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Ciena Corporation Shares Surge on Q1 Results (CIEN)

Shares of Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), a provider of communications networking equipment, software and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation and management of voice, video and data traffic, have surged in trading today after the company reported its financial results for the first quarter ended January 31, 2013.

For the quarter, the Hanover, Maryland-based company reported net loss of $47.3 million, or $0.47 per share on a GAAP basis. This compares to GAAP net loss of $47.7 million, or $0.49 per share reported for the same period in the previous year.

On a non-GAAP basis, the company reported net income of $12.3 million, or $0.12 per share for the first quarter, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $16.5 million, or $0.17 per share reported for the same period in the previous year.

Ciena’s revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $453.1 million, compared to $465.5 million reported in the previous quarter, and $416.7 billion reported for the same period in the previous year.

Gary Smith, President and CEO of Ciena, said that CIEN’s first-quarter performance reflects a solid start to the fiscal year. Smith said that the company is positioned to take advantage of the underlying market dynamics, which are increasingly aligned with its strategy and competitive strengths. He added that the company believes that the combination of its technology and market share leadership as well as its strategic customer relationships will enable it to continue growing faster than the market.

Looking ahead to the second quarter, Ciena expects revenue to be between $465 million and $495 million. Adjusted gross margin for the quarter is expected to in the low 40s percent range.

At last check, CIEN shares were trading 16.53% higher at $17.41 on above average volume of 11.56 million. The stock hit an intra-day high of $17.58 in trading today.