SOURCE: EnSync Energy Systems

EnSync Energy Systems

September 28, 2015 16:01 ET

EnSync Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - Sep 28, 2015) - EnSync, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, a leading developer of innovative energy management systems for the utility, commercial, industrial and multi-tenant building markets, today announced their fourth quarter and full year 2015 results. 

Fourth Quarter Highlights

The Company's major accomplishments during and subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 included:

  • Announced the name change from ZBB Energy Corporation to EnSync, Inc., dba EnSync Energy Systems. This new name represents a vision to enable the future of energy networks, synchronizing utility, and distributed generation and storage assets.
  • The Company and Solar Power, Inc. (OTCBB: SOPW) announced and subsequently closed a global strategic partnership with an initial supply agreement valued between $80 million and $120 million. The historic solar energy and energy storage partnership includes a $33.4 million initial equity investment and targets SPI's phenomenal growth as a PV Distributed Generation systems provider.
  • Closed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) contract with the University of the Nations on the Island of Hawaii. The PPA includes ~400kW of photovoltaic panels, Agile Hybrid batteries, and a Matrix Energy Management System. It is estimated that the University will save more than $2.0 million of electricity over the lifetime of the PPA.
  • Created Holu Energy, in Honolulu, Hawaii, an 85% owned subsidiary of EnSync. Holu Energy is a distributed generation project development company, whose purpose is to secure systems and Power Purchase Agreement projects in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. 
  • Signed a contract and received a down payment for a distributed energy generation system at Cayman Technology Centre, a 38,000 square foot office and retail complex in George Town, Grand Cayman. The system consists of an EnSync 500kWh hybrid energy storage system, an EnSync energy management system, a 380kW PV installation and an 800kW diesel generator. The system is designed to take the property completely off of the utility grid.
  • Introduced the Matrix Energy Management System, EnSync's breakthrough technology that revolutionizes energy management for behind the meter environments in Commercial, Industrial and Multi-tenant building applications. Matrix utilizes EnSync's patented "Auto-Sync" DC-Bus Modular Control, that actively (vs. reactively) enables simultaneous operation of multiple AC and DC inputs and outputs without the need for a central controller. The plug and play design is the most flexible, efficient and economical way to customize application solutions for a distributed generation system in a commercial or industrial building. The Matrix can ensure that the most efficient and least cost electrons are utilized at any given moment. Furthermore, it provides a building asset owner the security of a future proof solution through new revenue streams in a simple and cost effective approach.
  • Introduced the Agile Hybrid Series, the first commercial scale energy storage system incorporating multiple storage technologies into the same "bus". This is critical because no battery technology is economical for the entire spectrum of "power" and "energy" applications. The only solution to this applications challenge in the C&I segment is battery technology hybridization.
  • Developed a novel method for controlling hybrid storage systems without complex algorithms or a central controller. This intellectual property greatly simplifies the highly complex task of routing power and energy applications to the correct storage battery technology within a C&I or microgrid system. 
  • Received the first connection permit for installation of a Distributed Generation system incorporating energy storage and PV behind the meter in the State of Hawaii.
  • Commissioned an aqueous storage system for off-grid agricultural irrigation on the Island of Oahu.
  • Secured order with OATI for the Matrix Energy Management and Agile Hybrid Energy Storage systems. These systems, introduced just a few months ago, will be incorporated into the Microgrid South Campus of Open Access Technology International (OATI) in Bloomington, Minnesota, which will integrate new strategies for utilities to further optimize their power supply management efforts through reduced operational challenges and costs.
  • The Company achieved the latest payment milestone under the Lotte Chemical utility-scale storage module project for the development and commercialization of a utility-scale flow battery module. The most recent milestone payment was based upon product design approval, which is now completed, and drives the start of procurement to build the 500kWh battery. The successful completion results in a 25% payment against the total contract value.

Financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2015 as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2014 included:

  • Total revenue decreased to $313,178 as compared to $1,248,711.
  • Total costs and expenses decreased to $3,844,764 from $5,333,115.
  • Loss from operations was $3,531,586 compared to a loss of $4,084,404.
  • Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $3,498,657 compared to a loss of $4,176,221.
  • Loss per share was ($0.09) compared to ($0.16).

Financial results for the twelve months ended June 30, 2015 as compared to the full year ended June 30, 2014 included:

  • Total revenue decreased to $1,763,510 as compared to $7,851,607.
  • Total costs and expenses decreased to $15,320,685 from $16,648,862.
  • Loss from operations was $13,557,175 compared to a loss of $8,797,255.
  • Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $13,152,164 compared to a loss of $9,077,427.
  • Loss per share was ($0.36) compared to ($0.46).
  • Current backlog for components, systems and engineering services is approximately $2.9 million. Additionally, the Company has a current backlog of PPA contracts acquired at a value of approximately $6.7 million that are expected to be sold with a margin following commissioning.

Financial Position

The Company ended the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 with total assets of $20.6 million, including $10.8 million in cash and $113,000 in accounts receivable. This cash position does not include the $33.4 million cash investment that was received from SPI in July. The cash will be utilized to finance product development and working capital, including several power purchase agreement projects. Current cash on hand is approximately $35.9 million. 

"This quarter, the main take away for investors are the significant product development achievements and the start of executing our strategic plan to accelerate revenue," said Brad Hansen, CEO and President of EnSync. "The closing of the SPI partnership brings the ability to leverage SPI's footprint to expand penetration globally, including countries like Germany, Australia and Japan. But more importantly, the SPI partnership brings EnSync additional capital and the ability to produce new revenues and new revenue streams. The new revenues will come from the execution of the 40 MW supply agreement with SPI. The new revenue streams will materialize through the sale of comprehensive energy systems that include the new EnSync products, some listed above, in combination with various sources of distributed generation. The $6.7 million in solar/storage PPA backlog mentioned earlier is a promising start to these new revenue streams."

"Changing the company name was vital to the execution of our strategic plan," Mr. Hansen continued. "We have evolved from being a pure-play battery company into a distributed energy generation systems and services company, whose mission is to revolutionize the generation and distribution of electricity."

Conference call - Today, September 28, 2015 - 4:30 p.m. EDT (3:30 p.m. CDT)

Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m. EDT (3:30 p.m. CDT)
Domestic participant dial in #: 888-661-5138
Participant passcode #: 723718

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. A replay of the call will be available later on the same day via the investor relations section of the company's web site at until November 28, 2015.

Domestic replay #: 888-203-1112
Replay passcode #: 723718

About EnSync Energy Systems

EnSync, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, is enabling the future of electricity with advanced energy management systems critical to a global economy becoming increasingly reliant upon the expansion of renewable energy. Whether part of the grid power transmission and distribution network, or behind the meter in commercial, industrial and multi-tenant buildings, EnSync technology brings differentiated power control and energy storage solutions to electricity-challenged environments. Our technologies also serve as the system level intelligence in microgrid applications, by seamlessly integrating multiple generation and storage assets to deliver power in remote and community level environments not served by the grid, or areas electing to use the grid secondary to microgrid assets. In 2015, EnSync incorporated power purchase agreements (PPA's) into its portfolio of offerings, enabling electricity savings for customers and providing a stable financial yield for investors. EnSync is a global corporation, with a joint venture in AnHui, China at Meineng Energy, as well as a strategic partnership with Lotte Chemical in South Korea. For more information, visit:

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EnSync, Inc.  
Consolidated Statements of Operations  
    Three months ended June 30,     Year ended June 30,  
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
  Product sales   $ 41,000     $ 873,711     $ 992,162     $ 3,526,607  
  Engineering and development     272,178       375,000       771,348       1,325,000  
  License     -       -       -       3,000,000  
    Total Revenues     313,178       1,248,711       1,763,510       7,851,607  
Costs and Expenses                                
  Cost of product sales     58,774       1,196,785       841,928       2,895,547  
  Cost of engineering and development     64,904       96,906       267,127       206,102  
  Advanced engineering and development     1,996,130       1,844,635       6,420,191       5,244,953  
  Selling, general, and administrative     1,555,866       2,038,617       7,146,649       7,259,683  
  Depreciation and amortization     169,090       156,172       644,790       1,042,577  
    Total Costs and Expenses     3,844,764       5,333,115       15,320,685       16,648,862  
Loss from Operations     (3,531,586 )     (4,084,404 )     (13,557,175 )     (8,797,255 )
Other Income (Expense)                                
  Equity in loss of investee company     22,583       (353,972 )     (495,119 )     (657,882 )
  Gain on investment in investee company     -       -       1,257,407       -  
  Interest income     6,318       2,691       25,108       5,635  
  Interest expense     (48,962 )     (22,437 )     (128,009 )     (147,105 )
  Other income (expense)     (3,261 )     -       (277 )     896  
    Total Other Income (Expense)     (23,322 )     (373,718 )     659,110       (798,456 )
Loss before benefit for Income Taxes     (3,554,908 )     (4,458,122 )     (12,898,065 )     (9,595,711 )
Benefit for Income Taxes     (86,455 )     4,437       (86,455 )     (82,411 )
  Net loss     (3,468,453 )     (4,462,559 )     (12,811,610 )     (9,513,300 )
  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest     44,451       353,972       407,672       657,882  
  Gain attributable to noncontrolling interest     -       -       (481,870 )     -  
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to EnSync, Inc.     (3,424,002 )     (4,108,587 )     (12,885,808 )     (8,855,418 )
Preferred Stock Dividend     (74,655 )     (67,634 )     (266,356 )     (222,009 )
Net Loss Attributable to Common Shareholders   $ (3,498,657 )   $ (4,176,221 )   $ (13,152,164 )   $ (9,077,427 )
Net Loss per share                                
  Basic and diluted   $ (0.09 )   $ (0.16 )   $ (0.36 )   $ (0.46 )
Weighted average shares-basic and diluted     39,073,084       25,341,195       36,944,116       19,853,579  
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.  
EnSync, Inc.  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
    June 30, 2015     June 30, 2014  
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 10,757,461     $ 10,360,721  
  Restricted cash on deposit     60,193       69,901  
  Accounts receivable, net     113,093       1,051,024  
  Inventories, net     1,198,117       1,352,970  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     441,537       295,814  
  Deferred financing costs     545,825       -  
  Refundable income tax credit     -       91,191  
  Note receivable     159,107       -  
    Total current assets     13,275,333       13,221,621  
Long-term assets:                
  Property, plant and equipment, net     4,164,912       4,382,203  
  Investment in investee company     2,408,528       1,646,240  
  Goodwill     803,079       803,079  
    Total assets   $ 20,651,852     $ 20,053,143  
Liabilities and Equity                
Current liabilities:                
  Current maturities of bank loans and notes payable   $ 324,626     $ 351,142  
  Accounts payable     1,056,744       589,642  
  Accrued expenses     1,129,166       2,621,479  
  Customer deposits     1,177,155       741,145  
  Accrued compensation and benefits     235,351       195,181  
    Total current liabilities     3,923,042       4,498,589  
Long-term liabilities:                
  Bank loans and notes payable, net of current maturities     1,053,581       2,045,127  
    Total liabilities     4,976,623       6,543,716  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 13)                
  Series B redeemable convertible preferred stock ($0.01 par value, $1,000 face value) 3,000 shares authorized and issued, 2,575 shares outstanding, preference in liquidation of $5,635,866 and $5,347,994 as of June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014, respectively     26       26  
  Common stock ($0.01 par value); 150,000,000 authorized, 39,129,334 and 25,651,389 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014, respectively     1,099,608       964,828  
  Additional paid-in capital     117,104,936       102,286,450  
  Accumulated deficit     (102,674,049 )     (89,788,242 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (1,589,486 )     (1,599,875 )
    Total EnSync, Inc. equity     13,941,035       11,863,187  
  Noncontrolling interest     1,734,194       1,646,240  
    Total equity     15,675,229       13,509,427  
    Total liabilities and equity   $ 20,651,852     $ 20,053,143  
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.  
EnSync, Inc.  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
    Year ended June 30,  
    2015     2014  
Cash flows from operating activities            
Net loss   $ (12,811,610 )   $ (9,513,300 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
  Depreciation of property, plant and equipment     644,790       736,551  
  Amortization of intangible assets     -       411,073  
  Amortization of discounts and debt issuance costs on notes payable     -       14,566  
  Stock-based compensation, net     1,263,529       962,361  
  Equity in loss of investee company     495,119       657,882  
  Gain on investment in investee company     (1,257,407 )     -  
  Interest accreted on note receivable     (9,107 )     -  
  Purchase price adjustment     -       -  
Changes in assets and liabilities                
  Accounts receivable     937,931       (604,099 )
  Inventories     154,853       1,219,306  
  Prepaids and other current assets     (145,723 )     (85,838 )
  Refundable income taxes     91,191       46,037  
  Accounts payable     467,102       18,710  
  Accrued expenses     (1,473,945 )     1,872,642  
  Customer deposits     436,010       (1,453,117 )
  Accrued compensation and benefits     40,170       30,744  
Net cash used in operating activities     (11,167,097 )     (5,686,482 )
Cash flows from investing activities                
  Change in restricted cash     9,708       (9,901 )
  Expenditures for property and equipment     (427,499 )     (51,543 )
  Issuance of note receivable     (150,000 )     -  
Net cash used in investing activities     (567,791 )     (61,444 )
Cash flows from financing activities                
  Payment of deferred financing costs     (545,825 )     -  
  Repayments of bank loans and notes payable     (1,018,062 )     (929,403 )
  Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock and warrants     -       3,000,000  
  Preferred stock issuance costs     -       (96,967 )
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock     14,837,760       14,231,250  
  Common stock issuance costs     (1,148,023 )     (1,194,786 )
  Contributions of captial from noncontrolling interest     13,756       -  
Net cash provided by financing activities     12,139,606       15,010,094  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (7,978 )     1,932  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     396,740       9,264,100  
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year     10,360,721       1,096,621  
Cash and cash equivalents - end of year   $ 10,757,461     $ 10,360,721  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:                
  Cash paid for interest   $ 114,236     $ 147,106  
  Cash received from foreign income tax credit     -       133,996  
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.  

Contact Information

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