Form 6-K EXFO INC. For: Feb 29

April 7, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.   20549


FORM 6-K


Report of Foreign Private Issuer Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the month of April 2020

EXFO Inc.
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)

400 Godin Avenue, Quebec, Quebec, Canada   G1M 2K2
(Address of principal executive offices)


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.


Form 20-F ☑
Form 40-F □

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Yes □
No ☑


If “Yes” is marked, indicate below the file number assigned to the registrant in connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): 82-______.










On April 7, 2020, EXFO Inc., a Canadian corporation, reported its results of operations for the second fiscal quarter ended February 29, 2020. This report on Form 6-K sets forth the news release relating to EXFO’s announcement and certain information relating to EXFO’s financial condition and results of operations as well as certifications of interim filings for the second fiscal quarter of the 2020 fiscal year. This press release and information relating to EXFO’s financial condition and results of operations and certifications of interim filings for the second fiscal quarter of the 2020 fiscal year are hereby incorporated as a document by reference to Form F-3 (Registration Statement under the Securities Act of 1933) declared effective as of July 30, 2001 and to Form F‑3 (Registration Statement under the Securities Act of 1933) declared effective as of March 11, 2002 and to amend certain material information as set forth in these two Form F-3 documents.


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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.



 
EXFO INC.
 
 
 
By:        /s/ Philippe Morin
Name:   Philippe Morin
Title:     Chief Executive Officer
   


Date: April 7, 2020


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PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release

EXFO reports second quarter results for fiscal 2020

Sales reached US$55.3 million
Bookings attained US$72.9 million
IFRS net loss amounted to US$9.0 million
Adjusted EBITDA totaled -US$4.9 million
Key supplier to essential telecommunications industry

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, April 7, 2020 — EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO; TSX: EXF), the communications industry's test, monitoring and analytics experts, reported today financial results for the second quarter ended February 29, 2020.

“Despite the temporary shutdown of our manufacturing operations in China, which negatively impacted our revenues, EXFO delivered solid bookings in the second quarter of 2020 with double-digit growth for our Test and Measurement business,” said EXFO’s CEO Philippe Morin. “Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the safety of our employees, communities and customers remains at the center of all our actions. All EXFO sites are fully operational and committed to helping global network operators and webscale companies thrive during this challenging period. More than ever, the telecom industry is mission-critical in which network capacity, reliability, and scalability will play a growing role in creating real opportunities for EXFO’s innovative solutions.”

Second Quarter Highlights

Sales. Sales totaled US$55.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 mainly due to the negative impact of the coronavirus outbreak that forced EXFO to temporarily shut down its manufacturing operations in China. Test and Measurement (T&M) sales accounted for 68% of revenue in the second quarter of 2020, while Service Assurance, Systems and Services (SASS) sales represented 32%. Revenue distribution among the three main selling regions amounted to 48% in the Americas, 31% in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and 21% in Asia-Pacific. EXFO’s top customer accounted for 8.2% of sales, while the top three totaled 19.5%.

Profitability. IFRS net loss amounted to US$9.0 million, or -US$0.16 per share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2020, while adjusted EBITDA totaled -US$4.9 million, or -8.9% of sales. The company generated US$7.1 million in cash flows from operations.

Key Supplier.  As the coronavirus outbreak has evolved into a global pandemic, EXFO has become a key supplier to the essential telecommunications industry. Several well-funded network operators and webscale companies have increased capital spending to meet the global trend of telecommuting from home. EXFO, with its wealth of test and service assurance solutions, enables the deployment of such bandwidth-intensive applications and required virtualized, cloud-based networks. Key EXFO solutions to help customers maintain peak performance under disruptive conditions include geolocation analytics, virtual VPN remote monitoring, and active monitoring of network and subscriber anomalies.




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Innovation. EXFO launched the first intelligent automation platform, Nova A/SA, enabling mobile network operators (MNOs) to deliver ultra-reliable and high-quality service experience in a 5G environment. At the heart of Nova A/SA is a real-time, AI-based automated assurance solution, Nova SensAI, acting as the central nervous system for the platform. These combined solutions leverage machine learning to provide MNOs with heightened visibility into subscriber experience and network performance.

Business Outlook
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the breadth and duration of the coronavirus pandemic, EXFO has suspended issuing quarterly and annual guidance.

Selected Financial Information
(In thousands of US dollars)
     
Q2 2020
     
Q2 2019
     
H1 2020
     
H1 2019
 
                                 
  Test and Measurement sales
 
$
37,477
   
$
50,407
   
$
93,424
   
$
100,171
 
  Service Assurance, Systems and Services sales
   
17,935
     
23,701
     
35,684
     
43,117
 
  Foreign exchange losses on forward exchange contracts
   
(99
)
   
(181
)
   
(244
)
   
(160
)
  Total sales
 
$
55,313
   
$
73,927
   
$
128,864
   
$
143,128
 
                                 
  Test and Measurement bookings
 
$
52,003
   
$
45,320
   
$
107,012
   
$
109,316
 
  Service Assurance, Systems and Services bookings
   
20,963
     
30,953
     
36,012
     
48,174
 
  Foreign exchange gains (losses) on forward exchange contracts
   
(99
)
   
(181
)
   
(244
)
   
(160
)
  Total bookings
 
$
72,867
   
$
76,092
   
$
142,780
   
$
157,330
 
  Book-to-bill ratio (bookings/sales)
   
1.32
     
1.03
     
1.11
     
1.10
 
  Gross margin before depreciation and amortization*
 
$
31,517
   
$
44,865
   
$
74,827
   
$
85,169
 
     
57.0
%
   
60.7
%
   
58.1
%
   
59.5
%
                                 
  Other selected information:
                               
  IFRS net earnings (loss)
 
$
(9,021
)
 
$
5,193
   
$
(9,084
)
 
$
(2,274
)
  Amortization of intangible assets
 
$
1,695
   
$
2,130
   
$
3,327
   
$
5,070
 
  Stock-based compensation costs
 
$
436
   
$
461
   
$
923
   
$
879
 
  Restructuring charges
 
$
   
$
577
   
$
   
$
3,318
 
  Acquisition-related deferred revenue fair value adjustment
 
$
   
$
571
   
$
   
$
1,435
 
  Gain on disposal of capital assets
 
$
   
$
(1,732
)
 
$
   
$
(1,732
)
  Deferred income tax recovery
 
$
   
$
(2,383
)
 
$
   
$
(2,383
)
  Net income tax effect of the above items
 
$
(254
)
 
$
(348
)
 
$
(503
)
 
$
(771
)
  Foreign exchange loss
 
$
382
   
$
416
   
$
508
   
$
201
 
  Adjusted EBITDA*
 
$
(4,916
)
 
$
8,784
   
$
2,628
   
$
11,512
 

Quarterly Overview
Sales reached US$55.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to US$73.9 million in the second quarter of 2019.

Bookings attained US$72.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to US$76.1 million for the same period in 2019 in which the company had received a multi-million-dollar SASS-related order. The company's book-to-bill ratio was 1.32 in the second quarter of 2020.

Gross margin before depreciation and amortization* amounted to 57.0% of sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to 60.7% in the second quarter of 2019.




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Selling and administrative expenses totaled US$24.3 million, or 44.0% of sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to US$25.5 million, or 34.4% of sales, in the second quarter of 2019.

Net R&D expenses attained US$12.6 million, or 22.7% of sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to US$12.2 million, or 16.5% of sales, in the same period last year.

IFRS net loss totaled US$9.0 million, or -US$0.16 per share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to net earnings of US$5.2 million, or US$0.09 per share, in the second quarter of 2019. IFRS net loss in the second quarter of 2020 included US$1.5 million in after-tax amortization of intangible assets, US$0.4 million in stock-based compensation costs and US$0.4 million in foreign exchange loss.

Adjusted EBITDA* amounted to -US$4.9 million, or -8.9% of sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to US$8.8 million, or 11.9% of sales, in the second quarter of 2019.

Conference Call and Webcast
EXFO will host a conference call today at 5 p.m. (Eastern time) to review second-quarter results for fiscal 2020. To listen to the conference call and participate in the question period via telephone, dial 1-323-794-2093. Please take note the following participant passcode will be required: 4132437. Executive Chairman Germain Lamonde, CEO Philippe Morin and Pierre Plamondon, CPA, Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Finance, will participate in the call. An audio replay of the conference call will be available two hours after the event until 8 p.m. on April 14, 2020. The replay number is 1-719-457-0820 and the participant passcode is 4132437. The audio Webcast and replay of the conference call will also be available on EXFO’s Website at www.EXFO.com, under the Investors section.

About EXFO
EXFO (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) 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 1,900 EXFO employees in over 25 countries work side by side with our customers in the lab, field, data center and beyond.




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Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and we intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical information or statements of current condition. Words such as may, expect, believe, plan, anticipate, intend, could, estimate, continue, or similar expressions or the negative of such expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events and circumstances are considered forward-looking statements. They are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements due to various factors including, but not limited to, macroeconomic uncertainty, namely the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our employees, customers and global operations, including the ability of our suppliers to fulfil raw material requirements and services and our ability to manufacture and deliver our products and services to our customers; the effects of emergency measures related to isolation periods for individuals in affected areas, lockdown restrictions imposed by national governments on businesses in countries where we operate and have employees, and limitations on travel to attract new customers and serve existing ones; deteriorating financial and market conditions as well as a potential recession; trade wars, and our ability to successfully integrate businesses that we acquire; capital spending and network deployment levels in the communications industry (including our ability to quickly adapt cost structures to anticipated levels of business and our ability to manage inventory levels with market demand); future economic, competitive, financial and market conditions; consolidation in the global communications test, monitoring and analytics solutions markets and increased competition among vendors; capacity to adapt our future product offering to future technological changes; limited visibility with regard to the timing and nature of customer orders; delay in revenue recognition due to longer sales cycles for complex systems involving customers’ acceptance; fluctuating exchange rates; concentration of sales; timely release and market acceptance of our new products and other upcoming products; our ability to successfully expand international operations and to conduct business internationally; and the retention of key technical and management personnel. Assumptions relating to the foregoing involve judgments and risks, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Other risk factors that may affect our future performance and operations are detailed in our Annual Report, on Form 20-F, and our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian securities commissions. We believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable based on information currently available to us, but we cannot assure you that the expectations will prove to have been correct. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These statements speak only as of the date of this document. Unless required by law or applicable regulations, we undertake no obligation to revise or update any of them to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date of this document. This discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements.




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*Non-IFRS Measures
EXFO provides non-IFRS measures (gross margin before depreciation and amortization and adjusted EBITDA) as supplemental information regarding its operational performance. Gross margin before depreciation and amortization represents sales, less cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represent net earnings (loss) before interest and other income/expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation costs, restructuring charges, acquisition-related deferred revenue fair value adjustment, and foreign exchange loss.

These non-IFRS measures eliminate the effect on IFRS results of non-cash statement of earnings elements, restructuring charges as well as elements subject to significant volatility such as foreign exchange gain or loss. EXFO uses these measures for evaluating historical and prospective financial performance, as well as its performance relative to competitors. These non-IFRS measures are also used by financial analysts to evaluate and compare EXFO’s performance against that of competitors and industry players in the company’s sector.

Finally, these measures help EXFO plan and forecast future periods as well as make operational and strategic decisions. EXFO believes that providing this information, in addition to the IFRS measures, allows investors to see the company’s results through the eyes of management, and to better understand historical and future financial performance. More importantly, it enables the comparison of EXFO’s performance on a relatively similar basis against that of other public and private companies in the industry worldwide.

The presentation of this additional information is not prepared in accordance with IFRS. Therefore, the information may not necessarily be comparable to that of other companies and should be considered as a supplement to, not a substitute for, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with IFRS.




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The following table summarizes the reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to IFRS net earnings (loss), in thousands of US dollars:

Adjusted EBITDA

     
Q2 2020
     
Q2 2019
     
H1 2020
     
H1 2019
 
                                 
IFRS net earnings (loss) for the period
 
$
(9,021
)
 
$
5,193
   
$
(9,084
)
 
$
(2,274
)
                                 
Add (deduct):
                               
                                 
Depreciation and amortization
   
3,973
     
3,520
     
7,899
     
7,889
 
Interest and other (income) expense
   
285
     
(1,514
)
   
684
     
(1,137
)
Income taxes
   
(971
)
   
(440
)
   
1,698
     
1,201
 
Stock-based compensation costs
   
436
     
461
     
923
     
879
 
Restructuring charges
   
     
577
     
     
3,318
 
Acquisition-related deferred revenue fair value adjustment
   
     
571
     
     
1,435
 
Foreign exchange loss
   
382
     
416
     
508
     
201
 
Adjusted EBITDA for the period
 
$
(4,916
)
 
$
8,784
   
$
2,628
   
$
11,512
 
                                 
Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of sales
   
(8.9
)%
   
11.9
%
   
2.0
%
   
8.0
%


For more information
Vance Oliver
Director, Investor Relations
(418) 683-0913, Ext. 23733
vance.oliver@exfo.com




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EXFO Inc.
Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands of US dollars)


   
As at
February 29,
2020
   
As at
August 31,
2019
 
             
Assets
           
             
Current assets
           
Cash
 
$
19,126
   
$
16,518
 
Short-term investments
   
1,755
     
2,918
 
Accounts receivable
               
Trade
   
33,221
     
51,517
 
Other
   
3,083
     
3,396
 
Income taxes and tax credits recoverable
   
5,833
     
3,159
 
Inventories
   
41,530
     
38,017
 
Prepaid expenses
   
4,994
     
6,510
 
Other assets
   
3,669
     
3,083
 
     
113,211
     
125,118
 
                 
Tax credits recoverable
   
45,574
     
46,704
 
Property, plant and equipment
   
39,156
     
39,364
 
Right-of-use assets (note 2)
   
9,634
     
 
Intangible assets
   
18,830
     
21,654
 
Goodwill
   
38,728
     
38,648
 
Deferred income tax assets
   
5,126
     
4,821
 
Other assets
   
1,110
     
1,293
 
   
$
271,369
   
$
277,602
 
Liabilities
               
                 
Current liabilities
               
Bank loan
 
$
13,650
   
$
5,000
 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
   
41,410
     
50,790
 
Provisions
   
834
     
1,065
 
Income taxes payable
   
128
     
704
 
Deferred revenue
   
21,904
     
24,422
 
Other liabilities
   
1,600
     
1,606
 
Current portion of lease liabilities (note 5)
   
2,925
     
 
Current portion of long-term debt (note 6)
   
2,158
     
2,449
 
     
84,609
     
86,036
 
                 
Provisions
   
2,544
     
2,737
 
Deferred revenue
   
8,453
     
9,056
 
Lease liabilities (note 5)
   
6,665
     
 
Long-term debt (note 6)
   
2,252
     
3,293
 
Deferred income tax liabilities
   
3,130
     
3,598
 
Other liabilities
   
570
     
318
 
     
108,223
     
105,038
 
                 
Shareholders’ equity
               
Share capital (note 7)
   
93,827
     
92,706
 
Contributed surplus
   
18,780
     
19,196
 
Retained earnings
   
103,089
     
112,173
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
   
(52,550
)
   
(51,511
)
     
163,146
     
172,564
 
                 
   
$
271,369
   
$
277,602
 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed unaudited interim consolidated financial statements.


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EXFO Inc.
Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data)


   
Three months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Six months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Three months
ended
February 28,
2019
   
Six months
ended
February 28,
2019
 
                         
Sales
 
$
55,313
   
$
128,864
   
$
73,927
   
$
143,128
 
                                 
Cost of sales (1)
   
23,796
     
54,037
     
29,062
     
57,959
 
Selling and administrative
   
24,303
     
48,807
     
25,474
     
51,849
 
Net research and development
   
12,566
     
24,315
     
12,216
     
27,440
 
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment
   
1,424
     
2,867
     
1,390
     
2,819
 
Depreciation of right-of-use assets (note 2)
   
854
     
1,705
     
     
 
Amortization of intangible assets
   
1,695
     
3,327
     
2,130
     
5,070
 
Interest and other (income) expense
   
285
     
684
     
(1,514
)
   
(1,137
)
Foreign exchange loss
   
382
     
508
     
416
     
201
 
Earnings (loss) before income taxes
   
(9,992
)
   
(7,386
)
   
4,753
     
(1,073
)
                                 
Income taxes (note 9)
   
(971
)
   
1,698
     
(440
)
   
1,201
 
                                 
Net earnings (loss) for the period
 
$
(9,021
)
 
$
(9,084
)
 
$
5,193
   
$
(2,274
)
                                 
Basic and diluted net earnings (loss)       per share
 
$
(0.16
)
 
$
(0.16
)
 
$
0.09
   
$
(0.04
)
                                 
Basic weighted average number of shares outstanding (000’s)
   
55,603
     
55,521
     
55,343
     
55,263
 
                                 
Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding (000’s) (note 10)
   
55,603
     
55,521
     
56,160
     
55,263
 

(1)
The cost of sales is exclusive of depreciation and amortization, shown separately.


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed unaudited interim consolidated financial statements.


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EXFO Inc.
Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)

(in thousands of US dollars)


   
Three months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Six months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Three months
ended
February 28,
2019
   
Six months
ended
February 28,
2019
 
                         
Net earnings (loss) for the period
 
$
(9,021
)
 
$
(9,084
)
 
$
5,193
   
$
(2,274
)
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of income taxes
                               
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to net earnings
                               
Foreign currency translation adjustment
   
(1,319
)
   
(758
)
   
1,807
     
(1,549
)
Unrealized gains/losses on forward exchange contracts
   
(718
)
   
(753
)
   
496
     
(191
)
Reclassification of realized gains/losses on forward exchange contracts
   
173
     
356
     
210
     
301
 
Deferred income tax effect of gains/losses on forward exchange contracts
   
146
     
116
     
(167
)
   
42
 
                                 
Other comprehensive income (loss)
   
(1,718
)
   
(1,039
)
   
2,346
     
(1,397
)
                                 
Comprehensive income (loss) for the period
 
$
(10,739
)
 
$
(10,123
)
 
$
7,539
   
$
(3,671
)


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed unaudited interim consolidated financial statements.


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EXFO Inc.
Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders' Equity

(in thousands of US dollars)


   
Six months ended February 28, 2019
 
   
Share
capital
   
Contributed
surplus
   
Retained
earnings
   
Accumulated
other
comprehensive
loss
   
Total
shareholders’
equity
 
                               
Balance as at September 1, 2018
 
$
91,937
   
$
18,428
   
$
114,906
   
$
(47,350
)
 
$
177,921
 
Adoption of IFRS 9
   
     
     
(253
)
   
     
(253
)
Adjusted balance as at September 1, 2018
   
91,937
     
18,428
     
114,653
     
(47,350
)
   
177,668
 
Reclassification of stock-based compensation costs (note 7)
   
1,067
     
(1,067
)
   
     
     
 
Redemption of share capital (note 7)
   
(126
)
   
21
     
     
     
(105
)
Stock-based compensation costs
   
     
895
     
     
     
895
 
Net loss for the period
   
     
     
(2,274
)
   
     
(2,274
)
Other comprehensive income (loss)
                                       
Foreign currency translation adjustment
   
     
     
     
(1,549
)
   
(1,549
)
Changes in unrealized gains/losses on forward exchange contracts, net of deferred income taxes of $42
   
     
     
     
152
     
152
 
                                         
Total comprehensive loss for the period
                                   
(3,671
)
                                         
Balance as at February 28, 2019
 
$
92,878
   
$
18,277
   
$
112,379
   
$
(48,747
)
 
$
174,787
 


   
Six months ended February 29, 2020
 
   
Share
capital
   
Contributed
surplus
   
Retained
earnings
   
Accumulated
other
comprehensive
loss
   
Total
shareholders’
equity
 
                               
Balance as at September 1, 2019
 
$
92,706
   
$
19,196
   
$
112,173
   
$
(51,511
)
 
$
172,564
 
Reclassification of stock-based compensation costs (note 7)
   
1,333
     
(1,333
)
   
     
     
 
Redemption of share capital (note 7)
   
(212
)
   
(13
)
   
     
     
(225
)
Stock-based compensation costs
   
     
930
     
     
     
930
 
Net loss for the period
   
     
     
(9,084
)
   
     
(9,084
)
Other comprehensive loss
                                       
Foreign currency translation adjustment
   
     
     
     
(758
)
   
(758
)
Changes in unrealized gains/losses on forward exchange contracts, net of deferred income taxes of $116
   
     
     
     
(281
)
   
(281
)
                                         
Total comprehensive loss for the period
                                   
(10,123
)
                                         
Balance as at February 29, 2020
 
$
93,827
   
$
18,780
   
$
103,089
   
$
(52,550
)
 
$
163,146
 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed unaudited interim consolidated financial statements.


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EXFO Inc.
Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands of US dollars)



   
Three months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Six months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Three months
ended
February 28,
2019
   
Six months
ended
February 28,
2019
 
                         
Cash flows from operating activities
                       
Net earnings (loss) for the period
 
$
(9,021
)
 
$
(9,084
)
 
$
5,193
   
$
(2,274
)
Add (deduct) items not affecting cash
                               
Stock-based compensation costs
   
436
     
923
     
461
     
879
 
Depreciation and amortization
   
3,973
     
7,899
     
3,520
     
7,889
 
Gain on disposal of capital assets
   
     
     
(1,732
)
   
(1,732
)
Write-off of capital assets
   
     
216
     
261
     
261
 
Deferred revenue
   
1,557
     
(2,815
)
   
6,021
     
9,943
 
Deferred income taxes
   
(212
)
   
(654
)
   
(2,124
)
   
(2,153
)
Changes in foreign exchange gain/loss
   
902
     
881
     
76
     
(453
)
     
(2,365
)
   
(2,634
)
   
11,676
     
12,360
 
                                 
Changes in non-cash operating items
                               
Accounts receivable
   
18,539
     
18,611
     
9,871
     
5,819
 
Income taxes and tax credits
   
(3,178
)
   
(2,662
)
   
1,031
     
33
 
Inventories
   
(458
)
   
(3,951
)
   
999
     
(362
)
Prepaid expenses
   
610
     
988
     
22
     
205
 
Other assets
   
(491
)
   
(456
)
   
(327
)
   
(339
)
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and provisions
   
(5,580
)
   
(9,273
)
   
(3,114
)
   
18
 
Other liabilities
   
58
     
42
     
(1,470
)
   
(1,521
)
     
7,135
     
665
     
18,688
     
16,213
 
                                 
Cash flows from investing activities
                               
Additions to short-term investments
   
     
(147
)
   
(292
)
   
(292
)
Disposal of short-term investments
   
701
     
1,264
     
     
342
 
Purchases of capital assets
   
(2,146
)
   
(4,186
)
   
(1,797
)
   
(4,679
)
Proceeds from disposal of capital assets
   
     
     
3,318
     
3,318
 
     
(1,445
)
   
(3,069
)
   
1,229
     
(1,311
)
                                 
Cash flows from financing activities
                               
Bank loan
   
16
     
8,370
     
(12,501
)
   
(1,244
)
Repayment of lease liabilities (note 5)
   
(846
)
   
(1,690
)
   
     
 
Repayment of long-term debt
   
(639
)
   
(1,315
)
   
(735
)
   
(1,452
)
Redemption of share capital
   
     
(225
)
   
(105
)
   
(105
)
     
(1,469
)
   
5,140
     
(13,341
)
   
(2,801
)
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash
   
(140
)
   
(128
)
   
100
     
(96
)
                                 
Change in cash during the period
   
4,081
     
2,608
     
6,676
     
12,005
 
Cash – Beginning of the period
   
15,045
     
16,518
     
18,087
     
12,758
 
Cash – End of the period
 
$
19,126
   
$
19,126
   
$
24,763
   
$
24,763
 
                                 
Supplementary information
                               
Income taxes cash outflow
 
$
530
   
$
1,271
   
$
615
   
$
1,486
 
Additions to capital assets
 
$
1,660
   
$
3,946
   
$
1,523
   
$
3,371
 

As at February 28, 2019 and February 29, 2020, unpaid purchases of capital assets amounted to $480 and $654 respectively.


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed unaudited interim consolidated financial statements.


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EXFO Inc.
Notes to Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

(tabular amounts in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data and as otherwise noted)


1
Nature of Activities and Incorporation

EXFO Inc. and its subsidiaries (together “EXFO” or the “company”) develops smart test, monitoring and analytics solutions for fixed and mobile network operators, web-scale companies, and equipment manufacturers in the global communications industry.

EXFO is a company incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act and is domiciled in Canada. The address of its headquarters is 400 Godin Avenue, Québec City, Quebec, Canada, G1M 2K2.

These condensed unaudited interim consolidated financial statements were authorized for issue by the Board of Directors on April 7, 2020.


2
Basis of Presentation

These condensed unaudited interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), applicable to the preparation of interim financial statements, including IAS 34, “Interim Financial Reporting”, and using the same accounting policies and methods used in the preparation of the company’s most recent annual consolidated financial statements, except as described below. Consequently, these condensed unaudited interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the company’s most recent annual consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRS as issued by the IASB.

Critical estimates and assumptions

During the three months ended February 29, 2020, in order to contain the spread of infection of the coronavirus, Chinese public health authorities imposed preventive measures within affected regions including an extended shutdown of businesses, restrictions on various forms of public transportation and lockdown periods for individuals—all of which affected the company’s factory and supply chain. As at February 29, 2020, the company reviewed critical estimates and assumptions considering the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and believes that it had no significant impact on the measurement of assets and liabilities as of that date.

Subsequent to the quarter end, the coronavirus epidemic became a pandemic and most countries have been imposing ongoing constraints and preventive measures that are affecting the global economy. Significant declines in the stock market have occurred for various reasons linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The breath and duration of this pandemic is unknown and raise uncertainties that may impact the measurement of assets and liabilities in future periods.

Recently Issued IFRS Pronouncements

Leases

IFRS 16, “Leases”, was issued in January 2016. IFRS 16 sets out the principles for the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of leases for both parties to a contract, i.e., the customer (lessee) and the supplier (lessor). IFRS 16 supersedes IAS 17, “Leases”, and related interpretations. Under IFRS 16, lessees recognize a right-of-use (ROU) asset and a lease liability measured at the present value of lease payments for virtually all their leases. Short-term leases with a term of 12 months or less are not required to be recognized. This new standard is effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2019.


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EXFO Inc.
Notes to Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

(tabular amounts in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data and as otherwise noted)


The company adopted this new standard on September 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective method, which did not require adjustments to comparative periods. The company applied IFRS 16 at the adoption date and recognized ROU assets and lease liabilities in the period of adoption. The new standard provides several optional practical expedients in transition. Upon implementation of the new standard, the company elected the practical expedients to combine lease and non-lease components and to not recognize ROU assets and lease liabilities for short-term leases. Also, contracts that were not identified as leases under previous standards were not reassessed for whether there is a lease therein. The company identified appropriate changes to its accounting policies, information technology systems, business processes, and related internal controls to support recognition and disclosure requirements under IFRS 16.

The adoption of IFRS 16 on September 1, 2019 resulted in the recognition of ROU assets of $11,321,000, lease liabilities of $10,843,000, and the elimination of prepaid rents of $478,000 in the consolidated balance sheet as of that date. In addition, lease payments, previously reported in cash flow from operating activities are now reported in cash flow from financing activities in the consolidated statements of cash flows. However, the adoption of this standard had no significant impact on net loss.

Upon the adoption of IFRS 16, the lease expense, previously recorded under the cost of sales, selling and administrative expenses and net research and development expenses line items, is recorded as depreciation expenses for the ROU asset and as interest expenses on the lease liability in the consolidated statements of earnings.

Finally, the adoption of IFRS 16 had no significant impact on liquidity and debt covenant compliance under existing debt agreements.

Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments

IFRIC 23, “Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments”, was issued in June 2017. IFRIC 23 provides guidance on how to value uncertain income tax positions based on the probability of whether the relevant tax authorities will accept the company's tax treatments. A company is to assume that a taxation authority with the right to examine any amounts reported to it will examine those amounts and will have full knowledge of all relevant information when doing so. IFRIC 23 is effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2019. The company adopted this interpretation on September 1, 2019 and its adoption had no significant impact on its consolidated financial statements.

New Accounting Policy upon Adoption of Recently Issued IFRS

Leases

The company determines if an arrangement is a lease or contains a lease at inception. Operating lease liabilities are recognized based on the present value of the remaining lease payments, discounted using the discount rate for the lease at the commencement date, and are subsequently adjusted for interest and lease payments. When the rate implicit in the lease is not readily determinable, the company uses an incremental borrowing rate based on information available at the commencement date to determine the present value of future lease payments. The lease term is the non-cancelable period of the lease and includes options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that an option will be exercised. ROU assets are recognized at commencement based on the amount of the initial measurement of the lease liability. ROU assets also include any lease payments made prior to lease commencement and exclude lease incentives. ROU assets are depreciated on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

The company’s lease terms may include options to extend or terminate the lease where it is reasonably certain that the company will exercise those options. The company considers several economic factors when making this determination including, but not limited to, the significance of leasehold improvements incurred in the office space, the difficulty in replacing the asset, underlying contractual obligations, or specific characteristics unique to a lease.


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EXFO Inc.
Notes to Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

(tabular amounts in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data and as otherwise noted)


3
Restructuring Charges

In August 2018, the company implemented a restructuring plan to accelerate the integration of its acquired monitoring and analytics technologies from EXFO Solutions and simplify its cost structure and optimize resources as the company converges toward fewer sites and reduces its workforce.

The following table summarizes changes in restructuring charges payable during the three months and six months ended February 29, 2020:

   
Three months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Six months
ended
February 29,
2020
 
             
  Balance – Beginning of the period
 
$
1,043
   
$
1,133
 
  Payments
   
(109
)
 
$
(199
)
                 
  Balance – End of the period
 
$
934
   
$
934
 


4
Financial Instruments

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The company classifies its derivative and non-derivative financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value using the fair value hierarchy as follows:


Level 1:
Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities


Level 2:
Inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset and liability, either directly or indirectly


Level 3:
Unobservable inputs for the asset or liability

The company’s short-term investments and forward exchange contracts are measured at fair value at each balance sheet date. The company’s short-term investments are classified within Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy because they are valued using quoted market prices in active markets. The company’s forward exchange contracts are classified within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy because they are valued using observable prices and forward exchange rates at the consolidated balance sheet dates. The fair value of forward exchange contracts represents the amount at which they could be settled based on estimated current market rates.

The fair value of derivative and non-derivative financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value by level of fair value hierarchy is as follows:

   
As at February 29, 2020
   
As at August 31, 2019
 
   
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 1
   
Level 2
 
  Financial assets
                       
  Short-term investments
 
$
1,755
   
$
   
$
2,918
   
$
 
  Forward exchange contracts
 
$
   
$
   
$
   
$
79
 
                                 
  Financial liabilities
                               
  Forward exchange contracts
 
$
   
$
1,375
   
$
   
$
1,057
 


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EXFO Inc.
Notes to Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

(tabular amounts in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data and as otherwise noted)


Derivative Financial Instruments

The functional currency of the company is the Canadian dollar. The company is exposed to currency risk as a result of its export sales of products manufactured in Canada, China, France and Finland, the majority of which are denominated in US dollars and euros. This risk is partially hedged by forward exchange contracts and certain cost of sales and operating expenses (US dollars and euros). In addition, the company is exposed to currency risk as a result of its research and development activities in India (Indian rupees). This risk is partially hedged by forward exchange contracts. The company’s forward exchange contracts, which are designated as cash flow hedging instruments, qualify for hedge accounting.

As at February 29, 2020, the company held contracts to sell US dollars for Canadian dollars and Indian rupees at various forward rates, which are summarized below:

US dollars – Canadian dollars

 
Expiry dates
 
Contractual
amounts
   
Weighted average
contractual forward rates
 
               
 
March 2020 to August 2020
 
$
18,000
     
1.3062
 
 
September 2020 to August 2021
   
29,500
     
1.3145
 
 
September 2021 to August 2022
   
12,000
     
1.3234
 
 
September 2022 to January 2023
   
2,800
     
1.3291
 
 
Total
 
$
62,300
     
1.3145
 

US dollars – Indian rupees

 
Expiry dates
 
Contractual
amount
   
Weighted average
contractual forward rate
 
               
 
March 2020 to August 2020
 
$
2,400
     
71.88
 

The carrying amount of forward exchange contracts is equal to their fair value, which is based on the amount at which they could be settled based on estimated current market rates. The fair value of forward exchange contracts amounted to net losses of $978,000 as at August 31, 2019, and $1,375,000 as at February 29, 2020.

As at February 29, 2020, forward exchange contracts in the amount of $969,000 are presented as short-term liabilities in accounts payable and accrued liabilities, and forward exchange contracts in the amount of $406,000 are presented as long-term liabilities in other long-term liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet. Forward exchange contracts of $174,000 included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities, for which related hedged sales are recognized, are recorded in the consolidated statement of earnings; otherwise, other forward exchange contracts are not yet recorded in the consolidated statement of earnings and are recorded in other comprehensive income.

Based on its portfolio of forward exchange contracts as at February 29, 2020, the company estimates that the portion of the net unrealized losses on these contracts as of that date, which will be realized and reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income to net earnings (sales) over the next 12 months, amounts to $795,000.

During the three and six months ended February 28, 2019 and February 29, 2020, the company recognized within its sales the following foreign exchange losses on forward exchange contracts:


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EXFO Inc.
Notes to Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

(tabular amounts in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data and as otherwise noted)


   
Three months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Six months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Three months
ended
February 28,
2019
   
Six months
ended
February 28,
2019
 
                         
Losses on forward exchange contracts
 
$
99
   
$
244
   
$
181
   
$
160
 


5
Leases

The company has operating leases for certain of its premises under various non-cancelable lease agreements. The company’s operating leases have remaining lease terms ranging from 1 year to 8 years. The company’s operating lease agreements do not contain any material residual value guarantees or material restrictive covenants.

Minimal rentals payable under operating leases are as follows as at February 29, 2020:

  No later than 1 year
 
$
2,925
 
  Later than 1 year and no later than 5 years
   
6,104
 
  Later than 5 years
   
561
 
  Total lease liabilities as at February 29, 2020
 
$
9,590
 

The difference between operating lease commitments disclosed applying IAS 17 as at August 31, 2019, discounted using the incremental borrowing rate of 2% at the date of the initial application of IFRS 16 as at September 1, 2019 and the lease liabilities recognized in the consolidated balance sheet as of that date is as follows:

  Discounted operating lease commitments under IAS 17 as at August 31, 2019
 
$
8,915
 
  Discounted impact of renewal options that are reasonably certain to be exercised
   
1,928
 
  Lease liabilities as at September 1, 2019
 
$
10,843
 

Depreciation of lease ROU assets for the three months and six months ended February 29, 2020 amounted to $854,000 and $1,705,000, respectively (note 8).


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EXFO Inc.
Notes to Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

(tabular amounts in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data and as otherwise noted)


6
Long-term Debt

   
As at
February 29,
2020
   
As at
August 31,
2019
 
             
  Unsecured, non-interest-bearing loans, denominated in euros, repayable in quarterly instalments, maturing in March 2024 and March 2025
 
$
824
   
$
866
 
  Unsecured loans, denominated in euros, repayable in monthly, quarterly
or bi-annual instalments, bearing interest at annual rates of nil to 5.0%, maturing at different dates between March 2020 and September 2023
   
2,373
     
3,111
 
  Loans, secured by the universality of the assets of a subsidiary, denominated in euros, repayable in monthly instalments, bearing interest at annual rates of 0.7% to 1.5%, maturing at different dates between April 2020 and August 2022
   
331
     
459
 
  Loans, secured by the universality of the assets of a subsidiary, denominated in euros, repayable in monthly or quarterly instalments, bearing interest at annual rates from 1.1% to 2.9%, maturing at different dates between March 2020 and July 2022
   
882
     
1,306
 
     
4,410
     
5,742
 
  Less: current portion of long-term debt
   
2,158
     
2,449
 
   
$
2,252
   
$
3,293
 

Principal repayments of long-term debt over the forthcoming years are as follows:

   
As at
February 29,
2020
   
As at
August 31,
2019
 
             
  No later than 1 year
 
$
2,158
   
$
2,449
 
  Later than 1 year and no later than 5 years
   
2,227
     
3,237
 
  Later than 5 years
   
25
     
56
 
   
$
4,410
   
$
5,742
 


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EXFO Inc.
Notes to Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

(tabular amounts in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data and as otherwise noted)


7
Share Capital

The following tables summarize changes in share capital for the six months ended February 28, 2019 and February 29, 2020.

   
Six months ended February 28, 2019
 
   
Multiple voting shares
   
Subordinate voting shares
       
   
Number
   
Amount
   
Number
   
Amount
   
Total
amount
 
                               
Balance as at September 1, 2018
   
31,643,000
   
$
1
     
23,472,995
   
$
91,936
   
$
91,937
 
Redemption of restricted share units
   
     
     
176,729
     
     
 
Reclassification of stock-based compensation costs to share capital upon exercise of stock awards
   
     
     
     
643
     
643
 
                                         
Balance as at November 30, 2018
   
31,643,000
     
1
     
23,649,724
     
92,579
     
92,580
 
Redemption of restricted share units
   
     
     
129,571
     
     
 
Redemption of share capital
   
     
     
(32,232
)
   
(126
)
   
(126
)
Reclassification of stock-based compensation costs to share capital upon exercise of stock awards
   
     
     
     
424
     
424
 
                                         
Balance as at February 28, 2019
   
31,643,000
   
$
1
     
23,747,063
   
$
92,877
   
$
92,878
 

   
Six months ended February 29, 2020
 
   
Multiple voting shares
   
Subordinate voting shares
       
   
Number
   
Amount
   
Number
   
Amount
   
Total
amount
 
                               
Balance as at September 1, 2019
   
31,643,000
   
$
1
     
23,703,675
   
$
92,705
   
$
92,706
 
Redemption of restricted share units
   
     
     
255,822
     
     
 
Redemption of share capital
   
     
     
(54,528
)
   
(212
)
   
(212
)
Reclassification of stock-based compensation costs to share capital upon exercise of stock awards
   
     
     
     
861
     
861
 
                                         
Balance as at November 30, 2019
   
31,643,000
     
1
     
23,904,969
     
93,354
     
93,355
 
Redemption of restricted share units
   
     
     
111,476
     
     
 
Reclassification of stock-based compensation costs to share capital upon exercise of stock awards
   
     
     
     
472
     
472
 
                                         
Balance as at February 29, 2020
   
31,643,000
   
$
1
     
24,016,445
   
$
93,826
   
$
93,827
 

On January 7, 2020, the company announced that its Board of Directors had approved a share repurchase program, by way of a normal course issued bid on the open market of up to 3.1% of the issued and outstanding subordinate voting shares, representing 600,000 subordinate voting shares at the prevailing market price. The normal course issuer bid started on January 14, 2020 and will end on January 13, 2021 or earlier if the company repurchases the maximum number of shares permitted. All shares repurchased under the bid will be cancelled.


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EXFO Inc.
Notes to Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

(tabular amounts in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data and as otherwise noted)


8
Statements of Earnings

Sales are as follows:

   
Three months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Six months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Three months
ended
February 28,
2019
   
Six months
ended
February 28,
2019
 
                         
Test and measurement
 
$
37,477
   
$
93,424
   
$
50,407
   
$
100,171
 
Service assurance, systems and services
   
17,935
     
35,684
     
23,701
     
43,117
 
Foreign exchange losses on forward exchange contracts
   
(99
)
   
(244
)
   
(181
)
   
(160
)
                                 
Total sales for the period
 
$
55,313
   
$
128,864
   
$
73,927
   
$
143,128
 

Net research and development expenses comprise the following:

   
Three months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Six months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Three months
ended
February 28,
2019
   
Six months
ended
February 28,
2019
 
                         
Gross research and development expenses
 
$
14,382
   
$
28,214
   
$
14,157
   
$
31,382
 
Research and development tax credits
   
(1,816
)
   
(3,899
)
   
(1,941
)
   
(3,942
)
                                 
Net research and development expenses for the period
 
$
12,566
   
$
24,315
   
$
12,216
   
$
27,440
 

Inventory write-down is as follows:

   
Three months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Six months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Three months
ended
February 28,
2019
   
Six months
ended
February 28,
2019
 
                         
Inventory write-down for the period
 
$
711
   
$
1,245
   
$
903
   
$
1,948
 


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EXFO Inc.
Notes to Condensed Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

(tabular amounts in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data and as otherwise noted)


Depreciation and amortization expenses by functional area are as follows:

   
Three months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Six months
ended
February 29,
2020
   
Three months
ended
February 28,
2019
   
Six months
ended
February 28,
2019
 
                         
Cost of sales
                       
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment
 
$
495
   
$
950
   
$
436
   
$
960
 
Depreciation of ROU assets
   
280
     
568
     
     
 
Amortization of intangible assets
   
1,358
     
2,676
     
1,522
     
4,045
 
     
2,133
     
4,194
     
1,958
     
5,005
 
                                 
Selling and administrative expenses
                               
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment
   
262
     
557
     
442
     
706
 
Depreciation of ROU assets
   
381
     
743
     
     
 
Amortization of intangible assets
   
173
     
325
     
401
     
633
 
     
816
     
1,625
     
843
     
1,339
 
                                 
Net research and development expenses
                               
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment
   
667
     
1,360
     
512
     
1,153
 
Depreciation of ROU assets
   
193
     
394
     
     
 
Amortization of intangible assets
   
164
     
326
     
207
     
392
 
     
1,024
     
2,080
     
719
     
1,545
 
                                 
   
$
3,973
   
$
7,899
   
$
3,520
   
$
7,889
 
                                 
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment
 
$
1,424
   
$
2,867
   
$
1,390
   
$