Enterasys wraps up 2001

Enterasys Networks Inc. last month finished reporting its financials through the end of 2001 and announced its president will leave the company at the end of the year.

The company has not released any final financial results since the third quarter of 2001 because it was carrying out an internal review of its accounting practices. It announced Oct. 31 that the review was finished.

Yuda Doron, who became president of the Portsmouth, N.H., network equipment company in April and concentrated on sales, will leave Dec. 31 when his employment contract expires, according to a company statement. His position will be filled by CEO William O’Brien, who also came on board in April and has concentrated on financial issues. Enterasys has consolidated its president and CEO positions because it has become a smaller company, and Doron’s contract was not renewed, according to spokesman Drew Miale.

Enterasys, which was spun off from Cabletron Systems Inc. in 2000, has faced a number of difficulties in addition to the ongoing downturn in the market for network gear. In January, the company discovered inconsistencies in accounting related to its Asia-Pacific operations and also was notified it was under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Aprisma Management Technologies Inc., which Enterasys had planned to spin off as an independent company earlier this year, instead was sold to buyout firm Gores Technology Group Inc. in August.

Enterasys restated its results for its 2001 fiscal year, ended March 3, 2001, cutting its stated revenue by US$78 million to US$784 million and increasing its net loss by US$76 million to US$705 million, the company said in a statement.

Because the company has shifted its reporting schedule from a fiscal year to a calendar year, it also reported results for a “transition year,” a ten-month period ended Dec. 31, 2001. For the transition year, Enterasys reported revenue of US$415 million and a net loss of US$715 million. In doing so, it restated earlier reported results for the first seven months of that period. The restatement showed US$75 million less revenue and a US$69 million greater loss.

In the next few weeks Enterasys will state its results for the first, second and third calendar quarters of 2002, said Bob Ray, vice president of marketing. Recently, Enterasys has stabilized its revenue, estimating that it brought in about US$120 million or more during the first, second and third quarters of this year, according to the statement. This was achieved partly by reducing the company’s cash usage through steps that included layoffs. The company announced April 8 that it would reduce its workforce by about 30 per cent to approximately 1,700 employees.

– IDG News Service