EXFO Completes Acquisition of Consultronics and Raises Sales Guidance (CCNMatthews)
January 26, 2006
QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 26, 2006) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ:EXFO - News; TSX:EXF.SV - News) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of the assets of Consultronics Limited, a leading supplier of test equipment for copper-based broadband access networks.
Earlier this month, EXFO signed an agreement to purchase substantially all the assets of Consultronics in an all-cash transaction based on the carrying value of the assets on the closing date of the acquisition. Consideration paid amounts to approximately C$22.8 million (US$19.8 million), including debt assumption and other acquisition-related costs.
Consultronics, a privately held company based in Toronto with operations in the United Kingdom and Hungary, specializes in x-Digital Subscriber Line (xDSL), Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) and Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) test solutions for the broadband access market.
The transaction is expected to be neutral for the remainder of fiscal 2006 and accretive in fiscal 2007. This forecast takes into account approximately US$2.0 million, or US$0.03 per diluted share, annually in additional amortization of intangible assets.
"The closing was scheduled to occur before mid-March, so I'm pleased that both teams worked together remarkably well to accelerate the process and create a solid integration plan that leverages sales and product synergies," said Germain Lamonde, EXFO's Chairman, President and CEO.
To account for Consultronics' results of operations with about one month left in the second quarter of fiscal 2006, EXFO has raised its sales guidance by US$1.0 million to a range between US$27.0 and US$30.0 million for the quarter ending Feb. 28, 2006. GAAP net earnings/loss guidance remains unchanged between a net loss of US$0.01 per diluted share and net earnings of US$0.02 per diluted share, given the anticipated neutral impact of the acquisition on the remainder of fiscal 2006. Corporate metrics for fiscal 2006, reflecting the contribution from Consultronics and financial performance at the mid-point of the fiscal year, will be updated following the end of the second quarter.
EXFO is a recognized test and measurement expert in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division, which represents the company's main business activity, offers a full suite of test solutions and monitoring systems to network service providers, cable TV operators, telecom system vendors and component manufacturers in approximately 70 countries. EXFO is the global market leader for portable optical test solutions and a leading supplier of protocol and access test solutions to enable triple-play deployments and converged IP networking. Its PC/Windows-based modular FTB-200, FTB-400 and IQS-500 test platforms host a wide range of modular test solutions across optical, physical, data and network layers, while maximizing technology reuse across several market segments. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division, which leverages several core telecom technologies, offers value-added solutions in the life sciences and high-precision assembly sectors based on advanced spot-curing, fluorescence microscopy and nanopositioning solutions. For more information about EXFO, visit www.EXFO.com.
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