Ambient Corporation Reports Results for the Full Year 2012

NEWTON, Mass., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambient Corporation (NASDAQ: AMBT), provider of a secure, flexible and scalable smart grid communications and applications platform, announced today financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012.

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Total revenue for 2012 was approximately $42.8 million compared to approximately $62.1 million for the same period in 2011.  The decrease in total revenue was the result of the Company's largest customer's decision to modify its timelines for installation in the field. 

Gross margins for the year ended December 31, 2012, were 42.7% compared to 43.2% for the same period in 2011.  The Company attributed the stability of its gross margins to the commercial scale of production and deployment achieved over the past two years.

"During fiscal 2012, we continued to make a number of strategic investments to support our long-term growth.  In particular, there are three that will be crucial to our success in the coming years. In working with our marquee customer, we further demonstrated the scalability and robustness of our technology platform," commented President and Chief Executive Officer, John J. Joyce.

Continued Mr. Joyce, "We successfully broadened our product and application portfolios with the introduction of the Ambient MicroNode, Ambient MiniNode, and our AmbientPQM (power quality monitoring) application.  Each of these additions provides customers with added flexibility and capability suited to a utility's unique requirements. And, we continued to strategically invest resources in our sales and marketing teams.  We are encouraged by the market's initial interest and acceptance of these enhancements."

Research and development expenses were approximately $14.3 million for year ended December 31, 2012, compared to approximately $11.7 million for the same period in 2011. The increase in research and development was due primarily to increased personnel and consultant expenses required for the continued development of the Company's communications nodes, enhancements of the AmbientNMS®, and other product development efforts.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses for year ended December 31, 2012, were approximately $9.6 million compared to $8.2 million for the same period in 2011. The increase in selling, general, and administrative expenses was due to an increase in personnel and related costs, and increased efforts to market and commercialize the Company's communications platform.

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2012, was approximately $5.4 million, or $0.33 per share, compared to net income of approximately $10.1 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011.  Non-cash expenses included in net loss totaled approximately $3.5 million during the year ended December 31, 2012, consisting of depreciation expense, stock-based compensation expense, and the write-off of deferred finance costs.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $13.3 million as of December 31, 2012, compared to $18.0 million at December 31, 2011. Total working capital was $12.1 million as of December 31, 2012, compared to $14.3 million at December 31, 2011.

About Ambient Corporation
Ambient designs, develops and sells the Ambient Smart Grid® communications platform. The Ambient Smart Grid products and services include communications nodes; a network management system, AmbientNMS®; integrated applications; and maintenance and consulting services. Using open standards-based technologies along with in-depth industry experience, Ambient provides utilities with solutions for their smart grid initiatives. Headquartered in Newton, MA, Ambient is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: AMBT). More information on Ambient is available at www.ambientcorp.com.  

This press release contains statements about our future and the future of our industry and markets that are "forward-looking statements" within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon our current expectations, estimates and projections about our business and our industry and reflect our beliefs and assumptions based upon information available to us at the date of this release. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Our actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, which could have a material adverse effect on our operations and future prospects.  These factors include, without limitation, our ability to retain and attract customers, particularly in light of our dependence on a single customer for substantially all of our revenue; our expectations regarding our expenses and revenue, including our expectations that our research and development expenses and selling, general and administrative expenses may increase in absolute dollars; anticipated trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate, including the market for smart grid technologies; our expectations regarding competition as more and larger companies enter our markets and as existing competitors improve or expand their product offerings; our plans for future products and enhancements of existing products; our anticipated cash needs and our estimates regarding our capital requirements; our anticipated growth strategies; and other risks and uncertainties described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Ambient, Ambient Smart Grid and AmbientNMS are registered trademarks of Ambient Corporation. Ambient MiniNode, Ambient MicroNode and AmbientPQM are trademarks of Ambient Corporation.

AMBIENT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)









December 31,


December 31,




2012


2011



Assets






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$          13,314


$          17,965



Accounts receivable

2,287


284



Inventory

575


1,460



Prepaid expenses and other current assets

709


527



Total current assets

16,885


20,236









Property and equipment, net

1,444


1,249



Deferred finance costs

-


389









          Total assets

$          18,329


$          21,874









Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity






Current liabilities:






Accounts payable

$            2,842


$            3,920



Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

1,139


714



Deferred revenue

683


453



Accrued warranty

126


115



Income taxes payable

-


41



Warrant liability

3


671



Total current liabilities

4,793


5,914



Non-current liabilities






    Deferred rent

-


99









         Total liabilities

$            4,793


$            6,013









Commitments 












Stockholders' Equity:






Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 






     5,000,000 authorized, none issued and outstanding

-


-



Common stock, $0.001 par value; 






    100,000,000 shares authorized;






   16,664,553 and 16,567,384 shares issued; and 






   16,664,553 and 16,557,384 shares outstanding, respectively

17


17



Additional paid-in capital

240,340


237,421



Accumulated deficit

(226,821)


(221,377)



Less: treasury stock; 0 and 10,000 shares at cost

-


(200)



       Total stockholders' equity

13,536


15,861









       Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$          18,329


$          21,874














AMBIENT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per share data)



















For the Year Ended
December 31,





2012


2011
















Total revenue



$        42,805


$        62,112


Cost of goods sold



24,517


35,274


Gross profit



18,288


26,838









Operating expenses:







Research and development expenses



14,336


11,665


Selling, general and administrative expenses



9,656


8,244


Write-off of deferred financing costs



389


-


Total operating expenses



24,381


19,909









Operating (loss) income 



(6,093)


6,929









Interest income



198


19


Interest expense



(1)


-


Mark-to-market adjustment of warrant liability



452


3,306


Total other income 



649


3,325









(Loss) income before taxes



(5,444)


10,254









Provision for income taxes



-


204









Net (loss) income 



$      (5,444)


$       10,050









Net (loss) income per basic share 



$        (0.33)


$           0.61


Net (loss) income per diluted share 



$        (0.33)


$           0.59









Weighted average shares used in computing basic net (loss) income per share



16,625


16,515


Weighted average shares used in computing diluted net (loss) income per share



16,625


16,905








 

SOURCE Ambient Corporation



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