BRANCHBURG, N.J. , Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TransNet Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: TRNT), a leading unified communications and IT sales and service company, today announced results for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 and six months ended December 31, 2008 . For the second quarter ended December 31, 2008 , the Corporation reported a net loss of
For the six months ended December 31, 2008 , the Corporation reported a net loss of
Steven J. Wilk , President said, "During the quarter ended December 31, 2008 , TransNet's operations were significantly impacted by the decline of the national economy and the resulting decrease in new projects. This was particularly true in the second half of the quarter, as the majority of our clients, regardless of business sector, put purchasing decisions on hold due to the recession, credit crunch, and uncertainty as to future economic conditions. The decrease in new business and the reluctance of clients to invest in high-end technologies resulted in a loss. Also impacting our results was the dramatic decrease in permanent and temporary hiring by our clients, which caused a rapid decline in our staffing operations. Although not material to our operations, this decrease contributed to the decline in service revenues and reduced gross profit margins. To counter these events, during the quarter ended December 31, 2008 , we accelerated our cost reduction and containment program, reducing our selling, general and administrative costs by 12% over last year's quarter. Additional reductions in expenses will be realized during the next two consecutive quarters. As of the quarter's end, the State of New Jersey had not finalized its new purchasing arrangements. The modification process had delayed governmental client purchases during the second half of calendar 2008.
"Based upon current indications and the volume of orders received in early calendar 2009, however, we believe that clients will resume purchasing in 2009. Looking forward, despite the economic uncertainties, we are cautiously optimistic about the effects of the federal stimulus plan in providing funds to many of our governmental and educational clients. These clients had to significantly delay purchasing products and services due to economic conditions and while they awaited the approval of the stimulus plan. Although the plan is not a "magic bullet", we believe projects resulting from the plan will have a positive impact on our future results. The stimulus plan grants immediate funding for school IT infrastructure, municipal communication networks, and the upgrading of hospital medical record archiving, all of which are markets targeted by TransNet Corporation.
"We are encouraged by the number of proposals requested in recent weeks, which may be an indication that clients are preparing for purchases in the short term. We have responded to a significant increase in requests for quotations for physical security and video surveillance products, especially from local school districts and municipalities. We believe these products hold great promise for our future success because of the complex design and implementation of these high-end products and related services, which yield higher gross margins and revenue.
"While no one in these uncertain economic conditions has the ability to accurately forecast future revenue and profits, we believe the new products and services related to security and communication solutions will benefit our results in the near future. Sales of leading edge equipment and related service business flowing from the stimulus plan, in conjunction with renewed staffing placements and our aggressive cost reduction program, will result in sustained profitability."