SOURCE: Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.

Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.

November 08, 2012 07:45 ET

Altair Nanotechnologies Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

RENO, NV--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2012) - Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. ("Altair") (NASDAQ: ALTI), today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Altair reported revenues of $0.4 million for the third quarter compared to $0.9 million for the same period in 2011. Deferred revenue grew to $5.3 million for the third quarter compared to $1.6 million for the same period in 2011. The gross loss was $428,000 primarily due to cost increases associated with the launch of new electric grid products.

Operating expenses were $4.0 million for the third quarter, a decrease from $5.4 million for the same period in 2011. Planned reductions of $0.5 million in research and development, sales and marketing, and general and administrative expenses were achieved. In addition, severance expenses of $0.9 million were recorded in the third quarter of 2011.

The net loss for the third quarter of 2012 was $4.7 million ($0.07 per share) compared to a net loss of $5.9 million ($0.10 per share) for the same period in 2011.

"We continue to execute on our plan to reduce costs, grow our China business, and make critical investments to advance our technology and products," stated Alexander Lee, Altair's Chief Executive Officer. "We are nearing completion on several large projects that were shipped in the third quarter, which are now being commissioned with key customers."

Recent highlights and subsequent events:

  • In July 2012, the Company shipped a 1.2 megawatt (MW) ALTI ESS to a European renewable energy company for a wind integration project.

  • In August 2012, Altair's subsidiary in China, Northern Altair Nanotechnologies Co., Ltd. ("Northern Altair") received a $1.9 million down payment from the City of Wu'an, China for its order of 50 electric buses. These buses are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2012.

  • In August 2012, the Company entered into a memorandum of understanding with a leading coal company in China regarding potential ALTI ESS projects.

  • In September 2012, the Company was granted another contract extension by INE, which allows INE to seek the required regulatory approvals.

  • In September 2012, the Company signed a memorandum of understanding with EnerDel, a manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries and systems, to collaborate on the joint marketing and sales of each other's products.

  • In October 2012, the Company entered into a contract with TSK Solar, a leading energy EPC contractor and engineering firm, to supply a 2 MW ALTI ESS Advantage system that will be installed at the San Fermin 26 MW photovoltaic solar farm in Loiza, Puerto Rico. The Company received a $343,000 down payment for the system in October.

  • In October 2012, the Company and Northern Altair entered into a series of transactions, wherein, Northern Altair set aside, as restricted cash, $2 million with the Bank of China. In return, the Bank of China loaned the Company $2 million to be used as working capital.

  • In October 2012, the Company and Northern Altair entered into two intercompany agreements, which involve the transfer and sale of lithium titanate (nLTO) manufacturing equipment and nLTO materials from the Company to Northern Altair. Under the Agreements, Northern Altair will transfer $2.86 million to the Company for the transfer of nLTO equipment and materials.

  • In October 2012, Northern Altair entered into an agreement to acquire approximately 66 acres of land within the City of Wu'an, China under terms in which the purchase price is generally offset by near term cash incentives.

  • In October 2012, the Company settled its lawsuits with JMP Securities and Charles Cheng.

  • In November 2012, the Company entered into a $2.2 million agreement for the sale of its Reno facility. The agreement is conditioned on an environmental report, and includes provisions for the Company to leaseback the facility for a 10 month period.

Altair's cash and cash equivalents decreased by $14.3 million, from $46.5 million as of December 31, 2011 to $32.2 million as of September 30, 2012. The decrease in cash was primarily due to $14.6 million of cash used in operating activities during the nine months ending September 30, 2012. The bulk of the cash used in operations went to cover our net loss of $14.4 million, offset by $1.0 million in proceeds from a short-term note payable used toward the $4.7 million increase in work-in-process inventory required for the fulfillment of customer orders.

Third Quarter 2012 Conference Call
Altair will hold a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2012 results on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Shareholders and members of the investment community are invited to participate in the conference call. The dial-in number for both U.S. and international callers is +1 678-224-7719. Please dial in to the conference five minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. Ask the operator for the Altair Nanotechnologies call.

Post call, a phone-based audio replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, November 8, 2012 until Midnight EST, November 15, 2012. It can be accessed by dialing +1 404-537-3406 and entering the conference number 64897021. Additionally, the conference call and replay will be available online, and can be accessed by visiting Altair's web site,

About Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.
Altair is a leading provider of high-power, energy storage systems for the electric grid, industrial equipment and transportation markets. The company's lithium titanate technology is built on a proprietary nano-scale processing technology that creates high-power, rapid-charging battery systems with industry-leading performance and cycle life. Altair is headquartered in Reno, Nevada and maintains operations in Anderson, Indiana; Zhuhai, China; and Wu'an, China. For additional information, please visit:

Forward-Looking Statements
This report may contain forward-looking statements as well as historical information. Forward-looking statements, which are included in accordance with the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, may involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Altair's actual results and performance in future periods to be materially different from any future results or performance suggested by the forward-looking statements in this report. These risks include the risk that the government entities with which the Company has contracted will be unable to fulfill their commitment due to legal limitations, including certain procedures required in connection with land use grants and major product purchases; that the government entities will not fulfill their commitments for political or other discretionary reasons, in which case the Company will have no, or limited, remedies; that the Company will run into regulatory, finance or other obstacles as it attempts to expand its operations into China; that the Company interest may be harmed by the absence from the Agreement of terms and conditions that are customary in contracts under U.S. law; that the Company will be unable to expand capacity (or contract with third parties) in order to meet the demand of product orders, particularly products like electric vehicles which the Company does not itself manufacture; that the Company will not experience expected costs savings as a result of its expansion into China and that the Company will not experience an increase in sales volume or, even if it experiences such an increase, that the Company will experience low (or negative) gross margins and not operate profitably in China. Other risks are identified in Altair's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. Altair expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements found herein to reflect any changes in Altair expectations or results or any change in events.

(Expressed in thousands of United States Dollars, except shares)  
    September 30,     December 31,  
    2012     2011  
Current assets                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 32,213     $ 46,519  
  Restricted cash     293          
  Accounts receivable, net     949       333  
  Product inventories, net     8,648       7,220  
  Prepaid expenses and other assets     4,227       2,240  
  Other assets, related party     1,700          
    Total current assets     48,030       56,312  
Property, plant and equipment, net     6,117       6,870  
Patents, net     293       350  
Total Assets   $ 54,440     $ 63,532  
Current Liabilities                
  Trade accounts payable   $ 6,717     $ 5,870  
  Accrued salaries and benefits     852       1,132  
  Accrued warranty     397       354  
  Accrued liabilities     445       421  
  Deferred revenues     5,326       1,616  
  Warrant liabilities     742       654  
  Note payable, current     1,000          
  Capital lease obligation     16       12  
    Total current liabilities     15,495       10,059  
Total Liabilities     15,495       10,059  
Stockholders' equity                
  Common stock, no par value, unlimited shares authorized; 69,537,911 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011     245,617       245,617  
  Additional paid in capital     12,349       12,279  
  Accumulated deficit     (218,828 )     (204,423 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (193 )        
    Total stockholders' equity     38,945       53,473  
      Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 54,440     $ 63,532  
(Expressed in thousands of United States Dollars, except shares and per share amounts)  
    Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,  
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
  Product sales   $ 296     $ 795     $ 869     $ 3,335  
  License fees     60       60       180       180  
  Commercial collaborations     4               22       80  
  Contracts and grants                             287  
    Total revenues     360       855       1,071       3,882  
Cost of goods sold                                
  Product     773       559       1,792       3,484  
  Commercial collaborations             (124 )             73  
  Contracts and grants                             296  
  Warranty and inventory reserves     15       97       490       155  
    Total cost of goods sold     788       532       2,282       4,008  
Gross (loss) profit     (428 )     323       (1,211 )     (126 )
Operating expenses                                
  Research and development     1,423       1,594       5,046       4,933  
  Sales and marketing     499       834       2,344       2,798  
  General and administrative     1,836       2,730       5,010       6,107  
  Depreciation and amortization     252       259       771       1,013  
  Loss on disposal of assets             2               18  
    Total operating expenses     4,010       5,419       13,171       14,869  
Loss from operations     (4,438 )     (5,096 )     (14,382 )     (14,995 )
Other (expense) income                                
  Interest income (expense), net     37       (97 )     67       (155 )
  Change in market value of warrants     (267 )     (676 )     (88 )     346  
    Total other (expense) income, net     (232 )     (777 )     (23 )     186  
Net loss   $ (4,671 )   $ (5,873 )   $ (14,405 )   $ (14,809 )
Loss per common share - basic and diluted   $ (0.07 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.21 )   $ (0.38 )
Weighted average shares - basic and diluted     69,537,911       60,222,433       69,537,911       39,286,178  

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