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EXFO accelerates integration plan and improves profitability

PR Newswire - Tue Aug 21, 8:00AM CDT

-- Fast-tracking the integration of a highly differentiated monitoring and analytics platform to address network virtualization and 5G transformations

-- Annualized cost savings estimated at US$10.5 million

EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ:EXFO) (TSX:EXF.TO) announced today an accelerated integration plan for its newly acquired monitoring and analytics technologies, while reducing its cost structure to strengthen profitable growth.

Accelerating technology and systems integration. The company will fast-track the integration of Astellia's and Ontology's solutions with EXFO's technologies on a common monitoring and analytics platform. This highly differentiated platform, with big data capabilities, will address critical visibility and quality of experience issues for communications service providers as they invest in the digital transformation of their networks.

Improving profitability. EXFO will also simplify its corporate structure, optimize resources and increase efficiency as the company converges toward fewer sites and reduces its workforce by less than 5%. The company, however, will continue to invest in the business areas and product lines affected by the reorganization.

These initiatives will allow EXFO to focus more efficiently on high-growth vectors in the test, monitoring and analytics markets like fiber, network virtualization and 5G deployments, as well as reallocate selected resources to better serve customers in key geographic regions.

Once this reorganization is completed, EXFO intends to benefit from annualized cost savings of US$10.5 million. The company will incur US$8.0 million in restructuring costs, including US$6.0 million in severance expenses. From total restructuring expenses, US$3.4 million will be recorded in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, which was not reflected in previously issued guidance. Remaining restructuring costs will mostly be incurred in the first half of 2019.

"Although we have made difficult decisions, I am convinced they will provide EXFO with a greater focus and differentiated portfolio to move the company ahead of the market," said EXFO's CEO Philippe Morin. "Communications service providers are embarking on massive transformations of their fiber and 5G network infrastructures, while increasing investments in analytics, virtualization and IoT solutions. Through this reorganization, we are putting the right resources in the right places to increase EXFO's efficiency, agility and value to customers, while improving profitable growth."

About EXFOEXFO (NASDAQ:EXFO) (TSX:EXF.TO) 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 more than 2,000 EXFO employees in over 25 countries work side by side with our customers in the lab, field, data center and beyond. For more information, visit EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog.

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