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Ambient Corporation Reports Results for the Full Year 2012

          Ambient Corporation Reports Results for the Full Year 2012  PR Newswire  NEWTON, Mass., March 11, 2013  NEWTON, Mass., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --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: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090311/AMBIENTLOGO )  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 $14.3million for year ended December 31, 2012, compared to approximately $11.7million 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 $9.6million compared to $8.2million 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 www.ambientcorp.com.   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    709                 527  assets  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    1,139               714  liabilities  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   17                  17  outstanding, respectively  Additional paid-in capital            240,340             237,421  Accumulated deficit                   (226,821)           (221,377)  Less: treasury stock; 0 and 10,000    -                   (200)  shares at cost   Total stockholders' equity     13,536              15,861   Total liabilities and          $     18,329   $     21,874  stockholders' equity  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         9,656            8,244  expenses  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        452              3,306  liability  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   16,625           16,515  basic net (loss) income per share  Weighted average shares used in computing   16,625           16,905  diluted net (loss) income per share    SOURCE Ambient Corporation  Website: http://www.ambientcorp.com Contact: Investor Contact, Michael W. McCarthy, mmccarthy@ambientcorp.com, +1-617-614-6906, or Media Contact, Joanna Hamblin, jhamblin@ambientcorp.com, +1-617-614-6793  
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