CommScope Holding's stock experienced a significant drop after the provider of communications-infrastructure revised its earnings outlook, citing ongoing sluggish demand from the telecom sector.
Challenging Times for CommScope Stock
The value of CommScope stock (ticker: COMM) has plummeted by 42%, resulting in an 80% decline year-to-date.
Adjusted Sales Expectations
For the third quarter, CommScope now anticipates sales of $1.6 billion, with core sales amounting to $1.35 billion (excluding the company's home-networking segment, recently slated for sale). This projection falls short of street expectations, which predicted $2 billion in total sales.
Decrease in Earnings and Revised Growth Projection
CommScope foresees a GAAP loss of $829 million for the quarter, which includes $895 million in noncash impairment charges. Additionally, core adjusted Ebitda (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) is expected to be $246 million.
Looking ahead, CommScope has revised its full-year 2023 core adjusted Ebitda projection to a range of $1 billion to $1.05 billion. This is a downward adjustment from the previous forecast of $1.15 billion to $1.25 billion.
Factors Influencing Results
CommScope attributes its latest results to multiple factors, including diminished order rates due to high customer inventories, an uncertain macroeconomic environment, and reduced service-provider capital spending.
CommScope CEO Chuck Treadway acknowledged that the softening demand environment is likely to persist throughout the first half of 2024, impacting revenue and profitability.
CommScope's warning joins a string of earnings warnings and underwhelming results from other players in the telecom-equipment sector, including Ericsson (ERIC), Adtran Holdings (ADTN), Belden (BDC), A10 Networks (ATEN), and Cambium Networks (CMBM).
Upcoming Financial Disclosure
Detailed financial results from CommScope will be released on November 9.
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