SOURCE: American Technology Corporation

August 04, 2008 16:40 ET

American Technology Announces Fiscal Q3 2008 Financial Results

Fiscal Q3 2008 Revenues Up 28% Over Same Period Last Year

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - August 4, 2008) - American Technology Corporation (ATC) (NASDAQ: ATCO), a leading provider of directed sound products and technologies, today announced revenues of $2.7 million for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2008, up 28% from $2.2 million for the same period last year.

"Sales of all our directed sound product lines grew in fiscal Q3, with the largest growth coming from our new LRAD-X™ product series," remarked Tom Brown, president and chief executive officer of American Technology Corporation. "Since the introduction and initial deliveries of our proprietary LRAD-X systems in late March, we have experienced growing domestic and international acceptance and increasing market demand that is continuing in fiscal Q4."

"With the fulfillment of a previously announced $1.1 million LRAD RX™ order and the expected deliveries of the recently announced Marine Expeditionary Security Force LRAD 500X™ order and other pending orders, we're forecasting a strong Q4," added Brown.

Gross profit for the third fiscal quarter was $1.0 million, or 38% of revenues, compared to a gross profit of $1.0 million, or 46% of revenues, for the quarter ended June 30, 2007. The gross profit percentage on opening LRAD-X shipments was lower than prior year LRAD® product sales due to initial start-up production and freight costs. The Company expects LRAD-X margins to improve through increased production volume.

Operating expenses for fiscal Q3 2008 were $2.6 million, an increase of $354,000 from the quarter ended June 30, 2007. The increase resulted primarily from higher research and development expenses associated with finalizing the LRAD-X product series.

Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2008 was $1.5 million or $(0.05) per share, compared to a net loss of $1.1 million or $(0.04) per share for the same period last year. The increased loss was attributable primarily to final development costs associated with the Company's LRAD 1000X™, LRAD 500X and LRAD RX.

For the nine months ended June 30, 2008, the Company reported revenues of $7.3 million, a 12% decrease from $8.3 million for the same period a year ago. For the first nine months of fiscal 2008, gross profit was $2.9 million, or 40% of revenues, compared to $4.1 million, or 49% of revenues, for the same period last year. Revenues and margins were lower due to the Company's transition to the LRAD-X series and product sales mix.

Operating expenses increased to $8.3 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2008 from $7.0 million for the same period a year ago due mainly to an increase in research and development expenses associated with the development and productization of the Company's new LRAD-X series including its proprietary pan-and-tilt drive and increased non-cash share-based compensation. The net loss for the nine months ended June 30, 2008 was $5.4 million or $(0.18) per share, compared to a net loss of $2.7 million or $(0.09) per share for the same period last year. The increased loss was attributable to lower sales, increased research and development expenses and increased share-based compensation expense compared to the same period in the prior year.

"Our significant investment earlier this year, enhancing and upgrading our LRAD technology and products, is quickly being repaid through growing order demand for our proprietary LRAD 1000X, LRAD 500X and LRAD RX systems from diverse military and commercial security interests," commented Brown. "We expect further LRAD-X orders and first shipments of our handheld LRAD 100X™ this quarter will contribute to higher revenues for fiscal year 2008 over 2007."

Brown concluded, "We will be discussing the fiscal Q3 results and other business developments on our August 5th conference call."

About American Technology Corporation

American Technology Corporation is Shaping the Future of Sound® by providing directed audio solutions that place clear, highly intelligible sound exactly where needed. ATC's Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD®), HyperSonic® Sound, and NeoPlanar® product lines make up the core of an expanding portfolio of directed sound products and technologies. For more information about ATC and its directed sound solutions please visit the company's web site at

Safe Harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. We base these statements on particular assumptions that we have made in light of our industry experience, the stage of product and market development as well as our perception of historical trends, current market conditions, current economic data, expected future developments and other factors that we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, the performance of our management team, market acceptance of our directed sound technologies and products, entry of competitors, the possibility our intellectual property protections will not prevent others from marketing products similar to or competitive with our products, potential technical or manufacturing difficulties that could delay product deliveries or increase warranty costs, and other risks identified and discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on information and management's expectations as of the date hereof. Future results may differ materially from our current expectations. For more information regarding other potential risks and uncertainties, see the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2008. American Technology Corporation disclaims any intent or obligation to update those forward-looking statements, except as otherwise specifically stated.

                      American Technology Corporation
                  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                              (000's omitted)

                                                  June 30,    September 30,
                                                    2008          2007
                                                ------------- -------------

Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                     $       3,153 $       6,415
  Accounts receivable, net                              1,601           938
  Inventories, net                                      3,726         3,803
  Prepaid expenses and other                              318           259
                                                ------------- -------------
Total current assets                                    8,798        11,415
Equipment, net                                            334           422
Patents, net                                            1,120         1,364
Deposits                                                   58            58
                                                ------------- -------------
Total assets                                    $      10,310 $      13,259
                                                ============= =============

Current liabilities:
 Accounts payable                               $         886 $         772
 Accrued liabilities                                    1,516           871
                                                ------------- -------------
Total current liabilities                               2,402         1,643
Total stockholders' equity                              7,908        11,616
                                                ------------- -------------
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $      10,310 $      13,259
                                                ============= =============

                      American Technology Corporation
                    Condensed Statements of Operations
            (000's omitted except share and per share amounts)

                             For the three months     For the nine months
                                    ended                   ended
                                   June 30,                June 30,
                            ----------------------  ----------------------
                               2008        2007        2008        2007
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Total revenues              $    2,748  $    2,152  $    7,332  $    8,318
Cost of revenues                 1,704       1,154       4,403       4,243
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Gross profit                     1,044         998       2,929       4,075
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Operating expenses:
  Selling, general and
   administrative                1,731       1,688       5,514       5,416
  Research and development         858         547       2,835       1,616
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Total operating expenses         2,589       2,235       8,349       7,032
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Loss from operations            (1,545)     (1,237)     (5,420)     (2,957)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Other income (expense):
  Interest income                   25          90         152         296
  Finance expense                   --          --        (109)        (33)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Total other income
 (expense)                          25          90          43         263
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Net loss                    $   (1,520) $   (1,147) $   (5,377) $   (2,694)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Net loss per share of
 common stock - basic and
 diluted                    $    (0.05) $    (0.04) $    (0.18) $    (0.09)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Average weighted number of
 common shares outstanding  30,535,207  30,535,207  30,535,207  30,255,564
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

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