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Astea Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Horsham, PA, November 14, 2012
— Astea International Inc. (NASDAQ:ATEA), a global provider of service lifecycle management and mobility solutions, today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, Astea revenues decreased by 20% to $5.3 million compared to $6.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 and decreased by 35% sequentially compared to second quarter revenues of $8.1 million. Net loss available to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2012 was $1.2 million, or ($0.36) per basic and diluted share. This compares to net income of $249,000, or $0.05 per basic and $0.04 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2011 and compares sequentially to income of $960,000 or $0.25 per basic share and $0.22 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2012. Software license revenues decreased 77% to $395,000 compared to $1.7 million for the same period in 2011 and decreased 83% from $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2012.  Service and maintenance revenues were $4.9 million, unchanged from the same period in 2011 but were down 14% from $5.7 million in the second quarter of 2012. 

Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 increased 1.0% to $19.8 million compared to $19.6 million in the same nine-month period in 2011. Software license revenues decreased 40% to $3.0 million compared to $5.0 million for the same period in 2011. Service and maintenance revenues were $16.9 million, a 16% increase compared to revenues of $14.6 million for the same nine-month period in 2011. Operating loss was $853,000 compared to operating income of $127,000 in the same nine-month period last year. Year-to-date net loss available to stockholders is ($1.1 million), or ($0.31) per basic and diluted share compared to a net loss available to common stockholders of ($107,000) or ($0.03) loss per basic and diluted share in the same period last year.

“Overall revenues increased compared to the same nine month period last year, including a solid increase in service and maintenance revenues. We continue to focus on execution with sales activity remaining strong, but the extended sales cycles resulted in disappointing licensing sales during the third quarter. During the third quarter, we were very excited to announce our new cloud offering, ServiceVision™, which was extremely well received by the market. We immediately experienced a very strong interest for this new offering, and are already actively engaged in many new sales opportunities. We are confident that this new offering will be a strong contributor to our future success. We remain diligent in our efforts to expand our partner ecosystem and we have already entered into new agreements with very large systems integrators to broaden our footprint. We feel we can dramatically increase our capability to both sell and deliver enterprise field service solutions through the right strategic relationships.”

Mr. Bergreen further stated, “During the third quarter we had several customers who went live with major deployments around the world, which continues to demonstrate the global nature of our solution suite and our geographic diversity. Additionally, we are very proud that, for the fourth year in a row, we were again recognized as a Visionary in Gartner’s 2012 Field Service Management Magic Quadrant which demonstrates our experience and commitment to meeting the dynamic needs of service organizations around the world. We continue to be the only leading vendor that can offer the most complete and robust service management solution with unmatched functionality.”

Mr. Bergreen concluded, “We remain steadfast in our sales execution, while continuing to offer solutions that provide compelling value propositions to keep attracting new customers around the world. Today’s competitive environment puts greater pressure on our customers to increase their service revenues while maintaining customer satisfaction. Our solution is the underlying tool that is enabling them to achieve best-in-class service and we look forward to helping them continue their ongoing success.”

Astea will host a conference call that will be broadcast live over the Internet on November 14, 2012 at 5:00pm ET to discuss the Company's third quarter financial results. Investors can access the call from the Company's Web site at  http://www.astea.com/about_investors.asp. To listen to the live call via the telephone, please call 1-800-862-9098. For calls from outside North America, please dial 1-785-424-1051. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call.

About Astea International
Astea International (NASDAQ: ATEA) is a global provider of software solutions that offer all the cornerstones of service lifecycle management, including customer management, service management, asset management, forward and reverse logistics management and mobile workforce management and optimization. Astea’s solutions link processes, people, parts, and data to empower companies and provide the agility they need to achieve sustainable value in less time, and successfully compete in a global economy. Since 1979, Astea has been helping more than 600 companies drive even higher levels of customer satisfaction with faster response times and proactive communication, creating a seamless, consistent and highly personalized experience at every customer relationship touch point.

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Forward-looking Statements
Statements in this press release, other than statements of historical information, are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks which may cause the Company’s actual results in future periods to differ materially from expected results. Those risks include, among others, risks associated with increased competition, customer decisions, the successful completion of continuing development of new products, the successful negotiations, execution and implementation of anticipated new software contracts, the successful addition of personnel in technical areas, our ability to complete development and sell and license our products at prices which result in sufficient revenues to realize profits and other business factors beyond the Company’s control. These and other risks are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including but not limited to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Investor Relations Contact

Rick Etskovitz
Chief Financial Officer
Astea International Inc.

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