EXFO reports second quarter results for fiscal 2021
QUEBEC CITY, April 7, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF), the communications industry's test, monitoring and analytics experts, reported today financial results for the second quarter ended February 28, 2021.
"EXFO delivered another solid performance in the second quarter of 2021, marked by a robust book-to-bill ratio of 1.15 and healthy cash flows from operations of US$14.7 million," said EXFO's CEO Philippe Morin. "I am particularly pleased with our strong bookings that reflect increased market demand, driven by catch-up spending and early deployments of 5G, cloud-based networks, as communications service providers get a better handle on transforming their networks during the coronavirus pandemic. Recent success in securing multi-year contracts bodes well for the footprint expansion of our Nova Adaptive Service Assurance platform with a growing number of RFPs (requests for proposals) for 5G standalone network monitoring systems expected in 2021 and 2022."
Second Quarter Highlights
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Bookings improved 8.9% to US$79.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2021 from US$72.9 million in the same period in 2020. The company's book-to-bill ratio was 1.15 in the second quarter of 2021.
Gross margin before depreciation and amortization* amounted to 56.1% of sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 57.0% in the second quarter of 2020.
Selling and administrative expenses totaled US$22.9 million, or 33.1% of sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to US$24.3 million, or 44.0% of sales, in the second quarter of 2020.
Net R&D expenses attained US$13.5 million, or 19.6% of sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to US$12.6 million, or 22.7% of sales, in the same period last year.
IFRS net loss totaled US$2.4 million, or -US$0.04 per share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to US$9.0 million, or -US$0.16 per share, in the second quarter of 2020. IFRS net loss in the second quarter of 2021 included US$2.0 million in amortization of intangible assets, US$1.0 million in stock-based compensation costs, US$0.1 million in foreign exchange loss, and an income tax effect of the above items of $0.3 million. Net loss also included US$0.3 million for an after-tax wage subsidy granted by the Canadian government to help qualifying companies alleviate the effects of the pandemic, as well as US$0.7 million for the excess of the fair value of net identifiable assets acquired over fair value of the total consideration for inOpticals Inc. (now EXFO Taiwan), net of cash acquired for the acquisition.
Adjusted EBITDA* amounted to US$3.4 million, or 4.9% of sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to -US$4.9 million, or -8.9% of sales, in the second quarter of 2020.
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These non-IFRS measures eliminate the effect on IFRS results of non-cash statement of earnings elements, restructuring charges as well as elements subject to significant volatility such as foreign exchange gain or loss. EXFO uses these measures for evaluating historical and prospective financial performance, as well as its performance relative to competitors. These non-IFRS measures are also used by financial analysts to evaluate and compare EXFO's performance against that of competitors and industry players in the company's sector.
Finally, these measures help EXFO plan and forecast future periods as well as make operational and strategic decisions. EXFO believes that providing this information, in addition to the IFRS measures, allows investors to see the company's results through the eyes of management, and to better understand historical and future financial performance. More importantly, it enables the comparison of EXFO's performance on a relatively similar basis against that of other public and private companies in the industry worldwide.
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.
The following table summarizes the reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to IFRS net earnings (loss), in thousands of US dollars:
SOURCE EXFO Inc.