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DragonWave Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Results

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OTTAWA, CANADA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/10/13 -- DragonWave Inc. (TSX: DWI)(NASDAQ: DRWI) a leading global supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended May 31, 2013. All figures are in U.S. dollars and were prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 was $24.5 million, compared with $28.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 and $13.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013. Revenue from the Nokia Siemens Networks channel represented 57% of revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 was 11.5%, compared with 5.3% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 and 31.9% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013. The gross margin in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 reflects the inclusion of an inventory impairment provision of $0.8 million.

Business highlights include:

-- In the first fiscal quarter we reported results of our renewed framework with Nokia Siemens Networks, which was originally announced on April 10, 2013. This included a cash payment to DragonWave in the quarter of $13.8 million.-- Three of our major existing service provider customers in India, Southeast Asia and Africa are engaging in network expansions, starting in the second fiscal quarter.-- Industry developments include recent reports of a two year $16 billion investment in Sprint's network by Softbank, together with Sprint's acquisition of Clearwire.-- We recently announced the inclusion of DragonWave products in the Cisco® Small Cell Wireless Backhaul Ecosystem.-- We are also involved in a pilot small cell wireless backhaul deployment with a major Asian carrier.-- Our integration and restructuring activities yielded a 46% reduction in operating expenses compared to Q2 last year.



"We have made progress on multiple fronts. We are working hard with Nokia Siemens Networks to build the sales funnel for microwave, progressing our direct relationships particularly in the United States and India, advancing in the important area of small cell backhaul, and our operating expenses are declining as we complete our integration and restructuring activities" said DragonWave President and CEO, Peter Allen. "We will continue to have a strong focus on revenue growth and improving our margins."

Net loss applicable to shareholders in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 was $6.6 million or ($0.17) per basic and diluted share. This compares to a net loss applicable to shareholders of $27.2 million or ($0.71) per basic and diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 and net loss applicable to shareholders of $12.6 million or ($0.35) per basic and diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013.

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash totaled $23.4 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, compared to $23.0 million at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.

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 July 11, 2013.

The live webcast and presentation slides will be available at the Investor Relations section of the DragonWave website at: http://investor.dragonwaveinc.com/events.cfm

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

Conference call dial-in numbers:

-- Toll-free North America: (877) 312-9202-- International: (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. Additional solutions include leased line replacement, last mile fiber extension and enterprise networks. DragonWave's corporate headquarters is located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. For more information, visit http://www.dragonwaveinc.com.

DragonWave® and Horizon® are registered trademarks of DragonWave Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release, including our statements regarding our relationship with and the transactions involving Nokia Siemens Networks, our expectations regarding customer network expansions, our efforts to develop our direct customer relationships, and our plans and expectations regarding operating expense reductions, revenue growth and margin, constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties.

Material factors and assumptions used to develop forward-looking statements include DragonWave's expectations and plans regarding:

-- The successful implementation of our renewed framework with Nokia Siemens Networks that was announced on April 10, 2013, including sales growth from Nokia Siemens Networks as a result of the renewed framework.-- Our ability to obtain operating expense reductions through measures including consolidation and rationalization of the business acquired from Nokia Siemens Networks, migration to new contract manufacturers, and optimization of our logistical framework to reduce overhead costs related to hardware sales.



There are risks associated with these assumptions, including that expected synergies will not materialize; that unexpected costs will be incurred; or that end-customer demand will not meet expectations.

Material risks and uncertainties relating to our business are described under the headings "Risks and Uncertainties" and "Liquidity Discussion" in the MD&A, dated July 10, 2013, and on pages 27-48 of the Company's Annual Information Form, dated May 17, 2013.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These statements are provided to assist external stakeholders in understanding DragonWave's expectations as of the date of this release and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Actual results, performance, achievements or developments of DragonWave may differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements.

Risk factors, in addition to those detailed above, that may cause the actual results, performance, achievements or developments of DragonWave to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements can be found in DragonWave's Annual Information Form dated May 17, 2013 and other public documents filed by DragonWave with Canadian and United States securities regulatory authorities, which are available at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov, respectively.

DragonWave assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS Expressed in US $000's except share amounts As at As at May 31, February 28, 2013 2013 ------------------------------AssetsCurrent Assets Cash and cash equivalents 22,044 22,959 Restricted cash 1,308 - Trade receivables 18,917 35,452 Inventory 35,258 32,722 Other current assets 5,203 6,077 Contingent receivable - 13,843 Deferred tax asset 69 69 ------------------------------ 82,799 111,122Long Term Assets Property and equipment 5,524 7,444 Deferred tax asset 1,568 1,581 Deferred financing cost - 149 Intangible assets 2,436 2,771 Goodwill 11,927 11,927 ------------------------------ 21,455 23,872Total Assets 104,254 134,994 ------------------------------ ------------------------------LiabilitiesCurrent Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 34,783 56,962 Debt facility 15,000 15,000 Deferred revenue 1,060 1,163 Capital lease obligation 1,890 3,251 Contingent liabilities 516 255 ------------------------------ 53,249 76,631Long Term Liabilities Capital lease obligation 988 1,451 Other long term liabilities 558 783 Contingent liabilities 128 519 ------------------------------ 1,674 2,753CommitmentsShareholders' equity Capital stock 179,547 179,429 Contributed surplus 6,325 6,047 Deficit (126,822) (120,197) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (9,683) (9,685) ------------------------------Total Shareholder's equity 49,367 55,594 Non-controlling interests (36) 16 ------------------------------Total Equity 49,331 55,610Total Liabilities and Equity 104,254 134,994 ------------------------------ ------------------------------ CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS Expressed in US $000's except share and per share amounts Three months ended ------------------------------ May 31, May 31, 2013 2012 ------------------------------REVENUE 24,532 12,974 Cost of sales 21,712 8,841 ------------------------------Gross profit 2,820 4,133 ------------------------------EXPENSES Research and development 5,302 4,399 Selling and marketing 3,382 3,658 General and administrative 4,748 5,270 ------------------------------ 13,432 13,327 ------------------------------Income (loss) before amortization of intangible assets and other items (10,612) (9,194) Amortization of intangible assets (559) (542) Accretion expense (65) (22) Restructuring expense - (798) Interest income (expense) (538) 29 Impairment of intangible assets - (2,869) Gain on change in estimate - 1,190 Gain on contract amendment 5,285 - Foreign exchange gain (loss) (98) (1,003) ------------------------------Income (loss) before income taxes (6,587) (13,209) Income tax expense (recovery) 92 (572) ------------------------------Net Income (loss) (6,679) (12,637) Net Loss Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest 54 58 ------------------------------Net Income (loss) applicable to shareholders (6,625) (12,579)Income (loss) per share Basic (0.17) (0.35) Diluted (0.17) (0.35)Weighted Average Shares Outstanding Basic 38,059,919 35,931,347 Diluted 38,059,919 35,931,347





Contacts:
Nadine Kittle
Marketing Communications
DragonWave Inc.
nkittle@dragonwaveinc.com
613-599-9991 ext. 2262

Russell Frederick
CFO
DragonWave Inc.
rfrederick@dragonwaveinc.com
613-599-9991 ext. 2253

Becky Obbema
Interprose Public Relations
(for DragonWave)
Becky.Obbema@interprosepr.com
(408) 778-2024



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