DragonWave to cut more jobs in Ottawa, Israel

Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:42am EDT
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(Reuters) - Canadian telecom network equipment maker DragonWave Inc said it is eliminating 48 jobs as it grapples with cash burn due to its acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks' microwave business.

This is its second job cut in three months. DragonWave had cut 68 jobs in Ottawa and Israel in June. The job cuts announced on Monday will mainly be at its Ottawa and Israel offices, the company said.

The company expects to incur restructuring charges of about $1 million in the third quarter.

DragonWave, which uses microwave technology to move data between cellular towers and telecom networks, said last November that it would buy Nokia Siemens' microwave technology unit and has since been trying to cut flab.

About 360 Nokia Siemens Networks employees were expected to be transferred to DragonWave, it had said.

DragonWave had about 200 employees globally before Monday's job cut announcement, said Alan Solheim, vice president of corporate development for DragonWave.

The company, which had earlier forecast second-quarter revenue of $35 million and $45 million, now expects more than $40 million. Analysts on average are expecting $39.8 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

DragonWave, which has a market value of about $89 million, expects to save about $6 million in annual operating costs as a result of the job cuts.

The company's long years of dependence on a single customer — Clearwire Corp — had left a hole in its business. It struggled to offset a cutback in spending at Clearwire, a cash-strapped U.S. wireless provider.   Continued...