Ascent Solar Technologies: Q1 Results

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THORNTON, Colorado - Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (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.

Ascent Solar Technologies
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