January 11, 2017

DragonWave Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Results

OTTAWA, CANADA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/11/17 -- DragonWave Inc. (TSX:DWI)(NASDAQ:DRWI) a leading global supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, today announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017. All figures are in U.S. dollars and were prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $10.2 million, compared with $13.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017. Revenue from the Nokia channel decreased to 22% of total revenue, versus 24% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Gross profit before inventory provisions was 28.3% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared to 31.9% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017. There was a $0.2 million inventory provision taken in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, while there was a $0.4 million inventory provision taken in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017.

See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for the most directly comparable measure to gross profit before inventory provisions when calculated in accordance with GAAP and presented in DragonWave's financial statements.

Operating expenses increased by $0.1 million from $6.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 to $7.0 million in the third quarter of the current fiscal year.

Net loss attributable to shareholders in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 was ($4.1) million or ($0.72) per basic and diluted share. This compares to a net loss attributable to shareholders of ($3.9) million or ($0.96) per basic and diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017.

"Our third quarter revenue performance was disappointing, as operating challenges did not allow us to continue to make the progress that we have been achieving up to this point." said DragonWave President & CEO, Peter Allen. "With stronger backlog, we remain focused on eliminating these challenges in Q4, and restoring progress on our renewal and restructuring strategy to improve revenue and margin."

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $4.5 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared to $7.5 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Webcast and Conference Call Details:

The DragonWave management team will discuss the results on a webcast and conference call beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on January 12, 2017.

The live webcast and presentation slides will be available at the Investor Relations section of the DragonWave website at: http://investor.dragonwaveinc.com/events.cfm

An archive of the webcast will be available at the same link.

Conference call dial-in numbers:

Toll-free North America Dial-in: (877) 312-9202

International Dial-in: (408) 774-4000

About DragonWave

DragonWave® is a leading provider of high-capacity packet microwave solutions that drive next-generation IP networks. DragonWave's carrier-grade point-to-point packet microwave systems transmit broadband voice, video and data, enabling service providers, government agencies, enterprises and other organizations to meet their increasing bandwidth requirements rapidly and affordably. The principal application of DragonWave's products is wireless network backhaul, including a range of products ideally suited to support the emergence of underlying small cell networks. Additional solutions include leased line replacement, last mile fiber extension and enterprise networks. DragonWave's corporate headquarters are located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. For more information, visit http://www.dragonwaveinc.com.

DragonWave® is a registered trademark of DragonWave Inc.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains certain information that is not consistent with financial measures prescribed under GAAP. We break out "Gross profit before inventory provisions" as this measure allows management to evaluate our operational performance and compare to prior periods more effectively. "Gross profit before inventory provisions" does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP, it is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers and is not designed to replace other measures of financial performance or the statement of operations as an indicator of performance. This measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures of performance calculated according to GAAP. We believe that it is useful to compare gross profit results without the impact of inventory provisions, since our inventory provisions generally relate to technical obsolescence and excess due to market changes. We believe this non-GAAP measure also provides investors with a better ability to understand our operational performance. We calculate "Gross profit before inventory provisions" consistently over each fiscal period.

The most directly comparable GAAP measure presented in our consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended November 30, 2016 to "Gross profit before inventory provisions" is "Gross profit".

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information as defined by applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements as to DragonWave's forward opportunities and the potential benefits of, and demand for: DragonWave's products; DragonWave's strategy and ability to execute on that strategy; and the outcome of DragonWave's restructuring efforts. These statements are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including our view of the relative position of DragonWave's products compared to competitive offerings in the industry, and our ongoing efforts to manage our cash flows.

Forward-looking statements are provided to help external stakeholders understand DragonWave's expectations as of the date of this release and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. DragonWave's actual results, performance, achievements and developments may differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements, as a result of the risks identified above as well as other risks identified in our publicly filed documents. Material risks and uncertainties relating to our business are described under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties" in the MD&A dated January 11, 2017 and in the Company's Annual Information Form and other public documents filed by DragonWave with Canadian and United States securities regulatory authorities, which are available at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov, respectively. DragonWave assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Expressed in US $000's except share amounts
(Unaudited)
As at As at
November 30, February 29,
2016 2016
Assets
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents 4,486 4,277
Trade receivables 13,442 18,986
Inventory 22,086 22,702
Other current assets 2,017 2,777
42,031 48,742
Long Term Assets
Property and equipment 2,873 3,702
Intangible assets 407 623
3,280 4,325
Total Assets 45,311 53,067
Liabilities
Current Liabilities
Debt facility 17,030 22,152
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 23,202 23,832
Deferred revenue 617 1,944
Deferred tax liability 281 294
Warrant liability 435 117
41,565 48,339
Long Term Liabilities
Deferred revenue 514 498
Warrant liability 3,061 3
3,575 501
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' Equity (Deficiency)
Capital stock 228,435 221,128
Contributed surplus 9,772 9,235
Deficit (230,382 ) (218,225 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (9,618 ) (9,618 )
Total Shareholders' Equity (Deficiency) (1,793 ) 2,520
Non-controlling interest 1,964 1,707
Total Equity 171 4,227
Total Liabilities and Equity 45,311 53,067
Shares issued and outstanding 6,104,008 3,020,069
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
Expressed in US $000's except share and per share amounts
(Unaudited)
Three months ended Nine months ended
November 30, November 30, November 30, November 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
REVENUE
Hardware and other 7,743 15,713 25,895 61,890
Services 2,446 5,284 10,069 12,364
10,189 20,997 35,964 74,254
COST OF SALES
Hardware and other 6,319 12,989 20,123 51,197
Services 987 2,864 4,844 7,354
Inventory provision 221 210 586 1,235
7,527 16,063 25,553 59,786
Gross profit 2,662 4,934 10,411 14,468
EXPENSES
Research and development 1,891 2,873 6,027 10,981
Selling and marketing 1,931 2,418 5,726 8,714
General and administrative 3,200 3,398 9,451 10,487
7,022 8,689 21,204 30,182
Loss before other items (4,360 ) (3,755 ) (10,793 ) (15,714 )
Goodwill impairment - - - (11,927 )
Restructuring costs - (1,419 ) - (1,419 )
Amortization of intangible assets (98 ) (149 ) (282 ) (481 )
Accretion expense (33 ) (36 ) (101 ) (168 )
Interest expense (346 ) (499 ) (1,082 ) (1,590 )
Warrant issuance expenses - - (561 ) -
Fair value adjustment - warrant liability 798 293 1,644 1,188
Foreign exchange gain (loss) 141 270 (79 ) (24 )
Loss before income taxes (3,898 ) (5,295 ) (11,254 ) (30,135 )
Income tax expense 264 459 646 2,146
Net loss and comprehensive loss (4,162 ) (5,754 ) (11,900 ) (32,281 )
Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest 43 (493 ) (257 ) (892 )
Net loss and comprehensive loss attributable to shareholders (4,119 ) (6,247 ) (12,157 ) (33,173 )
Net loss and comprehensive loss per share
Basic and diluted (0.72 ) (2.07 ) (2.77 ) (11.01 )
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic and diluted 5,732,584 3,018,034 4,383,406 3,013,641

Investor Contact:
Patrick Houston
CFO
DragonWave Inc.
investor@dragonwaveinc.com
+1-613-599-9991 ext 2278
Media Contact:
Nadine Kittle
Marketing Communications
DragonWave Inc.
nkittle@dragonwaveinc.com
+1-613-599-9991 ext 2262
Media Contact:
Becky Obbema
Interprose Public Relations
(for DragonWave)
Becky.Obbema@interprosepr.com
+1-408-778-2024

Source: DragonWave Inc.

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