WANTED Technologies Reports Positive Cash Flows and Increased Recurring

    Company continues successful efforts to diversify its client base beyond
                  the economically-challenged Media sector.

    - Positive net cash flows of $246,204, increasing the cash position to
      $2.5 million.
    - New agreement with 3 US States and local governmental agencies and
      13 clients in the staffing sector.
    - Diversification initiatives result in 22% of recurring revenues
      originating from sources outside of the Media sector, compared with
      8% at start of Fiscal Year.
    - Revenue of $1,143,740 for the second quarter, compared to $1,610,643 in
      the second quarter of prior year, a 29% decrease.
    - Net loss of $177,925, compared to net earnings of $113,599 in the
      second quarter of fiscal 2009, a decrease of $291,524.
    - Significant impact of foreign exchange on revenue and profitability.

QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - WANTED Technologies (TSX-V: WAN), the leading source of real-time employment market information, reported today a net loss of $177,925 and revenues of $1,143,740 for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 ended December 31, 2009. This loss follows 13 consecutive quarters of profits and reflects the persistent effects of the recession on the employment services sectors. In addition, 43% of the revenue shortfall from the prior year, approximately $200,000, results from negative exchange rate variations relative to the US dollar. All amounts are in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

"We believe that this most recent quarter represents the bottom of the economic cycle for our business and others in the Employment Services sector," said Bruce Murray, President and CEO of WANTED. "There are signs that after more than two years of recession, we will begin to see employment growth occurring early in 2010."

"Our efforts to diversify our client base gained momentum during this past quarter," said Murray. We secured agreements with thirteen new Staffing firms and, through our collaboration with The Conference Board, signed agreements with three more US state and local government agencies," said Murray. "We also developed a new segment of clients in the area of employment litigation support, where our historical database of job openings is unique and possesses strong competitive advantages."

"Additionally, we completed the development and testing of our new WANTED Analytics(TM) Apps platform, which we launched on January 11th of this year." said Murray. "The launch of WANTED Analytics(TM) Apps provides the foundation for the initial roll-out of our Labor Supply services later this fiscal year."

WANTED's investments in diversifying its customer base and the introduction of Labor Supply applications on WANTED Analytics(TM) Apps are designed to enable the Company to enter the much larger market for corporate human capital services. As the economy recovers and hiring demand picks up, the opportunities for firms that supply employment services improves substantially. WANTED expects its new WANTED Analytics(TM) Apps platform to enable the Company to maximize its participation in the opportunities that accompany employment growth.

WANTED's revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 decreased by 29 percent to $1,143,740 compared to $1,610,643 for the corresponding quarter of the previous year. For the six-month period ended December 31, 2009, revenue totalled $2,279,202, compared to $3,021,180 for the same period in the previous fiscal year, a decrease of 25%. The majority of WANTED's clients subscribe on an annual basis to the Company's online platform, WANTED Analytics(TM). Recurring revenue contracts with these clients represent approximately 96 percent of WANTED's total revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2010, compared to 92 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2009.

As at December 31, 2009, contracts in hand represented approximately 4.6 million dollars in annualized recurring revenues. This compares with contracts in hand totalling approximately 6.3 million dollars as of December 31, 2008, a decrease of 27 percent. This contraction in WANTED's recurring revenues base stems from cutbacks largely among WANTED's Media clients, some of whose revenues in the employment category have declined 50 percent during the past year. The recurring revenue base has also been affected significantly by the unfavourable variation in foreign exchange rates. In spite of this challenging environment in 2009, WANTED has retained subscription agreements with its 10 largest media clients, although at reduced levels due to the reductions made in their own sales forces.

WANTED's recurring revenue base increased during the second quarter of fiscal 2010. The recurring revenue base of 4.6 million dollars as of December 31, 2009 is 7% higher than the recurring revenue base of 4.3 million dollars as of September 30, 2009. The increase in the recurring revenue base, the second consecutive quarterly increase in recurring revenues on a US dollars basis, is largely due to the success of the Company's partnership with The Conference Board who is providing economic indicators to state and local governments.

                               Three-month periods         Six-month periods
                                 ended December 31         ended December 31
                           ------------------------  ------------------------
                                 2009         2008         2009         2008
                           (unaudited)  (unaudited)  (unaudited)  (unaudited)
                           -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
                                    $            $            $            $
    Revenues                1,143,740    1,610,643    2,279,202    3,021,180
    Cost of goods sold          1,785       29,449        2,028       37,192
                           -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
    Gross margin            1,141,955    1,581,194    2,277,174    2,983,988

      Research and
       development, net of
       tax credits            394,225      404,280      733,078      727,786
      Marketing and selling   561,465      694,071      971,096    1,171,894
      Administrative          278,542      370,174      525,576      674,183
      Amortization of
       intangible assets       40,770       52,311       81,540      104,623
      Financial expenses,
       net amount              14,275       10,156       24,057       19,027
                           -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
                            1,289,277    1,530,992    2,335,347    2,697,513
                           -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
    Earnings (loss)
     before other revenue
     (expenses) and income
     taxes                   (147,322)      50,202      (58,173)     286,475
    Other revenue
      Exchange gain (loss)    (15,800)     122,761      (82,655)     171,117

      Gains on disposal of
       property, plant and
       equipment                                50                        50
                           -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
    Earnings (loss) before
     income taxes            (163,122)     173,013     (140,828)     457,642
    Income taxes               14,803       59,414       31,323      119,294
                           -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
    Net earnings (loss)
     and Comprensive Income  (177,925)     113,599     (172,151)     338,348
                           -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
                           -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
    Basic and diluted net
     earnings (loss)
     per share                 (0.007)       0.005       (0.007)       0.014

Operating costs went from $1,530,992 in the second quarter of fiscal 2009 to $1,289,277 for the second quarter of fiscal 2010, a decrease of 16 percent. For the first six months of fiscal 2010, operating costs totalled $2,335,347, compared to $2,697,513 for the first six months of the previous fiscal year, a decrease of $362,166 or 13 percent. These decreases mostly result from decreases in sales and marketing expenses and administrative expenses. The Company continues to exert prudent levels of control over its expenses considering the current economic conditions. Also contributing to the decrease in operating expenses was a decrease of $11,541 in amortization of intangible assets, resulting from the non-competition agreements being fully amortized as of June 30, 2009.

Negative EBITDA for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 totalled $60,834, down $339,045 from an EBITDA of $278,211 for the second quarter of fiscal 2009. For the first six months of fiscal 2010, negative EBITDA totalled $57,795, compared to $666,282 for the first six months of the previous fiscal year, a decrease of $608,487. EBITDA represents the net earnings before net financial expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization on property, plant and equipment and intangible assets. As generally accepted accounting principles in Canada do not provide a standardized definition for this measure, it may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies.

Net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 amounted to $177,925 (loss of $0.007 per share) compared to net earnings of $113,599 ($0.005 per share) for the corresponding quarter of the previous year, a decrease of $291,524. For the first six months of fiscal 2010, net loss reached $172,151, compared to net earnings of $338,348 for the first six months of the previous fiscal year, a decrease of $510,499. These negative variations result from the combination of decreases in earnings before other revenue and expenses and losses recorded on foreign exchange. When compared to the same period for the previous year, earnings before other revenue and expenses decreased $197,524 and $344,648 for the respective three-month and six-month periods ended December 31, 2009. As for foreign exchange, the unfavourable prevailing exchange rates caused the Company to record currency exchange losses of $15,800 and $82,655 for the second quarter and the six-month periods ended December 31, 2009, representing respective negative variations of $138,561 and $253,772 over the corresponding period of prior year.

Net losses for three-month and six-month periods ended December 31, 2009 were however partially offset by lower provisions for income taxes. The Company recorded provisions of $14,803 and $31,323 for the second quarter and the six-month periods ended December 31, 2009, compared to provisions of $59,414 and $119,294 recorded in the corresponding period of prior year, representing positive variations of $44,611 and $87,971 respectively.

As at December 31, 2009, WANTED had a cash position (cash and temporary investments) of $2,469,491 and a working capital of $1,953,866. This compares with a cash position of $2,262,835 and a working capital of $2,365,848 as at June 30, 2009, representing an increase of $206,656 and a decrease of $411,982 respectively. This increase of $206,656 in the Company's liquidity is mainly the result of cash flows of $339,658 generated by the operating activities. This increase was however partially offset by negative cash flows of $17,275 and $115,727 used for investing and financing activities respectively. The classification in short term liabilities of the term loan balance of $418,623 due in July 2010 has contributed to the decrease in working capital.

Total assets stood at $6,074,148 at December 31, 2009, down $183,948 from $6,258,096 at June 30, 2009. The decrease in total assets is mainly due to decreases of $121,656 in short-term assets and $81,540 in intangible assets, partially offset by an increase of $19,248 in property, plant and equipment.

WANTED names new Chairman

In other news, WANTED is pleased to announce that André Forest has been named Chairman of the Board. Mr. Forest has been a director of WANTED since 2002 and has extensive experience as an administrator and an entrepreneur in the interactive media and information technology industries. He replaces Jan Oosterwaal, who is leaving the board after many years of service. "It was rewarding to guide Wanted in the process of resetting the Company's strategy and focussing its resources to address a significantly enlarged customer base. I am confident that the resulting business model will yield increased revenues and shareholder value" said Jan Oosterwaal. "I am extremely honoured to replace Jan who has been a real driving force for the success of WANTED. I am really sad to see him leave and will miss his no nonsense entrepreneurial personality." added Mr. Forest.

Those interested will be able to access the information on the December 31, 2009 unaudited consolidated financial statements, the notes thereto and the management discussion and analysis via the Internet at www.sedar.com and at the Company's website, www.wantedtech.com, as of Thursday, February 18th, 2010.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED is the leading source of real-time employment market information. The company provides insight and intelligence via its family of WANTED Analytics(TM)Apps found at www.wantedanalytics.com. Clients in the media, HR/staffing and government sectors use WANTED Analytics(TM) Apps to prioritize sales opportunities, identify economic trends, and analyze competitive market conditions.

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board's Help-Wanted OnLine Data Series(TM), the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) was founded in 1999. The company's headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. The company began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in October 2002, and currently maintains a database of more than 500 million unique job listings. To sample WANTED's services, visit www.wantedanalytics.com.

For more information about how WANTED helps organizations make better decisions and improve sales results, visit www.wantedtech.com.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.

SOURCE WANTED Technologies Corp.

For further information: For further information: Mr. Bruce Murray, President and CEO, (418) 523-6663, ext. 222; Mr. Martin Auclair, VP Finance and CFO, (418) 523-6663, ext. 337; Source: WANTED Technologies Corporation

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