QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, February 24, 2020 — EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO; TSX: EXF) updated today its revenue outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 due to the coronavirus impact on its supply chain and manufacturing operations in China as well as an information technology issue.
EXFO now forecasts revenue for the second quarter ending on Feb. 29 will reach approximately US$55 million. Prior revenue guidance had been established between US$66 to US$71 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2020. Management expects revenue to accelerate in upcoming quarters as operations return to full capacity.
To contain the spread of infection, Chinese public health authorities have imposed preventive measures within affected regions including an extended shutdown of businesses, restrictions on various forms of public transportation and lockdown periods for individuals—all of which are affecting EXFO’s factory and supply chain.
EXFO will announce financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 on April 7 as planned.
“The safety of our employees, customers and partners is our top priority as the coronavirus public health emergency unfolds,” said EXFO’s CEO Philippe Morin. “Despite these temporary disruptions, we’re implementing the required actions to return to our normal course of business as quickly as possible. Demand drivers for fiber and 5G deployments remain robust on a global basis.”
EXFO (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) develops smarter test, monitoring and analytics solutions for fixed and mobile network operators, webscale companies and equipment manufacturers in the global communications industry. Our customers count on us to deliver superior network performance, service reliability and subscriber insights. They count on our unique blend of equipment, software and services to accelerate digital transformations related to fiber, 4G/LTE and 5G deployments. They count on our expertise with automation, real-time troubleshooting and big data analytics, which are critical to their business performance. We’ve spent over 30 years earning this trust, and today 1,900 EXFO employees in over 25 countries work side by side with our customers in the lab, field, data center and beyond.
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