Aruba reports record revenue, but losses soar

On the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average continued its fall, by another 455 points, WLAN vendor reported record first quarter revenues, but also a much higher net loss compared to a year ago.

Revenues for fiscal 2009 first quarter were US$52.4 million, up 12% compared with a year ago and 9% over the previous quarter. But the quarterly net loss was nearly $6.4 million, up from a net loss of $639,000 in the year-ago quarter.

The financial results were announced after trading ended Thursday. While Aruba's revenue held up, its stock has not. During the day, Aruba's share price ended at $1.95, a decrease of about 8% for the day, and a big drop from its 52-week high of $15.85. The stock had risen from about $4.29 in mid-July to mid-August but has, with so many others, been dropping every since. (Compare enterprise WLAN products with our .)

On Nov. 14, the board of directors approved an array of cost-cutting measures. This included an unspecified number of layoffs, making Aruba the latest in a their workforces. The measures are designed to reduce operating expenses by about 10%. The company expects the measures to result in at least $2 million in pre-tax savings in the second quarter, and $5 million to $6 million in the latter half of the fiscal year.

Aruba added 700 new customers during the quarter, bringing the total to 6,000. In a statement, President and CEO Dominic Orr said he was "cautiously optimistic about our year-over-year growth prospects even in the tougher ." Education WLAN deployments have been the company's strongest vertical market.

The company has also made some big ticket , especially Airwave Wireless, a WLAN management vendor, for $37 million earlier this year.