July 10, 2013

DragonWave Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Results

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwired - July 10, 2013) - 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 its first quarter ended May 31, 2013. All figures are in U.S. dollars and were prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 was $24.5 million, compared with $28.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 and $13.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013. Revenue from the Nokia Siemens Networks channel represented 57% of revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 was 11.5%, compared with 5.3% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 and 31.9% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013. The gross margin in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 reflects the inclusion of an inventory impairment provision of $0.8 million.

Business highlights include:

--  In the first fiscal quarter we reported results of our renewed framework

    with Nokia Siemens Networks, which was originally announced on April 10,

    2013. This included a cash payment to DragonWave in the quarter of $13.8


--  Three of our major existing service provider customers in India,

    Southeast Asia and Africa are engaging in network expansions, starting

    in the second fiscal quarter.

--  Industry developments include recent reports of a two year $16 billion

    investment in Sprint's network by Softbank, together with Sprint's

    acquisition of Clearwire.

--  We recently announced the inclusion of DragonWave products in the

    Cisco(R) Small Cell Wireless Backhaul Ecosystem.

--  We are also involved in a pilot small cell wireless backhaul deployment

    with a major Asian carrier.

--  Our integration and restructuring activities yielded a 46% reduction in

    operating expenses compared to Q2 last year.

"We have made progress on multiple fronts. We are working hard with Nokia Siemens Networks to build the sales funnel for microwave, progressing our direct relationships particularly in the United States and India, advancing in the important area of small cell backhaul, and our operating expenses are declining as we complete our integration and restructuring activities" said DragonWave President and CEO, Peter Allen. "We will continue to have a strong focus on revenue growth and improving our margins."

Net loss applicable to shareholders in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 was $6.6 million or ($0.17) per basic and diluted share. This compares to a net loss applicable to shareholders of $27.2 million or ($0.71) per basic and diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 and net loss applicable to shareholders of $12.6 million or ($0.35) per basic and diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013.

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash totaled $23.4 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, compared to $23.0 million at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.

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 July 11, 2013.

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: (877) 312-9202

--  International: (408) 774-4000

About DragonWave

DragonWave(R) 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. Additional solutions include leased line replacement, last mile fiber extension and enterprise networks. DragonWave's corporate headquarters is 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(R) and Horizon(R) are registered trademarks of DragonWave Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release, including our statements regarding our relationship with and the transactions involving Nokia Siemens Networks, our expectations regarding customer network expansions, our efforts to develop our direct customer relationships, and our plans and expectations regarding operating expense reductions, revenue growth and margin, constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties.

Material factors and assumptions used to develop forward-looking statements include DragonWave's expectations and plans regarding:

--  The successful implementation of our renewed framework with Nokia

    Siemens Networks that was announced on April 10, 2013, including sales

    growth from Nokia Siemens Networks as a result of the renewed framework.

--  Our ability to obtain operating expense reductions through measures

    including consolidation and rationalization of the business acquired

    from Nokia Siemens Networks, migration to new contract manufacturers,

    and optimization of our logistical framework to reduce overhead costs

    related to hardware sales.

There are risks associated with these assumptions, including that expected synergies will not materialize; that unexpected costs will be incurred; or that end-customer demand will not meet expectations.

Material risks and uncertainties relating to our business are described under the headings "Risks and Uncertainties" and "Liquidity Discussion" in the MD&A, dated July 10, 2013, and on pages 27-48 of the Company's Annual Information Form, dated May 17, 2013.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These statements are provided to assist external stakeholders in understanding DragonWave's expectations as of the date of this release and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Actual results, performance, achievements or developments of DragonWave may differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements.

Risk factors, in addition to those detailed above, that may cause the actual results, performance, achievements or developments of DragonWave to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements can be found in DragonWave's Annual Information Form dated May 17, 2013 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 or forward-looking information, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

               Expressed in US $000's except share amounts

                                                      As at          As at

                                                    May 31,   February 28,

                                                       2013           2013



Current Assets

  Cash and cash equivalents                          22,044         22,959

  Restricted cash                                     1,308              -

  Trade receivables                                  18,917         35,452

  Inventory                                          35,258         32,722

  Other current assets                                5,203          6,077

  Contingent receivable                                   -         13,843

  Deferred tax asset                                     69             69


                                                     82,799        111,122

Long Term Assets

  Property and equipment                              5,524          7,444

  Deferred tax asset                                  1,568          1,581

  Deferred financing cost                                 -            149

  Intangible assets                                   2,436          2,771

  Goodwill                                           11,927         11,927


                                                     21,455         23,872

Total Assets                                        104,254        134,994




Current Liabilities

  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities           34,783         56,962

  Debt facility                                      15,000         15,000

  Deferred revenue                                    1,060          1,163

  Capital lease obligation                            1,890          3,251

  Contingent liabilities                                516            255


                                                     53,249         76,631

Long Term Liabilities

  Capital lease obligation                              988          1,451

  Other long term liabilities                           558            783

  Contingent liabilities                                128            519


                                                      1,674          2,753


Shareholders' equity

  Capital stock                                     179,547        179,429

  Contributed surplus                                 6,325          6,047

  Deficit                                          (126,822)      (120,197)

  Accumulated other comprehensive loss               (9,683)        (9,685)


Total Shareholder's equity                           49,367         55,594

  Non-controlling interests                             (36)            16


Total Equity                                         49,331         55,610

Total Liabilities and Equity                        104,254        134,994




         Expressed in US $000's except share and per share amounts

                                                         Three months ended


                                                     May 31,        May 31,

                                                        2013           2012


REVENUE                                               24,532         12,974

  Cost of sales                                       21,712          8,841


Gross profit                                           2,820          4,133



  Research and development                             5,302          4,399

  Selling and marketing                                3,382          3,658

  General and administrative                           4,748          5,270


                                                      13,432         13,327


Income (loss) before amortization of

 intangible assets and other items                   (10,612)        (9,194)

  Amortization of intangible assets                     (559)          (542)

  Accretion expense                                      (65)           (22)

  Restructuring expense                                    -           (798)

  Interest income (expense)                             (538)            29

  Impairment of intangible assets                          -         (2,869)

  Gain on change in estimate                               -          1,190

  Gain on contract amendment                           5,285              -

  Foreign exchange gain (loss)                           (98)        (1,003)


Income (loss) before income taxes                     (6,587)       (13,209)

  Income tax expense (recovery)                           92           (572)


Net Income (loss)                                     (6,679)       (12,637)

  Net Loss Attributable to Non-Controlling

   Interest                                               54             58


Net Income (loss) applicable to shareholders          (6,625)       (12,579)

Income (loss) per share

  Basic                                                (0.17)         (0.35)

  Diluted                                              (0.17)         (0.35)

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

  Basic                                           38,059,919     35,931,347

  Diluted                                         38,059,919     35,931,347


Nadine Kittle

Marketing Communications

DragonWave Inc.


613-599-9991 ext. 2262

Russell Frederick


DragonWave Inc.


613-599-9991 ext. 2253

Becky Obbema

Interprose Public Relations

(for DragonWave)


(408) 778-2024

Source: DragonWave Inc.

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