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ClearOne Reports Fiscal 2009 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results

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SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ClearOne Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLRO) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2009.

Full Year Results

Revenue for fiscal 2009 was $35.7 million compared with $38.8 million in fiscal 2008. Gross profit, which included a $2.3 million inventory write-off, was $20.4 million, or 57% of revenue, compared with gross profit for fiscal 2008, which included a $136,000 inventory write-off, of $22.6 million, or 58% of revenue. Excluding the inventory write-offs, gross profit was $22.7 million, or 64% of revenue, compared with fiscal 2008 gross profit of $22.7 million, or 59% of revenue. Operating income increased to $2.8 million from $1.1 million last year. Operating income was $2.8 million compared with $1.1 million in the same period of fiscal 2008. Net income was $2.2 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared with fiscal 2008 net income of $5.3 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, which included a gain on the disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax, of $16,000.

"Our revenue in fiscal 2009 was impacted by global economic conditions, including a worldwide decline in technology spending," said Zee Hakimoglu, president, chief executive officer and chairman of ClearOne. "Over the course of the last year however, we made substantive improvements to manufacturing efficiencies and reduced overall expenses.

"Looking ahead, we are seeing signs of improvement. We are planning a number of key new product launches in fiscal 2010. We believe our broad and innovative product offering complements and adds value to the conferencing experience, including existing and emerging venues such as personal and web-based and collaborative conferencing."

In the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter, the company recognized the receipt of a $1.1 million insurance settlement payment. Financial results for fiscal 2008 included the reversal of a $4.7 million valuation allowance recorded against deferred tax assets and a $3.3 million accrual for a contingent liability associated with indemnification agreements with two former officers.

Fourth Quarter Results

Revenue for the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter decreased to $7.1 million from $9.6 million in the same quarter of last year. Gross profit declined to $3.2 million, or 45% of revenue, from $5.5 million, or 58% of revenue, for the prior year period. Operating loss was $945,000 compared with $639,000 in the same period of fiscal 2008. Net loss was $402,000, or $0.04 per share, versus fiscal 2008 fourth quarter net income of $3.2 million, or $0.31 per diluted share.

At June 30, 2009, the company had cash, cash equivalents, and investments of $11.9 million and no long-term debt.

About ClearOne

ClearOne is a communications solutions company that develops and sells audio conferencing systems and other related products for audio, video, and web conferencing applications. The reliability, flexibility, and performance of ClearOne's comprehensive solutions create a natural communications environment, which saves organizations time and money by enabling more effective and efficient communication. For more information, visit ClearOne's website at

This release contains "forward-looking" statements that are based on present circumstances and on ClearOne's predictions with respect to events that have not occurred, that may not occur, or that may occur with different consequences and timing than those now assumed or anticipated. Such forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the company's ability to successfully commercialize newer products and enter new markets, are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release and ClearOne assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

    Contact:    ClearOne Communications, Inc.
                Investor Relations
                (801) 303-3555


                          CLEARONE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
               (in thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

                                       Three Months
                                      Ended June 30,      Years Ended June 30,
                                      --------------      --------------------
                                     2009        2008       2009        2008
                                     ----        ----       ----        ----

    Revenue                         $7,060      $9,572    $35,700     $38,758
    Cost of goods sold               3,887       4,029     15,323      16,204
                                     -----       -----     ------      ------
        Gross profit                 3,173       5,543     20,377      22,554
                                     -----       -----     ------      ------
    Operating expenses:
      Sales & marketing              1,928       1,853      7,529       6,673
      Research and product
       development                   2,111       2,394      7,541       7,070
      General and administrative     1,179       1,935      3,631       7,669
      Lumbermens Settlement         (1,100)          -     (1,100)          -
                                    ------         ---     ------         ---
        Total operating expenses     4,118       6,182     17,601      21,412
                                     -----       -----     ------      ------
    Operating income (loss)           (945)       (639)     2,776       1,142
                                      ----        ----      -----       -----
        Total other income
         (expense), net                225         157        446       1,005
                                       ---         ---        ---       -----
    Income from continuing
     operations before income
     taxes                            (720)       (482)     3,222       2,147
    (Provision) benefit for
     income taxes                      318       3,711       (995)      3,096
                                       ---       -----       ----       -----
      Income from continuing
       operations                     (402)      3,229      2,227       5,243
        Income from discontinued
         operations                      -           -          -          16
                                       ---         ---        ---         ---
          Net income (loss)          $(402)     $3,229     $2,227      $5,259
                                     =====      ======     ======      ======

    Diluted earnings (loss) per
     common share from
     continuing operations          $(0.04)      $0.31      $0.24       $0.49
    Diluted earnings per common
     share from discontinued
     operations                         $-          $-         $-       $0.00
    Diluted earnings per
     common share                   $(0.04)      $0.31      $0.24       $0.49
    Diluted weighted average
     shares outstanding          9,047,260  10,424,149  9,338,320  10,798,281

SOURCE ClearOne Communications, Inc.


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