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Ambient Corporation Reports Results for the Full Year 2012
[March 11, 2013]

Ambient Corporation Reports Results for the Full Year 2012

NEWTON, Mass., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- 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.

(Logo: ) 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

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 NewsItemId=NE74934&Transmission_Id=201303111615PR_NEWS_USPR_____NE74934&DateId=20130311

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