Nashua, N.H., May 13, 2010 – Ezenia! Inc. (OTCBB: EZEN.OB), a leading market provider of real-time situation awareness, command and control solutions for corporate and government networks, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.
For the first quarter of 2010, the Company generated revenue of approximately $703,000, a 30% decrease from approximately $989,000 for the first quarter of 2009. Gross margin increased to approximately 65.1% this quarter from approximately 52.8% a year ago. Loss from operations was approximately $751,000 or ($0.05) per share, as compared to approximately $943,000 in quarterly losses from operations, or ($0.06) per share, a year ago. Loss from operations, excluding stock option expenses and depreciation, was approximately $596,000 or ($0.04) per share, as compared to approximately $726,000 in quarterly losses from operations, or ($0.05) per share, a year ago. Net quarterly loss was approximately $743,000 or ($0.05) per share, as compared to a net loss of approximately $937,000, or ($0.06) per share, from the prior year.
Operating expenses declined to approximately $1.2 million from approximately $1.5 million for the same period in 2009. Operating expenses, excluding stock option expenses and depreciation, declined to approximately $1.05 million from approximately $1.25 million for the same period in 2009, due to reduced engineering spending and capitalized cost associated with the development of our new MxM product, which is undergoing beta trials.
“The results for the first quarter of 2010 only reflect minimally the significant renewals and new sales that we have achieved year to date. As our software application suite is sold on a yearly subscription basis, revenue is recognized on a prorated basis over twelve months. Consequently, the revenue for this quarter was principally driven by bookings from January to December 2009,” commented Khoa Nguyen, Ezenia Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With less than four and a half months into this year, in addition to renewals, Ezenia is close to achieving as much in new bookings as we did during the entire year of 2009. With these bookings and the order fulfillment, we anticipate that our cash balance will improve in the coming quarters, especially in the second half of the year.”
“For the first quarter, we continued to focus on expense control and brought operating expenses, exclusive of stock option expenses and depreciation, down by approximately $200,000 when compared to the same quarter a year ago. Furthermore, deferred revenue, comprised exclusively of licensing royalties, has increased by more than $900,000 to approximately $1.8M from year end of 2009. More importantly, deferred revenue as of quarter end did not include the backlog related to the training and engineering services contracts awarded to Ezenia by the Air Force,” added Mr. Nguyen. “More recently, we have introduced a new graphical user interface, performance enhancements, and high availability capability to our application suite InfoWorkSpace. We have embarked on modernizing and expanding our web site with a new look and feel in preparation for new product introductions. We believe that we are now poised to launch our MxM product line for the commercial market segment in the near future. The management team is totally committed in its efforts to build on the momentum achieved thus far and dedicated to expand our overall business for the rest of the year.”
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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 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 audio and text chat, white boarding, screen sharing and secure file storage. The ability to discuss projects, share information, and modify documents allows users to significantly improve team communication, enhance overall situational awareness and accelerate the decision-making process. More information about Ezenia! Inc. and its product and service offerings can be found at the Company’s Web site, http://www.ezenia.com .
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