Lumentum reveals bad news for 2Q19

Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LITE) November 12 reduced its guidance for second quarter 2019 less than two weeks after reporting first quarter results. The company now believes it will report revenues of $335 million to $355 million rather than the $405 million to $430 million it said November 1 it was expecting for the quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin and diluted net income per share also are expected to shrink. Lumentum management cited reduced orders from a major customer that they didn’t name – but which is widely believed to be Apple – for the recalculations.

Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LITE) November 12 reduced its guidance for second quarter 2019 less than two weeks after reporting first quarter results. The company now believes it will report revenues of $335 million to $355 million rather than the $405 million to $430 million it said November 1 it was expecting for the quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin and diluted net income per share also are expected to shrink. Lumentum management cited reduced orders from a major customer that they didn’t name – but which is widely believed to be Apple – for the recalculations.

The company now says it expects non-GAAP operating margin of 23.0% to 25.0% versus the 28.0% to 30.0% it predicted earlier this month. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share is predicted to be $1.15 to $1.34, rather than the $1.60 to $1.75 discussed November 1.

"We recently received a request from one of our largest Industrial and Consumer customers for laser diodes for 3D sensing to materially reduce shipments to them during our fiscal second quarter for previously placed orders that were originally scheduled for delivery during the quarter," explained Alan Lowe, president and CEO, via a press statement. "With our proven ability to deliver high volumes, years of experience, hundreds of millions of devices in the field, and new product and customer funnel, we remain confident in our leadership position in the nascent market for laser diodes for 3D sensing."

Speaking at the UBS Conference later in the day, Lowe told attendees that he didn’t know the reasons behind the order reduction but didn’t believe it was related to a shift in market share, according to the website SeekingAlpha.

The financial figures do not include potential contributions from Oclaro, whom Lumentum is in the process of acquiring (see “Lumentum agrees to buy Oclaro for $1.8 billion”). Closing of that deal is pending approval from Chinese authorities, and Lumentum isn’t sure when they’ll receive it.

Investors did not react well to the news, dropping Lumentum’s share price 32.98% in trading yesterday. However, the stock rebounded in morning trading today, gaining 7.87% to reach $40.65 as of 11:23 AM Eastern.

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