Nashua , N.H., March 12, 2009 – Ezenia! Inc. (OTCBB: EZEN.OB), a leading market provider of real-time collaboration solutions for corporate and government networks, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2008.
For the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company generated revenue of approximately $1.4 million, a 22.2% decrease from approximately $1.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2007. The quarterly loss from operations was approximately ($872,000) or ($0.06) per share, as compared to approximately ($1.6) million in quarterly losses from operations, or ($0.11) per share, a year ago. Operating expenses declined to approximately $1.7 million from approximately $2.6 million for 2007, due to reduced headcount, the closing of the Colorado facility, and reduced legal and professional charges. Net quarterly loss was approximately ($884,000) or ($0.06) per share, as compared to a net loss of approximately ($2.2) million, or ($0.15) per share, a year ago, which included an income tax expense of $711,000 related to an increase in the valuation allowance for deferred tax assets recorded in prior years.
For the year ended December 31, 2008, revenue was approximately $6.7 million, a 25.6% decrease from approximately $9.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2007. The reported loss from operations in 2008 was approximately ($3.1) million or ($0.21) per share, as compared to loss from operations in 2007 of approximately ($4.4) million, or ($0.30) per share, which included a $1.4 million charge to reserve for an excess third party license purchase commitment. For 2008, the net annual loss was approximately ($3.1) million, or ($0.21) per share, compared to a net annual loss in 2007 of approximately ($4.5) million, or ($0.31) per share. Cash and cash equivalents at year end 2008 were approximately $6.8 million, a $2.6 million decrease from year end 2007. Operating expenses declined to approximately $7.2 million from approximately $8.1 million for 2007, due to reduced headcount, the closing of the Colorado facility, and reduced legal and professional charges.
Management expects market conditions to remain uncertain into 2009; however, the recent reorganization and subsequent changes in the sales organization will increase the Company’s focus on the Department of Defense and intelligence agency opportunities while it continues its objective to diversify into the commercial sector. In addition, we continue to work closely with our strategic resellers and system integrators to ensure we are well positioned for upcoming opportunities. “Consolidation activities made during the course of 2008 will benefit Ezenia this year in terms of expense control,” noted Khoa Nguyen, Ezenia’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our primary objective is to return to profitability by growing the top line and continuing vigilance on expense control,” concluded Mr. Nguyen.
CONDENSED Consolidated Balance Sheets
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 6,774||$ 9,395|
|Accounts receivable, less allowances of $28 at December 31, 2008 and $413 at December 31, 2007||771||2,479|
|Prepaid software licenses||1,125||1,417|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||186||292|
|Total current assets||8,856||13,583|
|Prepaid licenses, net of current portion||–||169|
|Capitalized software, net||–||18|
|Equipment and improvements, net||243||380|
|Total assets||$ 9,114||$ 14,165|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|Accounts payable||$ 257||$ 497|
|Employee compensation and benefits
Accrued restructuring charges
|Total current liabilities||3,694||6,375|
|Deferred revenue, net of current portion||–||17|
|Commitments and contingencies (Note 5)|
|Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 2,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding||–||–|
|Common stock, $.01 par value; 40,000,000 shares authorized; 15,417,754 issued and 14,658,217 outstanding in 2008; 15,360,629 issued and 14,601,092 outstanding in 2007||154||154|
|Capital in excess of par value||65,586||64,870|
|Treasury stock; 759,537 shares at cost in 2008 and 2007||(2,945)||(2,945)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$ 9,114||$ 14,165|
CONDENSED Consolidated Statements of OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except for share and per share related data)
|For the Three Months
Ended December 31,
|For the Twelve Months
Ended December 31,
|Product and service revenue||$ 1,390||$ 1,819||$ 6,683||$ 8,988|
|Cost of revenues|
|Cost of product and service revenue||542||824||2,575||5,315|
|Research and development||486||681||2,084||2,361|
|Sales and marketing||366||582||2,024||2,021|
|General and administrative||660||897||2,408||2,802|
|Occupancy and other facilities related expenses
|Total operating expenses||1,720||2,573||7,234||8,083|
|Loss from operations||(872)||(1,579)||(3,126)||(4,410)|
|Other income (expense)|
|Other income (expense)||(38)||(2)||(98)||29|
|Loss before income taxes||(884)||(1,490)||(3,069)||(3,836)|
|Provision for income taxes||–||(711)||–||(711)|
|Net loss||$ (884)||$ 2,201)||$ 3,069)||$(4,547)|
|Basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per share:|
|Basic||$ (0.06)||$ (0.15)||$ (0.21)||$ (0.31)|
|Diluted||$ (0.06)||$ (0.15)||$ (0.21)||$ (0.31)|
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
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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.