updated 11/16/2010 4:45:31 AM ET 2010-11-16T09:45:31

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vringo, Inc. (NYSE Amex:VRNG), a provider of video ringtones and personalization solutions for mobile devices, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Third quarter revenues of $54,000, compared to $9,000 in the third quarter of 2009
  • Signed agreement with Everything Everywhere Limited, the company which operates the Orange UK and T-Mobile UK mobile services – first tier-1 carrier deal
  • Carrier agreement signed with StarHub, a mobile carrier in Singapore
  • Major content agreements closed with Muhammad Ali Enterprises and superstar DJ Tiesto to support launches
  • Number of subscribers in commercial launches now exceeds 150,000

Jon Medved, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased with Vringo's 2010 third quarter results and operational accomplishments. Following our successful IPO at the end of the second quarter, we were able to put the funds raised in our IPO to work to fully fund our operations, which has resulted in important new carrier and content agreements during the quarter while we continue to grow our paid subscriber base and set the stage for continuing growth. Specifically, I would point to milestone agreements including the plans to launch with Orange in the UK, StarHub in Singapore, Verizon in the US, and Vodafone across eight European countries as strong evidence that Vringo is coming in a big way to major Western and advanced mobile markets."

"We believe we will see tangible top-line results beginning in the first half of 2011 as a result of these launches which will significantly expand our addressable market," said Medved.

Andrew Perlman, President, said, "This past quarter we focused on setting our business up to launch in the U.K. – our first tier-1 market. As we move into 2011, the penetration and adoption by users in new major market launches will be a key driver of our financial performance. We believe subscriber growth will be robust as a result of the planned launch agreements that we have recently announced. Our recent crossing of the 100,000 subscriber mark in Malaysia with Maxis underscored the potential for our upcoming launches. Since we reached the critical one percent penetration of mobile subscribers with Maxis in less than one year, we are optimistic about reaching similar success with our new carrier partners."

Perlman continued, "In addition, we believe the planned launch of our new T-Pain application, scheduled for release in the near future, has the potential to be very successful and also demonstrates the robustness of the Vringo application platform. T-Pain's first application for the iPhone was one of the most successful app launches ever, and we have high expectations for this new joint app launch."

Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2010, was $54,000 as compared to $9,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2009, a 500 percent increase. Revenue for the quarter increased 22.7 percent sequentially compared to $44,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2010. Operating loss for the three months ended September 30, 2010, was $1.7 million, as compared to $1.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009. The increase in operating loss was primarily due to an increase in general & administrative expenses as the company experienced its first complete quarter as a public company as well as the hiring of additional personnel to support increased geographical coverage of its service. In addition, research and development expenses increased as the Vringo application platform was made compatible with the next generation of cellular phones. To a lesser extent, sales and marketing expenses increased as we raised awareness among end-users of the Vringo service and launched our service in new markets. Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2010, was $2.8 million, or $0.50 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.2 million, or $3.38 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2009, based on 5,574,992 and 366,782 weighted average shares of common stock, respectively.

Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, was $128,000, as compared to $9,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, an increase of 1,322 percent. Operating loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, was $4.7 million, as compared to $3.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009. Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, was $9.4 million, or $4.14 per share, as compared to a net loss of $4.1 million, or $11.20 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, based on 2,276,447 and 366,782 weighted average shares of common stock, respectively.

At September 30, 2010, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $7.4 million, working capital of $5.6 million and stockholders' equity of $76,000.

Third Quarter Operational Highlights

During the third quarter, Vringo signed agreements with (i) Everything Everywhere Limited, the company which operates the T-Mobile UK and Orange UK mobile services, to launch a commercial service initially with Orange in the UK, and (ii) with StarHub to launch a commercial service in Singapore.

Vringo initiated a billing agreement earlier in the quarter with Retromedya to support expansion in Turkey to all mobile customers. In addition, Vringo signed content agreements during the third quarter with FusionSports Marketing Group, Muhammad Ali Enterprises and Tiesto.

Vringo also initiated a marketing program with partner RTL Belgium, a unit of Bertelsmann, to highlight the launch of the Vringo mobile personalization platform through new video advertisements for television use and on the Web through PlugRTL.

Post-Quarter Operational Highlights

Following the end of the quarter, Vringo signed an agreement with Vodaphone to launch a free trial download service, and expected to shortly offer a paid commercial service, via the Vodaphone App Store in eight countries: Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Vringo also commenced paid content distribution via Nokia's Ovi store in the UK.

Vringo further enhanced its UK launch capabilities with an agreement with Bango, a mobile billing service provider, to provide direct billing functionality for all UK mobile operators.

Conference Call

Vringo will host a conference call today (Monday, November 15, 2010) at 4:30 p.m. ET. During the call, management will discuss the Company's quarterly performance and financial results. The telephone number for the conference call is +1-866-353-3323 (U.S. callers) or +1-706-643-6902 (international callers); reference conference ID 23574359.

A live webcast of the call will also be available on the Company's website at http://ir.vringo.com. To listen to the live call online, please visit the site at least 10 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A webcast archive will be available for 90 days on the Company's website, and a telephone replay of the call will be available beginning approximately two hours following the call through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, 2011, and can be accessed by calling +1-800-642-1687 (U.S. callers) or +1-706-645-9291 (International callers) and entering conference ID 23574359.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements. Vringo expressly disclaims any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a results of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Vringo

Founded in 2006, Vringo (NYSE Amex:VRNG) is bringing about the evolution of ringtones. With its award-winning video ringtone application and mobile software platform, Vringo transforms the basic act of making and receiving mobile phone calls into a highly visual, social experience. By installing Vringo's application, which is compatible with more than 200 handsets, users can create or take video, images and slideshows from virtually anywhere and make it into their personal call signature. Vringo's patented VringForward™ technology allows users to share video clips with friends with a simple call. Vringo has launched its service with various international mobile operators and dozens of content partners, and maintains a library of more than 5,000 video ringtones. For more information, visit http://ir.vringo.com .

For more information about how video ringtones work, visit www.vringo.com/p_video_ringtones.html .

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