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Novatel Wireless Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2012 Preliminary Financial Results

Our guidance for the first quarter of 2013 reflects current business indicators and expectations as of the date of this release. All figures are approximations based on management’s beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release.

We are currently forecasting sequential improvement in both our mobile computing and M2M businesses, driven by recent product launches. The relatively wide guidance range is attributable to the uncertainty related to forecasting the sell-through volumes for two of the new MiFi products, and the uncertain timing of other product launches during the quarter.

        First Quarter 2013
Revenue $83 - $93 million
 
Non-GAAP Gross Margin 22% - 24%
 
Non-GAAP EPS $(0.19) - $(0.07)

Conference Call Information

Novatel Wireless will host a conference call and live webcast for analysts and investors today at 5:00 p.m. ET. To access the conference call:

  • In the United States, call 1-877-317-6789
  • International parties can access the call at 1-412-317-6789

Novatel Wireless will offer a live webcast of the conference call, which will be accessible from the "Investors" section of the company's website at www.NVTL.com. A telephonic replay of the conference call will also be available one hour after the call and will run through March 1, 2013. To hear the replay, parties in the United States may call 1- 877-344-7529 and enter conference code 100 245 86#. International parties may call 1-412-317-0088 and enter the same code.

ABOUT NOVATEL WIRELESS

Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leader in the design and development of intelligent wireless solutions based on 2G, 3G and 4G technologies providing wireless connectivity. The company delivers specialized wireless solutions to carriers, distributors, retailers, OEMs and vertical markets worldwide. Product lines include MiFi® Intelligent Mobile Hotspots, Ovation™ USB modems, Expedite® embedded modules, Enfora® smart M2M modules, and Enfora integrated M2M solutions. These innovative products provide anywhere, anytime communications solutions for consumers and enterprises. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on NASDAQ: NVTL. For more information please visit  www.novatelwireless.com. (NVTLF)

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the information presented in this release constitutes forward-looking statements based on management’s current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. In this context, forward-looking statements often address expected future business and financial performance and often contain words such as “may,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “will” and similar words and phrases indicating future results. The information presented in this release related to our financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012 and our outlook for the first quarter of 2013, as well as statements regarding new product launches, are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. The Company therefore cannot guarantee future results, performance or achievements. Actual results could differ materially from the Company’s expectations.

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