
158,791

 
174,496

 
169,919

 
177,258

 
158,791

 
174,496

 
169,919

 
177,258

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income per Common Share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP diluted net income per common share
 
$
7.32

 
$
0.25

 
$
7.53

 
$
0.51

 
$
7.32

 
$
0.25

 
$
7.53

 
$
0.51

Adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share 2
 
$
0.32

 
$
0.30

 
$
1.14

 
$
0.93

 
$
0.46

 
$
0.44

 
$
1.68

 
$
1.38


1. Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding used in calculating New Method and Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 includes 1.2 million shares underlying certain stock options and restricted stock units, 1.6 million shares underlying Ciena's "New" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018, 3.7 million shares underlying Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018, and 9.2 million shares underlying Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020.






Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding used in calculating New Method and Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 includes 1.6 million shares underlying certain stock options and restricted stock units, 6.6 million shares underlying Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, 17.4 million shares underlying Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018 and 9.2 million shares underlying Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020.

Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding used in calculating New Method and Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for fiscal 2017 includes 1.4 million shares underlying certain stock options and restricted stock units, 0.4 million shares underlying Ciena's "New" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018, 3.0 million shares underlying Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, 13.9 million shares underlying Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018, and 9.2 million share underlying Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020.

Weighted average dilutive potential common shares outstanding used in calculating New Method and Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for fiscal 2016 includes 1.3 million shares underlying certain stock options and restricted stock units, 11.1 million shares underlying Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, 17.4 million shares underlying Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018, and 9.2 million share underlying Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020.
   
2. The calculation of New Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $0.4 million associated with Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018 and approximately $1.9 million associated with Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020 to the New Method adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in order to derive the numerator for the New Method adjusted earnings per common share calculation.

The calculation of Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $0.6 million associated with Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018 and approximately $3.1 million associated with Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020 to the Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in order to derive the numerator for the Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) earnings per common share calculation.

The calculation of New Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $0.5 million associated with Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, approximately $2.3 million associated with Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018 and approximately $1.8 million associated with Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020 to the New Method adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in order to derive the numerator for the New Method adjusted (non-GAAP) earnings per common share calculation.

The calculation of Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $0.7 million associated with Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, approximately $3.6 million associated with Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018 and approximately $2.9 million associated with Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020 to the Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in order to derive the numerator for the Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) earnings per common share calculation.

The calculation of New Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for fiscal 2017 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $0.9 million associated with Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, approximately $7.2 million associated with Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018 and approximately $7.4 million associated with Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020 to the New Method adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in order to derive the numerator for the New Method adjusted (non-GAAP) earnings per common share calculation.

The calculation of Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for fiscal 2017 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $1.3 million associated with Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, which were paid at maturity during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, approximately $11.4 million associated with Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018 and approximately $11.6 million associated with Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020 to the Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in order to derive the numerator for the Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) earnings per common share calculation.

The calculation of New Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for fiscal 2016 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $3.0 million associated with Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, due June 15, 2017, approximately $9.1 million associated with Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018 and approximately $7.2 million associated with Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020 to the New Method adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in order to derive the numerator for the New Method adjusted (non-GAAP) earnings per common share calculation.






The calculation of Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) diluted net income per common share for fiscal 2016 requires adding back interest expense of approximately $4.8 million associated with Ciena's 0.875% convertible senior notes, due June 15, 2017, approximately $14.3 million associated with Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018 and approximately $11.4 million associated with Ciena's 4.0% convertible senior notes, due December 15, 2020 to the Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in order to derive the numerator for the Prior Method adjusted (non-GAAP) earnings per common share calculation.

* * *
The adjusted (non-GAAP) measures above and their reconciliation to Ciena's GAAP results for the periods presented reflect adjustments relating to the following items:
Share-based compensation expense - a non-cash expense incurred in accordance with share-based compensation accounting guidance.
Acquisition and integration costs - consist of financial, legal and accounting advisors, facilities and systems consolidation costs, and severance and other employment-related costs related to our recent acquisitions of Cyan and TeraXion. Ciena does not believe that these costs are reflective of its ongoing operating expense following its completion of these integration activities.
Amortization of intangible assets - a non-cash expense arising from the acquisition of intangible assets, principally developed technologies and customer-related intangibles, that Ciena is required to amortize over the expected useful life.
Significant asset impairments and restructuring costs - costs incurred as a result of restructuring activities taken to align resources with perceived market opportunities and a significant asset impairment for a trade receivable for a customer in the Asia Pacific region.
Settlement of patent litigation - included in general and administrative expense is a $1.2 million patent litigation settlement during the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
Loss on extinguishment of debt - losses related to certain private repurchase transactions during fiscal 2016 and 2017 of Ciena's then outstanding 0.875% convertible senior notes, due June 15, 2017.
Non-cash interest expense - a non-cash debt discount expense amortized as interest expense during the term of Ciena's 4.0% senior convertible notes due December 15, 2020 relating to the required separate accounting of the equity component of these convertible notes.
Modification of debt - costs incurred as a result of the modification of debt to refinance then existing term loans and an exchange offer for Ciena's "Original" 3.75% convertible senior notes, due October 15, 2018.
Non-GAAP tax provision - Beginning this quarter, Ciena is changing how it calculates its adjusted (non-GAAP) provision for income taxes in accordance with the SEC guidance on non-GAAP financial measures. Under the "New Method," the Non-GAAP tax provision consists of current and deferred income tax expense commensurate with the level of adjusted income before income taxes using a current blended U.S. and foreign statutory tax rate (which was 36.5%). This rate may be subject to change in the future, including as a result of changes in tax policy or tax strategy. Under the "Prior Method," the Non-GAAP tax provision consists of current and deferred income tax expense, and primarily related to foreign income tax, which is paid using cash. This change in calculation methodology will not affect Ciena's adjusted income before income taxes, actual cash tax payments, or cash flows, but will result in significantly higher non-GAAP provisions for income taxes compared to our "Prior Method" Non-GAAP presentation. Ciena, however, does not expect to pay substantial cash taxes for the foreseeable future primarily due to Ciena's deferred tax asset balance. Ciena's foreign and domestic income tax expense which will be paid using cash was $7.6 million and $6.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively, and $19.3 million and $14.1 million for the fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively. As of October 31, 2017, Ciena has deferred tax assets, net of approximately $1.16 billion, and consequently, over the near term, Ciena's cash taxes will continue to be primarily related to the tax expense of Ciena's foreign subsidiaries, which amounts have not historically been significant.












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TRANSCRIPT OF PRE-RECORDED MANAGEMENT CALL


FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR ENDED
OCTOBER 31, 2017
















December 7, 2017







Investors should also review the Important Notes to Investors immediately following this transcript.

Ciena Corporation (Pre-Recorded Earnings)

December 7, 2017

Corporate Speakers:
Gregg Lampf; Ciena Corporation; Vice President, Investor Relations
Gary Smith; Ciena Corporation; President & CEO
Jim Moylan; Ciena Corporation; SVP Finance, CFO

PRESENTATION

Operator: Welcome to Ciena’s 2017 Fourth Quarter and Year End Review.

I would now like to hand the floor over to Gregg Lampf, Vice President of Investor Relations. Please go ahead, sir.

Opening Remarks (Gregg Lampf)

Gregg Lampf: Thank you, Karen. Good morning and welcome to Ciena’s 2017 Fourth Quarter and Year End Review.

This morning’s report will follow a different format than usual. Our prepared remarks have been recorded and transcribed, and are being made available in advance of our live call.

While our comments today will touch briefly on market dynamics and our Q4 financial results, we intend to focus more on our current strategy and long term strategic plans. Specifically, we will discuss where we see the business going over the next three years, the strategic drivers that will get us there, and some longer term financial targets that we set for the company in the context of those drivers.

We have posted to the investors section of Ciena.com an accompanying investor presentation that reflects this discussion as well as certain highlighted items from the quarter and fiscal year.

We believe this approach will give you a clear understanding of how we intend to manage the business through the next phase of our transformation and what to expect from Ciena over the next three years.

Before turning the call over to Gary, I’ll remind you that during this call, we’ll be making certain forward-looking statements. Such statements, including our guidance and long-term financial objectives, are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions regarding the company and its markets that include risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements discussed today.

These statements should be viewed in a context of the risk factors detailed in our most recent 10-Q filing, and in our upcoming 10-K filing. Our 10-K is required to be filed with the FCC by December 27th, and we expect to file by that date.

Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information discussed in this conference call, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Today’s discussion includes certain adjusted or non-GAAP measures of Ciena’s results of operations. As Jim will review, there are important changes to our GAAP and non-GAAP tax provision that you need to be mindful of when comparing periods. A detailed reconciliation of our non-GAAP measures to our GAAP results, along with a





comparison of our new method and prior method of calculating taxes for non-GAAP earnings is included in today’s press release available of Ciena.com.

With that, I’ll turn it over to Gary.

Introduction

Gary Smith: Thanks, Gregg. Last month, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the founding of Ciena, marking a significant milestone in our history. Perhaps, more importantly, we’ve reached an important inflection point in our business, following several years of focus on transforming the company.

A few years ago, we were primarily a hardware company that specialized in a single technology, with a very concentrated customer base, a highly leveraged balance sheet and operating losses.

As the sector has evolved, we have executed on a clear vision to build from our small platform to create a powerful long-term leader in our field.

Today, we are a global market leader with scale. We have a diversified portfolio, we sell into a broad set of geographies and customers, and across a wide range of applications. And the business we’ve built is consistently delivering industry-leading growth and profitability with a strengthening balance sheet and meaningful cash generation.

The strong fiscal fourth quarter and year-end financial results were reported today are just the most recent evidence of this transformation, and of our ability to consistently outperform the industry and our peers, despite a challenging set of industry dynamics and competitive forces.

Strategy

In this environment, we’ve executed against a very deliberate strategy of being best-of-breed at scale, ensuring that we are the best in the world at moving bits and automating networks. And we do that by enabling choice for our customers for open, leading technology that interconnects the world.

This strategy is underpinned by our approach to vertical integration; essentially ensuring that we control the key technologies in our integrated systems and offer a compelling portfolio across systems, components, software, and services that address customers’ preferred consumption models. We are unique in this complete capability.

Our strategy has been to scale and diversify our existing business by penetrating a broad set of higher growth geographies, customer types, and applications, and to expand our addressable market with logical extensions of our core competences.

Leveraging our global scale, technology leadership, and vertical integration, we’ve also forced the pace of innovation in our industry, and are delivering greater value to our customers.

As a result, we’ve captured additional market share and delivered differentiated financial performance that stands in stark contrast to other vendors, both the smaller niche players who lack the investment capacity to maintain forward innovation and who continue to atrophy, and the large generalists who face competing investment priorities within their portfolios and an inability to keep up with the pace of innovation.

Strategic Drivers

There are several drivers playing a key role in our market share opportunities and our access to new and emerging markets. We’ve established specific financial targets for each of these drivers over the next three years, and these are based on our expectations and current assumptions about market growth.





    
Our primary strategic driver remains our optical systems business, which represents the majority of our current addressable market. We are the only company in the industry that can successfully address the key applications of today and tomorrow, including long-haul, ultra long-haul, submarine, metro, converged packet access and data center interconnect.

The cornerstone for future growth of this business is our next generation coherent modem technology. And, our latest version WaveLogic Ai, is now generally available in our 6500 and Waveserver platforms, both of which are already shipping to customers.

Highlighting our ability to automate the network is Liquid Spectrum a unique capacity-on-demand solution that combines WaveLogic Ai, a reconfigurable photonic layer and our Blue Planet software. We are seeing very high levels of interest in this solution and beginning to get market traction for this integrated value proposition.

Based on our strong market position and the opportunities for growth afforded by these new offerings, we’re confident that we will continue to grow revenue and capture additional market share in our optical systems business.

Accordingly, we are targeting annual revenue growth for our optical systems business of approximately 4% to 6% over the next three years.

An important element of our optical systems business is our global network services business, or our attached services if you will. These include network planning and engineering, deployment, training, support and managed services.

Today, this part of our business comprises approximately 15% of our total revenue. Based on industry trends and customer buying patterns, we believe there is an opportunity to grow this high margin business within our overall product mix.

As such, we recently appointed a new leadership team for our global services business and have begun a multiyear transformation process to improve our delivery capability, expand our portfolio and drive greater incremental value for our customers in new ways.

As a result of this transformation, we are targeting annual revenue growth for our attached services business of approximately 4% to 6%, with higher gross margin, over the course of the next three years.

Beyond our optical business we continue to explore and invest in technologies, applications and business models that can serve to expand our addressable market including a packet networking, software and component elements.

Our packet networking business has been a strategic imperative for us for some time as you know.

We had a strong performance from our packet portfolio in fiscal 2017, diversifying our customer base and applications for these solutions with record revenue and a number of significant customer wins.

As a result, this business is now contributing in a meaningful way and we are very excited about the packet opportunity going forward.

To address broadband and subscriber growth around the world we’ve been investing in the convergence of optical and packet technologies deeper into the network, specifically by expanding into IP with our packet access and aggregation platforms.

Adding capabilities to our portfolio to get closer to the network edge will enable us to play a strategic role in our customers’ network densification initiatives, such as 5G and Fiber Deep.






As a result, we are targeting annual revenue growth for our packet networking portfolio of approximately 6% to 8% over the next three years.

We see our Blue Planet software business and the network automation it enables as another driver of our growth, competitive differentiation and expanding profitability.

As a reminder, Blue Planet encompasses our overall software business and related services, which is inclusive of domain management, orchestration software and apps, subscription services and associated professional services. This business totaled more than $160 million in revenue in 2017.

Two years since acquiring Cyan, we’ve had extensive Blue Planet engagements around the world and have had the opportunity to learn even more about the nascent NFV and orchestration space. We’ve taken those learnings on board to hone the focus and go-to-market strategy of our software business around the automation of packet optical infrastructure.

Specifically, we are focused on accelerating the transition from our legacy network management software platform to our Blue Planet network domain controller platform, positioning us to automate the transport domain as a whole. This also serves as a strong beachhead for our orchestration platform for Blue Planet.

In addition, we are concentrating on our Blue Planet analytics platform, which became generally available this year and is showing solid early customer adoption.

We are making good progress in executing on our new priorities in software and related services. As such, even while the industry ecosystem to drive network automation is still developing, we continue to believe that Blue Planet will serve as a competitive differentiator in the marketplace.

Accordingly, we are targeting annual revenue growth for our total software and associated services business of approximately 14% to 16% over the next three years.

Finally, we see the component space as a new strategic driver for our business.

You’ve already seen our announcement earlier this year that we’re making our coherent modem technology available to the market through three leading optical component vendors.

This strategic move positions us to secure a larger portion of the world’s wavelengths and to gain access to new geographies and market segments.

This business, which we are now calling our Optical Microsystems Division, is focused on enabling our market leading WaveLogic-based coherent modem technology to be consumed directly by end users or indirectly by integrating into a third party transport, switching or routing platform.

As expected, we are focused at this early stage on driving the initial business development efforts with our current partners and enabling development work on the new module. These efforts are on track with alpha units now in the hands of our partners and some of their potential customers.

We continue to believe that we can become a meaningful participant in this $1 billion dollar plus market over the next few years by offering flexibility and choice in modem technology to a wide range of customers.

Indeed, our expectations for this business haven’t changed and we still believe that we’re positioned to generate initial revenue toward the end of calendar 2018.






Given that our entry in this nascent market is in its early stages, we want to be realistic in setting longer term financial expectations for this business. Accordingly, we are targeting to generate approximately $50 million in revenue annually from our Optical Microsystems by the end of the next three years.

When viewing these strategic drivers together, again it is worth noting that we are the only vendor able to address the systems, services, software and components markets. As such, we are delivering innovations ahead of the competition that directly address the changing business and consumption models of our customers.

Essentially, we are leveraging our core technical leadership and relationships across a diversified range of market segments.

Key Market Verticals and Geographies

Peeling back on our strategy even a layer further, there are important market verticals and geographies that intersect with one or more of these strategic drivers.

In particular, our service provider customers are now placing greater importance on partnering with strategic suppliers who have this combination of scale, focus and capability to deliver innovation across a complete range of optical applications. In contrast to our competitors, we are well positioned to meet those requirements and provide greater value to our customers.

This has resulted recently in several significant new wins around the world, including some new tier one service providers, many of which represent share gains at the expense of our competitors.

When combined with the expected long-term build out of next-gen metro networks, we see the opportunity to continue taking share with service providers and we intend to press down our advantage in the market against weakening competitors.

We are equally optimistic about the web scale space or global content network provider customers over the next several years.

With number one market share with this important customer segment already, we continue to expand our global footprint and relationships with the large US based providers, including by connecting their data centers in the US, submarine and international markets, where we bring the unique ability to traverse all segments through our global tier 1 customer base.

And we are beginning to develop relationships with those content providers that are based outside of the US.

As a testament to our early success, we exceeded our revenue goal for Waveserver in fiscal 2017; ultimately delivering approximately $110 million dollars for this purpose-built DCI platform and securing number one market share in every application of the optical DCI market.

In the submarine space, we’ve gone from zero to number one market share in the cable upgrade market in the span of only six years and we continue to build upon this success.

We are winning new submarine cable upgrade business, including through expanding our relationships with our global content providers, who are an increasingly important customer segment in the submarine market.

And we are complementing that success with new cable build opportunities through our partnership with TE SubCom.






From a geographic standpoint, Asia-Pacific has become our fastest growing region in recent years. Whilst it is a highly competitive region in our industry, we have outstanding market traction and several new customer wins, including in Japan and South Korea.

In fact, we believe that certain long-standing local preferences for domestic vendors may be eroding in some Asian countries and we are well positioned to take advantage of that shift.

We are also looking to enter several new countries in the region during the next couple of years.

Accordingly, while there may be quarterly ebbs and flows, we expect our growth in APAC to be robust over the next several years.

India in particular has been an outstanding success story for Ciena. We now have number one market share in this important country and more than 20% of our global workforce is now based in India.

This market is in the very early stages of modernizing a massive network infrastructure to support its 1.2 billion people and is the fastest growing market for the internet in the world. Indeed, India is the fastest growing country in the world for our business.

We are deploying our complete portfolio and full range of applications across a broad set of customers in India, including every major service provider, content network and the national government.

We are clearly seeing the benefits of our early commitment to the India market more than 12 years ago and with nearly 100% year over year revenue growth in fiscal 2017.

Summary

The relentless execution of our strategy has truly enabled us to come of age. While our industry can be challenging and dynamic for sure, our improving annual results prove that we can adapt to changing market conditions, develop new markets and grow both top and bottom lines.

Our once single-threaded optical product is now a broad networking platform and supported by adjacent technologies that form a highly complementary portfolio. We are a market leader with number one or number two share in every market segment in which we participate.

We have scaled to more than 1,300 customers in over 80 countries around the world, spanning service providers to global content networks, MSOs, Fortune 2000 Enterprises, governments and other private network operators.

Our strategy has also enabled us to achieve our desired combination of financial performance in recent years, including: above industry average revenue growth with an 8% CAGR over the past five years: adjusted EPS growth of over 30% CAGR over the past four years: a significant improved balance sheet with a decrease in gross debt to EBITDA leverage ratio from 12x to 2.5x: and, increased cash generation, having generated $150 to $200 million of free cash flow over each of the past two years.

In short, we have transformed our business in recent years and believe that we are now the only western systems vendor that is both growing and profitable.

The point is that we have a proven a durable model that can deliver strong financial results in a challenging market. We believe the execution of our strategy positions us to continue outperforming the industry and delivering consistent value for our long-term investors.

Jim?






Introduction (Jim Moylan)

Jim Moylan: Thank you Gary. Having provided that detail on our strategic drivers and key market verticals, our intent to continue exerting our influence across the industry is clear, as is our path to building a bigger more resilient and more profitable business.

To that end, I will offer detail on several financial related matters, as well as provide new long-term targets for the company’s financial performance. Let’s begin with our Q4 performance.

Q4 2017 Highlights

Overall, we delivered a strong quarter. Total revenue was $744 million dollars towards the high end of our guidance range. We achieved strong order flow in Q4, significantly higher than revenue, which enabled us to close the quarter in the fiscal year with backlog of $1.1 billion.

Q4 adjusted gross margin came in at 44.2 %. This was down slightly from recent quarters, largely as a result of several new tier 1 customer wins that are now coming to revenue. As we’ve said, the early stage of these deployments often carry corresponding lower gross margins. We expect this dynamic to continue for the next couple of quarters as we continue to press down on the market and to leverage our competitive advantage by aggressively targeting market share through new footprint opportunities around the globe.

Operating expense in the quarter was $241 million and we achieved $88 million in adjusted operating income in Q4 or $11.9 % adjusted operating margin.

We will provide guidance for our fiscal first quarter of 2018 during today’s live call with the investment community.

Tax Matters

Before going through our long-term targets including with the respect to profitably, I want to spend a moment to discuss how they are affected by tax matters.

Today’s press release details important changes that impact how taxes are going to be reflected in our results. You should view these changes as a strong indicator of our positive sentiments about the future and further evidence of the company hitting an inflection point in our transformation.

As many of you know we have large deferred tax assets resulting from net operating losses accumulated organically and by acquisition. However in recent years, we have provided a valuation allowance against these tax assets on our books because in our judgment it was not certain that such tax assets would be realized.

Based on our projections a sustained future taxable income and expectation for increasing profitability in 2018 and beyond. We determined that it is appropriate to reverse the majority of the valuation allowance against these assets because we now expect that we will utilize these tax assets to reduce future taxes.

As you’ve seen in our press release, this resulted in a one-time tax benefit of $1.1 billion dollars on our Q4 income statement, substantially increasing our GAAP net income and EPS for Q4 and fiscal 2017.

Going forward, as required by GAAP we will be making a full US tax provision of approximately 36% to 37% against our GAAP net income. This will be a change in the presentation of our income statement.

However it is important to note that we do not expect to pay cash taxes in the US for the foreseeable future, again due to the utilization of our deferred tax assets.






In addition, as shown in our press release, we are changing how we calculate our provision for income taxes in our non-GAAP net income. We are making this change in accordance with recent SEC guidance.

Historically we have only provided cash taxes paid on our non-GAAP earnings and EPS. Going forward we will provide a full 36% to 37% tax rate against non-GAAP earnings and EPS.

This change will not affect our adjusted income before income taxes, our actual cash tax payments or our cash flows. But it will, of course, result in significantly higher non-GAAP provisions for income taxes.

This, in turn, will impact our adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share and will require you to adjust your models for fiscal 2018 accordingly.

You will note that we provided our calculation for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 under both the prior method and the new method in an appendix to our press release.

To be clear, this non-cash tax provision against our non-GAAP net income is required by the SEC. And our cash flows will be the same as they would be before this provision.

But to summarize, overall you should view all of these changes to our financial statement presentation of tax expense as a reflection of our increasing optimism and confidence in our future.

Long-Term Financial Targets

Turning now to our long-term outlook. We believe that we are uniquely positioned in the industry to continue delivering a combination of top-line growth, profitability and cash generation. And our longer-term strategic plan is designed around that construct.

With that confidence, we are now in a position to provide some longer financial targets that we believe are achievable in the next few years. We expect to continue growing our revenue faster than the market.

Based on our current estimates of market growth, if we combine all of our expectations regarding future revenue, which Gary cited, we expect to grow our annual revenue approximately 5% to 7% per year over the next three years.

Also, as we previously indicated, we have a long-term target of achieving 15% adjusted operating margin on an annualized basis. And that still remains an important and achievable goal.

We also expect to grow our adjusted earnings per share at an average of approximately 14% to 16% per year over the next three years. This performance includes the effect of our new method of reporting taxes in the calculation.

And we expect annual free cash flow generation to be approximately 60% to 70% of adjusted operating income over each of the next three years.

Capital Allocation

More specifically, with respect to our balance sheet, we've made substantial progress over the past five years.

We have reduced our convertible note balance from $1.4 billion to $540 million. We've improved our net debt position form $712 million to an actual net cash position of $33 million. And we substantially decreased our gross debt to EBITDA to leverage ratio from 12x to about 2.5x.

The combination of these two items resulted in two ratings upgrades over the past year from both Moody's and S&P.






We've also been proactive in managing dilution. This summer, we completed an exchange offer for our 2018 convertible notes, which provided us the option to cash settle the majority of those notes at maturity.

And we have since disclosed our intent to use cash-on-hand to settle approximately $288 million of these notes when they come due in October of 2018.

Given our current balance sheet and our expectations for cash generation over the next three years, we are now in a better position to incorporate the return of capital to shareholders as part of our overall strategic and operational plans.

As reflected in a separate press release this morning, I'm pleased to announce that our board of directors authorized a program to repurchase our common stock, through purchases on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions through the end of fiscal 2018.

The timing of these purchases will be based on our stock price, general business and market conditions, our liquidity and cash flow and other factors. We intend to finance the share repurchase program with cash-on-hand or cash generated from operations.

These actions reflect our continued confidence in our long-term growth strategy and our strong balance sheet and cash flow generation.

As we think broadly about capital allocation, we still believe it is important to retain a meaningful percentage of our capital for the business and to maintain a healthy balance sheet and leverage level.

First for organic reinvestment to sustain and drive our R&D innovation engine and expanding our go-to-market efforts, which is clearly creating value as we use this competitive advantage to grow revenue and take market share.

Second, for opportunities to grow through accretive M&A.

It is our intent to retain minimum liquidity in the range of $700 to $800 million for these purposes.

However, we are committed to driving shareholder value over the long-term and intend to continue to incorporate the return of capital to shareholders in our plans as the business continues to grow and generate cash.

Closing Commentary

In closing, we are pleased with the maturity and strength of our business. It allows us to confidently provide greater clarity on our view of the current operating environment and, importantly, share our longer-term goals and how we plan to manage the business over the next several years.

As we've said before, given industry dynamics and other factors, our overall financial performance and individual financial metrics may vary from quarter to quarter. However, we continue to manage the business for the longer-term.

When viewed over longer periods, it is clear that we have delivered consistent financial performance with respect to top-line growth, profitability and cash generation and we expect to continue to do so in the future.

The combination of our leading technology and global scale has afforded us indisputable strong market leadership position and we continue to see our competition struggle to keep pace.






We intend to take full advantage of those dynamics and to continue executing on our strategy to grow both our top and bottom-lines and to generate cash. We have proven our ability to do that time and time again and today we've never felt more confident about our future.

Thank you for your support and interest in Ciena.








IMPORTANT NOTES TO INVESTORS

Forward-Looking Statements
Information presented in this transcript contains a number of forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, forecasts, assumptions and other information available to the Company as of the date hereof. Forward-looking statements include Ciena’s long-term financial targets, prospective financial results, return of capital plans, business strategies, expectations about its addressable markets and market share, and outlook for future periods, as well as statements regarding Ciena’s expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. Often, these can be identified by forward-looking words such as “target” “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should,” “will,” and “would” or similar words.
Forward-looking statements in this transcript include, but are not limited to:
“We are targeting annual revenue growth for our optical systems business of approximately 4% to 6% over the next three years.”
“We are targeting annual revenue growth for our attached services business of approximately 4% to 6%, with higher gross margin, over the course of the next three years.”
“We are targeting annual revenue growth for our packet networking portfolio of approximately 6% to 8% over the next three years.”
“We are targeting annual revenue growth for our total software and associated services business of approximately 14% to 16% over the next three years.”
“We are targeting to generate approximately $50 million in revenue annually from our Optical Microsystems by the end of the next three years.”
“We expect to grow our annual revenue approximately 5% to 7% per year over the next three years.”
“We have a long-term target of achieving 15% adjusted operating margin on an annualized basis.”
“We also expect to grow our adjusted earnings per share at an average of approximately 14% to 16% per year over the next three years.”
“We expect annual free cash flow generation to be approximately 60% to 70% of adjusted operating income over each of the next three years.”
“[We] intend to continue to incorporate the return of capital to shareholders in our plans as the business continues to grow and generate cash.”

Ciena's actual results, performance or events may differ materially from these forward-looking statements made or implied due to a number of risks and uncertainties relating to Ciena's business, including: the effect of broader economic and market conditions on our customers and their business; changes in network spending or network strategy by large communication service providers; seasonality and the timing and size of customer orders, including our ability to recognize revenue relating to such sales; the level of competitive pressure we encounter; the product, customer and geographic mix of sales within the period; supply chain disruptions and the level of success relating to efforts to optimize Ciena's operations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates affecting revenue and operating expense; and the other risk factors disclosed in Ciena's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 6, 2017 and Ciena’s Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the SEC.
All information, statements, and projections in this transcript speak only as of the date of this transcript. Ciena assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking or other information included in this transcript, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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GAAP Measures at or as of Quarter ended October 31, 2017
The following table includes certain comparable GAAP measures for Non-GAAP measures included in this transcript:
Gross Margin (%)
43.7%
Operating Expense
$269.9 million
Operating Income
$55.8 million
Operating Margin (%)
7.5%
Net Income
$1.16 billion (inclusive of a one-time $1.13 Billion tax benefit)
Net Income per diluted common share
$7.32 (inclusive of a one-time $1.13 Billion tax benefit)
Short-term and long-term debt
$935,981

Non-GAAP Measures
This transcript includes historical and prospective, non-GAAP measures of Ciena’s gross margin, operating expense, operating profit, net income, and net income per share, as well as measures of net debt and gross debt to EBITDA. These measures are not intended to be a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. In evaluating the operating performance of Ciena's business, management excludes certain charges and credits that are required by GAAP. These items share one or more of the following characteristics: they are unusual and Ciena does not expect them to recur in the ordinary course of its business; they do not involve the expenditure of cash; they are unrelated to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course; or their magnitude and timing is largely outside of Ciena's control. Management believes that the non-GAAP measures provided herein provide management and investors useful information and meaningful insight to the operating performance of the business. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to Ciena's GAAP results and these measures are not intended to be a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Ciena's non-GAAP measures and the related adjustments may differ from non-GAAP measures used by other companies and should only be used to evaluate Ciena's results of operations in conjunction with our corresponding GAAP results.
A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures used in this transcript to Ciena’s GAAP results for the relevant period can be found in the Appendix to our Q4 FY2017 investor presentation, posted to the quarterly results page of the Investor Relations section of our website (http://investor.ciena.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=99134&p=quarterlyEarnings). Additional information can also be found in our press release filed this morning and in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
With respect to Ciena’s forward looking targets or projections in the transcript above, Ciena is not able to provide a quantitative reconciliation of the adjusted (non-GAAP) measures of gross profit and margin, operating expense, operating income and margin, net income, and corresponding per share measures thereof, to the comparable gross profit and margin, operating expense, operating income and margin, net income and per share GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts. Ciena cannot provide meaningful estimates of the non-recurring charges and credits excluded from these non-GAAP measures due to the forward-looking nature of these estimates and their inherent variability and uncertainty. For the same reasons, Ciena is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information.




Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. Ciena Corporation Period ended October 31, 2017 December 7, 2017 Investor presentation


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 2 Forward-looking statements and non-GAAP measures Information in this presentation and related comments of presenters contain a number of forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, forecasts, assumptions and other information available to the Company as of the date hereof. Forward-looking statements include Ciena’s long-term financial targets, prospective financial results, return of capital plans, business strategies, expectations about its addressable markets and market share, and business outlook for future periods, as well as statements regarding Ciena’s expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. Often, these can be identified by forward-looking words such as “target” “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should,” “will,” and “would” or similar words. Ciena's actual results, performance or events may differ materially from these forward-looking statements made or implied due to a number of risks and uncertainties relating to Ciena's business, including: the effect of broader economic and market conditions on our customers and their business; changes in network spending or network strategy by large communication service providers; seasonality and the timing and size of customer orders, including our ability to recognize revenue relating to such sales; the level of competitive pressure we encounter; the product, customer and geographic mix of sales within the period; supply chain disruptions and the level of success relating to efforts to optimize Ciena's operations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates affecting revenue and operating expense; and the other risk factors disclosed in Ciena's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 6, 2017 and Ciena’s Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the SEC. All information, statements, and projections in this presentation and the related earnings call speak only as of the date of this presentation and related earnings call. Ciena assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking or other information included in this presentation or related earnings calls, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In addition, this presentation includes historical, and may include prospective, non-GAAP measures of Ciena’s gross margin, operating expense, operating profit, net income, and net income per share. These measures are not intended to be a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures used in this presentation to Ciena’s GAAP results for the relevant period can be found in the Appendix to this presentation. Additional information can also be found in our press release filed this morning and in our reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. With respect to Ciena’s expectations under “Business Outlook” and other forward looking long-term projections in this presentation, Ciena is not able to provide a quantitative reconciliation of the adjusted (non-GAAP) gross margin and adjusted (non-GAAP) operating expense guidance measures to the corresponding gross profit and gross profit percentage, and operating expense GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts. Ciena cannot provide meaningful estimates of the non-recurring charges and credits excluded from these non-GAAP measures due to the forward-looking nature of these estimates and their inherent variability and uncertainty. For the same reasons, Ciena is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information.


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 3 Table of Contents


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 4 Our Pedigree


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 5 Continued execution of our strategy to diversify and scale the business Ciena has reached an important inflection point in our recent transformation ~8% total revenue | India: $38M ~15% total revenue Upgrade market only Network Management System 1,000 60 $2.29B 6.5% ($674M) Financial Performance Scale Diversification ~18% total revenue | India: $230M+ ~25% total revenue Upgrade + New Build market Virtualization, multi-vendor network mgmt, control and orchestration 1,300 80+ $2.80B 11.9% $33M APAC Webscale** Subsea Software portfolio Customers Countries Revenue Adj. Operating Margin Net (Debt) / Cash* *Cash & cash equivalents **Direct, indirect, and apportioned subsea


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 6 *Industry Average: ADTN, ADVA, CSCO, ERIC, INFN, JNPR and NOKIA 2017 = Represents Ciena fiscal 2017 actuals and midpoint of Q1’18 guidance, and peer consensus estimates as of 28 November 2017 0.8 1.0 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Normalized Revenue Industry Avg Ciena 0 5 10 15 20 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Normalized Adjusted Operating Profit Industry Avg Ciena Outperforming peer group for more than 5 years Ciena has delivered differentiated growth & profit expansion


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 7 Strengthening balance sheet Ciena has improved its leverage and reduced its debt position 13.2 10.9 6.0 4.4 2.8 - 2.0x 4.0x 6.0x 8.0x 10.0x 12.0x 14.0x 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Gross debt-to-EBITDA leverage ratio Leverage Trend Net Debt Position *Cash & cash equivalents *


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 8 Ciena is a market share leader in all target segments Optical Networks Report, 3Q17 #1 GLOBALLY • DATA CENTER INTERCONNECT • DATA CENTER INTERCONNECT for ICPs #1 N. AMERICA • TOTAL OPTICAL NETWORKING • PACKET OPTICAL • NEXT-GEN OPTICAL • LH WDM • METRO WDM • OPTICAL SWITCHING #2 GLOBALLY • NEXT-GEN OPTICAL • PACKET OPTICAL • LH WDM Optical Networks Report, 3Q17 Data Center Interconnect Market Share Report, 2Q17 #1 GLOBALLY • DATA CENTER INTERCONNECT • DATA CENTER INTERCONNECT for ICPs • SUBMARINE SLTE MARKET #1 N. AMERICA • TOTAL OPTICAL NETWORKING • LH WDM • METRO WDM #2 GLOBALLY • TERRESTRIAL WDM NETWORKING • LH WDM • METRO WDM • SUBSEA OPTOELECTRONICS #1 GLOBALLY • OPTICAL EQUIPMENT VENDOR LEADERSHIP SP SURVEY • CARRIER ETHERNET ACCESS DEVICES #1 N. AMERICA • CARRIER ETHERNET ACCESS DEVICES • LH WDM • METRO WDM #2 GLOBALLY • TOTAL OPTICAL NETWORKING • METRO WDM • SUBMARINE Optical Networks Report, 3Q17 Ethernet Access Devices Tracker, September 2017 Optical Equipment Vendor Leadership Global Service Provider Survey December 2016


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 9 Market Context


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 10 Overall industry growth outlook Strongest growth in APAC 0.8% (6.1%) 2.6% '14-'16 '17 '18-'20 North America (1.6%) (6.0%) 2.6% '14-'16 '17 '18-'20 EMEA 11.5% 9.1% 3.9% '14-'16 '17 '18-'20 China (0.2%) (20.3%) 5.2% '14-'16 '17 '18-'20 CALA 0.3% (4.4%) 3.1% '14-'16 '17 '18-'20 Global Ex-China 0.9% 8.7% 3.6% '14-'16 '17 '18-'20 APAC Ex-China 2014-2016 3 Yr CAGR 2017 YoY 2018-2020 3 Yr CAGR *Derived from Cignal AI, Dell’Oro, IHS, and Ovum data and analysis


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 11 Our industry structure is evolving Ciena uniquely positioned to address evolving customer demands Service Provider Service Provider Webscale CLOUD Services & Application Innovation End User Data Center Data Center End User


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 12 Grow our Packet & Optical Infrastructure Business Build our Network Automation Capabilities with Blue Planet Attack the Merchant Coherent Modem Market Explore Adjacencies for Growth “Best-of-breed at scale” Ciena is well positioned to take market share and expand addressable market


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 13 FY’17 Highlights


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 14 We are taking market share and outperforming the competition Our balance sheet is strengthening We are forcing the pace of innovation in the industry  Annual revenue growth faster than market at more than 7.5%  Webscale/DCI momentum continued, including $110M of Waveserver annual revenue and 73 customers  India revenue grew nearly 100% year-over-year to give Ciena #1 market share in the country  Successful convertible debt exchange offer to manage dilution and improve EPS  Significant improvement in debt ratios  Two ratings agency upgrades (Moody’s and S&P)  Net cash position for first time in more than seven years  WaveLogic Ai – 2x capacity per channel, 3x distance at equivalent capacity, and 4x service density  Liquid Spectrum – monitor and mine all available network assets to instantly respond to new bandwidth demands in real-time  Blue Planet MCP – SDN-based domain control for automating Ciena's next-gen packet and optical networks, greatly simplifying lifecycle management


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 15 FY’17 financial highlights * A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to our GAAP results is included in the appendix to this presentation. Adjusted Gross Margin Adjusted Operating Expense Adjusted Operating Margin $2.80B $2.60BRevenue 45.1% 45.5% $931M 33.2% / total revenue $887M 34.1% / total revenue 11.9% 11.4% FY’17 FY’16


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 16 FY’17 operating metrics Cash Flow from Operations DSO Inventory Turns $1.0B* $1.1BCash and Investments $235M** $290M 80 Days 80 Days 4.9** 5.6 FY’17 FY’16 *Reduced debt by ~$330M **Working Capital increased to meet customer demand


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 17 Long-Term Targets


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 18 Long-term financial targets Ciena’s strategic drivers play a key role in our performance Optical Systems Attached Services Packet Networking Software and Related Services Components *Projections or outlook with respect to future operating results are only as of December 7, 2017, the date presented on the related earnings call. Actual results may differ materially from these forward looking statements. Ciena assumes no obligation to update this information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. **Projection indicates goal by the end of the next three fiscal years


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 19 Long-term financial targets Execution of our strategy will drive top-line growth, profitability and cash generation *Projections or outlook with respect to future operating results are only as of December 7, 2017, the date presented on the related earnings call. Actual results may differ materially from these forward looking statements. Ciena assumes no obligation to update this information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 20 Balance Sheet & Capital Allocation


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 21 Strengthening balance sheet Ciena has made significant improvements since 2014 Convertible Debt Net Cash / (Debt) Gross Debt-to-EBITDA leverage ratio Ratings Agency Upgrades


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 22 Capital allocation priorities Ciena is proactively managing dilution and taking steps to return capital to shareholders Debt Exchange Offer Stock Buyback Business Expansion


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 23 Q4’17 Financials


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 24 Q4 Fiscal 2017 Financial Highlights * A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to our GAAP results is included in the appendix to this presentation.


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 25 Q4 Fiscal 2017 Comparisons (Year-over-Year) 45.2% 44.2% Adj. Gross Margin* Q4'16 Q4'17 $716.2 $744.4 Revenue Q4'16 Q4'17 12.8% 11.9% Adj. Operating Margin* Q4'16 Q4'17 * A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to our GAAP results is included in the appendix to this presentation.


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 26 Q4 Fiscal 2017 Comparisons Adjusted EPS (Year-over-Year) $0.30 $0.32 Adj. EPS* Q4'16 Q4'17 New Method $0.44 $0.46 Adj. EPS* Q4'16 Q4'17 Prior Method • Beginning this quarter, Ciena is changing how it calculates its adjusted Non-GAAP provision for income taxes in accordance with the SEC guidance. Ciena is providing these calculations under its "Prior Method" and the "New Method." • Under the "New Method," the Non-GAAP tax provision consists of current and deferred income tax expense commensurate with the level of adjusted income before income taxes using a current blended U.S. statutory and foreign tax rate (which was 36.5%). • Under the "Prior Method," the Non-GAAP tax provision consists of current and deferred income tax expense, and primarily related to foreign income tax, which is paid using cash. • This change will not affect adjusted income before income taxes, actual cash tax payments, or cash flows. But, it will result in significantly higher non-GAAP provisions for income taxes than our Prior Method presentation. • Ciena does not expect to pay substantial cash taxes on a GAAP basis for the foreseeable future primarily due to its deferred tax asset balance. As of October 31, 2017, it had deferred tax assets, net of approximately $1.16 billion, and consequently, over the near term, cash taxes will continue to be primarily driven by the tax expense of Ciena's foreign subsidiaries, which amounts have not historically been significant. * A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to our GAAP results is included in the appendix to this presentation.


 
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Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 28 Q4 Fiscal 2017 Comparisons (Revenue by Segment) (in millions) $598.9 $592.3 $566.2 $41.8 $42.3 $37.6 $103.7 $94.1 $112.4 $0.0 $100.0 $200.0 $300.0 $400.0 $500.0 $600.0 $700.0 $800.0 Q4'17 Q3'17 Q4'16 Networking Platforms Software & Software-Related Services Global Services


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 29 Q4 Fiscal 2017 Revenue by Segment (Amounts in millions) Q4 FY 2017 Q3 FY 2017 Q4 FY 2016 Revenue %* Revenue %* Revenue %* Networking Platforms Converged Packet Optical $504.7 67.8 $506.5 69.5 $488.0 68.1 Packet Networking 92.5 12.5 82.1 11.3 72.4 10.1 Optical Transport 1.7 0.2 3.7 0.5 5.8 0.8 Total Networking Platforms 598.9 80.5 592.3 81.3 566.2 79.0 Software and Software-Related Services Software Platforms 17.3 2.3 18.4 2.5 16.3 2.3 Software-Related Services 24.5 3.3 23.9 3.3 21.3 3.0 Total Software and Software- 41.8 5.6 42.3 5.8 37.6 5.3Related Services Global Services Maintenance Support and Training 56.2 7.5 57.9 7.9 59.8 8.3 Installation and Deployment 33.5 4.5 27.4 3.8 38.6 5.4 Consulting and Network Design 14.0 1.9 8.8 1.2 14.0 2.0 Total Global Services 103.7 13.9 94.1 12.9 112.4 15.7 Total $744.4 100.0% $728.7 100.0% $716.2 100.0% * Denotes % of total revenue


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 30 U.S. and International Revenue (Amounts in millions) Revenue Q4 FY 2017 Q3 FY 2017 Q2 FY 2017 Q1 FY 2017 Q4 FY 2016 United States $418.2 $438.1 $392.0 $379.7 $436.9 International $326.2 $290.6 $315.0 $241.8 $279.3 Total $744.4 $728.7 $707.0 $621.5 $716.2 % of Total Revenue Q4 FY 2017 Q3 FY 2017 Q2 FY 2017 Q1 FY 2017 Q4 FY 2016 United States 56.2% 60.1% 55.4% 61.1% 61.0% International 43.8% 39.9% 44.6% 38.9% 39.0% Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 31 Q4 Fiscal 2017 Revenue by Geographic Region 59.2% 14.9% 5.8% 20.1% North America Europe, Middle East and Africa Caribbean and Latin America Asia Pacific


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 32 Revenue by Geographic Region (Amounts in millions) Revenue Q4 FY 2017 Q3 FY 2017 Q2 FY 2017 Q1 FY 2017 Q4 FY 2016 North America $440.5 $465.2 $424.4 $405.9 $463.1 Europe, Middle East and Africa 110.7 96.1 105.8 91.5 112.5 Caribbean and Latin America 43.5 51.7 33.9 35.2 46.8 Asia Pacific 149.7 115.7 142.9 88.9 93.8 Total $744.4 $728.7 $707.0 $621.5 $716.2 Revenue Q4 FY 2017 Q3 FY 2017 Q2 FY 2017 Q1 FY 2017 Q4 FY 2016 North America 59.2% 63.8% 60.0% 65.3% 64.7% Europe, Middle East and Africa 14.9% 13.2% 15.0% 14.7% 15.7% Caribbean and Latin America 5.8% 7.1% 4.8% 5.7% 6.5% Asia Pacific 20.1% 15.9% 20.2% 14.3% 13.1% Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%


 
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Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 34 (1) On August 2, 2017, a portion of our 3.75% Senior Convertible Notes due October 15, 2018 (Issued 10/18/2010) (the “Original 2018 Notes”) were exchanged by the holders thereof for 3.75% Senior Convertible Notes due October 15, 2018 (Issued 8/2/2017) (the “New 2018 Notes”). The New 2018 Notes give Ciena the option, at its election, to settle conversions of such notes for cash, shares of its common stock, or a combination of cash and shares. Except with respect to the additional cash settlement options upon conversion, the New 2018 Notes have substantially the same terms as the Original 2018 Notes. (2) Description of Diluted EPS Methodologies: Treasury Stock Method - Convertible debt instruments that may be settled entirely or partly in cash (such as the New 2018 Notes) may, in certain circumstances where the borrower has the ability and intent to settle in cash, be accounted for utilizing the Treasury Stock Method. Under this method, the underlying shares issuable upon conversion of the notes (the “Underlying Shares”) are excluded from the calculation of diluted EPS, except to the extent that the Conversion Value (as defined on the following slide) of the notes exceeds their par value. No adjustment is made to the EPS numerator for interest expense recorded. It is Ciena’s current intent, as of the date of this presentation, that upon conversion of the New 2018 Notes, the principal amount of these notes will be settled in cash, and therefore Ciena intends to use the Treasury Stock Method with respect to these notes in its diluted EPS calculation. See the following slide for an illustration of this method at varying stock prices and the “Additional EPS Shares” that would be included in calculating diluted EPS. If-Converted Method – Convertible debt instruments that must be settled in shares (such as the Original 2018 Notes and the 4.0% Convertible Senior Notes due December 15, 2020) are accounted for under the If-Converted Method. Under this method, diluted EPS is computed assuming the conversion of the notes at the beginning of the reporting period. Ciena adds back to the EPS numerator the recorded interest expense, net of tax, applicable to the notes for the relevant reporting period, and adds the Underlying Shares to the denominator to compute EPS under this method; provided that such adjustments do not increase diluted EPS. If such adjustments increase diluted EPS, then diluted EPS is computed with the interest expense as recorded and without any Additional EPS Shares for the Underlying Shares of such notes. (3) Computed for illustrative purposes using the Treasury Stock Method based on Ciena’s $22.74 average price per share during its fiscal fourth quarter. See the following slide for an illustration of the a calculation of Additional EPS Shares at varying stock prices. NOTE: Net income, earnings per share and stock price assumptions in these materials are for illustrative purposes only and for the sole purpose of further explaining how diluted EPS is calculated in regard to Ciena’s convertible notes. Such metrics do not reflect Ciena’s business outlook. Ciena makes no assumptions as to whether or when it could achieve the relevant metrics provided in this presentation. Outstanding Convertible Notes Par Value (in thousands) Underlying Shares (in thousands) Conversion Price Additional Shares In Diluted EPS Calculation (in thousands) Quarterly Interest Expense Net of Tax (in thousands) Diluted EPS Methodology(2) Memo: Ciena’s quarterly net income must be equal to or greater than the below amounts for the Underlying Shares to be included in Diluted EPS Calculation (in thousands) 3.75% Senior Convertible Notes due October 15, 2018 (Issued 8/2/2017)(1) $ 288,730 14,318 $ 20.17 1,616(3) N/A Treasury Stock Method N/A 3.75% Senior Convertible Notes due October 15, 2018 (Issued 10/18/2010)(1) $ 61,270 3,038 $ 20.17 3,038 $ 399 If-Converted Method $ 19,166 4.0% Convertible Senior Notes due December 15, 2020 $ 187,500 9,198 $ 20.39 9,198 $ 2,217 If-Converted Method $ 35,502 Total $ 537,500 26,554 13,852 $ 2,616 Convertible Notes and Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS) Analysis (GAAP)


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 35 Average Stock Price Per Share A Below $20.17 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 $ 35 Underlying Shares B Additional Shares in Diluted EPS Calculation (Additional EPS Shares) E÷A Conversion Value C = (A * B) Par Value D Conversion Value in Excess of Par Value E = (C - D) 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 14,318 N/A $ 300,678 314,996 329,314 343,632 357,950 372,268 386,586 400,904 415,222 429,540 443,858 458,176 472,494 486,812 $ 501,130 N/A 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 288,730 - 569 1,194 1,765 2,288 2,769 3,213 3,624 4,006 4,362 4,694 5,004 5,295 5,569 5,826 6,069 N/A $ 11,948 26,266 40,584 54,902 69,220 83,538 97,856 112,174 126,492 140,810 155,128 169,446 183,764 198,082 $ 212,400 Illustrative Treasury Stock Method for New 2018 Notes The following table (in thousands, except Stock Price Per Share) illustrates the treatment of Ciena’s New 2018 Notes in calculating diluted EPS in the future based on various hypothetical stock prices and using the Treasury Stock Method. The range of stock prices listed in the table are for illustrative purposes only. Additional EPS Shares would be issuable at Ciena stock prices above $35 per share with the calculation of such Additional EPS Shares to be determined using the same formula below. The actual number of shares of common stock, if any, issuable by Ciena upon conversion of any notes, will be governed by the terms of the indenture applicable to such notes.


 
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Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 37 Q4 FY 2017 Q3 FY 2017 Q2 FY 2017 Q1 FY 2017 Q4 FY 2016 GAAP gross profit $325,685 $328,076 $318,240 $273,785 $318,548 Share-based compensation-products 694 709 708 561 612 Share-based compensation-services 561 619 679 628 557 Amortization of intangible assets 2,332 2,417 3,623 4,313 4,320 Total adjustments related to gross profit 3,587 3,745 5,010 5,502 5,489 Adjusted (non-GAAP) gross profit $329,272 $331,821 $323,250 $279,287 $324,037 Adjusted (non-GAAP) gross margin 44.2% 45.5% 45.7% 44.9% 45.2%


 
Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 38 Q4 FY 2017 Q3 FY 2017 Q2 FY 2017 Q1 FY 2017 Q4 FY 2016 GAAP income from operations $55,799 $81,999 $57,820 $19,104 $59,673 Total adjustments related to gross profit 3,587 3,745 5,010 5,502 5,489 Total adjustments related to operating expense 29,024 16,742 25,839 28,481 26,450 Total adjustments related to income from operations 32,611 20,487 30,849 33,983 31,939 Adjusted (non-GAAP) income from operations $88,410 $102,486 $88,669 $53,087 $91,612 Adjusted (non-GAAP) operating margin 11.9% 14.1% 12.5% 8.5% 12.8%


 
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Copyright © Ciena Corporation 2017. All rights reserved. Confidential & Proprietary. 43 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Net income (loss) (85,431)$ (40,637)$ 11,667$ 72,584$ 1,386,819$ Provision for income taxes 5,240 13,964 12,097 14,134 (1,230,699) Interest expense 44,042 47,115 51,179 56,656 55,852 Depreciation and amortization 127,007 112,767 135,767 141,692 122,902 EBITDA 90,858$ 133,209$ 210,710$ 285,066$ 334,874$ Short-term and long-term debt, net 1,198,106$ 1,451,064$ 1,264,089$ 1,253,682$ 935,981$ Less: Cash and cash equivalents 346,487$ 586,720$ 790,971$ 777,615$ 640,513$ Short-term investments 124,979 140,205 135,107 275,248 279,133 Long-term investments 15,031 50,057 95,105 90,172 49,783 Net Debt 711,609$ 674,082$ 242,906$ 110,647$ (33,448)$ Gross debt-to-EBITDA leverage ratio 13.2 10.9 6.0 4.4 2.8 *Reflects the impact of the adoption of ASU No. 2015-03, Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs in fiscal year 2017 related to balance sheet classification of unamortized debt issuance costs from other long-term assets to current portion of long-term debt and long-term debt. *


 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ciena Announces $300 Million Share Repurchase Authorization

HANOVER, Md. - December 7, 2017 - Ciena® (NYSE: CIEN), a network strategy and technology company, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a program to repurchase up to $300 million of the company’s common stock through the end of fiscal 2020.

“Our share repurchase program reflects the strength of our balance sheet, the stability of our business today and the confidence we have in our future. It also demonstrates our intent to incorporate the return of capital to shareholders in our strategic and operating plans as the business continues to grow and generate cash,” said Ciena’s Chief Financial Officer James E. Moylan, Jr.

Ciena may purchase shares at management’s discretion in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions, in transactions structured through investment banking institutions, or a combination of the foregoing. The Company may also, from time to time, enter into Rule 10b5-1 plans to facilitate repurchases of its shares under this authorization. The amount and timing of repurchases are subject to a variety of factors including liquidity, cash flow, stock price, and general business and market conditions. The program may be modified, suspended or discontinued at any time.

The share repurchase program will be funded with cash on hand or cash generated from operations.
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