* Expects first-quarter adjusted EPS $0.23-$0.24 vs est
* Forecasts first-quarter revenue $257-$266 mln vs est
* Fourth-quarter adjusted EPS $0.29 in-line with estimates
* Revenue $237 mln vs est $235 mln
* Shares fall 9 pct after the bell
By Neha Alawadhi
Feb 7 Network gear maker Riverbed Technology
Inc's quarterly profit fell 76 percent on costs
associated with its $1 billion acquisition of Opnet Technologies
Inc, and the company forecast current-quarter profit below
Shares of the company fell 9 percent in extended trading,
after closing at $20.10 on the Nasdaq on Thursday.
Riverbed expects a profit of 23 cents to 24 cents per share,
excluding items, on revenue of between $257 million and $266
million for the first quarter.
Analysts were looking for an adjusted profit of 25 cents per
share on revenue of $263.3 million, according to Thomson Reuters
"The (sequential) growth rate in the wide-area network (WAN)
business is slower than what investors were hoping for," FBN
Securities analyst Shebly Seyrafi told Reuters.
Riverbed is a market leader in the WAN business with its
flagship Steelhead products that can boost data flow speeds by
up to 100 times.
The business had so far been insulated from a cut in
spending by telecom service providers, the biggest customers for
network gear makers such as Riverbed and its rivals Juniper
Networks Inc and F5 Networks Inc.
The company bought Opnet, which makes software to manage
traffic on networks, last year to counter the slowdown in its
Riverbed expects the Opnet acquisition, which it closed in
the fourth quarter, to contribute $45 million to $50 million
revenue in the current quarter.
The company's net income fell to $4.8 million, or 3 cents
per share, in the fourth quarter, from $20.2 million, or 12
cents per share, a year earlier.
Acquisition-related costs rose to $13.2 million, from $1.1
Excluding items, the earnings were 29 cents per share.
Revenue rose 17 percent to $237 million.
Analysts expected an adjusted profit of 29 cents per share
on revenue of about $235 million.