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Ceragon Networks Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

PARAMUS, New Jersey, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT), the #1 wireless backhaul specialist today reported results for the first quarter which ended March 31, 2012.

Revenues for the first quarter of 2012 reached $117.8 million, up 17% from $100.3 million for the first quarter of 2011, the first quarter of combined revenues following the acquisition of Nera Networks, and down 1% from $118.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net loss in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for the first quarter of 2012 was $(3.5) million or $(0.10) per basic share and diluted share, compared to net loss of $(21.4) million in the first quarter of 2011, or $(0.60) per basic share and diluted share.

On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the first quarter of 2012, excluding (a) $1.6 million of equity-based compensation expenses and (b) $3.6 million charges related to the Nera acquisition and integration plan, was $1.7 million or $0.05 per basic share and diluted share. Non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2011 was $(0.9) million, or $(0.02) per basic share and diluted share (please refer to the accompanying financial tables for reconciliation of GAAP financial information to non-GAAP).

Gross margin on a GAAP basis in the first quarter of 2012 was 31.4% of revenues. Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis was 33.3% of revenues.

Operating loss on a GAAP basis in the first quarter of 2012 was $(2.3) million. On a non-GAAP basis operating profit was $2.9 million.

Cash and cash investments at the end of the quarter were $49.5 million.

"Strength in Africa and Latin America drove revenues in Q1 as expected," said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. "We are continuing to penetrate these markets according to our plan, adding new customers as well as increasing sales to existing ones. During Q1, our sales in North America grew sequentially and we expanded our market share in India, another indication of our strong execution.  

"Most of the pickup in bookings occurred during April, which we expect will bring the book to bill ratio above 1:1 in Q2 and increases our confidence for the outlook for the second half of the year," continued Mr. Palti. "We remain on track to continue improving gross margin in the second half of 2012 after extending our design-to-cost capabilities to the long haul product. We believe that we will meet our expectations and exit 2012 with a revenue run rate of around $130 million per quarter with gross margin in the mid 30's and a non-GAAP operating margin of around 8%."

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