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Finisar Furlough Queried

The week between Christmas and New Year's is vacation time for many folk. It may also be time for some furtive company shutdowns -- when corporate bigwigs aim to save costs by quietly suspending business operations. After all, with most people's minds on eggnog and mistletoe, who'd be the wiser?

At least one analyst thinks the tactic could pay off. Shaw Wu of AmTech Research writes in a note today that SAN/LAN component maker Finisar Corp. (Nasdaq: FNSR) appears to be "in the midst of a firm-wide holiday lockdown with the exception of key revenue-generating employees."

Finisar had the answering machine on; no one could be reached in person to verify or deny. But Wu notes that if it's true the company's taken a temporary powder, the cost savings could make a dent of as much as $1 million in the company's operating expenses, which he estimates will be about $21.3 million for the January quarter.

Wu, who has a Buy rating on Finisar, is predicting the company will show revenues of $46 million and an operating loss of about $10 million, less than last quarter's $12 million (see Finisar Halves Q2 Losses).

Wu says he's not aware of any other companies he covers adopting a holiday furlough implying unpaid leave. But he says at least one other company in the storage networking space, Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), took the approach a couple of years ago. NetApp couldn't be reached to confirm.

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