Ascent Solar Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

Ascent Solar Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

THORNTON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NAS: ASTI) , a developer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules, integrated into the company's new EnerPlexTM series of consumer products, reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Q1 2013 Highlights

  • January 2013 retail debut of Ascent's EnerPlex SurfrTM solar-assisted battery case for the Samsung Galaxy S III® at the International Consumer Electronics Show, for sale at www.goenerplex.com.

  • Launch of Ascent's new retail relationship with Fry's Electronics Inc., a premier California-based retailer. Ascent's entire EnerPlex series of consumer solar-integrated products is now available at all Fry's retail locations, as well as online through www.frys.com.

  • Appointment of Power IT-2-Channel, a United Kingdom-based consultancy, for the distribution of Ascent's EnerPlex series of consumer products in the United Kingdom.

  • Appointment of Sun2Voltage as the exclusive distributor of EnerPlex products in Scandinavia.

  • Appointment of Make a Difference Pte Ltd (Singapore) as non-exclusive EnerPlex distributor for Singapore and initiated shipments.

  • Initiated shipments of EnerPlex products to BRM Corporation (Russia) for distribution in Russia.

  • Initiated EnerPlex orders to retailer Grupo Monge (Costa Rica) for retail sales in Costa Rica and the surrounding region.

  • Appointment of MKRAK Management Inc. as Ascent's exclusive EnerPlex distributor to golf pro-shops and select retail stores in the Canadian market.

  • Noteworthy Off-Grid sales activity:

    • Initiated shipments of 1.1 meter solar modules to Maddox Defense (California, USA) for Defense application development.

    • Increased solar module shipments to Kirloskar Integrated Technologies (Pune, India) for consumer applications and we renewed our strategic relationship.

    • Increased solar module shipments to CTC CarTech GmbH (Boblingen, Germany) for automotive/consumer applications.

    • Increased solar module shipments to Phaesun GmbH (Memmingen, Germany) for consumer applications.

    • Increased solar module shipments to Sunload Mobile Charging Solutions (Berlin, Germany) for consumer applications.

    • Initiated shipments of solar modules to Crib Gogh (Staffordshire, UK) for defense application development.


Q1 2013 Financial Results

Product revenue in the first quarter of 2013 was $176,000 compared to $32,000 in the previous quarter and $10,000 in the first quarter of 2012. The sequential and year over year increases were due to the company's improving product acceptance across a range of markets.

Net loss for the first quarter was $6.4 million or $(0.13) per share compared to a loss of $11.0 million or $(0.21) per share in the previous quarter and a loss of $5.5 million or $(0.14) per share in the first quarter of 2012.

The decrease in the sequential quarterly net loss was due primarily to a combined decrease in asset impairment losses of $4.8 million. The net loss increase from the first quarter of 2012 was due to increased operating expenses associated with our focus on consumer oriented solar-assisted devices.

Cash and cash equivalents decreased to $7.0 million at March 31, 2013 from $12.6 million at December 31, 2012.

Management Commentary

"Our first quarter results reflect positive momentum in the execution of our focus established in 2012, particularly the growth of core consumer product sales," said Victor Lee, President and CEO, of Ascent. "We have seen rapid expansion of our product mix including our EnerPlex consumer products, solar module components customers integrate into their consumer and defense products, as well as custom finished goods manufactured for our customers based on co-development projects."

Mr. Lee continued, "Moving ahead, we plan to continue to grow product revenue through product line expansion and growth on our distributor base which will help us reach more customers worldwide."

About Ascent Solar Technologies

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic modules with substrate materials that can be more flexible, versatile and rugged than traditional solar panels. Ascent Solar modules can be directly integrated into consumer products and off-grid applications, as well as aerospace and building-integrated applications. Ascent Solar is headquartered in Thornton, Colorado. For more information, go to www.ascentsolar.com.

About EnerPlex

The EnerPlex brand represents Ascent's line of consumer products. These products, many of which are integrated with Ascent's transformational CIGS technology, provide consumers with the ability to integrate solar into their everyday lives, while enabling them to free themselves and their electronics from the outlet. For more information on the EnerPlex brand and to see the product line, please visit www.goenerplex.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical or current fact constitute "forward-looking statements." Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unknown factors that could cause the Company's actual operating results to be materially different from any historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition to statements that explicitly describe these risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements that contain terms such as "believes," "belief," "expects," "expect," "intends," "intend," "anticipate," "anticipates," "plans," "plan," to be uncertain and forward looking. The forward-looking statements contained herein are also subject generally to other risks and uncertainties that are described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

ASCENT SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

(A Development Stage Company)

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended

For the Period
from Inception
(October 18, 2005)
Through March 31,
2013

March 31,

2013

2012

Revenues

Products

$

175,685

$

10,234

$

2,103,948

Government contracts

59,252

431,332

9,726,301

Total Revenues

234,937

441,566

11,830,249

Costs and Expenses

Research and development

5,320,229

4,390,325

105,734,465

Selling, general and administrative

1,242,591

1,494,111

42,073,009

Impairment loss

83,171,090

Total Costs and Expenses

6,562,820

5,884,436

230,978,564

Loss from Operations

(6,327,883

)

(5,442,870

)

(219,148,315

)

Other Income/(Expense), net

(106,468

)

(67,636

)

938,630

Net Loss

$

(6,434,351

)

$

(5,510,506

)

$

(218,209,685

)

Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Unrealized gain (loss) on investments

(966

)

Comprehensive Loss

$

(6,434,351

)

$

(5,511,472

)

$

(218,209,685

)

Net Loss Per Share (Basic and diluted)

$

(0.13

)

$

(0.14

)

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding (Basic and diluted)

51,333,822

40,547,280

ASCENT SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

(A Development Stage Company)

CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

March 31,

December 31,

2013

2012

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

6,946,368

$

12,621,477

Trade receivables

169,141

100,164

Related party receivables and deposits

508,108

596,339

Inventories

2,167,264

2,159,553

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

526,392

235,305

Total current assets

10,317,273

15,712,838

Property, Plant and Equipment:

39,264,868

39,979,013

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

(13,374,218

)

(12,725,298

)

25,890,650

27,253,715

Other Assets:

Patents, net of amortization of $56,062 and $48,150, respectively

579,131

500,879

Other non-current assets

55,625

56,563

634,756

557,442

Total Assets

$

36,842,679

$

43,523,995

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

671,940

$

855,373

Accrued expenses

1,585,604

1,788,635

Current portion of long-term debt

269,331

264,935

Total current liabilities

2,526,875

2,908,943

Long-Term Debt

6,281,131

6,350,135

Accrued Warranty Liability

41,403

38,187

Commitments and Contingencies (Notes 4 & 11)

Stockholders' Equity:

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized, no shares outstanding

Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 125,000,000 shares authorized; 51,523,758 and 51,143,906 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

5,152

5,114

Additional paid in capital

246,197,803

245,996,950

Deficit accumulated during the development stage

(218,209,685

)

(211,775,334

)

Total stockholders' equity

27,993,270

34,226,730

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

36,842,679

$

43,523,995



Ascent Solar Technologies
Investor Relations:
CleanTech IR
Brion D. Tanous, 310-541-6824
Mobile: 424-634-8592
btanous@cleantech-ir.com

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