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Novatel Wireless Issues 2Q 2012 Financial Results
[August 13, 2012]

Novatel Wireless Issues 2Q 2012 Financial Results

Aug 13, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Novatel Wireless, a provider of intelligent wireless solutions, announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30.

"During the second quarter our financial results were near or above the top of our guidance range for all three key metrics revenue, non-GAAP gross margin, and non-GAAP EPS," said Peter Leparulo, CEO of Novatel Wireless, in a release dated Aug. 7. "Revenue increased by approximately $2.2 million from the first quarter, to $102.4 million, driven by strong sales of our mobile broadband devices.

"In our M2M segment, we are in the process of launching new integrated solutions that will significantly expand our addressable market. This includes the addition of key CDMA and HSPA capabilities into our M2M devices, as well as enhanced provisioning and management software that simplifies the adoption and deployment of integrated solutions for our customers.

"We continue to focus on diversifying our markets, customer base and product lines. We are planning a number of new product launches over the next year to further these objectives. Although we expect a temporary revenue decline at our largest customer in the third quarter due to the impact of a competing product, our new product rollouts and new customer wins should restore revenue growth and positive EBITDA in the fourth quarter." Operating Results Gross margin was 22.7 percent of revenue on a GAAP basis. On a non-GAAP basis, gross margin was 23.2 percent, exceeding our previous guidance of 22 to 23 percent.

Progress in ongoing cost reduction efforts contributed to a reduction in the net loss compared to the first quarter of 2012. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the items identified in the attached reconciliation schedule, net loss for the quarter was $2.2 million, or 7 cents per share, a significant improvement from a loss of 14 cents per share in the first quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA was $0.3 million, versus a loss of $1.7 million in the first quarter.

Non-GAAP EPS Summary Recent Business Highlights -Tiesse SpA, an Italian Telemetry device manufacturer, will integrate Novatel Wireless Enabler modules into its Levanto routers. These routers will provide one of the largest Italian utilities with upgraded communications for automatic meter reading concentrators.

-In June, the Enabler HS 3001 was certified for use on the Verizon Wireless network. This module supports CDMA 800 and 1900 MHz and a rich on-board N4A Communication and Management Software agent to provide speedy market introduction of M2M deployments on Verizon Wireless' CDMA Network.

-Novatel Wireless added the SA-G+ to its Enfora portfolio of simple, yet powerful, plug-and-play wireless telemetry devices. The new SA-G+ device is targeted at remote asset monitoring and control applications where critical and timely data is needed. Examples include industrial automation, vending machines, oil and gas pipelines and energy and smart grid applications. With support for CDMA2000 1X or GSM/GPRS connectivity for global deployments, the SA-G+ has been designed to enhance visibility into remotely-located fixed assets.

-On June 26, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Novatel Wireless a key patent for the MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot. This patent, entitled Systems and methods for multi-mode wireless modem, is a core invention covering Intelligent Mobile Hotspot products, home automation gateway devices, fixed mobile convergence routers and general machine-to-machine solutions involving wireless gateway implementation.

Novatel Wireless provides design and development of intelligent wireless solutions based on 2G, 3G and 4G technologies providing wireless connectivity.

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