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DragonWave Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2017 Results




OTTAWA, CANADA — (Marketwired) — 05/26/17 — DragonWave Inc. (TSX: DRWI)(NASDAQ: DRWI) a leading global supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended February 28, 2017. All figures are in U.S. dollars and were prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).

Revenue for the full fiscal year was $43.9 million. Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $8.0 million, compared with $10.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Gross profit before inventory provision for the full fiscal year was 29.1%. Gross profit before inventory provisions was 22.3% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared to 28.3% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017. There was a $0.4 million inventory provision taken in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, while there was a $0.2 million inventory provision taken in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017.

See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for the most directly comparable measure to gross profit before inventory provisions when calculated in accordance with GAAP and presented in DragonWave–s financial statements.

Operating expenses during fiscal year 2017 were $27.9 million, a decrease of $9.9 million compared to the previous fiscal year. Operating expenses in Q4 decreased to $6.7 million from $7.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Net loss attributable to shareholders in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 was ($3.9) million or ($0.60) per basic and diluted share. This compares to a net loss attributable to shareholders of ($4.6) million or ($0.80) per basic and diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017.

“Our results in Q4 reflect the difficult operating conditions. Earlier this year we communicated that we had made a restructuring proposal to our credit facility partners to reduce operating expenses and address working capital.” said DragonWave President & CEO, Peter Allen. “In co-operation with our secured lenders we have engaged Alvarez & Marsal Canada ULC to assist us with the identification and assessment of strategic alternatives in relation to short term liquidity requirements.”

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $4.1 million at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared to $4.5 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2017.

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 May 29, 2017.

The live webcast and presentation slides will be available at the Investor Relations section of the DragonWave website at:

An archive of the webcast will be available at the same link.

Conference call dial-in numbers:

Toll-free North America Dial-in: (877) 312-9202

International Dial-in: (408) 774-4000

About DragonWave

DragonWave┬« 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, including a range of products ideally suited to support the emergence of underlying small cell networks. Additional solutions include leased line replacement, last mile fiber extension and enterprise networks. DragonWave–s corporate headquarters are located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. For more information, visit .

DragonWave® is a registered trademark of DragonWave Inc.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains certain information that is not consistent with financial measures prescribed under GAAP. We break out “Gross profit before inventory provisions” as this measure allows management to evaluate our operational performance and compare to prior periods more effectively. “Gross profit before inventory provisions” does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP, it is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers and is not designed to replace other measures of financial performance or the statement of operations as an indicator of performance. This measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures of performance calculated according to GAAP. We believe that it is useful to compare gross profit results without the impact of inventory provisions, since our inventory provisions generally relate to technical obsolescence and excess due to market changes. We believe this non-GAAP measure also provides investors with a better ability to understand our operational performance. We calculate “Gross profit before inventory provisions” consistently over each fiscal period.

The most directly comparable GAAP measure presented in our consolidated financial statements for the three and twelve months ended February 28, 2017 to “Gross profit before inventory provisions” is “Gross profit”.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information as defined by applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements as to DragonWave–s restructuring efforts, efforts to reduce operating expenses and address working capital, and identification and assessment of strategic alternatives in relation to short term liquidity requirements. These statements are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including DragonWave–s ongoing efforts to manage cash flows and liquidity.

Forward-looking statements are provided to help external stakeholders understand DragonWave–s expectations as of the date of this release and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. DragonWave–s actual results, performance, achievements and developments may differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements, as a result of the risks identified above as well as other risks identified in our publicly filed documents. Material risks and uncertainties relating to our business are described under the heading “Risks and Uncertainties” in the MD&A dated May 26, 2017 and in the Company–s Annual Information Form and other public documents filed by DragonWave with Canadian and United States securities regulatory authorities, which are available at and , respectively. DragonWave assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

Contacts:
Investor Contact:
Patrick Houston
CFO
DragonWave Inc.

+1-613-599-9991 ext 2278

Media Contact:
Nadine Kittle
Marketing Communications
DragonWave Inc.

+1-613-599-9991 ext 2262





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