A123 Systems Receives Court Approval of "First Day" Motions to Support Business Obtains Interim Approval to Access $15.5 Million of DIP Financing from Johnson Controls

Company Authorized to Continue Payment of Employee Wages, Salaries and Benefits

WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A123 Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: AONE) ("A123" or "the Company"), a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate® lithium iron phosphate batteries and systems, today announced that yesterday the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the "Court") granted the Company's request for certain "first day" orders that help support its business.

The Court granted A123 interim approval to use $15.5 million of its $72.5 million Debtor-in Possession ("DIP") financing from Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) ("Johnson Controls") to support the Company's operations throughout the transaction process. A court hearing for final approval of the DIP has been scheduled for October 30, 2012. The Company also received approval to, among other things, continue paying employee wages, salaries, benefits and other employee obligations.

As previously announced, A123 entered an asset purchase agreement with Johnson Controls, in which Johnson Controls expects to acquire A123's automotive business assets.  A123 also continues to engage in active discussions regarding strategic alternatives for its grid, commercial, government and other operations, and has received several indications of interest for these businesses. To facilitate the transaction process, A123 and all of its U.S. subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Company's subsidiaries located outside the U.S. were not included in the filings.

Additional information, including the terms of the Company's updated DIP agreement with Johnson Controls, which is expected to be filed shortly, is available on A123's website at www.a123systems.com or by calling A123's Restructuring Hotline, toll-free in the U.S., at 1-800-224-7654. For calls originating outside the U.S., please dial +1 973-509-3190. Court documents and additional information can be found at a dedicated website administrated by the Company's Claims Agent, Logan & Company: www.loganandco.com.

Latham & Watkins LLP and Richards, Layton & Finger are serving as legal advisors, Lazard is serving as financial advisor, and Alvarez & Marsal is serving as restructuring advisor to A123.

About A123 Systems

A123 Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: AONE) is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems for transportation, electric grid and commercial applications. The company's proprietary Nanophosphate® lithium iron phosphate technology is built on novel nanoscale materials initially developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is designed to deliver high power and energy density, increased safety and extended life. A123 leverages breakthrough technology, high-quality manufacturing and expert systems integration capabilities to deliver innovative solutions that enable customers to bring next-generation products to market. For additional information please visit www.a123systems.com.

Safe Harbor Disclosure

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other important factors, including statements with respect to the expected benefits of A123's proposed asset sale and financing transactions with Johnson Controls, the potential of the transactions and Chapter 11 filing to create value for A123 and its stakeholders, the satisfaction of conditions to closing of the transactions, the anticipated growth of the market for energy efficient vehicles, the expectation that a Chapter 11 filing will enable A123 to sell its automotive and other assets in an orderly manner and maximize value to its stakeholders, and the necessity of bankruptcy court and other approvals, including antitrust and other regulatory approvals, to conduct and complete the transactions and other potential asset sales. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: failure to obtain required bankruptcy court and other approvals, failure to satisfy the conditions to closing of the transactions, delays in the development of A123's products, adverse economic conditions in general and adverse economic conditions specifically affecting the markets in which A123 and Johnson Controls operate, and other risks detailed in A123 Systems' quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and other publicly available filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements reflect A123's expectations only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as reflecting A123's views, expectations or beliefs at any date subsequent to the date of this release.

SOURCE A123 Systems, Inc.



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