Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAV - Free Report) reported impressive second-quarter fiscal 2020 (ended Dec 28, 2019) results, wherein the bottom line and the top line surpassed the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate, and increased year over year. The San Jose, CA-based company delivered record revenues, non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP earnings per share.
On a GAAP basis, net income from continuing operations increased to $28 million or 12 cents per share from $15.4 million or 7 cents per share in the year-ago quarter, supported by higher operating income.
For the December quarter, non-GAAP net income came in at $55.6 million or 23 cents per share compared with $50.9 million or 22 cents per share in the prior-year quarter. The bottom line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4 cents.
Viavi Solutions Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Quarterly total net revenues grew 2.2% year over year to $313.7 million and exceeded the company’s guided range of $292 million to $312 million. Both NSE (Network and Service Enablement) and OSP (Optical Security and Performance Products) business segments delivered strong performance. The top line surpassed the consensus estimate of $303 million.
By segments, revenues from Network Enablement were up 3.8% from the year-ago quarter to $203 million, driven by strong performance in Fiber, Wireless and Cable products. Service Enablement revenues increased 10.6% to $31.2 million led by strength in the company’s Data Center products from improved market conditions and execution. Viavi’s Growth Assurance products saw year-over-year growth, which more than offset the anticipated revenue runoff in its Mature Assurance products.
NSE’s gross margin was 66.4%, up 110 basis points (bps) year over year. Its operating margin of 16% increased 130 bps from year-ago level, reflecting gross margin improvement and favorable operating leverage. This exceeded the guided range of 12% to 14% and registered a new NSE record.
OSP revenues reduced 4.4% year over year to $79.5 million due to decline in the core OSP business partly offset by growth in 3D sensing from increased demand. The figure, however, reached the high end of the guided range of $76 million to $80 million.
OSP’s gross margin of 54.8% expanded 460 bps owing to efficiencies and higher absorption of manufacturing overhead. Operating margin of 38.2% exceeded the guided range, and grew 80 bps year over year, reflecting higher gross margin partly offset by increased investments in growth areas.
Region wise, Viavi generated 37.2% of total net revenues from the Americas, 36% from the Asia-Pacific and 26.8% from EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
Overall non-GAAP gross profit improved to $199.2 million from $187.8 million with respective margins of 63.5% and 61.2%. Non-GAAP operating income was $67.9 million compared with $63.9 million in the prior-year quarter with respective margins of 21.6% and 20.8%. Non-GAAP operating margin exceeded management’s guided range of 18% to 20%.
Cash Flow & Liquidity
During the fiscal second quarter, Viavi generated $38 million of cash from operations. As of Dec 28, 2019, the company had $551.8 million in cash and equivalents with $589.8 million of long-term debt.
The company repurchased nearly $9.2 million worth of shares at an average cost of $13.93 per share in the quarter. Of the $200 million authorized share buyback program, announced in September 2019, Viavi has repurchased $10.7 million worth of shares to date.
Fiscal Q3 Outlook
For third-quarter fiscal 2020, Viavi projects net revenues of $278 million (+/- $10 million). Revenues for NSE and OSP segments are expected to be $212 million (+/- $8 million) and $66 million (+/- $2 million), respectively. While non-GAAP operating margin is estimated to be 15.5% (+/- 1%), non-GAAP earnings per share are expected between 13 cents and 15 cents.
The company expects 5G Wireless field deployment (starting in late calendar 2020), increased penetration of 3D Sensing applications in mobile devices, and fiber network densification to drive business growth.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Viavi currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
A few better-ranked stocks in the broader industry are Splunk Inc. (SPLK - Free Report) , Anaplan, Inc. (PLAN - Free Report) and Appian Corporation (APPN - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Splunk topped earnings estimates in the trailing four quarters, the surprise being 74.3%, on average.
Anaplan surpassed earnings estimates in the trailing four quarters, the beat being 28.8%, on average.
Appian topped earnings estimates thrice in the trailing four quarters, the positive surprise being 15.1%, on average.
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