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8x8 Announces Sale Of Dedicated Server Hosting Business To The Irc Company, Inc. (dba Black Lotus Communications)

8x8s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) cloud hosting business is not included in this transaction. The Company will report a gain of approximately $1 million related to this transaction in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. The sale of our dedicated server hosting business enables 8x8 to sharpen its focus on the continued innovation and adoption of our core, cloud-based business service offerings, said 8x8 CEO Vik Verma. At the same time, this strategic transaction will have a positive effect on our gross margins and growth rates, further illustrating the success and profitability of our cloud-based business model. Excluding revenue from the dedicated server hosting business, reported revenue from business customers in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 increased 24% from the amount reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, compared with the previously announced growth rate of 22%. Gross margin in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was 72%, excluding dedicated server hosting revenue and cost of sales, compared with 71%, including dedicated server hosting revenue and cost of sales. Income from operations for the dedicated server hosting business was approximately $251,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and approximately $823,000 in fiscal 2013. Black Lotus is looking forward to working with our new clients in supporting their needs, said Shawn Marck, Chief Technology Officer of Black Lotus. Our culture is driven by exceeding expectations and delivering business solutions through technology. We now have three data centers in the United States; Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia. NCC International represented 8x8, Inc. on an exclusive basis and provided financial advisory services during the transaction. 8x8 is providing the following unaudited pro forma consolidated statements of income as additional information for investors to consider with this release. About 8x8, Inc. 8x8, Inc. ( EGHT ) empowers business conversations for more than 33,000 businesses with cloud communications services that include hosted PBX telephony, unified communications, call center software and video conferencing solutions. The company has been delivering business communications services since 2004 and has garnered a reputation for technical excellence and outstanding reliability. In 2012, 8x8 was named a market leader in Gartners Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) in North America and was recognized as the No. 1 Provider of Hosted IP Telephony by Frost & Sullivan and Synergy Research Group . For additional information, visit , or connect with 8x8 on Google+ , Facebook , LinkedIn and Twitter . About Black Lotus Communications Black Lotus Communications is a California based security innovator which pioneered the first commercially viable DDoS mitigation solutions in 1999, weeks after the first known DDoS attacks. These advanced solutions enhance the security posture of SMB and Enterprise clients while reducing capital expenditures, managing risk, ensuring compliance, and improving earnings and retention. Breakthrough developments at Black Lotus include the world's first DDoS protected hosting network, the first IPv6 DDoS mitigation environment, and the first highly effective Layer 7 attack mitigation strategy. Black Lotus is expanding and recently secured its first financing round led by Industry Capital. For more information, visit or follow Black Lotus on Twitter at . About NCC International NCC International is among the nations leading M&A and financial advisory firms specializing in the Internet, Web Hosting, Telecom and SaaS sectors. Over the past 20 years NCC has completed over 300 assignments. Its clients range from NASDAQ firms to small privately owned companies. For more information contact Tom Millitzer at 239-282-5550 or visit . The following unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statements of income of the Company give effect to the sale of its dedicated server hosting business, which occurred on September 30, 2013. The historical financial information of the Company set forth below has been derived from the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income of the Company included in the Companys Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended June 30, 2012, September 30, 2012, December 31, 2012 and June 30, 2013 and the historical audited consolidated statement of income of the Company included in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2013. The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statements of income were prepared as if the sale had occurred on March 31, 2012. Pro forma condensed consolidated statements of income for the five most recently completed quarters and the most recently completed fiscal year are presented because the treatment of the dedicated server hosting business has not yet been reflected as discontinued operations in the Companys historical information, except as noted above. The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statements of income have been prepared by the Companys management for illustrative purposes only and is not necessarily indicative of the results of operations in future periods or the results that actually would have been realized had the Company sold the dedicated server hosting business during the specified periods. The pro forma adjustments are based upon assumptions that the Companysmanagement believes are reasonable. The pro forma adjustments are based on the information available at the time of the preparation of the unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statements of income.
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