Ezenia! Inc. Announces 2006 Fourth Quarter & Annual Financial Results

Nashua, N.H., March 21, 2007 – Ezenia! Inc. (OTCBB:EZEN.OB), a leading market provider of real-time collaboration solutions for corporate and government networks and eBusiness, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2006.

The Company generated revenue of approximately $3.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, a 13.8% decrease from approximately $3.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2005. For the year ended December 31, 2006, revenue was approximately $13.2 million, flat with the approximately $13.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2005. Excluding revenue related to legacy video-conferencing products and services, revenue from the InfoWorkSpace product line increased approximately 3.3% for the year ended December 31, 2006 as compared to the year ended December 31, 2005.

Income from operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2006 was approximately $444 thousand, or $0.03 per share, as compared to approximately $972 thousand, or $0.07 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2005. For the year, income from operations was approximately $2.9 million, or $0.20 per share, down from approximately $3.5 million, or $0.24 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2005.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2006, which included an income tax benefit of approximately $402 thousand relating primarily to a release of the valuation allowance associated with deferred tax assets, was approximately $1.0 million, or $0.07 per share, as compared to net income of approximately $1.1 million, or $0.08 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2005, which included an income tax benefit of approximately $91 thousand relating to a release of the valuation allowance associated with deferred tax assets. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2006 was approximately $3.9 million, or $0.27 per share, compared to net income for the year ended December 31, 2005 of approximately $3.8 million, or $0.26 per share.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 includes approximately $92 thousand of equity-based compensation expense relating to the Company`s implementation of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 123R, Share Based Payment (“SFAS No.123R”) in the first quarter of 2006. GAAP net income for the year ended December 31, 2006 includes approximately $422 thousand of equity-based compensation expense relating to the Company`s implementation of SFAS No.123R in the first quarter of 2006. There was no equity based compensation expense recorded during the year ended December 31, 2005.

“While the results in 2006 were clearly affected by the budgetary constraints within the Department of Defense (`DoD”) during the second half of 2006, we ended the year with cash and cash equivalents at approximately $12.1 million, a 28% or $2.7 million increase from year end 2005. Similarly, cash and net collectible accounts receivable balance total approximately $15.6 million, which is approximately 12% or $1.7 million higher than where we were at year end 2005. Furthermore, stockholders` equity increased by approximately 50% to approximately $11.9 million from year to year,” noted Khoa Nguyen, Ezenia Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“For the year ended December 31, 2006, there was an increase in operating expenses of approximately 12.9% to approximately $5.9 million, from approximately $5.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2005. As a percentage of revenue, operating expenses increased to 44.5% for the year ended December 31, 2006 from 39.3% for the year ended December 31, 2005. This was primarily due to an increase in internally funded product enhancements,” commented Mr. Nguyen.

“Despite budgetary constraints since the second half of 2006 and the overall uncertainty resulting from on-going bidding activities sponsored by the Defense Information System Agency (DISA), revenue and earnings per share for the year ended 2006 mirrored those of the year ended December 31, 2005,” further added Mr. Nguyen.

“As these uncertain business conditions continue into 2007, coupled with the Company`s commitment to further invest in the development of advanced products and build out the sales and marketing organizations, earnings for the year 2007 will be under pressure, especially for the first half of the year. We believe that product enhancements and upgrades, development of the next-generation products, and more robust field support and sales organizations will better prepare the Company to compete successfully in this ever increasing competitive collaboration market,” remarked Mr. Nguyen. “The Company remains absolutely focused in the execution of its long term strategy, expanding its customer base within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, pursuing new opportunities with various agencies and first responders dealing with the threat of terrorism and natural disasters, and being opportunistic on potential commercial applications.”

 

EZENIA! INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

 

  December 31,   December 31,
  2006   2005
Assets      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 12,059   $ 9,405
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $412 and $339 in 2006 and 2005, respectively 3,580   4,533
Prepaid software licenses 3,346   2,477
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 356   311
Deferred tax assets 717   138
Total current assets 20,058   16,864
       
Capitalized software, net 87  
Equipment and improvements, net of accumulated depreciation 304   247
       
Total assets $ 20,449   $17,111
       
Liabilities and stockholders` equity      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable 1,917   1,593
Accrued expenses 535   415
Employee compensation and benefits 229   46
Deferred revenue 5,867   7,125
Total current liabilities 8,548   9,179
       
Stockholders` equity      
Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 2,000,000 shares authorized, noneissued and none outstanding  
Common stock, $.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized,15,311,174 issued and 14,650,737 outstanding in 2006;

15,248,386 issued and 14,587,949 outstanding in 2005

153   152
Capital in excess of par value 64,368   63,930
Accumulated deficit (49,759)   (53,289)
Treasury stock at cost, 660,437 shares at December 31, 2006 and December 31, 2005 (2,861)   (2,861)
  11,901   7,932
Total liabilities and stockholders` equity $ 20,449   $17,111

 

Ezenia! Inc.

 CONDENSED Consolidated Statements of OPERATIONS

 (In thousands, except for share and per share related data)

(Unaudited)

  For the Three MonthsEnded December 31,   For the Twelve MonthsEnded December 31,
  2006   2005   2006   2005
Revenues              
Product and service revenue $ 2,998   $ 3,479   $ 13,192   $ 13,175
               
Cost of revenues              
Cost of product and service revenue 1,070   1,171   4,425   4,480
Gross profit 1,928   2,308   8,767   8,695
               
Operating expenses              
Research and development 476   337   1,723   1,158
Sales and marketing 370   357   1,411   1,535
General and administrative 497   524   2,216   1,826
Depreciation 33   20   105   44
Occupancy and other facilities related expenses 108   98   413   621
Total operating expenses 1,484   1,336   5,868   5,184
               
Income (loss) from operations 444   972   2,899   3,511
               
               
Other income (expense)              
Interest income, net 153   64   491   191
Other income 15     15   10
  168   64   506   201
               
Income (loss) before income taxes 612   1,036   3,405   3,712
Income tax benefit (402)   (91)   (513)   (91)
               
Net income (loss) $ 1,014   $ 1,127   $ 3,918   $ 3,803
               
Basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per share:              
Basic $ 0.07   $ 0.08   $ 0.27   $ 0.26
Diluted $ 0.07   $ 0.07   $ 0.26   $ 0.25

 

See accompanying note

Note to Financial Statements

The 2006 financial results include a cumulative effect adjustment for non-material adjustments in the Company’s revenue and cost of sales amortization for its InfoWorkSpace product line and a non-material correction of the 2005 income tax provision. The cumulative effect adjustment results from the Company applying the provisions of Securities and Exchange Commission Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 108, (“SAB No. 108”). The Company adopted SAB No. 108 at December 31, 2006 and for the year then ended. Pursuant to the guidance of SAB No. 108, as of January 1, 2006, the Company recorded a cumulative effect adjustment to increase the deferred revenue balance and increase the prepaid license cost, with a corresponding net charge to retained earnings of approximately $288 thousand. In accordance with SAB No. 108, the income tax provision was corrected as of January 1, 2006 by recording an adjustment to increase the income tax accrual by approximately $99 thousand, with a corresponding offset to retained earnings. In accordance with SAB No. 108, reported results for periods prior to January 1, 2006 have not been adjusted.

The 2006 financial statements were affected by these adjustments through a net increase in gross profit of approximately $124 thousand, and an increase in the income tax benefit of approximately $99 thousand. Of these amounts, approximately $58 thousand of the increase in gross profit and approximately $99 thousand of the increase in the income tax benefit was applicable to previously reported 2006 periods through September 30, 2006.

Ezenia is a registered trademark of Ezenia, Inc. and the Ezenia Logo and InfoWorkSpace are trademarks of Ezenia, Inc. Additional information on Ezenia and its products is available at our website, www.ezenia.com

 

About Ezenia! Inc.
Ezenia! Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: EZEN.OB), founded in 1991, is a leading provider of real-time collaboration solutions, bringing new and valuable levels of interaction and collaboration to corporate networks and the Internet. By integrating voice, video and data collaboration, the Company’s award-winning products enable groups to interact through a natural meeting experience regardless of geographic distance. Ezenia! products allow dispersed groups to work together in real-time using powerful capabilities such as instant messaging, white boarding, screen sharing and text chat. The ability to discuss projects, share information and modify documents allows users to significantly improve team communication and accelerate the decision-making process. More information about Ezenia! Inc. and its product offerings can be found at the company’s Web site,www.Ezenia.com.

Note to Investors Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements included herein that are not historical facts may be considered forward-looking statements. You can identify these forward-looking statements by use of the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “believes,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “will,” “may,” and similar words. Such forward-looking statements, including statements regarding our business and financial outlook, long-term strategy, improvements in our infrastructure, and proposed earnings per share growth targets, involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual operating results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include the considerations that are discussed in the Company’s 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K as amended for the year ended December 31, 2006, such as its dependence on the United States government as its largest customer, adverse changes in available funding and discretionary spending within the Department of Defense, its dependence on other major customers, the evolution of Ezenia!’s market, rapid technological change and competition within the collaborative software market, its reliance on third-party technology, protection of its propriety technology, acceptance of IWS in the commercial market, retention of key employees, stock price volatility, customer acceptance of Version 3.0 of InfoWorkSpace, its history of liquidity concerns and operating losses, and other considerations that are discussed further in such report. You should not place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking statements after the date of such statements.

Note: Ezenia! is a registered trademark of Ezenia! Inc., and the Ezenia! Logo and InfoWorkSpace are trademarks of Ezenia! Inc. Additional information on Ezenia! and its products is available at our website http://www.ezenia.com.

 

 

 

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