Juniper Q4 2022 and FY 2022 Earnings: Momentum is on Juniper’s Side

The News: Juniper Networks, a supplier of secure, AI-driven networks reported preliminary financial results for the three months and fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 and provided its outlook for the three months ending March 31, 2023. Read the Juniper Press Release here.

Juniper Q4 2022 and FY 2022 Earnings: Momentum is on Juniper’s Side

Analyst Take:  Juniper’s Q4 2022 and FY 2022 results generated record revenue and strong profitability during the December quarter. Juniper non-GAAP gross and operating margin both exceeded the mid-point of its forecast and enabled the company to beat the mid-point of its non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) outlook. Juniper’s Q4 2022 financial highlights included:

  • Net revenues were $1,448.8 million, an increase of 11% year-over-year (YoY), and an increase of 2% sequentially.
  • GAAP operating margin was 14.0%, an increase from 11.8% in Q4 2021, and an increase from 10.6% in Q3 of 2022.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin was 19.1%, an increase from 18.3% in Q4 2021, and an increase from 17.2% in Q3 2022.
  • GAAP net income was $180.4 million, an increase of 36% YoY, and an increase of 48% sequentially, resulting in diluted earnings per share of $0.55.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $213.8 million, an increase of 16% YoY, and an increase of 12% sequentially, resulting in non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.65.

Full-Year (FY) 2022 Financial Performance

  • Net revenues were $5,301.2 million, an increase of 12% YoY.
  • GAAP operating margin was 9.8%, an increase from 8.2% in fiscal year 2021.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin was 15.7%, a decrease from 15.9% in fiscal year 2021.

We view Juniper’s Q4 2022 and FY 2022 financial performance as validation that the company is sustaining market-wide momentum and executing its strategic vision under CEO Rami Rahim’s leadership. From our perspective, the results are impressive as Juniper delivered a second consecutive quarter of double-digit YoY growth, a record performance by the enterprise business, and its second-highest cloud revenue quarter.

We believe that Juniper’s experience-first networking strategy bolsters its portfolio-wide sales and marketing across its targeted market segments such as IT networks, communications service provider (CSP) networks, cloud operator, security, and software/SaaS. Organizations are expanding their investments in deflationary technologies like AI and cloud-enabled automation – Juniper portfolio strong suits – to bolster their business outcomes by improving customer operations and the overall end-user experience.

For instance, in fulfilling its data center customer demands across the IT networks and cloud operator segments, Juniper reported that the Juniper Apstra platform grew 170% in 2022 and now has hundreds of companies as customers. In September 2022, Juniper introduced Apstra Freeform Reference Designs developed to extend automation to any data center, using any vendor, any typology, and any network design, strengthening the overall Apstra proposition.

Juniper is now unveiling Apstra 4.1.2 to further propel its market momentum across the data center ecosystem. From our view, the new release’s support of additional Arista, Cisco, and Dell platforms and operating systems, as well as VMWare NSX-T 3.2 integration aimed at automating VLAN deployments and configuration validation, further burnishes Apstra’s multi-vendor credentials and Juniper’s overall portfolio momentum.

Juniper’s Q1 2023 Outlook: Key Takeaways

For Q1 2023, Juniper is confident on expanding its non-GAAP operating margin by at least 100 basis points in 2023 by remaining focused on delivering profitable growth. Juniper’s guidance for the quarter ending March 31, 2023 is as follows:

  • Revenue will be approximately $1,340 million, plus or minus $50 million.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin will be approximately 57.0%, plus or minus 1%.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses will be approximately $580 million, plus or minus $5 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin will be approximately 13.7% at the mid-point of revenue guidance.
  • Non-GAAP tax rate will be approximately 19.0%, plus or minus 1%.
  • Non-GAAP net income per share will be approximately $0.42, plus or minus $0.05. This assumes a share count of approximately 330 million.

Of note, we see Juniper’s ongoing commitment to portfolio-wide differentiation, along with its go-to-market investments and robust backlog, as providing the foundation for Q1 2023 as well as another year of solid revenue growth in 2023.

Juniper acknowledges that supply chain related headwinds associated with shortages as well as elevated component and freight costs are expected to persist during 2023 and as such are factored into its mid-point guidance that revenue is expected to be up 15% YoY. Q1 2023 gross margin is expected to be down sequentially due to a normalized software mix and seasonality while non-GAAP operating expense is expected to increase sequentially, primarily driven by the typical seasonal increases of fringe costs. Despite these increases, the company’s operating margin is expected to increase more than 100 basis points versus Q1 2022.

Overall, we find Juniper’s portfolio-wide focus on deflationary-type technologies such as AI and automation targeted at improving customer experience and overall operational efficiencies. Juniper’s Q4 2022 and FY 2022 financial results and portfolio focus on AI-driven, automated, and secure networks put the company in an advantageous position to further reduce complexity across networking environments in the multi-cloud era.

Disclosure: Futurum Research is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of Futurum Research as a whole.

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Author Information

Ron is an experienced, customer-focused research expert and analyst, with over 20 years of experience in the digital and IT transformation markets, working with businesses to drive consistent revenue and sales growth.

He is a recognized authority at tracking the evolution of and identifying the key disruptive trends within the service enablement ecosystem, including a wide range of topics across software and services, infrastructure, 5G communications, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), analytics, security, cloud computing, revenue management, and regulatory issues.

Prior to his work with The Futurum Group, Ron worked with GlobalData Technology creating syndicated and custom research across a wide variety of technical fields. His work with Current Analysis focused on the broadband and service provider infrastructure markets.

Ron holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from University of Nevada — Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts in political science/government from William and Mary.


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