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Netlist Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

November 13, 2012 --

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 -- Netlist, Inc. (NASDAQ: NLST), a designer and manufacturer of high-performance memory subsystems, today reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 29, 2012.

Revenues for the three months ended September 29, 2012, were $6.4 million, down 61 percent from revenues of $16.3 million for the third quarter ended October 1, 2011. Gross profit for the three months ended September 29, 2012, was $0.4 million, or 6 percent of revenues, compared to a gross profit of $5.5 million, or 34 percent of revenues for the three months ended October 1, 2011, a decrease of 93 percent.

Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) after adding back net interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation and net non-operating expense (income) was a loss of $3.7 million for the three month period ended September 29, 2012, compared to positive adjusted EBITDA of $32,000 for the prior year period.

Net loss for the three months ended September 29, 2012, was $4.8 million, or $0.17 loss per share, compared to a net loss in the prior year period of $1.0 million, or $0.04 loss per share. These results include stock-based compensation expense of $515,000 for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $464,000 for the third quarter of 2011.


"Our third quarter financial results reflect the current transitional period of our business marked by the faster than anticipated decline in sales of PERC, the largest portion of our business for the past two years, and the delay in the ramp up of new products including HyperCloud® and NVvault™," said C.K. Hong, Chief Executive Officer of Netlist. "We continue to execute our strategy to aggressively market these new products to the world's top OEMs including IBM which introduced our 32GB HCDIMMs on IBM System x3650 M4 servers in late September."

"Our 32GB HyperCloud® solution adds to our promising line-up of new products, including the new DDR3 NVvault line of cache data protection products and 32GB 4R Planar-X RDIMM, which also launched during the third quarter. We remain confident in the market potential of these technologies and believe our operations are well-positioned to grow over the long term."

Revenues for the nine months ended September 29, 2012, were $30.9 million, down 30 percent from revenues of $44.3 million for the nine months ended October 1, 2011. Gross profit for the nine months ended September 29, 2012, was $8.6 million, or 28 percent of revenues, compared to a gross profit of $14.3 million, or 32 percent of revenues, for the nine months ended October 1, 2011, a decrease of 4 percent in margin percentage and a decrease of 40 percent for the period in gross profit dollars.

Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) after adding back net interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation and net non-operating expense (income) was a loss of $6.6 million for the nine month period ended September 29, 2012, compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.2 million for the prior year period.

Net loss for the nine months ended September 29, 2012, was $9.9 million, or $0.36 loss per share, compared to a net loss in the prior year period of $5.4 million, or $0.22 loss per share. These results include stock-based compensation expense of $1.5 million and $1.2 million for the nine month periods ended September 29, 2012 and October 1, 2011, respectively.

As of September 29, 2012, cash, cash equivalents, and investments in marketable securities were $10.9 million, total assets were $28.8 million, working capital was $14.8 million, total debt was $3.6 million, and stockholders' equity was $15.8 million.

Conference Call Information
As previously announced, Netlist is conducting a conference call today to be broadcast live over the Internet at 5:00 pm Eastern Time to discuss and review the financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 29, 2012. The dial-in number for the call is 1-412-858-4600. The live webcast and archived replay of the call can be accessed in the Investors section of Netlist's website at www.netlist.com.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Certain of the information set forth herein, including EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, may be considered non-GAAP financial measures. Netlist believes this information is useful to investors because it provides a basis for measuring Netlist's available capital resources, the operating performance of Netlist's business and Netlist's cash flow, excluding net interest expense, provisions for income taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation and non-operating net income and expense that would normally be included in the most directly comparable measures calculated and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Netlist's management uses these non-GAAP financial measures along with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in evaluating Netlist's operating performance, capital resources and cash flow. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information presented in compliance with GAAP, and non-financial measures as reported by Netlist may not be comparable to similarly titled amounts reported by other companies.

About Netlist:
Netlist, Inc. designs and manufactures high-performance, logic-based memory subsystems for server and storage applications for cloud computing. Netlist's flagship products include HyperCloud®, a patented memory technology that breaks traditional memory barriers, NVvault™ family of products that enables data retention during power interruption, EXPRESSvault™, a PCI Express backup/recovery solution for cache data protection and a broad portfolio of industrial Flash and specialty memory subsystems including VLP (very low profile) DIMMs and Planar-X RDIMMs.

Netlist develops technology solutions for customer applications in which high-speed, high-capacity, small form factor and heat dissipation are key requirements for system memory. These customers include OEMs that design and build tower, rack-mounted, and blade servers, high-performance computing clusters, engineering workstations and telecommunications equipment. Founded in 2000, Netlist is headquartered in Irvine, CA with manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, People's Republic of China and an engineering design center in Silicon Valley, CA. Learn more at www.netlist.com which now includes a blog site with the latest news about Netlist products.

Safe Harbor Statement:
This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and the future performance of Netlist. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or projected. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the launch and commercial success of our products, programs and technologies; the success of product partnerships; continuing development, qualification and volume production of EXPRESSvault™, NVvault™, HyperCloud® and VLP Planar-X RDIMM; the timing and magnitude of the anticipated decrease in sales to our key customer; our ability to leverage our NVvault™ technology in a more diverse customer base; the rapidly-changing nature of technology; risks associated with intellectual property, including patent infringement litigation against us as well as the costs and unpredictability of litigation over infringement of our intellectual property and the possibility of our patents being reexamined by the United States Patent and Trademark office; volatility in the pricing of DRAM ICs and NAND; changes in and uncertainty of customer acceptance of, and demand for, our existing products and products under development, including uncertainty of and/or delays in product orders and product qualifications; delays in the Company's and its customers' product releases and development; introductions of new products by competitors; changes in end-user demand for technology solutions; the Company's ability to attract and retain skilled personnel; the Company's reliance on suppliers of critical components and vendors in the supply chain; fluctuations in the market price of critical components; evolving industry standards; and the political and regulatory environment in the People's Republic of China. Other risks and uncertainties are described in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K filed on February 28, 2012, and subsequent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission made by the Company from time to time. Except as required by law, Netlist undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Netlist, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands, except par value) (unaudited) (audited) September 29, December 31, 2012 2011 ------------- ------------- ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,441 $ 10,535 Accounts receivable, net 3,635 11,399 Inventories 9,975 6,057 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,151 806 ------------- ------------- Total current assets 25,202 28,797 Property and equipment, net 3,073 2,771 Long-term investments in marketable securities 443 444 Other assets 129 161 ------------- ------------- Total assets $ 28,847 $ 32,173 ============= ============= LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 4,073 $ 6,155 Revolving line of credit 2,800 - Accrued payroll and related liabilities 1,071 1,813 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 919 460 Accrued engineering charges 450 450 Current portion of long-term debt 1,115 2,144 ------------- ------------- Total current liabilities 10,428 11,022 Long-term debt, net of current portion 2,517 1,118 Other liabilities 93 94 ------------- ------------- Total liabilities 13,038 12,234 ------------- ------------- Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity: Common stock, $0.001 par value - 90,000 shares authorized; 28,414 (2012) and 26,390 (2011) shares issued and outstanding 28 26 Additional paid-in capital 98,461 92,709 Accumulated deficit (82,623) (72,740) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (57) (56) ------------- ------------- Total stockholders' equity 15,809 19,939 ------------- ------------- Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 28,847 $ 32,173 ============= ============= Netlist, Inc. and Subsidiaries Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (in thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended -------------------------- -------------------------- September 29, October 1, September 29, October 1, 2012 2011 2012 2011 ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- Net sales $ 6,391 $ 16,347 $ 30,910 $ 44,348 Cost of sales(1) 6,003 10,819 22,348 30,079 ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- Gross profit 388 5,528 8,562 14,269 ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- Operating expenses: Research and development(1) 2,615 3,983 10,227 11,422 Selling, general and administrative(1) 2,497 2,511 7,977 8,011 ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- Total operating expenses 5,112 6,494 18,204 19,433 ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- Operating loss (4,724) (966) (9,642) (5,164) ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- Other income (expense): Interest expense, net (98) (72) (248) (147) Other income (expense), net 4 1 12 (58) ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- Total other expense, net (94) (71) (236) (205) ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- Loss before provision for income taxes (4,818) (1,037) (9,878) (5,369) Provision for income taxes 4 2 5 3 ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- Net loss $ (4,822) $ (1,039) $ (9,883) $ (5,372) ============= =========== ============= =========== Net loss per common share: Basic and diluted $ (0.17) $ (0.04) $ (0.36) $ (0.22) Weighted-average common shares outstanding: Basic and diluted 28,199 25,029 27,680 24,966 (1) Amounts include stock-based compensation expense as follows: Cost of sales $ 28 $ 21 $ 105 $ 51 Research and development 193 178 538 466 Selling, general and administrative 294 265 877 706 Netlist, Inc. and Subsidiaries Unaudited Schedule Reconciling GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (in thousands) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended -------------------------- -------------------------- September 29, October 1, September 29, October 1, 2012 2011 2012 2011 ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- GAAP net loss $ (4,822) $ (1,039) $ (9,883) $ (5,372) Interest expense, net 98 72 248 147 Provision for income taxes 4 2 5 3 Depreciation and amortization 471 534 1,541 1,717 ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- EBITDA (4,249) (431) (8,089) (3,505) Stock-based compensation 515 464 1,520 1,223 Other expense (income), net (4) (1) (12) 58 ------------- ----------- ------------- ----------- Adjusted EBITDA $ (3,738) $ 32 $ (6,581) $ (2,224) ============= =========== ============= ===========

For more information, please contact:

Brainerd Communicators, Inc.
Corey Kinger/Mike Smargiassi (investors)
Sharon Oh (media)
NLST@braincomm.com
(212) 986-6667

Gail M. Sasaki
Chief Financial Officer
Netlist, Inc.
(949) 435-0025


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