updated 3/29/2011 7:15:41 AM ET 2011-03-29T11:15:41

- Posts quarterly and annual revenue of $9.7 million and $45.4 million respectively -
- Reduces 2010 operating expenses to $12.6 million, down 26% year-over-year -

SAN DIEGO, March 29, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Axesstel (OTCBB:AXST), a leading provider of fixed wireless voice and broadband data products to the worldwide telecommunications market, reported results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010.

Axesstel reported revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 of $9.7 million. Net loss for the period was $2.4 million, or a loss of $0.10 per share. For the year ended December 31, 2010, the company reported revenue of $45.4 million and a net loss of $6.3 million, or a loss of $0.27 per share.

Clark Hickock, CEO of Axesstel, stated, "2010 revenues were substantially below our operating targets as a result of continued price competition, particularly in Latin America, and longer than anticipated release and homologation for our new lower cost products. Despite these setbacks, we made progress on our four key strategic initiatives. First, by year end we had commercially launched all of our re-engineered low-cost line of phones and modems. Second, we expanded sales of 3G and VoIP gateways in Europe. Third, we expanded sales in North America and began working directly with Tier 1 carriers to develop products for launch in 2011. Finally, we reduced operating expenses by $4.5 million, or 26%, compared to 2009. We believe this progress positions us well for 2011."

Financial Results

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 were $9.7 million, compared to $10.1 million in fourth quarter of 2009. Gross margin was $1.2 million for the fourth quarter compared to gross margin of $264,000 in the same period last year. Fourth quarter 2010 operating expenses decreased to $3.3 million from $4.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Fourth quarter 2010 net loss was $2.4 million, or a loss of $0.10 per share, compared to fourth quarter 2010 net loss of $4.8 million, or a loss of $0.21 per share.  

For the year ended December 31, 2010, the company reported revenue of $45.4 million, compared to $50.8 million for 2009. Gross margin was $7.5 million for 2010, compared to $8.3 million for 2009. Operating expenses were $12.6 million for 2010 and $17.1 million for 2009. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $6.3 million, or a loss of $0.27 per share, compared to a net loss of $10.1 million, or a loss of $0.43 per share, in 2009. 

As of December 31, 2010, cash and cash equivalents were $77,000, compared to $602,000 as of December 31, 2009. Working capital was a deficit of $13.1 million at December 31, 2010. The company continues to fund its operating requirements through cash flows from operations and working capital financing. Axesstel ended the quarter with $7.5 million in bank financings including $6.0 million under the company's account receivable financing facility and $1.5 million under a line of credit with a commercial bank in China. The company is continuing to evaluate options for additional financing.

Recent Highlights

  • Worked with Tier 1 wireless carriers in North America to develop its TX240G dual-band fixed wireless voice terminal, with high performance AGPS/E911 service, designed to meet requirements for residential use as a replacement for wireline telephone service.
  • Exhibited its diverse product line including the TX240G dual-band fixed wireless voice terminal for wireline telephone service replacement and the MV440 Wi-Fi broadband gateway for DSL replacement at CTIA International Wireless 2011 in Orlando in March.
  • Demonstrated its 3G wireless MV500 Series Gateway with optional VoIP and full suite of wireless modems and gateways, fixed wireless phones and terminals, and security alarm devices in GSM and CDMA technologies for 3G and 4G wireless networks at the 2011 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.

About Axesstel, Inc.

Axesstel (OTCBB:AXST) is a leading provider of fixed wireless voice and broadband access solutions for the worldwide telecommunications market. Axesstel's best in class product portfolio includes wire-line replacement desktop phones and terminals, 3G and 4G broadband modems  and gateway devices, machine to machine security devices, fixed wireless phones and voice/data terminals for high-speed data and voice calling services. The company has supplied millions of fixed wireless phones, modems, and gateways to leading telecommunications operators and distributors in over 50 countries worldwide. Axesstel is headquartered in San Diego, California. For more information on Axesstel, visit www.axesstel.com .

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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of historical information, the statements set forth above include forward-looking statements relating to market penetration and conditions, product capabilities and the timing of new product introductions which may affect future results and the future viability of Axesstel. Axesstel wishes to caution readers that actual results could differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties and a number of important risk factors. Those factors include but are not limited to the risk factors noted in Axesstel's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, such as to the need for additional working capital; economic and political instability in developing markets served by Axesstel; unforeseen manufacturing difficulties, unanticipated component shortages, competitive pricing pressures and the rapidly changing nature of technology and frequent introductions of new products and enhancements by competitors; the competitive nature of the markets for Axesstel's products; product and customer mix, Axesstel's need to gain market acceptance for its products; dependence on a limited number of large customers; potential intellectual property-related litigation; Axesstel's need to attract and retain skilled personnel; and Axesstel's reliance on its primary contract manufacturer. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and Axesstel undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after this press release.

  For the three months ended For the years ended
  December 31, 2010 December 31, 2009 December 31, 2010 December 31, 2009
Revenues  $ 9,672,651  $ 10,125,149  $ 45,430,443  $ 50,818,893
Cost of goods sold  8,423,434  9,861,177  37,923,470  42,534,373
 Gross margin  1,249,217  263,972  7,506,973  8,284,520
Operating expenses        
Research and development  531,475  1,000,952  2,448,385  3,824,884
Selling, general and administrative  2,735,642  3,471,132  10,176,266  13,267,317
Total operating expenses  3,267,117  4,472,084  12,624,651  17,092,201
Operating loss  (2,017,900)  (4,208,112)  (5,117,678)  (8,807,681)
Other income (expense)        
Interest expense, net  (389,652)  (328,414)  (1,331,464)  (1,079,822)
Other, net  (112)  (290,656)  149,755  (243,961)
Total other income (expense)  (389,764)  (619,070)  (1,181,709)  (1,323,783)
Loss before provision for income taxes  (2,407,664)  (4,827,182)  (6,299,387)  (10,131,464)
Income tax provision  11,947  -  11,947  -
Net loss  $ (2,419,611)  $ (4,827,182)  $ (6,311,334)  $ (10,131,464)
Loss per share:        
 Basic  $ (0.10)  $ (0.21)  $ (0.27)  $ (0.43)
 Diluted  $ (0.10)  $ (0.21)  $ (0.27)  $ (0.43)
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
 Basic 23,683,482 23,456,232 23,579,326 23,352,076
 Diluted  23,683,482 23,456,232 23,579,326 23,352,076
Current assets: December 31, 2010 December 31, 2009
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 77,099  $ 602,106
Accounts receivable, net  7,716,953  10,908,292
Inventories, net  1,044,422  2,925,388
Prepayments and other current assets  535,781  773,036
Total current assets  9,374,255  15,208,822
Property and equipment, net   119,531  333,521
Other assets:    
Licenses, net  210,000  555,139
Other, net  46,523  91,857
Total other assets  256,523  646,996
Total assets  $ 9,750,309  $ 16,189,339
  December 31, 2010 December 31, 2009
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 10,792,595  $ 12,629,113
Bank financings  7,487,274  4,485,318
Accrued commissions  870,000  1,911,000
Accrued royalties  1,311,000  1,430,000
Accrued warranties  350,000  375,000
Other accrued expenses and current liabilities  1,703,516  1,980,795
Total current liabilities  22,514,385  22,811,226
Stockholders' deficit  (12,764,076)  (6,621,887)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit  $ 9,750,309  $ 16,189,339
CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact:
         Lippert / Heilshorn & Associates
         Cathy Mattison
         (415) 433-3777

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