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Microvision Announces Fourth Quarter/Fiscal Year 2006 Results and Goals for 2007

Microvision Completes Its 2006 Turnaround, Sets Foundation for Growth in 2007

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Microvision, Inc. (NASDAQ:MVIS - News), a global leader in light scanning technologies, today reported operating and financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year of 2006 and announced its operating goals for 2007.
Operating Results

"In 2006, we completed a successful turnaround of Microvision as we reinvented the Company around the primary goal of accelerating the path to market for high volume consumer and automotive products while lowering operating costs," said President and CEO Alexander Tokman.

"Signing two strategic development agreements with major high volume manufacturing partners and the rapid advancement of the Integrated Photonics Module (IPM(TM)) roadmap during the fourth quarter of 2006 continued our strong operational momentum started in the second half of 2006.

"Throughout the year, we attained most of the significant objectives established and communicated earlier in the year, including:

-- Completing the definition and implementation of a new business
strategy centered around our proprietary IPM platform;

-- Restructuring and realignment of the Company to improve focus,
execution and reduce operating costs;

-- Building a new senior management team;

-- Reconstituting the Board of Directors;

-- Simplifying the Company's capital structure and completing a
significant financing; and

-- Setting new standards for strategic planning, execution and
accountability.

"Our most notable achievement for 2006 was the product definition, accelerated design and commercial development of the IPM(TM), a tiny display engine suitable for a variety of OEM products targeted at high volume consumer and automotive applications. Our rapid progress towards this new goal was validated in early January 2007 when we received significant attention from global OEMs, as well as extensive industry and media coverage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where we demonstrated PicoP(TM), an ultra-thin, miniature full-color projection display small enough to be embedded in portable hand-held devices such as mobile phones. This advanced miniature projector prototype was developed in collaboration with a high volume manufacturing partner to better position us to meet the potential worldwide demand by mobile users for a large screen viewing experience inside a thin sleek portable package," continued Tokman.

Potential applications for the IPM platform include tiny projection displays embedded inside cell phones or other mobile devices; ultra-miniature projection displays used as accessories to personal media players, personal gaming devices, laptops, DVD players and other video output devices; personal color eyewear; and head-up and other displays for automobiles and airplanes.

Other significant accomplishments for 2006 include:

-- Entered into an agreement with Visteon, a major global Tier 1
automotive supplier, to develop a commercial scanned-beam head-up
display (HUD) product for automotive applications;

-- General Dynamics C4 Systems awarding Microvision a $5.95 million
contract to develop and deliver full-color, daylight readable,
see-through helmet-mounted displays for the U.S. Army. This effort
includes strategic elements consistent with the development of the
IPM and personal color eyewear application;

-- Announced a strategic relationship with Fraunhofer Institute of
Photonic Microsystems that augments Microvision's world-leading
expertise in the design and production of small MEMS scanning
mirrors, a key component of Microvision's IPM platform strategy;

-- Made significant progress in building supply chain infrastructure
to accelerate the commercialization of the IPM:

-- Funded a green laser development partner to accelerate its
solid-state green laser development while aligning our
development roadmap with two other green laser development and
supply chain partners; and

-- Entered into joint development agreements with both a large
Asian consumer electronics manufacturer and a global optical
manufacturing partner to develop high-volume designs for
manufacturing of Microvision's proprietary IPM.

-- Improved the design and streamlined the supply chain through a Lean
initiative to improve performance, quality and capacity of Flic,
resulting in the following second half of 2006 improvements:

-- Reduced field returns by 85% from earlier periods;

-- Increased capacity by 300% from earlier periods; and

-- Released new connectivity software that we expect will grow the
mobility segment.

-- To improve IPM focus in Redmond and reduce the bar code segment
operating costs, signed agreement with Network Systems &
Technologies (P) Ltd (NeST) in Trivandrum, India to establish an
offshore development center for the engineering design, development
and support of the Company's laser barcode scanner product. NeST
has a strong history of delivering quality products to companies
like GE, Hitachi, Toshiba and Mitsubishi.

-- Raised over $35 million including the largest financing transaction
in the Company's history. The Company will also retire the last of
its debt this week by making the final payment on its outstanding
notes.

Financial Results

For the three months ended December 31, 2006, the Company reported revenue of $1.8 million compared to $2.7 million for the same period in 2005, and $7.0 million for the full year ended December 31, 2006 compared to $14.7 million for 2005. The Company ended the year with a backlog of $7.1 million compared to $3.4 million at December 31, 2005.

Revenue for the year was lower than previous guidance of $8 to $9 million primarily due to management's decision to temporarily reallocate critical engineering resources from several revenue generating programs in order to accelerate PicoP development and achieve the Company's key objective of successfully demonstrating to global OEMs an ultra-thin, miniature full-color projection display small enough to be embedded in portable hand-held devices at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January 2007. A second factor was lower than expected Flic revenue for the quarter due to longer qualifying cycles in the mobility segment. Revenue in 2006 included the recognition of $806,000 from a contract with Ethicon compared to $4.9 million in 2005. In 2005, the Company recognized $1.2 million from sales of the Nomad system to the U.S. government and no revenue in 2006 as a result of the Company's discontinuation of the Nomad product.

The Company reported an operating loss for the fourth quarter of $7.9 million compared to $9.0 million in the same period in 2005. The Company reported an operating loss for the year ended December 31, 2006 of $29.0 million compared to $27.3 million in 2005. The operating loss for the fourth quarter and full year of 2006 includes severance cost of $114,000 and $842,000, respectively, and share based compensation costs associated with the adoption of FAS 123® of $371,000 and $1.8 million, respectively. Neither cost was included in 2005 results.

The Company reported a net loss available for common shareholders of $8.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2006 compared to $5.6 million for the same period in 2005 and $27.3 million for 2006 compared to $30.3 million in 2005. The net loss per share was $(0.21) for the three months ended December 31, 2006 compared to $(0.23) for the same period in 2005 and $(0.81) for 2006, compared to $(1.35) for 2005. The net loss available for common shareholders in 2006 includes a one-time $3.1 million charge associated with the conversion of the Company's preferred stock in May 2006.

The Company ended the year with $14.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and investment securities. The Company continues to own 1,750,000 shares of Lumera common stock with a market value of approximately $7.5 million as of February 28, 2007. The shares are pledged as collateral for the Company's notes that are scheduled to be retired this month.

"Consistent with our strategic and operating plan, we were able to reduce the year-over-year operating loss (adjusted for severance and FAS 123® expenses) through restructuring of the business and very rigorous cost controls, despite 2006 revenue being half of the amount of 2005. In addition, we made several important mid-year strategic cash investments in external green laser and MEMS developments that we expect will better position Microvision for growth in 2007," continued Tokman. "We've also made great strides in building the revenue backlog in the second half of 2006 and, as a result, we entered 2007 with a backlog 210% of the previous year end.

2007 Focus Areas

"In 2007 we expect to continue the focus on our primary goal of accelerating the path to market for high volume consumer and automotive products while reducing operating costs and continuing to execute a detailed operating plan that provides focus and accountability for everyone within the organization," Tokman continued.

"During 2007 our primary goals include:

1) Developing new business growth opportunities with global consumer OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and the U.S. government;

2) Continuing the rapid advancement of the integrated photonics module platform and roadmap;

3) Delivering on customer commitments on key existing commercial contract and government programs; and

4) Completing transformation of the bar code business segment.

"We believe that the 2006 turnaround results have significantly improved the Company's credibility with existing customers, prospective partners and the investment community. Now we are primed for growth in 2007 and we are ready to take the next step toward achieving our vision of becoming an indispensable source for illuminating information," concluded Tokman.

Conference Call

Microvision will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2006 financial results at 4:30 p.m. ET on March 13, 2007. Participants may join the conference call by dialing (800) 259-0251 (for U.S. participants) or (617) 614-3671 (for International participants) ten minutes prior to the start of the conference. The conference pass-code number is 34669293. Additionally, the call will be broadcast over the Internet and can be accessed from the Company's web site at www.microvision.com. The web cast and information needed to access the telephone replay will be available through the same link following the conference call.

About Microvision: www.microvision.com

Headquartered in Redmond, Wash., Microvision Inc. is the world leader in the development of high-resolution displays and imaging systems based on the Company's proprietary silicon micro-mirror technology. The Company's technology has applications in a broad range of military, medical, industrial, professional and consumer products.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Certain statements contained in this release, including those relating to expected results, projections of future operations, plans for product development and commercialization, future commercial arrangements, growth in demand, future product applications and benefits, as well as statements containing words like "goals," "believes," "expects," "anticipates," and other similar expressions, are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the Company's forward-looking statements include the following: our ability to raise additional capital when needed; risks related to Lumera's business and the market for its equity, market acceptance of our technologies and products; our financial and technical resources relative to those of our competitors; our ability to keep up with rapid technological change; our dependence on the defense industry and a limited number of government development contracts; government regulation of our technologies; our ability to enforce our intellectual property rights and protect our proprietary technologies; the ability to obtain additional contract awards; the timing of commercial product launches and delays in product development; the ability to achieve key technical milestones in key products; dependence on third parties to develop, manufacture, sell and market our products; potential product liability claims and other risk factors identified from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in circumstances or any other reason.

4 comments:

At March 13, 2007 at 3:07 PM sturocks said...

Please pass along my thanks to the crew for a job well done. The future is oh so bright they will need to wear IPM powered shades for get a clear view. Make it so, Number One

 
At March 13, 2007 at 3:53 PM Anonymous said...

What's up with the Epson printer?

 
At March 13, 2007 at 6:06 PM jaydawg said...

I like the aggressive tone, comments in the press release (consise release with stated goals), and clear direction. The call was not filled with crap or puffery. Also, liked the fact of mentioning a deal on picop in 1st of 2007. I think one deal will lead to many as other handset manf. can't be left out. My only piece of advice is to practice the call script more. Just better when it is not read (and tripped over). Overall, excellent job.

 
At March 15, 2007 at 2:50 PM memsrich said...

microcap, is that you that asked about printers? A.Tokman was asked this question at the CC. He said it is on hold right now to focus on the IPM.

 

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