Acquisition-Fueled Infinera Results Scorch Targets Again

By Tim BeyersFool.com

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Shares of Infinera moved sharply higher in late Tuesday trading, after the company reported its fifth consecutive quarter of better-than-expected results. Revenue growth also accelerated materially. Here's a closer look at the most crucial year-over-year figures:

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Data sources: S&P Capital IQand Infinera press release.

Commenting on the results, CEO Tom Fallon said in a press release:

What went right: Revenue growthaccelerated meaningfully from 22.2% in last year's third quarter. As Fallon points out, acquiring Transmode's metro business was a certain contributor to the gains but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Per-share earnings rose 50% on the basis of generally accepted accounting principles that account fully for acquisition costs.

What went wrong:Not much went wrong when you look at it. Cash from operations grew faster than revenue and gross margin was up slightly year over year (44.2% vs. 43.4% in last year's Q3). Meanwhile, Infinera is positioning itself to serve the entirety of the wavelength division multiplexing market by incorporating Transmode technology into a unified portfolio of products manageable from a single software interface.

What's next:Infinera didn't include guidance in its press release. Nevertheless, analysts tracked by S&P Capital IQ had the company generating $253.62 million in revenue and $0.19 a share in adjusted earnings. That compares with $186.31 million and $0.13 a share in last year's Q4. Longer term, analysts have Infinera growing earnings by an average of 18.75%annuallyduring the next three to five years.

In the meantime, investors should focus on what management says about large-scale deals. Paying up for a unified portfolio only makes sense if there are customers willing to bet equally big on Infinera technology.

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