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Spire Corporation Reports Results For First-Quarter 2012

Roger G. Little, Chairman and CEO, stated, “With the divestiture of the Semiconductor business unit, the Company can now concentrate resources on capital equipment and systems for the photovoltaic solar industry.”

Mr. Little concluded, “We anticipate the softness in the solar industry to continue for a while longer. However, the bottom in equipment spending is expected to occur sometime toward the end of 2012, as manufacturers begin capital improvement programs including equipment updates and expansion. Market researchers predict a return to double digit growth sometime in 2013 that would extend for at least the next several fiscal years. We are positioned to capitalize on this projected growth with the recent introduction of our newest simulator, the Spi-Sun Simulator TM 5600SLP and new Spi-Assembler TM 8000. We are also combining our solar product lines by offering systems capabilities to our manufacturing line customers.”

About Spire Corporation

Spire Corporation is a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key production lines to manufacture PV modules. For further details on the Company and its products, please visit

Spire Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2012   2011

Net sales and revenues
$ 7,475   $ 17,728  

Operating loss from continuing operations
(1,609 ) (1,280 )

Total other expense, net

) (28 )

Income tax benefit – continuing operations

Income (loss) from continuing operations
354 (1,308 )

Income (loss) from discontinued operations – net of tax
  3,011     (703 )

Net income (loss)
$ 3,365   $ (2,011 )

Basic and diluted income (loss) per share:
From continuing operations, net of tax $ 0.04 $ (0.16 )
From discontinued operations, net of tax   0.35     (0.08 )

Basic and diluted income (loss) per share
$ 0.39   $ (0.24 )

Weighted average number of common and common

equivalent shares outstanding – basic
  8,562,633     8,360,383  

Weighted average number of common and common

equivalent shares outstanding – diluted
  8,565,487     8,360,383  

Summary of Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

(in thousands)

March 31,2012

December 31,2011

Current assets $ 19,181 $ 17,636
Property and equipment - net 1,216 1,354
Other assets   3,967   5,188
Total assets $ 24,364 $ 24,178

Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Current liabilities $ 8,412 $ 11,936
Total long-term liabilities 3,497 3,532
Stockholders’ equity   12,455   8,710
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 24,364 $ 24,178

Certain matters described in this press release including those relating to Spire’s prospects for growth constitute forward-looking statements under the federal securities laws. The discussion of forward-looking information requires management of the Company to make certain estimates and assumptions regarding the Company’s strategic duration and the effect of such plans on the Company’s financial results. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk of dependence on market growth, competition and dependence on government agencies and other third parties for funding contract research and services, as well as other factors described in the Company's Form 10-K and other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements contained in the press release speak only as of the date of this release. Subsequent events or circumstances occurring after such date may render these statements incomplete or out of date. The Company undertakes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update such statements.

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