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BROCADE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, INC. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: March 2, 2012 04:37PM

BROCADE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, INC. (BRCD) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-01-28. Brocade Comm Sy has a market cap of $2.66 billion; its shares were traded at around $5.77 with a P/E ratio of 17.2 and P/S ratio of 1.2. Brocade Comm Sy had an annual average earning growth of 23.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Brocade Comm Sy the business predictability rank of 2-star.



Highlight of Business Operations:

The increase in Data Storage Products revenues for the period was driven by an increase in both the number of ports shipped and our average selling price per port. The number of ports shipped for the three months ended January 28, 2012 increased by 4.0% compared to the three months ended January 29, 2011. Average selling price per port increased by 2.6% in the three months period ended January 28, 2012 compared to the three months period ended January 29, 2011 due to a favorable product mix shift to our high-end, higher bandwidth Director products in the three months ended January 28, 2012.

The decrease in Global Services revenues was primarily a result of lower Data Storage support and service revenues in the three months ended January 28, 2012, which was partially offset by an increase in Ethernet support revenues. The decline in the Data Storage service revenues is primarily attributed to the sale of Strategic Business Systems, Inc. (“SBS”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, which the Company sold during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011.

A significant portion of our revenues is concentrated among a relatively small number of OEM customers. For the three months ended January 28, 2012, three customers accounted for 20%, 15% and 13%, respectively, of the Company’s total net revenues for a combined total of 48% of total net revenues. For the three months ended January 29, 2011, three customers accounted for 18%, 17% and 12%, respectively, of the Company’s total net revenues for a combined total of 47% of total net revenues. We expect that a significant portion of our future revenues will continue to come from sales of products to a relatively small number of OEM partners and to the United States (“U.S.”) government and its individual agencies through our distributors. Therefore, the loss of, or a decrease in the level of sales to, or a change in the ordering pattern of any one of these customers could seriously harm our financial condition and results of operations.

Total gross margin increased by $23.9 million or 2.7% for the three months ended January 28, 2012 compared to the three months ended January 29, 2011 primarily due to a higher percent of revenues from our Data Storage products, which have the highest gross margins of our segments.

As of January 28, 2012, two customers accounted for 15% and 11%, respectively, of total accounts receivable, for a combined total of 26% of total accounts receivable. As of October 29, 2011, two customers accounted for 16% and 14%, respectively, of total accounts receivable, for a combined total of 30% of total accounts receivable. We perform ongoing credit evaluations of our customers and generally do not require collateral or security interests on accounts receivable balances. We have established reserves for credit losses, sales allowances, and other allowances. While we have not experienced material credit losses in any of the periods presented, there can be no assurance that we will not experience material credit losses in the future.

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