SOURCE: Active Power

Active Power

February 19, 2013 16:05 ET

Active Power Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2012 Results

UPS Sales up 34% in 2012, Driving Record Gross Margin

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Feb 19, 2013) - Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW), manufacturer of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and modular infrastructure solutions, reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2012.

Q4 2012 and Full Year Financial Highlights

  • 2012 revenue reached $76.3 million.

  • Gross margin in 2012 expanded to a record 32.4% versus 23.7% in 2011. Gross margin in fourth quarter of 2012 increased to 39.5% versus 20.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

  • UPS sales were up 21% in the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and up 34% for the year.

  • 2012 service revenue increased 11% versus 2011.

  • Reduced full year net loss from $7.1 million or $(0.44) per share to $1.9 million or $(0.10) per share, a 73% improvement.

  • Adjusted EBITDA in 2012 was $1.3 million versus an adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.8 million in 2011. Refer to definition and an important discussion below about the presentation of adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP term.

Operational Highlights

  • Launched Active Power's next generation CleanSource® High Density (CSHD) UPS product platform and received first order for four CSHD 625 kVA systems for one of the largest auto manufacturers in China.

  • Formed strategic partnership with IO that enables Active Power to integrate best-in-class IO.OS platform into PowerHouse™ and CleanSource UPS product portfolio.

  • Appointed Dr. Ake Almgren as chairman of the company's board of directors.

Management Commentary
"While overall sales climbed slightly from 2011, we derived nearly 38% more gross profit dollars," said Doug Milner, president and CEO, Active Power. "Our field sales teams delivered 34% growth in our core UPS business, while we achieved double-digit growth in our service business and executed on key productivity initiatives. Given these successes, we believe we have set the stage for a strong 2013."

"Our focus in 2013 will be to accelerate growth in our core UPS and PowerHouse product lines as we begin shipping our new CSHD 625 kVA and 750 kVA products and start to convert our growing sales pipeline into revenue. We believe the unmatched benefits of our products' power density, reliability, and total cost of ownership supported by a stronger operating platform affords us a strong competitive position in the critical power infrastructure space."

Q4 and Full Year 2012 Financial Results
Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $15.2 million compared to $18.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The decrease in revenue is primarily attributed to the inability of the company to recognize revenue from a single multimillion dollar order due to changes in the deployment schedule for our products on a particular project. However, it is anticipated the revenue for this project will be recognized in the first quarter of 2013. For the full year, total revenue was $76.3 million compared to $75.5 million in 2011.

Gross profit margin in the fourth quarter of 2012 was 39.5%, an increase from 20.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year, gross profit margin improved to a record 32.4% from 23.7% in 2011.

Net loss in the fourth quarter was $0.4 million or $(0.02) per share, an improvement from a loss of $3.3 million or $(0.21) per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year, net loss decreased 73% to $1.9 million or $(0.10) per share compared to a loss of $7.1 million or $(0.44) per share in 2011. 

Comparative period per share calculations were adjusted for the 5-for-1 reverse stock split that became effective at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Dec. 21, 2012.

Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2012, the company began to report adjusted EBITDA, which totaled $0.5 million, an improvement from an adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year, adjusted EBITDA was $1.3 million as compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.8 million in 2011.

Cash and cash equivalents at Dec. 31, 2012, totaled $13.2 million compared to $10.4 million at Dec. 31, 2011.

Outlook
Active Power expects first quarter 2013 revenue to range between $18 million and $21 million. First quarter earnings per share are expected to be between breakeven and $0.03 per share. This outlook is subject to a number of factors, including those outside of the company's control, such as customer deployment schedules which may result in actual revenues and earnings to vary outside these ranges.

Changes in cash and investments in the first quarter are expected to be minimal and driven by changes in working capital requirements.

Conference Call and Webcast
Active Power will host a conference call today, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss its fourth quarter and year end 2012 results. Interested parties can dial into the call at the time of the event at (866) 963-1214. For callers outside the United States, please dial (904) 520-5765.

To listen to the live webcast, click here. A replay of the webcast will be available via Active Power's investor relations website at http://ir.activepower.com.

About Active Power
Founded in 1992, Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW) designs and manufactures uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and modular infrastructure solutions that enable data centers and other mission critical operations to remain 'on' 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The combined benefits of its products' power density, reliability, and total cost of ownership are unmatched in the market and enable the world's leading companies to achieve their most forward thinking data center designs. The company's products and solutions are built with pride in Austin, Texas, at a state-of-the-art, ISO 9001:2008 registered manufacturing and test facility. Global customers are served via Austin and three regional operations centers located in the United Kingdom, Germany, and China, supporting the deployment of systems in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.activepower.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements relating to the stage being set for a strong 2013; our focus in 2013; that our product benefits and operating platform will significantly improve our competitive position in 2013; our revenue and earnings per share guidance for the first quarter 2013; and our expected changes in cash and investments. Any forward-looking statements and all other statements that may be made in this news release that are not historical facts are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the results predicted include, among others, our dependence on our relationships with Hewlett Packard and Caterpillar and on distributors; our increased emphasis on larger and more complex system solutions; the success of our product development efforts and our ability to manufacture and deliver products in a timely manner; the level of acceptance of our current and future products in the market; the deferral or cancellation of sales commitments as a result of general economic conditions or uncertainty; risks related to our international operations; and product performance and quality issues. 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, 2011, 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 which are in effect as of their respective dates.

Active Power, CleanSource, and CoolAir are registered trademarks of Active Power, Inc. The Active Power logo, PowerHouse, and PowerCentre are trademarks of Active Power, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective companies.

   
ACTIVE POWER, INC.  
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(Thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
             
             
             
    Three
Months Ended
   
Year Ended
 
    Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,  
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
             
                                 
Product revenue   $ 11,497     $ 14,760     $ 62,031     $ 62,650  
Service and other revenue     3,750       3,570       14,284       12,832  
    Total revenue     15,247       18,330       76,315       75,482  
                                 
Cost of product revenue     6,902       12,039       42,510       47,664  
Cost of service and other revenue     2,325       2,580       9,091       9,917  
    Total cost of goods sold     9,227       14,619       51,601       57,581  
                                 
Gross profit     6,020       3,711       24,714       17,901  
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
  Research and development     1,395       1,460       5,440       4,739  
  Selling and marketing     3,248       3,415       14,139       13,812  
  General & administrative     1,686       2,147       6,861       6,230  
    Total operating expenses     6,329       7,022       26,440       24,781  
Operating Income/(loss)     (309 )     (3,311 )     (1,726 )     (6,880 )
                                 
Interest expense, net     (81 )     (76 )     (327 )     (225 )
                                 
Other income (expense), net     (28 )     45       131       11  
Net Loss   $ (418 )   $ (3,342 )   $ (1,922 )   $ (7,094 )
                                 
Basic & diluted Net Loss per share   $ (0.02 )   $ (0.21 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.44 )
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding basic & diluted     19,134       16,065       18,584       16,017  
                                 
   
ACTIVE POWER, INC.  
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS  
(In thousands)  
             
             
    December 31
2012
    December 31
2011
 
Assets   (unaudited)        
                 
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 13,180     $ 10,357  
  Restricted cash     -       389  
  Accounts receivable, net     18,206       11,163  
  Inventories     11,079       9,439  
  Prepaid expenses and other     567       414  
    Total current assets     43,032       31,762  
Property and equipment, net     2,458       2,861  
Deposits and other     309       404  
    Total assets   $ 45,799     $ 35,027  
                 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity                
                 
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 4,036     $ 4,757  
  Accrued expenses     4,948       5,351  
  Deferred revenue     4,568       2,366  
  Revolving line of credit     5,535       5,535  
    Total current liabilities     19,087       18,009  
                 
Long-term liabilities     713       726  
Stockholders' equity:                
  Common stock- $.01 par value; 30,000 shares authorized; 19,171 and 16,116 shares issued and 19,125 and 16,088 shares outstanding     19       16  
  Treasury stock     (144 )     (115 )
  Additional paid-in capital     288,619       277,087  
  Accumulated deficit     (262,817 )     (260,895 )
  Other accumulated comprehensive income     322       199  
    Total stockholders' equity     25,999       16,292  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 45,799     $ 35,027  
                 
                 
                 
ACTIVE POWER, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
 
 
 
Revenue by Product   3 Months Ended   Year Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
         
    2012   % of total   2011   % of total   2012   % of total   2011   % of total
UPS   $ 6,811   44%   $ 5,630   31%   $ 35,366   46%   $ 26,388   35%
MIS   $ 4,686   31%   $ 9,132   50%   $ 26,665   35%   $ 36,259   48%
  Total Product Revenue   $ 11,497   75%   $ 14,762   81%   $ 62,031   81%   $ 62,647   83%
Service   $ 3,750   25%   $ 3,568   19%   $ 14,284   19%   $ 12,835   17%
  Total Revenue   $ 15,247   100%   $ 18,330   100%   $ 76,315   100%   $ 75,482   100%
                                         
Revenue by Geography                                        
                                         
Americas   $ 11,632   76%   $ 11,918   65%   $ 48,190   63%   $ 48,653   65%
Asia   $ 1,277   8%   $ 2,215   12%   $ 6,208   8%   $ 7,769   10%
Europe   $ 2,338   16%   $ 4,197   23%   $ 21,917   29%   $ 19,060   25%
  Total Revenue   $ 15,247   100%   $ 18,330   100%   $ 76,315   100%   $ 75,482   100%
                                         
   
   
Adjusted EBITDA  
(Thousands)  
   
    Three              
    Months Ended     Year Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Net Loss   $ (418 )   $ (3,342 )   $ (1,922 )   $ (7,094 )
  Interest Expense     81       76       327       225  
  Depreciation Expense     327       290       1,282       1,383  
  Stock Based Compensation     279       557       1,410       1,706  
  Impairment of Long-Lived Assets     218       8       218       8  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 487     $ (2,411 )   $ 1,315     $ (3,772 )
                                 

About Presentation of Adjusted EBITDA
Beginning with the reporting of results for the fourth quarter of 2012, the company began to report the measures of adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (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 is 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.

SOURCE: Active Power, Inc.