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Investor Conference Call Scheduled for 5:00pm Eastern Today
NEW YORK - March 21, 2013 - Vringo, Inc. (NYSE MKT: VRNG), a company engaged in
the innovation, development, and monetization of mobile technologies and
intellectual property, today announced operating results for the fourth quarter
and year-end of 2012 and subsequent events.
"The year 2012 was transformational for Vringo. I remain pleased with the
accomplishments we have made since announcing and closing the merger with
Innovate/Protect, as well as the progress we have made in the first quarter of
2013. We remain focused on monetizing our technology and intellectual property
we have created internally and acquired from leading
organizations and inventors. Our efforts in 2012 have led to a focused
technology company that remains committed to building shareholder value in 2013
and beyond," said Andrew D. Perlman, Chief Executive Officer of Vringo.
2012 Highlights and Subsequent Events
* Completed our merger with Innovate/Protect on July 19, 2012.
* Raised significant capital and repaid remaining non-operating debt, thereby
strengthening the company's balance sheet.
* Acquired over five hundred patents and patent applications from Nokia
relating to telecom infrastructure.
* Acquired a portfolio of intellectual property from quantumStream Systems
Inc. and Sprout IP LLC that have broad applications to the placement of
content in digital media such as web pages.
* Concluded a three-week jury trial against Google, AOL and others in U.S.
District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division, where the
jury upheld the validity of the patents-in-suit, found that the asserted
claims were infringed, and determined that damages should be based on a
* Initiated enforcement of telecom infrastructure portfolio by filing three
patent infringement lawsuits in Germany and the U.K. against ZTE
Corporation. The patents-in-suit cover handoff, time switched transmit
diversity, interoperability between disparate networks, and synchronization
* Extended enforcement action against ZTE Corporation in Germany by asserting
an additional patent covering certain wireless handsets with dual antenna
transmit diversity. The Judge has consolidated the two cases and the trial
is currently scheduled for October 15, 2013.
* Welcomed Ashley Keller to the Board of Directors and the Intellectual
Property, Compensation and Audit Committees. Mr. Keller is a former partner
at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP. Earlier in his career, he
clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy at the Supreme Court of the United
States and Judge Richard Posner at the United States Court of Appeals for
the Seventh Circuit. He is a co-founder and current Chief Investment
Officer of Gerchen Keller Capital LLC.
* Hired Jason Charkow, Esq. as Intellectual Property Counsel.
Mr. Charkow previously practiced law at Winston & Strawn LLP, where
he focused on patent litigation related to telecommunication networks and
equipment. Mr. Charkow also has years of experience in prosecuting and
* Signed partnership with Virginia Tech IP to further research and develop
wireless technology for use by first responders and consumers.
* Ended 2012 with approximately $57 million of cash and no debt.
Year ended December 31, 2012
* We ended 2012 with positive cash flow from financing activities of $85.7
million. This is mainly attributed to $76.1 million raised in two financing
rounds and $12.3 million received from the exercise of equity instruments by
* As of the close of business on March 21, 2013, we had approximately $54
million of cash and cash equivalents on hand. We expect these funds will be
sufficient to support our current operations and allow timely execution of
our current business plans.
* Net loss for the year was $20.8 million, mainly attributable to operating
legal costs of $9.5 million, recorded in connection with the ongoing
litigation against Google and ZTE, as well as the impact of $10.6 million of
non-cash expenses recorded in connection with amortization of intangible
assets, depreciation of equipment, and share based compensation. Our net
loss was offset by a net non-operating income of $4.0 million, recorded
mainly in connection with the decrease in fair value of derivative
* In 2012 we recorded total revenues of $369 thousand, $269 thousand of which
was in connection with post-merger revenues generated by our mobile-based
products. An additional $100 thousand was recorded in connection with a
partial settlement of litigation in August 2012.
* On a per share basis, our net loss fell by 55% to $0.53 per basic share,
compared to a net loss of $1.17 per basic share presented by Vringo as of
December 31, 2011, pre-merger. The decrease in basic loss per share was
mostly due to an increase in the number of shares, and a decrease in the
fair value of warrants classified as a long-term derivative liability,
partly offset by increased costs reflecting the post-merger operations of
the combined company.
* Net loss for the fourth quarter was $14 million, compared to a net loss of
$3.2 million in the third quarter. This increase in our net loss was mainly
due to changes in the value of our derivative warrants, as well as due to
the impact of an issuance of warrants in October 2012. Overall, our
operating loss was $10.6 million compared to $10.5 million in the third
quarter of 2012.
Conference Call Information
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern (Vringo recommends dialing in ten minutes in advance)
Domestic: (888) 645 - 4404
International: (201) 604 - 0169
Replay (available shortly after conclusion): (888) 632 - 8973 or (201) 499 -
Confirmation Code: 80209959#
About Vringo, Inc.
Vringo, Inc. is engaged in the innovation, development and monetization of
mobile technologies and intellectual property. Vringo's intellectual property
portfolio consists of over 500 patents and patent applications covering telecom
infrastructure, internet search, and mobile technologies. The patents and
patent applications have been developed internally, and acquired from third
parties. Vringo operates a global platform for the distribution of mobile
social applications and services. For more information, visit:
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"intends," "should," "seeks," "future,"
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subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ
materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein. Factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to:
the inability to realize the potential value created by the merger with
Innovate/Protect for our stockholders; our inability to raise additional capital
to fund our combined operations and business plan; our inability to monetize and
recoup our investment with respect to patent assets that we acquire; our
inability to maintain the listing of our securities on the NYSE MKT; the
potential lack of market acceptance of our products; our inability to protect
our intellectual property rights; potential competition from other providers and
products; our inability to license and monetize the patents owned by
Innovate/Protect, including the outcome of the litigation against online search
firms and other companies; our inability to monetize and recoup our investment
with respect to patent assets that we acquire; and other risks and uncertainties
and other factors discussed from time to time in our filings with the Securities
and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including our annual report on Form 10-K filed
with the SEC on March 21, 2013. Vringo expressly disclaims any obligation to
publicly update any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by
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