EXFO completes acquisition of Consultronics

Jan. 27, 2006
January 27, 2006 Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering announced that it has completed its acquisition of the assets of Consultronics Ltd., a supplier of test equipment for broadband access networks.

January 27, 2006 Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering announced that it has completed its acquisition of the assets of Consultronics Ltd., a supplier of test equipment for 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 $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 platforms 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 $2.0 million, or $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," remarks Germain Lamonde, EXFO's chairman, president, and CEO.

According to a press release, 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 $1.0 million to a range between $27.0 and $30.0 million for the quarter ending February 28, 2006. GAAP net earnings/loss guidance remains unchanged between a net loss of $0.01 per diluted share and net earnings of $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.