* Expects adj rev $$264-$265 mln vs prior view $274-$280 mln
* Expects adj profit at low end of its 26-28 cents/shr view
* Shares fall as much as 7.3 pct
* Elliott Management reiterates offer
(Adds Elliott Management offer, background)
By Lehar Maan and Soham Chatterjee
July 14 Network equipment maker Riverbed
Technology Inc warned its second-quarter adjusted
revenue was lower than its forecast, because of delays in
closing some large North American deals.
Riverbed's shares fell as much as 7.3 percent in early
"This was a reality check quarter for Riverbed as the
company faces a myriad of company-specific and secular
challenges in the field," FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel
Ives said in an email.
Hedge fund Elliott Management on Monday reaffirmed its offer
to buy Riverbed for about $3.36 billion, after being rebuffed
Analysts at Piper Jaffray said in a note that Riverbed is
facing lower demand for its wide area network (WAN) optimization
Riverbed's WAN optimization products help increase the speed
of software shared over wide area networks and reduce network
The company has been struggling with the integration of
Opnet, a maker of software to manage traffic on networks that it
acquired in 2012. Through the acquisition, Riverbed aimed to
counter a slowdown in its main WAN optimization business.
Elliott, which raised its initial bid by $2 to $21 per share
in February, reiterated that Riverbed's board should explore
"All Riverbed stakeholders will end up paying for this
reckless gamble, in which the board clearly put the interests of
a deeply entrenched management team ahead of shareholders,"
Riverbed on Monday estimated adjusted revenue of $264-$265
million for the quarter ended June, below its forecast of
Analysts were expecting revenue of $277.4 million, according
to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The company estimated adjusted profit at the low end of its
forecast of 26-28 cents per share. Analyst on average were
expecting 27 cents a share.
Riverbed will report second-quarter results on July 24.
The company's shares were down 5.5 percent at $19.23 on the
Nasdaq in late morning trading.
FBN Securities cut its price target on the stock to $20 from
$21. The brokerage has a "sector perform" rating.
(Reporting By Lehar Maan and Soham Chatterjee in Bangalore;
Editing by Maju Samuel)