EXFO announced today preliminary financial results for the third quarter ended May 31, 2013.
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, June 4, 2013 — EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) announced today preliminary financial results for the third quarter ended May 31, 2013.
Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 is expected to be approximately US$59.0 million compared to previous guidance of US$64.0 million to US$69.0 million. The company had generated revenue of US$59.5 million in the third quarter of 2012 and US$62.6 million in the second quarter of 2013.
Bookings are expected to reach US$61.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 for a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05 compared to US$57.5 million in the same period last year and US$53.4 million in the second quarter of 2013.
Given lower-than-anticipated revenue for the third quarter of 2013, IFRS net loss will fall between US$0.02 and US$0.01 per share. The company’s initial outlook was IFRS net earnings of US$0.00 to US$0.04 per share.
EXFO will report its complete results for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 after the close of markets on June 26, 2013. All financial numbers provided in this news release are preliminary and subject to review.
“Bookings came in lower than expected in the third quarter, particularly in EMEA with its challenging economic conditions while the Americas was our best performing region,” said Germain Lamonde, EXFO’s Chairman, President and CEO. “The quarter opened with a good month of March, weakened in April and ended with a strong month of May, especially in the United States. Even though I am encouraged by our sequential and year-over-year increase in bookings and by the heightened contribution of newly launched products, it is too early to state investments have returned to normal levels. However, I remain convinced there is a fundamental need for our solutions to help network operators increase bandwidth and quality of experience on fixed and mobile networks.”
Following the release of its quarterly results on June 26, 2013, EXFO will host a conference call at 5 p.m. Eastern time to review its performance. To listen to the conference call and participate in the question period via telephone on June 26th, dial (416) 981-9004.
Mr. Lamonde and Pierre Plamondon, EXFO’s Vice-President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, will participate in the call. An audio replay will be available one hour after the end of the conference call until 7 p.m. (Eastern time) on July 3, 2013. The replay number is (402) 977-9141 and the reservation number is 21658380. The live audio Webcast and replay of the conference call will also be available on EXFO’s website at www.EXFO.com/investors.
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 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.
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