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EXFO Reports Second-Quarter Results for Fiscal 2013

  • Sales reach US$62.6 million
  • Gross margin amounts to 62.2% of sales
  • Adjusted EBITDA totals US$4.4 million

QUEBEC CITY, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO; TSX: EXF) reported today financial results for the second quarter ended February 28, 2013.

Sales reached US$62.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to US$66.9 million in the second quarter of 2012 and US$59.8 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Bookings attained US$53.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to US$60.6 million in the same period last year and US$64.3 million in the first quarter of 2013. The company's book-to-bill ratio was 0.85 in the second quarter of 2013 and 0.96 after six months into the fiscal year.

Gross margin* amounted to 62.2% of sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to 64.7% in the second quarter of 2012 and 60.5% in the first quarter of 2013.

IFRS net earnings in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 totaled US$39,000, or US$0.00 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of US$1.0 million, or US$0.02 per diluted share, in the same period last year and a net loss of US$1.6 million, or US$0.03 per share, in the first quarter of 2013. IFRS net earnings in the second quarter of 2013 included US$1.9 million in after-tax amortization of intangible assets, US$0.5 million in stock-based compensation costs, US$0.1 million in after-tax restructuring charges and a foreign exchange gain of US$1.7 million.

Adjusted EBITDA** totaled US$4.4 million, or 7.1% of sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to US$7.8 million, or 11.7% of sales, in the second quarter of 2012 and US$2.7 million, or 4.5% of sales, in the first quarter of 2013.

"I am encouraged by our sequential increase in sales and profitability in the second quarter," said Germain Lamonde, EXFO's Chairman, President and CEO. "At the beginning of fiscal 2013, we had expected a stronger financial performance in the second half and I remain confident we will deliver a stronger second half. This stated confidence is based on improving market conditions, discussions with customers, positive impact of key new product launches for 4G/LTE and 100G network deployments, recent product approvals and the quality of our sales funnel."

"Consequently, I believe EXFO will generate mid-single digit sales growth and improved profitability in fiscal 2013," Mr. Lamonde added. "I am pleased with our improved market position and remain committed to returning to our historical sales CAGR of 20% that we delivered over the last 10 years, while focusing on the earnings growth that the investment community has come to expect from EXFO."

Selected Financial Information
(In thousands of US dollars)

                 
    Q2 2013     Q1 2013     Q2 2012
                 
Sales $ 62,576   $ 59,821   $ 66,917
                 
Gross margin* $ 38,912   $ 36,164   $ 43,301
    62.2%     60.5%     64.7%
                 
Other selected information:                
  IFRS net earnings (loss) $ 39   $ (1,638)   $ 954
  Amortization of intangible assets $ 1,922   $ 1,962   $ 1,974
  Stock-based compensation costs $ 468   $ 448   $ 508
  Restructuring charges $ 89   $ -   $ -
  Change in fair value of cash contingent consideration $ -   $ -   $ (311)
  Net income tax effect of the above items $ (95)   $ (67)   $ (56)
  Foreign exchange (gain) loss $ (1,700)   $ (756)   $ 1,471
  Adjusted EBITDA** $ 4,435   $ 2,720   $ 7,826

Operating Expenses
Selling and administrative expenses totaled US$23.1 million, or 36.9% of sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to US$23.7 million, or 35.4% of sales, in the same period last year and US$22.3 million, or 37.3% of sales, in the first quarter of 2013.

Gross research and development expenses amounted to US$14.1 million, or 22.6% of sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to US$14.8 million, or 22.1% of sales, in the second quarter of 2012 and US$13.9 million, or 23.2% of sales, in the first quarter of 2013.

Net R&D expenses totaled US$12.0 million, or 19.1% of sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to US$12.3 million, or 18.4% of sales, in the same period last year and US$11.6 million, or 19.4% of sales, in the first quarter of 2013.

Second-Quarter Highlights

  • Growth. Despite late budget releases by network operators, EXFO's revenue level improved 4.6% sequentially in the second quarter mainly due to increased traction in the wireless sector. This marked the second consecutive quarter of revenue growth for EXFO amid difficult market conditions. The company posted double-digit sequential sales increases in the Asia-Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions, but a decrease in the Americas. EXFO's top customer accounted for 5.9% of sales in the second quarter, while the top three represented 13.1%.
  • Profitability. EXFO finished break-even (US$39,000) on an IFRS basis in the second quarter compared to a net loss of US$1.6 million in the previous quarter. The company also generated US$2.1 million in cash flows from operating activities. Based on increased sales volume and a tight control on expenses, EXFO expects to significantly improve profitability in the second half of the fiscal year.
  • Innovation. EXFO launched six new products in the second quarter including amongst others the TravelHawk Pro, a 4G/LTE network troubleshooting tool that has been selected by three of world's top five LTE operators; FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer, the first portable, multiservice test solution supporting transmission rates from 10M to 100G; and packet synchronization functionalities on the FTB1/FTB-800 NetBlazer series for wireless network deployments. Altogether, the company has released 11 new products since the beginning of the fiscal year.

Business Outlook
EXFO forecasts sales between US$64.0 million and US$69.0 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, while IFRS net earnings are expected to range between US$0.00 and US$0.04 per diluted share. Net earnings include US$0.03 per share in after-tax amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation costs.

This guidance was established by management based on existing backlog as of the date of this press release, seasonality, expected bookings for the remaining of the quarter, as well as exchange rates as of the day of this press release.

Conference Call and Webcast
EXFO will host a conference call today at 5 p.m. (Eastern time) to review its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. To listen to the conference call and participate in the question period via telephone, dial 1-416-641-6680. Germain Lamonde, Chairman, President and CEO, and Pierre Plamondon, CPA, CA, Vice-President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, will participate in the call. An audio replay of the conference call will be available one hour after the event until 7 p.m. on April 3, 2013. The replay number is 1-402-977-9141 and the reservation number is 21649128. The audio Webcast and replay of the conference call will also be available on EXFO's Website at www.EXFO.com, under the Investors section.

About EXFO
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks-from the core to the edge. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies accounting for more than 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1700 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and we intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical information or statements of current condition. Words such as may, will, expect, believe, anticipate, intend, could, estimate, continue, or the negative or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events and circumstances are considered forward-looking statements. They are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements due to various factors including macro-economic uncertainty and/or recession (including our ability to quickly adapt cost structures with anticipated levels of business and our ability to manage inventory levels with market demand); capital spending and network deployment levels in the telecommunications industry; future economic, competitive, financial and market conditions; limited visibility with regards to customer orders and the timing of such orders; fluctuating exchange rates; consolidation in the global telecommunications test and service assurance industry and increased competition among vendors; concentration of sales; timely release and market acceptance of our new products and other upcoming products; our ability to successfully integrate our acquired and to-be-acquired businesses; our ability to successfully expand international operations; and the retention of key technical and management personnel. Assumptions relating to the foregoing involve judgments and risks, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Other risk factors that may affect our future performance and operations are detailed in our Annual Report, on Form 20-F, and our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian securities commissions. We believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable based on information currently available to us, but we cannot assure you that the expectations will prove to have been correct. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These statements speak only as of the date of this document. Unless required by law or applicable regulations, we undertake no obligation to revise or update any of them to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date of this document.

Non-IFRS Measures
EXFO provides non-IFRS measures (gross margin* and adjusted EBITDA**) as supplemental information regarding its operational performance. The company uses these measures for the purposes of evaluating its historical and prospective financial performance, as well as its performance relative to competitors. These measures also help the company to plan and forecast future periods as well as to make operational and strategic decisions. EXFO believes that providing this information to investors, in addition to IFRS measures, allows them to see the company's results through the eyes of management, and to better understand historical and future financial performance.

The presentation of this additional information is not prepared in accordance with IFRS. Therefore, the information may not necessarily be comparable to that of other companies and should be considered as a supplement to, not a substitute for, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with IFRS.

Gross margin represents sales less cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization.
 
**  Adjusted EBITDA represents net earnings (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation of property, plant and equipment, amortization of intangible assets, restructuring charges, change in the fair value of the cash contingent consideration, stock-based compensation costs and foreign exchange gain or loss.

The following table summarizes the reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to IFRS net earnings (loss), in thousands of US dollars:

Adjusted EBITDA

      Three months
ended
February 28,
2013
    Three months
ended
November 30,
2012
    Three months
ended
February 29,
2012
                   
IFRS net earnings (loss) for the period   $ 39   $ (1,638)   $ 954
                   
Add (deduct):                  
                   
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment     1,504     1,605     1,546
Amortization of intangible assets      1,922     1,962     1,974
Interest (income) expenses     25     (33)     (54)
Income taxes     2,088     1,132     1,738
Restructuring charges     89      -     -
Change in fair value of cash contingent consideration        -     -     (311)
Stock-based compensation costs     468     448     508
Foreign exchange (gain) loss     (1,700)     (756)     1,471
Adjusted EBITDA for the period   $ 4,435   $ 2,720   $ 7,826
                   
Adjusted EBITDA in percentage of sales     7.1%     4.5%     11.7%

 


EXFO Inc.
Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands of US dollars)



    As at
February 28,
2013
    As at
August 31,
2012
Assets          
           
Current assets          
Cash $  51,425   $  58,868
Short-term investments   4,952     8,236
Accounts receivable          
  Trade   42,715     37,643
  Other   2,643     4,283
Income taxes and tax credits recoverable   8,375     9,024
Inventories   38,331     41,212
Prepaid expenses   3,685     3,800
    152,126     163,066
           
Tax credits recoverable   40,368     38,397
Property, plant and equipment   46,593     49,848
Intangible assets   10,111     14,132
Goodwill   27,885     29,160
Deferred income taxes   11,266     12,080
           
  $  288,349   $  306,683
Liabilities          
           
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $  29,420   $  32,392
Provisions   742     952
Income taxes payable   1,225     917
Current portion of long-term debt   584     565
Deferred revenue   9,069      10,583
    41,040     45,409
           
Deferred revenue   4,481     4,997
Long-term debt   -     282
Other liabilities   383     609
Deferred income taxes   2,628     2,105
    48,532     53,402
           
Shareholders' equity          
Share capital   111,400      110,965
Contributed surplus   16,688     17,298
Retained earnings   109,912     111,511
Accumulated other comprehensive income   1,817     13,507
           
    239,817     253,281
           
  $  288,349   $  306,683

EXFO Inc.
Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data)


      Three months
ended
February 28,
2013
    Six months
ended
February 28,
2013
    Three months
ended
February 29,
2012
    Six months
ended
February 29,
2012
                         
Sales   $ 62,576   $ 122,397   $ 66,917   $ 133,305
                         
Cost of sales (1)     23,664     47,321     23,616     46,986
Selling and administrative     23,074     45,364     23,676     48,294
Net research and development     11,960     23,562     12,307     24,790
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment     1,504     3,109     1,546     3,114
Amortization of intangible assets     1,922     3,884     1,974     3,895
Change in fair value of cash contingent consideration     -     -     (311)     (311)
Earnings (loss) from operations     452     (843)     4,109     6,537
                         
Interest income (expenses)     (25)     8     54     (17)
Foreign exchange gain (loss)     1,700     2,456     (1,471)     193
Earnings before income taxes     2,127     1,621     2,692     6,713
                         
Income taxes     2,088     3,220     1,738     2,872
                         
Net earnings (loss) for the period   $ 39   $ (1,599)   $ 954   $ 3,841
                         
Basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per share   $ 0.00   $ (0.03)   $ 0.02   $ 0.06
                         
Basic weighted average number of shares outstanding (000's)     60,392     60,391     60,441     60,391
                         
Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding (000's)     61,175     61,195     61,606      61,685
                         
(1) The cost of sales is exclusive of depreciation and amortization, shown separately.

EXFO Inc.
Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)

(in thousands of US dollars)


      Three months
ended
February 28,
2013
    Six months
ended
February 28,
2013
    Three months
ended
February 29,
2012
    Six months
ended
February 29,
2012
                         
Net earnings (loss) for the period   $  39   $ (1,599)   $ 954   $ 3,841
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of income taxes                        
Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to net earnings                        
  Foreign currency translation adjustment     (9,184)       (10,892)     6,200     (5,627)
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to net earnings                        
  Unrealized gains/losses on forward exchange contracts     (679)     (762)     963     144
  Reclassification of realized gains on forward exchange contracts in net earnings (loss)     (130)     (329)     (355)     (980)
  Deferred income tax effect of gains/losses on forward exchange contracts     217     293     (163)     232
Other comprehensive income (loss)     (9,776)     (11,690)     6,645     (6,231)
Comprehensive income (loss) for the period   $ (9,737)   $ (13,289)   $ 7,599   $ (2,390)

EXFO Inc.
Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders' Equity

(in thousands of US dollars)

      Six months ended February 29, 2012
      Share
capital
    Contributed surplus     Retained earnings     Accumulated
other
comprehensive income
    Total
shareholders' equity
                               
Balance as at September 1, 2011   $ 110,341   $ 18,017   $ 115,104   $ 21,049   $ $ 264,511
Exercise of stock options     78     -     -     -     78
Redemption of share capital     (404)     (222)     -     -     (626)
Reclassification of stock-based compensation Costs        1,406     (1,406)     -     -     -
Stock-based compensation costs     -     956     -        -     956
Net earnings for the period     -     -     3,841     -     3,841
Other comprehensive loss                              
  Foreign currency translation adjustment     -     -     -     (5,627)     (5,627)
  Changes in unrealized gains on forward exchange contracts, net of deferred income taxes of $232     -     -     -     (604)     (604)
                               
Total other comprehensive income (loss) for the period     -     -     3,841     (6,231)     (2,390)
                               
Balance as at February 29, 2012   $ 111,421   $ 17,345   $ 118,945   $ 14,818   $ 262,529
                               
                               
      Six months ended February 28, 2013
      Share
capital
    Contributed surplus     Retained earnings     Accumulated
other
comprehensive income
    Total
shareholders' equity
                               
Balance as at September 1, 2012   $ 110,965   $ 17,298   $ 111,511   $ 13,507   $ 253,281
Exercise of stock options     87     -     -     -     87
Redemption of share capital      (913)     (227)     -     -     (1,140)
Reclassification of stock-based compensation Costs     1,261     (1,261)     -     -     -
Stock-based compensation costs     -     878     -     -     878
Net loss for the period     -     -        (1,599)     -     (1,599)
Other comprehensive loss                              
  Foreign currency translation adjustment     -     -     -     (10,892)     (10,892)
  Changes in unrealized gains/losses on forward exchange contracts, net of deferred income taxes of $293     -     -     -     (798)     (798)
                               
Total other comprehensive loss for the period     -     -     (1,599)     (11,690)     (13,289)
                               
Balance as at February 28, 2013   $ 111,400   $ 16,688   $ 109,912   $ 1,817   $ 239,817

EXFO Inc.
Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands of US dollars)

      Three months
ended
February 28,
2013
    Six months
ended
February 28,
2013
    Three months
ended
February 29,
2012
    Six months
ended
February 29,
2012
                         
Cash flows from operating activities                        
Net earnings (loss) for the period   $ 39   $ (1,599)   $ 954   $ 3,841
Add (deduct) items not affecting cash                        
  Change in discount on short-term investments     (3)     (1)     12     43
  Stock-based compensation costs     468     916     508     1,063
  Depreciation and amortization     3,426     6,993     3,520      7,009
  Change in fair value of cash contingent consideration     -     -     (311)         (311)
  Deferred revenue     111      (1,420)     488     (653)
  Deferred income taxes     988     1,721     857     1,575
  Change in foreign exchange gain/loss     (775)     (798)     175     (1,039)
      4,254     5,812     6,203     11,528
                         
Change in non-cash operating items                        
  Accounts receivable     2,016     (6,088)     5,504     2,607
  Income taxes and tax credits     (1,313)     (3,186)     (1,430)     (1,258)
  Inventories     1,213     1,053     7,050     7,643
  Prepaid expenses     (414)     (55)     (228)     (213)
  Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and provisions     (3,687)     (50)     (3,432)     (35)
  Other liabilities     (15)     (210)     (91)     (152)
      2,054     (2,724)     13,576     20,120
Cash flows from investing activities                        
Additions to short-term investments     (10,236)     (34,769)     (9,876)     (67,798)
Proceeds from disposal and maturity of short-term investments     13,283     37,810     16,987     107,766
Additions to capital assets     (2,504)     (4,493)     (6,691)      (11,177)
      543     (1,452)     420     28,791
Cash flows from financing activities                        
Bank loan     -     -     -     (785)
Repayment of long-term debt     (293)     (293)     (296)     (296)
Exercise of stock options     36     87     78     78
Redemption of share capital     (167)     (1,140)     (263)     (626)
      (424)     (1,346)     (481)     (1,629)
                         
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash     (1,566)           (1,921)           1,564           1,196
                         
Change in cash     607     (7,443)     15,079       48,478
Cash - Beginning of the period       50,818     58,868     56,170     22,771
Cash - End of the period   $ 51,425   $ 51,425   $ 71,249   $ 71,249
                         
Supplementary information                        
Interest paid   $ 17   $ 26   $ 31   $ 58
Income taxes paid   $ 552   $ 937   $ 255   $ 990

 

SOURCE EXFO inc.



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