UPDATE 1-Sycamore posts wider-than-expected loss; shares fall

Wed Dec 1, 2010 11:23am EST

* Q1 adj loss/shr $0.20 vs est loss/shr $0.04

* Q1 rev $11.7 mln vs est $16.95 mln

* Announces cash distribution of $6.50/shr

* Shares down as much as 15 percent

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Communications equipment provider Sycamore Networks SCMR.O posted a wider-than-expected quarterly loss as its slowing legacy bandwidth-management business hurt revenue, sending its stock down to a near three-month low.

For the quarter ended Oct. 30, Chelmsford, Massachusetts-based Sycamore reported a loss of $6.5 million, or 23 cents a share. It had posted its first profit in 11 successive quarters during May-July. [ID:nSGE68119D]

Excluding items, the company lost 20 cents a share, while analysts had anticipated a loss of 4 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue fell 25 percent to $11.7 million, well below Wall Street expectations of $16.95 million.

The company had previously indicated that growth from its existing customer base was limited and is vying to get a higher share of the bandwidth management business for 3G networks through its IQstream product.

Shares of Sycamore, which counts Verizon Communications (VZ.N) and Sprint Nextel (S.N) as its customers, gained 35 percent since it reported a fourth-quarter profit.

They were down 15 percent in late-morning trade on Wednesday on Nasdaq. They touched a low of $25.38 earlier in the day. (Reporting by Himank Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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