Akeena Solar Announces Second Quarter 2009 Results

Second Quarter 2009 Operating Expenses of $4.3 Million, $1.8 Million Lower Than Second Quarter 2008 and $1.4 Million Lower Than First Quarter 2009

LOS GATOS, Calif., Jul 30, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Akeena Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:AKNS), a leading designer and installer of solar power systems, announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009.

"As a result of the cost reduction measures we took over the last few quarters, our operating expenses were down 30% from last year and 24% from the first quarter, reducing our cash burn to approximately $2.5 million for the quarter," said Barry Cinnamon, president and chief executive officer of Akeena Solar. "We managed our working capital effectively, ending the quarter with $7.0 million of cash, an increase of $4.1 million from the end of the first quarter. In addition, our net cash position (cash less our credit facility) improved $8.1 million since year-end. Our increased backlog, lower cash burn and commitment to tight expense control are evidence of the continued progress we are making towards sustainable profitability.

"Residential installations continued to provide the majority of our $5.9 million of total revenue in the second quarter. Bookings picked up throughout the quarter and we ended the quarter with a backlog of $7.5 million as compared to $4.8 million as of the end of the first quarter. Falling panel prices, higher net incentives and higher electricity rates are improving the economics for residential customers. As a result, they are enjoying faster paybacks than ever before. Rooftop solar power, long the province of early adopters, is moving closer to the mainstream in sunny areas of the country with high electric rates," continued Cinnamon.

"We've made the strategic decision to focus our residential and commercial installation work in California, and employ a multi-channel distribution strategy to sell Andalay AC and DC panels in all other markets. The second quarter marked the beginning of this strategy; and we started to generate revenue from sales to Morgan Stanley Solar Solutions and to solar installers in a number of states. We are very encouraged by our progress and believe that the distribution business will become an important contributor to revenue over time," concluded Cinnamon.

Second Quarter Financial Results

Net loss for the second quarter of 2009 was $4.7 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to a net loss of $5.1 million, or $0.18 per share, in the second quarter of 2008, and a net loss of $5.1 million, or $0.17 per share, in the first quarter of 2009. The second quarter net loss includes a $1.5 million non-cash charge that represents mark-to-market adjustments to reflect the fair value of common stock warrants accounted for as a liability in accordance with provisions of the warrant agreements. Excluding the non-cash charge, net loss for the second quarter of 2009 was $3.1 million, or $0.09 per share, an improvement of $0.09 per share compared to the second quarter of 2008 primarily due to operating expense reductions of $1.8 million. The first quarter of 2009 also included a $1.5 million non-cash charge related to the fair value adjustment of common stock warrants. Excluding the non-cash charge, net loss for the first quarter of 2009 was $3.5 million, or $0.12 per share. Comparing the second quarter to the first quarter of 2009 and excluding the non-cash charges in both periods, net loss per share improved $0.03 primarily due to operating expense reductions of $1.4 million partially offset by lower gross profit. Average common and equivalent shares outstanding during the second quarter of 2009 were 33.7 million.

Net loss for the first six months of 2009 was $9.8 million, or $0.32 per share, compared to net loss of $9.7 million, or $0.35 per share, for the same period last year. The non-cash adjustment to the fair value of common stock warrants for the first half of 2009 was $3.1 million. Excluding the non-cash charge, net loss for the first six months of 2009 was $6.7 million, or $0.22 per share, an improvement of $3.0 million or $0.13 per share compared to the same period last year, primarily due to operating expense reductions of $3.3 million.

Net sales for the second quarter of 2009 were $5.9 million compared to $7.1 million in net sales in the second quarter of 2008, and $7.6 million in the first quarter of 2009. The decline in the second quarter over the same quarter last year and the prior quarter reflects our decision to exit the direct installation business on the East coast and lower commercial revenue due to the tight credit market and overall economic conditions. Approximately $424,000 of the decline from last year and $901,000 of the decline from the first quarter were attributable to the absence of East coast installations. Residential installations in the second quarter of 2009 were $4.7 million, compared to $5.5 million in the second quarter last year and $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2009. Commercial sales were $665,000 in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2008, and $915,000 in the first quarter. The balance of second quarter 2009 revenue was from the distribution of Andalay solar panels and sales of other solar panels. Net sales for the first six months of 2009 were $13.5 million, compared to $19.3 million in the same period last year reflecting a decline in commercial revenue of $6.8 million.

"Lower panel prices and lower direct labor costs contributed to an improvement in our gross profit margin compared to last year which, at 19.7%, was in the center of our target range of 15% to 25% of revenue. We expect gross margins to increase modestly in the second half of the year as we benefit from falling panel prices," said Gary Effren, chief financial officer of Akeena Solar. Gross profit for the second quarter of 2009 was $1.2 million, or 19.7% of sales, compared to $1.0 million, or 14.8% of sales, in the second quarter of 2008 and $2.3 million, or 29.7% of sales in the first quarter of 2009. The decline in gross margin compared to the first quarter of 2009 reflects higher subcontractor costs associated with our exit from the Colorado direct installation business, lower margin panel sales and a lower residential average selling price. For the first half of 2009, gross profit was $3.4 million, compared to $3.5 million for the same period last year; gross profit margin for the first six months of 2009 was 25.3% compared to 17.9% last year, primarily due to lower panel prices.

Total operating expenses for the second quarter of 2009 were $4.3 million compared to $6.2 million for the same period last year, and $5.7 million in the first quarter of 2009. Compared to the second quarter of 2008, the $1.8 million variance consisted of a decline in sales and marketing expenses of $647,000 and a decline in general and administrative costs of $1.2 million, reflecting the full impact of cost cuts made in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. Stock-based compensation expense was $458,000 in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $639,000 for the same period last year and $540,000 in the first quarter. Cash operating expenses (adjusted for stock-based compensation expense and depreciation and amortization expense) were $3.7 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $5.4 million for the same period last year and $5.0 million in the first quarter of 2009. Total operating expenses for the first half of 2009 were $10.0 million compared to $13.3 million in the first half of 2008.

Installations for the quarter amounted to approximately 716 kilowatts compared to approximately 876 kilowatts in the same quarter last year and approximately 945 kilowatts in the first quarter of 2009. Backlog as of June 30, 2009 was $7.5 million reflecting only California residential sales and a modest amount of commercial bookings.

Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2009 were $7.0 million. The $1.0 million cash-backed line had no balance drawn as of quarter end.

The number of employees at quarter end was reduced to 125 from 137 at the end of the first quarter of 2009 and from 203 at June 30, 2008.

Outlook

For 2009, management continues to expect a modest build in residential sales, driven by improving solar economics, and a continuing ramp in the direct-to-dealer distribution channel, with commercial installations picking up late in 2009 or early 2010 when the benefits of the stimulus package are expected to begin to take effect. Given continued limited visibility in the company's business, especially with respect to commercial installations, management is not providing annual guidance at this time.

Conference Call Information

Akeena Solar will host an earnings conference call at 11:00 a.m. PT (2:00 p.m. ET) today to discuss its second quarter 2009 earnings results. Management will discuss strategy, review quarterly activity, provide industry commentary, and answer questions.

The call is being webcast and can be accessed from the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website at www.akeena.com. If you do not have Internet access, please dial 877-866-5534 in the U.S. International callers should dial 706-643-1178. The conference ID is 17769114. A replay of the call will be available via telephone for one week, beginning two hours after the call. To listen to the telephone replay in the U.S., please dial 800-642-1687 and for international callers, 706-645-9291. The conference ID is the same as above. In addition, the webcast will be archived on the company's website for 90 days at www.akeena.com.

About Akeena Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:AKNS)

Founded in 2001, Akeena Solar's philosophy is simple: We believe producing clean electricity directly from the sun is the right thing to do for our environment and economy. Akeena Solar has grown to become one of the largest national installers of residential and commercial solar power systems in the United States. The company's integrated solar panel system, Andalay, is the only solar panel system with integrated racking, wiring and grounding. Andalay panels offer unprecedented reliability, performance and aesthetics. For more information, visit Akeena Solar's website: http://www.akeena.com or Andalay Solar's website: http://www.andalaysolar.com.

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                          Akeena Solar, Inc.

           Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                             (Unaudited)

                       Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended
                             June 30,                 June 30,
                    ------------------------  ------------------------
                        2009         2008         2009        2008
                    -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

 Net sales          $ 5,905,360  $ 7,061,699  $13,499,950  $19,310,071
 Cost of sales        4,742,944    6,019,310   10,082,926   15,852,127
                    -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
   Gross profit       1,162,416    1,042,389    3,417,024    3,457,944
                    -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
 Operating Expenses
 Sales and marketing  1,481,788    2,128,929    3,135,909    4,245,223
 General and
  administrative      2,845,813    4,039,943    6,907,219    9,052,300
                    -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
   Total operating
    expenses          4,327,601    6,168,872   10,043,128   13,297,523
                    -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
   Loss from
    operations       (3,165,185)  (5,126,483)  (6,626,104)  (9,839,579)
                    -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
 Other income
  (expense)
 Interest income
  (expense), net         16,239       27,000      (60,302)     161,939
 Adjustment to the
  Fair Value of
  Common Stock
  Warrants           (1,536,755)          --   (3,078,519)          --
                    -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
   Total other
    income
    (expense)        (1,520,516)      27,000   (3,138,821)     161,939
                    -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
   Loss before
    provision for
    income taxes     (4,685,701)  (5,099,483)  (9,764,925)  (9,677,640)
 Provision for
  income taxes               --           --           --           --
                    -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
 Net loss            (4,685,701)  (5,099,483)  (9,764,925)  (9,677,640)
                    ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

 Loss per common and
  common equivalent
  share:
   Basic            $     (0.14) $     (0.18) $     (0.32) $     (0.35)
                    ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

   Diluted          $     (0.14) $     (0.18) $     (0.32) $     (0.35)
                    ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

 Weighted average
  shares used in
  computing loss per
  common and common
  equivalent share:
   Basic             33,744,804   28,101,597   30,328,817   27,930,895
                    ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

   Diluted           33,744,804   28,101,597   30,328,817   27,930,895
                    ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========




                          Akeena Solar, Inc.

                Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                             (Unaudited)
                                               June 30,   December 31,
                                                 2009         2008
                                             -----------  -----------
 Assets
 Current assets
   Cash and cash equivalents                 $ 6,987,223  $   148,230
   Restricted cash                                    --   17,500,000
   Accounts receivable, net                    3,601,736    7,660,039
   Other receivables                             214,524      331,057
   Inventory, net                              4,904,936   10,495,572
   Prepaid expenses and other current
    assets, net                                1,548,697    3,704,375
                                             -----------  -----------
     Total current assets                     17,257,116   39,839,273
 Property and equipment, net                   1,498,822    1,806,269
 Goodwill                                        298,500      298,500
 Other assets                                    195,100      194,346
                                             -----------  -----------
     Total assets                            $19,249,538  $42,138,388
                                             -----------  -----------
 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
 Current liabilities
   Accounts payable                          $ 1,040,233  $ 1,922,480
   Customer rebate payable                       221,424      271,121
   Accrued liabilities                         1,797,807    2,410,332
   Accrued warranty                            1,164,505    1,056,655
   Common stock warrant liability              3,186,037           --
   Deferred revenue                              526,150    1,057,941
   Credit facility                                    --   18,746,439
   Current portion of capital lease
    obligations                                   22,437       23,292
   Current portion of long-term debt             220,138      219,876
                                             -----------  -----------
     Total current liabilities                 8,178,731   25,708,136

 Capital lease obligations, less current
  portion                                         13,263       20,617
 Long-term debt, less current portion            474,973      535,302
 Other long-term liabilities                      32,159           --
                                             -----------  -----------
     Total liabilities                         8,699,126   26,264,055
                                             -----------  -----------

 Commitments and contingencies

 Stockholders' equity:
   Common stock $0.001 par value;
    50,000,000 shares authorized;
    33,241,434 and 28,460,837 shares
    issued and outstanding at June 30,
    2009 and December 31, 2008                    33,241       28,460
   Additional paid-in capital                 56,258,884   52,821,104
   Accumulated deficit                       (45,741,713) (36,975,231)
                                             -----------  -----------
     Total stockholders' equity               10,550,412   15,874,333
                                             -----------  -----------
     Total liabilities and stockholders'
      equity                                 $19,249,538  $42,138,388
                                             -----------  -----------

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SOURCE: Akeena Solar, Inc.

Akeena Solar, Inc.
          Barry Cinnamon, President and CEO
          (408) 402-9400
          bcinnamon@akeena.com

          Lippert / Heilshorn & Associates
          Investor Relations Contact:
          Jody Burfening
          Amy Gibbons
          (212) 838-3777
          agibbons@lhai.com

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