SOURCE: Active Power

Active Power

February 23, 2016 07:30 ET

Active Power Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Feb 23, 2016) - Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW), a manufacturer of flywheel energy storage products and modular infrastructure solutions (MIS) for mission critical and renewable applications worldwide, reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

Highlights

  • Total revenue in 2015 increased $8.3 million or 17% to $57.4 million compared to total revenue in 2014

  • Double digit annual growth in uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and MIS

  • Backlog at December 31, 2015, was $30.8 million compared to $26.7 million at December 31, 2014, an improvement of $4.1 million or 15%

  • Gross margin was 29% in 2015 compared to 26% in 2014

  • Operating expenses decreased $1.8 million or 7% in 2015 compared to 2014; expenses down seven of the last nine quarters

  • Adjusted EBITDA improved to a loss of $3.7 million in 2015 compared to a loss of $10.1 million in 2014

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results
Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $12.5 million compared to $15.4 million in the year-ago period and $14.9 million in the previous quarter. The decrease in revenue from both periods is due to lower product and service sales. For the full year, total revenue was $57.4 million compared to $49.1 million in 2014. The change in total revenue is attributable to higher product sales, primarily by the increase in MIS business that was driven by a large order from an IT channel partner, and stronger demand for the company's flywheel UPS solutions.

Gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 25% compared to 26% in the year-ago period and 26% in the previous quarter. The modest decrease in gross margin from both periods is primarily related to under absorption of fixed overhead costs in manufacturing and lower volume of service revenue which contains a higher margin. For the full year, gross margin was 29% compared to 26% in 2014. The increase in gross margin is related to higher margin MIS along with improvements in manufacturing absorption on increased production in 2015.

Operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2015 were $5.9 million compared to $6.0 million in the year-ago period and $5.6 million in the previous quarter. The increase in operating expenses from the prior quarter is primarily due to the recovery of a previously reserved receivable. For the full year, operating expenses decreased to $22.9 million from $24.7 million in 2014. The decrease was primarily due to lower spending on materials and services for product development, lower commissions and management's efforts to focus on productivity improvements and disciplined spending, partially offset by increased expense for management incentive plan accruals.

Net loss in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $2.9 million or $(0.13) per share compared to a net loss of $2.0 million or $(0.09) per share in the year-ago period and a net loss of $1.7 million or $(0.08) per share in the previous quarter. The increase in net loss from both periods is primarily due to lower revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015. For the full year, net loss was $6.5 million or $(0.28) per share compared to a net loss of $12.8 million or $(0.57) per share in 2014. The decrease in net loss from 2014 to 2015 was due to an increase in revenue and gross margin and lower operating expenses.

Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2015 was a loss of $2.2 million compared to a loss of $1.3 million in the year-ago period and a loss of $1.0 million in the previous quarter. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA from both periods is primarily due to lower revenues resulting in a higher net loss in the fourth quarter of 2015. For the full year, adjusted EBITDA was a negative $3.7 million compared to a negative $10.1 million in 2014. An EBITDA reconciliation is provided below.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $12.3 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $10.6 million at September 30, 2015, and $14.8 million at December 31, 2014.

Bookings and Backlog
Bookings in the fourth quarter of 2015 were $8.0 million compared to bookings of $18.5 million in the year-ago period and $17.0 million in the previous quarter. On a cumulative year-to-date basis through December 31, 2015, bookings were $61.5 million resulting in a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07. The dollar amount of backlog was approximately $30.8 million at December 31, 2015. Of the total backlog at December 31, 2015, approximately $9.4 million is not expected to be filled in the following 12 months which includes both long-term service contracts and UPS product orders.

Bookings amounts represent anticipated revenue from product orders received during the period that are believed to be firm and from signed contracts for service work. Backlog represents the amount of anticipated revenue from prior bookings at the end of the period. Please refer to the Supplemental Information following the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets for more detail regarding bookings.

Management Commentary
"We are pleased to have delivered the strongest overall annual performance for Active Power over a three year period," said Mark A. Ascolese, president and CEO, at Active Power. "Our improved financial results and operating metrics achieved in 2015 demonstrate the steady progress we made as we continue to focus on increasing bookings and backlog, improving our operational efficiencies and controlling cost. We achieved double digit annual growth in UPS and MIS while reducing expenses and improving gross margin. Our backlog also improved 15 percent in 2015 over 2014."

"The overall lengthening of sales cycles coupled with soft market conditions resulted in lower bookings in the fourth quarter of 2015. We have seen delays for orders being awarded and schedule changes to defer delivery. We remain vigilant in our expense management initiatives in light of these market conditions." 

"While revenue and earnings in the fourth quarter of 2015 were lower than in prior periods, we demonstrated the depth of our fundamental, long-term planning. We entered 2016 with a higher backlog, a lower cost base and a growing opportunities pipeline bolstered by a higher number of large project opportunities as compared to the past three years. Near-term challenges notwithstanding, we look forward to 2016 being another year of improved performance."

Conference Call and Webcast
Active Power will host a conference call today, Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. (ET) to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2015 results. Interested parties can dial into the conference call at the time of the event at (877) 317-6789. For callers outside the U.S., please dial (412) 317-6789.

For parties wanting to listen live via the web, a webcast button is located on Active Power's investor relations website at http://ir.activepower.com. A replay of the webcast will be available via Active Power's investor relations website.

About Active Power
 
Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW) designs and manufactures flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, modular infrastructure solutions (MIS), and energy storage products for mission critical and renewable applications worldwide. The company's products deliver an unmatched combination of total cost of ownership, reliability and sustainability for leading organizations around the world. Customers are served via Austin and three regional operations centers located in the United Kingdom, Germany and China, that support the deployment of systems in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.activepower.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure
This press release includes information about adjusted EBITDA, which is not a financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). At the end of the following tables, Active Power has provided a reconciliation of historical adjusted EBITDA to GAAP net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, under the heading "Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA." Active Power encourages investors to review this reconciliation in conjunction with our presentation of adjusted EBITDA. See "About Presentation of Adjusted EBITDA" in the following tables for our definition of adjusted EBITDA and for an important discussion about the use of this metric.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by references to future periods, and include statements we make regarding:

  • our expectations that we can increase bookings and backlog;
  • our belief that we can improve operational efficiencies;
  • our ability to control our future expenses;
  • our ability to expand our sales distribution network;
  • our ability to diversify our revenue stream through sales to healthcare and industrial applications;
  • our future anticipated working capital needs;
  • our ability to raise additional cash if needed to fund our operations;
  • anticipated levels of bookings and revenue;
  • our ability to improve inventory turns and factory utilization;
  • expected fluctuations in currency exchange rates; and
  • our expectation that seasonal trends will continue in fiscal 2016.

Actual results and the outcomes of future events could differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks and uncertainties, including: the deferral or cancellation of sales commitments as a result of general economic conditions or uncertainty; the possibility backlog may not result in revenue; financial results that may vary significantly from quarter to quarter due to seasonality and volatility in customer demand; our continued ability to obtain sufficient working capital to fund our operations; risks related to our international operations; our dependence on our relationships with Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and on our distributors; product performance and quality issues; significant competition; intellectual property claims; the pending SEC investigation that could result in fines and penalties; our continued ability to borrow under our credit agreement or raise capital as needed to support the business; and our ability to continue to hire and retain qualified personnel.

For more information on the risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from these forward looking statements, please refer to Active Power filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K filed since then. Active Power assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information.

   
Active Power, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations  
(in thousands, except per share amounts)  
                         
    Three Months Ended December 31,     Twelve Months Ended December 31,  
    (unaudited)        
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
                                 
Revenues:                                
  Product revenue   $ 9,626     $ 11,541     $ 43,247     $ 36,211  
  Service and other revenue     2,899       3,811       14,174       12,925  
    Total revenue     12,525       15,352       57,421       49,136  
                                 
Cost of goods sold:                                
  Cost of product revenue     7,461       9,435       32,017       29,182  
  Cost of service and other revenue     1,976       1,868       8,587       7,302  
    Total cost of goods sold     9,437       11,303       40,604       36,484  
Gross profit     3,088       4,049       16,817       12,652  
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
  Research and development     1,329       1,493       5,723       6,689  
  Selling and marketing     2,532       3,009       10,589       11,940  
  General and administrative     2,015       1,513       6,565       6,043  
    Total operating expenses     5,876       6,015       22,877       24,672  
Loss from Operations     (2,788 )     (1,966 )     (6,060 )     (12,020 )
                                 
Interest expense, net     (123 )     (94 )     (375 )     (395 )
Other income (expense), net     5       10       (24 )     (160 )
                                 
Loss before income taxes     (2,906 )     (2,050 )     (6,459 )     (12,575 )
Income tax expense     -       6       -       (252 )
    $ (2,906 )   $ (2,044 )   $ (6,459 )   $ (12,827 )
                                 
Net Loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.13 )   $ (0.09 )   $ (0.28 )   $ (0.57 )
                                 
Shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted     23,137       23,128       23,134       22,494  
                                 
   
Active Power, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(in thousands, except par value)  
   
    December 31, 2015     December 31, 2014  
                 
                 
ASSETS                
                 
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 12,260     $ 14,824  
  Restricted cash     36       40  
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $70 and $212 at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively    
8,849
     
11,222
 
  Inventories, net     6,466       6,845  
  Prepaid expenses and other     792       800  
    Total current assets     28,403       33,731  
Property and equipment, net     1,914       2,076  
Deposits and other     278       291  
    Total assets   $ 30,595     $ 36,098  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
                 
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 2,852     $ 4,044  
  Accrued expenses     4,494       4,134  
  Deferred revenue     3,576       2,771  
  Revolving line of credit     5,535       5,535  
    Total current liabilities     16,457       16,484  
Long-term liabilities     583       821  
Commitments and contingencies                
Stockholders' equity                
  Preferred stock - $0.001 par value; 2,000 shares authorized     -       -  
  Common stock - $0.001 par value; 40,000 shares authorized; 23,171 and 23,162 issued and 23,109 and 23,094 outstanding at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively     23

      23

 
  Treasury stock     (240 )     (231 )
  Additional paid-in capital     304,094       302,667  
  Accumulated deficit     (290,454 )     (283,995 )
  Other accumulated comprehensive income     132       329  
    Total stockholders' equity     13,555       18,793  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 30,595     $ 36,098  
                 
 
Active Power, Inc.
Supplemental Information (in thousands)
                                                   
Revenue by Product   Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended  
   
 
December 31, 2015  
 
% of total  
 
 
 
December 31, 2014  
 
% of total  
 
 
 
September 30, 2015  
 
% of total  
 
 
 
December 31, 2015  
 
% of total  
 
 
 
December 31, 2014  
 
% of total  
 
                                                             
UPS   $ 9,503   76 %   $ 6,885   45 %   $ 5,528   37 %   $ 31,046   54 %   $ 28,064   57 %
MIS     123   1 %     4,656   30 %     5,640   38 %     12,201   22 %     8,147   17 %
  Total Product Revenue     9,626   77 %     11,541   75 %     11,168   75 %     43,247   75 %     36,211   74 %
Service     2,899   23 %     3,811   25 %     3,744   25 %     14,174   25 %     12,925   26 %
  Total Revenue   $ 12,525   100 %   $ 15,352   100 %   $ 14,912   100 %   $ 57,421   100 %   $ 49,136   100 %
                                                             
Revenue by Geography                                                            
                                                             
Americas   $ 9,566   76 %   $ 8,389   55 %   $ 12,057   81 %   $ 43,068   76 %   $ 31,495   64 %
EMEA     2,541   20 %     5,416   35 %     1,878   13 %     12,434   22 %     13,998   29 %
Asia     418   3 %     1,547   10 %     977   6 %     1,919   3 %     3,643   7 %
  Total Revenue   $ 12,525   100 %   $ 15,352   100 %   $ 14,912   100 %   $ 57,421   100 %   $ 49,136   100 %
                                                             
 
Active Power, Inc.
Supplemental Information (in thousands)
                         
Total Bookings       Twelve Months Ended
    December
31, 2014
  March
31, 2015
  June
30, 2015
  September
30, 2015
  December
31, 2015
  December
31, 2015
                                     
Bookings   $ 18,500   $ 19,171   $ 17,322   $ 16,992   $ 8,043   $ 61,528
Book to Bill Ratio     1.21     1.46     1.03     1.14     0.64     1.07
                                     
                               
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA  
(in thousands)  
                               
    Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended  
    December
31,
2015
    December
31,
2014
    September
30,
2015
    December
31,
2015
    December
31,
2014
 
                                         
Net Loss   $ (2,906 )   $ (2,044 )   $ (1,736 )   $ (6,459 )   $ (12,827 )
  Interest Expense     123       94       95       375       395  
  Depreciation Expense     234       266       239       997       1,191  
  Stock Based Compensation     385       341       369       1,428       1,139  
  Impairment of Long-Lived Assets     -       -       -       -       42  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ (2,164 )   $ (1,343 )   $ (1,033 )   $ (3,659 )   $ (10,060 )
                                         

About Presentation of Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other financial measures so calculated and presented, nor as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. The company defines adjusted EBITDA as net loss before impairment of long-lived assets, depreciation, interest, and non-cash stock based compensation. Other companies (including competitors) may define adjusted EBITDA differently. The company presents adjusted EBITDA because management believes it to be an important supplemental measure of performance that is commonly used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. Management also uses this information internally for forecasting and budgeting. It may not be indicative of the historical operating results of Active Power, Inc. nor is it intended to be predictive of potential future results. Investors should not consider adjusted EBITDA in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the company's results as reported under GAAP.