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Tellabs Delivers Final Earnings Fizzle

Tellabs posted lower revenue and a growing net loss in its third-quarter earnings report, likely its last as a public firm.

Dan O'Shea

November 1, 2013

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Tellabs Delivers Final Earnings Fizzle

In what was very likely its final quarterly earnings report as a public company, Tellabs missed analysts' revenue estimates for the third quarter by a wide margin, and showed further evidence that it is losing traction with long-standing customer Verizon Communications.

Separately, Marlin Equity Partners , which two weeks ago announced it was acquiring Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA) for $891 million, said it has commenced its tender offer for all outstanding shares of Tellabs at $2.45 per share. The tender offer expires on Dec. 2. The Tellabs board has already approved the sale of the company. (See: Tellabs to Be Sold to Marlin for $891M and Tellabs' Last Hope: Marlin's Optical Ambition.)

Having previously canceled its quarterly earnings call, Tellabs announced its third-quarter earnings via a 10Q filing with the SEC.

Revenue for the quarter came in at $198.5 million, well under the $212 million estimate of MKM Partners, according to Michael Genovese, communications equipment analyst at MKM. The revenue posting also represented a significant drop from the $264.4 million in revenue Tellabs posted for the same period last year. The vendor saw its net loss grow to $9.8 million, from $3.9 million in the third quarter last year.

Its optical sector revenue was $88.4 million, down about $20 million from the third quarter of 2012, and Genovese said in a research note after the filing that he believes the sales shrinkage in optical is connected to Tellabs losing metro optical business at Verizon to competitors such as Ciena, the vendor's one-time, would-be merger partner.

— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Dan O'Shea

Analyst, Heavyreading.com

You want Dans? We got 'em! This one, "Fancy" Dan O'Shea, has been covering the telecom industry for 20 years, writing about virtually every technology segment and winning several ASBPE awards in the process. He previously served as editor-in-chief of Telephony magazine, and was the founding editor of FierceTelecom. Grrrr! Most recently, this sleep-deprived father of two young children has been a Chicago-based freelance writer, and continues to pontificate on non-telecom topics such as fantasy sports, craft beer, baseball and other subjects that pay very little but go down well at parties. In his spare time he claims to be reading Ulysses (yeah, right), owns fantasy sports teams that almost never win, and indulges in some fieldwork with those craft beers. So basically, it's time to boost those bar budgets, folks!

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