SOURCE: ATSI Communications

ATSI Communications

October 19, 2009 19:29 ET

ATSI Reports FY2009 Financial Results

SAN ANTONIO, TX--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) - ATSI Communications, Inc. (OTCBB: ATSX) today announced financial results for the Company's fiscal year ended July 31, 2009. Revenue and gross profit for the Company's fiscal year 2009 was $19.9 million and $1.3 million, respectively. Adjusted for non-cash items, Non-GAAP net loss for the fiscal year was $763,000 compared to a non-GAAP net income of $1,097,000 in fiscal year 2008. The Company incurred $853,000 in non-cash expenses during its fiscal year ended July 31, 2009.

Comments on FY2009

As previously reported, the Company's financial results for FY2009 were impacted by three key factors including:

    --  The decline in international voice traffic due to the global
        economic crisis.

    Although management expects call volumes to increase as the economy
    improves, the Company has pursued selling higher revenue per minute
    routes while diversifying its core global VoIP business. During the
    4th quarter the Company deployed a VoIP technology platform to
    introduce new and enhanced VoIP services that includes fully hosted
    IP/PBX services, IP trunking, call center applications, prepaid
    services, and customized VoIP solutions for specialized applications.
    With a current market value of nearly $500 billion, management believes
    there is a significant market opportunity for ATSI's diversification

    --  The tightening of capital markets reduced the credit worthiness of
        certain existing and prospective customers.

    To minimize risk, the Company denied or reduced credit on certain
    accounts resulting in a negative impact on revenue. To offset this
    decline, the Company is vigorously pursuing new accounts and selling
    additional services to its existing credit-worthy customers.

    --  The market shift towards improved quality for global VoIP services
        required the Company to hold its suppliers to a higher standard on
        international routes.

    The Company took action during the 3rd quarter to improve call quality
    and the average call duration ("ACD") of calls processed on its
    network. The action taken included eliminating underperforming
    suppliers from its global network. The result is improved quality that
    management believes will positively influence the business long-term
    and favorably impact future revenues. In addition, the Company deployed
    an automated least cost routing system during the year that prioritizes
    routes based on profitability and blocks non-profitable routes. The
    system will eliminate costly routing errors, increase productivity, and
    maximize the profit potential for ATSI's global VoIP business.

Arthur L. Smith, CEO of ATSI, stated, "The decline in U.S. and World economies made FY2009 a particularly challenging year for our team. We took the corrective action necessary to overcome the difficulties we faced including streamlining operations and cutting expenses. We also launched new enhanced VoIP services and implemented the changes necessary to build a more consistent, stable and reliable global network. In May 2009, we provisioned our first account on our enhanced services platform consisting of a VoIP network to 154 cities for a Fortune 500 company. In addition, we recently provisioned several other corporate accounts and completed interoperability testing with 2 top-tier global carriers. We are positioning ATSI as an outsourced VoIP technology enabler, marketing these new and synergistic services to other carriers and to enterprise customers through established channel partners. We look forward to the future with confidence and believe our new products combined with the actions taken to improve our core VoIP service will benefit our business plan in FY2010."

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principals, or GAAP, ATSI uses non-GAAP measures of operating income (loss), net income (loss) and income (loss) per share, which are adjustments from results based on GAAP to exclude non-cash expenses, including non-cash stock-based compensation in accordance with SFAS 123R. ATSI's management believes the non-GAAP financial information provided in this release is useful to investors' understanding and assessment of ATSI's on-going core operations and prospects for the future. The presentation of this non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP information in evaluating and operating business internally and as such deemed it important to provide all this information to investors.

Net income before non-cash items is not a term defined by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measurements used by other companies. Such non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The accompanying table includes a detailed reconciliation of net loss reported in accordance with GAAP to net loss before non-cash items.

ATSI Communications, Inc. operates through its wholly owned subsidiary, Digerati Networks, Inc. Digerati Networks is a premier global VoIP carrier serving rapidly expanding markets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an emphasis on Mexico. Through Digerati's partnerships with established foreign carriers and network operators, interconnection and service agreements, and a NextPoint powered VoIP network, ATSI believes it has clear advantages over its competition. ATSI also owns a minority interest of a subsidiary in Mexico, ATSI Comunicaciones, S.A. de C.V., which operates under a 30-year government issued telecommunications license.

The information in this news release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based upon management's expectations and assumptions about certain risks and uncertainties that can affect future events. Although management believes these assumptions and expectations to be reasonable on the date of this news release, these risks and uncertainties may cause actual events to differ material from managements those contained in this news release. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continuing as a going concern, availability and cost of our present vendors and suppliers, and absence of any change in government regulations or other costs associated with data transmission over the Internet or termination of transmissions in foreign countries.

                 (In thousands, except per share amounts)

                                                     Years ended July 31,
                                                       2009        2008
                                                    ----------  ----------
      VoIP services                                 $   19,891  $   41,961

                                                    ----------  ----------
          Total operating revenues                      19,891      41,961
                                                    ----------  ----------

      Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation
       and amortization)                                18,533      38,884
      Selling, general and administrative expense
       (exclusive of legal and professional fees)        2,157       2,400
      Legal and professional fees                          353         352
      Bad debt expense                                       2         (27)
      Depreciation and amortization expense                152         160
                                                    ----------  ----------
          Total operating expenses                      21,197      41,769
                                                    ----------  ----------

OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)                                 (1,306)        192
                                                    ----------  ----------

      Gain on early extinguishment of debt                 108          41
      Loss attributed to noncontrolling interest          (114)          -
      Investment loss                                        -         (16)
      Interest income (expense)                           (196)       (105)
                                                    ----------  ----------
          Total other income (expense), net               (202)        (80)
                                                    ----------  ----------

NET INCOME (LOSS)                                       (1,508)        112
                                                    ----------  ----------

LESS: PREFERRED DIVIDEND                                     -         (12)
 DIVIDEND                                                    -         340

                                                    ----------  ----------
NET INCOME (LOSS) TO COMMON  STOCKHOLDERS           $   (1,508) $      440
                                                    ==========  ==========

 STOCKHOLDERS                                       $    (0.04) $     0.01
                                                    ==========  ==========
 STOCKHOLDERS                                       $    (0.04) $     0.01
                                                    ==========  ==========

DILUTED COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING                   40,043,303  39,197,319

 reported:                                          $   (1,508) $      440
                                                    ----------  ----------
      Non-cash issuance of common stock  and
       warrants for services                                 -          77
      Non-cash stock-based compensation, employees         389         695
      Bad debt expense (recovery)                            2         (27)
      Depreciation and amortization                        152         160
      Investment loss                                        -          16
      Loss attributed to noncontrolling interest           114           -
      Interest expense                                     196         105
      Gain on early extinguishment of debt                 108          41
      Preferred dividend                                     -         328
                                                    ----------  ----------
EXCLUDING NON-CASH ITEMS:                           $     (763) $    1,097
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