Microvision Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results

Commercial Product Launch and Beginning of Shipments of SHOWWX, World's First Laser Pico Projector, Highlight Quarter

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Microvision, Inc. (NASDAQ:MVIS), a global leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display and image capture products for mobility applications, today reported operating and financial results for the third quarter of 2009.

Operating Results

"The third quarter of 2009 was a very rewarding and in many ways historical quarter for Microvision as we reached three important corporate milestones for commercialization of our PicoP(R) technology" said Alexander Tokman, Microvision's President and CEO. "We launched our first PicoP technology based product, SHOWWXTM the world's first laser pico projector; received our first purchase order to distribute the SHOWWX; and secured our first global OEM to private label the accessory product. We began shipping SHOWWX laser pico projectors in September and our plan is to increase volume each month to meet customer demand."

Microvision's Asian distribution partner, Mint Technology, through its parent company Mint Wireless Limited (ASX: MNW), issued a press release on October 22 (see Mint press release) revealing that the global OEM that will private label Microvision's laser pico projector is Uniden Corporation of Japan. Microvision had previously announced on a no-name basis the purchase order from Mint Technology (see September 30 Microvision press release) and the purchase order for Uniden to private label Microvision's PicoP display engine-based accessory laser pico projector (see October 8 Microvision press release).

Other notable results and acknowledgements for the third quarter included:

    --  Certifying the SHOWWX Laser Pico Projector as a Made for iPod(R) product
    --  Signing a long-term agreement with OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH for
        supply of green and blue lasers to further strengthen supply chain
    --  Receiving $1.0 million subcontract award from Lockheed Martin to support
        DARPA's Urban Leader Tactical Response, Awareness & Visualization
        (ULTRA-Vis) program, an advanced technology development initiative to
        build a soldier worn system. This contract is important to Microvision's
        long-term strategic roadmap, as it provides the opportunity to advance
        the company's technology for a variety of military and commercial
        full-color eyewear applications. Under the subcontract Microvision is
        developing a daylight-readable, see-through, low-profile, ergonomic
        eyewear display based on its ultra-miniature PicoP display engine and
        proprietary thin, clear Substrate Guided Relay (SGR) Optics.
    --  Identified for the first time by the Patent Board(TM) as one of the "Top
        50 Movers" in the Electronics and Instruments industry. The Patent Board
        is a leading business-based patent advisor to Fortune 500 companies,
        emerging technology companies, law firms, investment banks, governments
        and universities. The Patent Board utilizes proprietary data, tools,
        analytics and technology to leverage patent-based Intellectual Property
        as an asset class.
    --  Identified by a Pacific Northwest business publication as one of
        "Washington's Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2009"

Financial Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, the company reported revenue of $2.9 million compared to $5.1 million for the same period in 2008 and for the three months ended September 30, 2009, the company reported revenue of $ 924,000 compared to $894,000 for the same period 2008. As of September 30, 2009, the backlog totaled $2.0 million compared to $647,000 at September 30, 2008. The decrease in revenue is primarily attributed to lower backlog at the beginning of 2009, which is a result of the company's strategy to focus most of its resources on commercializing PicoP products.

The company reported an operating loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 of $27.9 million compared to $25.3 million for the same period in 2008 and $9.3 million, for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 compared to $9.0 million for the same period in 2008.

The company reported a net loss of $30.8 million, or $0.43 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 compared to $22.7 million, or $0.38 per share for the same period in 2008 and $11.5 million, or $0.15 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 compared to $8.4 million, or $0.13 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2008. The net loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 included a non cash loss on derivative instruments of $2.2 million and $3.0 million, respectively, compared to a gain of $585,000 and $2.0 million for the same periods in 2008. The loss on derivative instruments is due to the change in the value of the warrants to purchase the company's common stock that were issued in connection with the company's financing transactions.

Net cash used in operating activities was $23.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 compared to $22.3 million for the same period in 2008. Net cash used in operating activities was $7.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 compared to $7.6 million for the second quarter of 2009. The reduction in the quarterly cash burn was primarily a result of cost reduction efforts the company implemented in the first quarter of 2009. The net cash burn for the third quarter was partially offset by the receipt of $1.5 million for the exercise of investor warrants, and $300,000 for other investing and financing activities resulting in a net cash usage of $5.9 million for the third quarter of 2009. The company ended the quarter with $20.5 million in cash, cash equivalents, and investment securities.

Conference Call

Microvision will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2009 results and current business operations at 4:30 p.m. ET on October 22, 2009. Participants may join the conference call by dialing (800) 299-0148 (for U.S. participants) or (617) 801-9711 (for International participants) ten minutes prior to the start of the conference. The conference pass-code number is 46236246. Additionally, the call will be broadcast over the Internet and can be accessed from the company's web site at www.microvision.com/investors. The web cast and information needed to access the telephone replay will be available through the same link following the conference call.

About Microvision

Microvision provides the PicoP display technology platform designed to enable next-generation display and imaging products for pico projectors, vehicle displays, and wearable displays that interface with mobile devices. The company's projection display engine uses highly efficient laser light sources which can create vivid images with high contrast and brightness. For more information, visit our website (www.microvision.com) and corporate blog (www.microvision.com/displayground).

Forward Looking Statement

Certain statements contained in this release, including those relating to availability and supply of key components, including green lasers, ramp of production, applications, business partnering expectations, sales, growth, business prospects and impact of cost reductions, as well as statements containing words like "expect," "plan," 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; the risk of market acceptance of our technology and products, our financial and technical resources relative to those of our competitors; our planned future products dependence on advances in technology by other companies, our ability to keep up with rapid technological change; our ability to enforce our intellectual property rights and protect our proprietary technologies; the timing of commercial product launches and delays in product development; the ability to achieve key technical milestones in key products; our ability to secure needed third party manufacturing and sales resources, 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.

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Balance Sheet

(In thousands)


                                                    September 30,  December 31,

                                                      2009           2008


Current Assets

Cash and cash equivalents                           $ 17,759       $ 25,533

Investment securities, available-for-sale             2,716          2,705

Accounts receivable, net of allowances                545            537

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings    242            695
on uncompleted contracts

Inventory                                             642            1,525

Other current assets                                  568            889

Total current assets                                  22,472         31,884

Property and equipment, net                           3,895          3,701

Restricted investments                                1,332          1,332

Other assets                                          53             47

Total assets                                        $ 27,752       $ 36,964

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current Liabilities

Accounts payable                                    $ 3,390        $ 3,487

Accrued liabilities                                   3,289          3,545

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings    47             62
on uncompleted contracts

Liability associated with common stock warrants       3,379          331

Current portion of capital lease obligations          71             41

Current portion of long-term debt                     76             71

Total current liabilities                             10,252         7,537

Capital lease obligations, net of current portion     165            45

Long-term debt, net of current portion                264            322

Deferred rent, net of current portion                 1,156          1,409

Total liabilities                                     11,837         9,313

Commitments and contingencies                         -              -

Shareholders' Equity

Common stock at par value                             77             68

Additional paid-in capital                            338,690        319,662

Accumulated other comprehensive loss                  (27      )     (38      )

Accumulated deficit                                   (322,825 )     (292,041 )

Total shareholders' equity                            15,915         27,651

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity          $ 27,752       $ 36,964

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Statement of Operations

(In thousands, except earnings per share data)


                    Three months ended September  Nine months ended September
                    30,                           30,

                      2009         2008             2009         2008

Contract revenue    $ 817        $ 480            $ 2,342      $ 3,767

Product revenue       107          414              520          1,319

Total revenue         924          894              2,862        5,086

Cost of contract      379          253              1,289        1,389

Cost of product       720          356              1,504        1,224

Total cost of         1,099        609              2,793        2,613

Gross margin          (175    )    285              69           2,473

Research and
development           5,839        5,804            17,165       16,111

Sales, marketing,
general and           3,283        3,456            10,764       11,694

Total operating       9,122        9,260            27,929       27,805

Loss from             (9,297  )    (8,975 )         (27,860 )    (25,332 )

Interest income       45           271              188          962

Interest expense      (19     )    (11    )         (50     )    (36     )

Impairment of
investment            -            (300   )         -            (300    )

Gain (loss) on
derivative            (2,246  )    585              (3,048  )    2,004
instruments, net

Other expense         (8      )    (13    )         (14     )    (45     )

Net loss            $ (11,525 )  $ (8,443 )       $ (30,784 )  $ (22,747 )

Net loss per share
- basic and         $ (0.15   )  $ (0.13  )       $ (0.43   )  $ (0.38   )

shares outstanding    76,265       64,879           71,105       59,483
- basic and

    Source: Microvision, Inc.