Hydrogenics Corporation
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Hydrogenics Corporation

August 04, 2005 07:00 ET

Hydrogenics Reports Second Quarter 2005 Results

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 4, 2005) -

Revenues of $6.3 million and sequential reduction in quarterly cash operating costs of $2.6 million or 26%

Hydrogenics Corporation (TSX:HYG)(NASDAQ:HYGS) is reporting second quarter and six month unaudited results. Results are reported in U.S. dollars and are prepared in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles.

"Six month revenues surpassed full year revenues for 2004, due in large part to record revenues set last quarter," comments Pierre Rivard, President and CEO. "Although our revenues decreased from last quarter owing to uneven shipping dates from quarter to quarter, we are averaging well and our backlog remains strong. New and pending orders are tracking with our geographic and product strategies, a sign, we believe, that the combined business portfolio gained through our Stuart Energy acquisition is bearing fruit."

"We believe that the increase in revenues, combined with synergies derived from the Stuart Energy acquisition, will accelerate our path to profitability," continues Rivard. "All in all, we believe we are delivering on the commitment we made at the beginning of the year to achieve renewed financial performance for our shareholders by applying discipline and sound business fundamentals."

Results for the second quarter of 2005 compared to the second quarter of 2004

Revenues were $6.3 million, a 76% increase from $3.6 million, supported by our acquisition of Stuart Energy. Gross profit expressed as a percentage of revenues was 17.1% (29.8% in 2004) and reflects a heavier weighting of hydrogen generation products. Cash operating costs, a non-GAAP measure, defined as selling, general and administrative and research and product development expenses, exclusive of integration and severance costs were $7.0 million, a 14% increase from $6.2 million in 2004 and reflecting the incremental costs associated with Stuart Energy's operations. Net loss was $9.5 million, an increase of 12% from $8.5 million in 2004.

Results for the second quarter of 2005 compared to the first quarter of 2005

Revenues were $6.3 million, a 44% decrease primarily due to timing of deliveries. Gross profit expressed as a percentage of revenues was 17.1%, an increase of 8.1% due to the absence of $1.3 million of work in progress adjustments recognized in the first quarter of 2005. Cash operating costs were $7.0 million, a decrease 26%, or $2.4 million, resulting from the implementation of our integration plan. Net loss was $9.5 million, a decrease of 15%, or $1.7 million, primarily as a result of lower cash operating costs.

Results for the six month period ended June 30, 2005 compared to the six month period ended June 30, 2004

Revenues were $17.6 million, a 130% increase primarily due to the acquisition of Stuart Energy in the first quarter of 2005. Gross profit, expressed as a percentage of revenues, was 11.9%, a decrease of 17.9% due to a $1.3 million increase in work-in-progress related to the acquisition of Stuart Energy, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and a higher percentage of hydrogen generation revenues, which historically have generated lower gross margins. Cash operating costs were $16.4 million, a $4.8 million or 41% increase. Net loss was $20.7 million, a $4.8 million or 30% increase from $15.9 million, primarily as a result of lower gross margins and higher cash operating costs.

We had $97.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments as at June 30, 2005. The $8.1 million sequential quarterly decrease in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments is attributable to:

- our loss before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and integration costs of $6.2 million;

- integration costs of $0.3 million;

- net changes in non-cash working capital of $1.5 million; and

- capital expenditures of $0.1 million.



Order backlog

Our order backlog as at June 30, 2005 was $19.1 million as follows:

Q1 Orders Product/Service Q2
Backlog Received Delivered Backlog
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Generation $ 11.0 $ 3.0 $ 1.7 $ 12.3
Power 2.6 - 1.1 1.5
Test 4.9 3.9 3.5 5.3
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Total $ 18.5 $ 6.9 $ 6.3 $ 19.1
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We expect to substantially deliver this order backlog in 2005.


Second Quarter Highlights

Progress on markets:

- In April, we announced a major three-year project to lead a consortium of partners in the deployment of a Wind-Hydrogen Village project on Prince Edward Island, Canada, to demonstrate the central role that hydrogen and fuel cells are anticipated to play in future integrated energy systems based on the increased use of clean renewable energy sources.

- In April, we completed the development and integration of a fuel cell hybrid bus for demonstration to the State of North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany. Profiled at the 2005 Hannover Fair, this 'midi' bus platform is particularly suited for shuttle bus uses and other applications requiring a smaller scale bus, such as in constricted European downtown cores where emission regulations are becoming more prevalent. Certification for street use in Germany is nearing completion, which is an important step towards commercialization.

- In May, we secured a follow-on order from John Deere for two HyPM power modules to deploy into next generation fuel cell Gator vehicles. A total of four fuel cell-powered Gators are now being deployed into the hands of market end-users.

- In June, American Power Conversions (APC) (NASDAQ:APCC), a leading provider of backup power systems for critical data networks with over 15 million customers worldwide, launched their InfraStruXure™ with Integrated Fuel Cells System product to meet customer needs for extended backup run-time. We have now delivered five of the initial 25 units ordered by APC and anticipate the majority of this order will be delivered in 2005.

- During the quarter, we carried out diagnostic tests and analysis following our successful fuel cell-powered forklift pilot demonstration at GM's car assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, and are implementing the second phase of this fuel cell-powered forklift deployment with Fedex Canada.

Progress on products and technology:

- In June, we launched our HyPM XR10 rack-mountable fuel cell power module for backup power applications in parallel with APC's product launch at a major industry conference in New Orleans.

- Following our acquisition of Stuart Energy, we continue to streamline and harmonize our technology roadmap, making significant improvements in product capabilities and achieving important milestones to reduce product costs.

Progress on corporate matters:

- In connection with the integration of Stuart Energy, we reduced our cash operating costs by $2.6 million on a sequential quarterly basis and have now achieved annualized cost savings in the order of $10.0 million.

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

We will hold a conference call to review our results on August 4, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. (EDT). To participate in this conference call, please dial 416-695-9753 approximately ten minutes before the call. Alternatively, a live webcast of our conference call will be available on our website at www.hydrogenics.com. Please visit our website at least ten minutes early to register and download any necessary software. Should you be unable to participate, a replay will also be available on our website.

ABOUT HYDROGENICS

Hydrogenics Corporation (www.hydrogenics.com) is a leading global developer of clean energy solutions, advancing the Hydrogen Economy by commercializing hydrogen and fuel cell products. The company has a portfolio of products and capabilities serving the hydrogen and energy markets of today and tomorrow. Hydrogenics, based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has operations in North America, Europe and Asia.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Law of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and actual results may differ from these forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including changes in the competitive environment adversely affecting the products, markets, revenues or margins of Hydrogenics' business. Readers should not place undue reliance on Hydrogenics' forward-looking statements. Investors are encouraged to review the section captioned "Risk Factors" in Hydrogenics' regulatory filings with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of factors that could affect Hydrogenics' future performance. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this release, and Hydrogenics undertakes no obligations to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.



Hydrogenics Corporation
Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
(unaudited)
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June 30 December 31
2005 2004
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Assets

Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 54,647 $ 26,209
Short-term investments 43,096 62,853
Accounts receivable 6,562 5,223
Grants receivable 3,131 2,437
Inventories 10,935 4,324
Prepaid expenses 2,227 1,400
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120,598 102,446

Deferred charges - 1,030
Property, plant and equipment 7,217 5,286
Intangible assets 38,169 3,878
Goodwill 69,049 5,113
Other non-current assets 28 108
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$ 235,061 $ 117,861
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Liabilities

Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 19,098 $ 6,421
Unearned revenue 4,207 1,537
Income taxes payable 263 214
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23,568 8,172

Long-term debt 350 302
Deferred research and development grants 157 174
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24,075 8,648
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Shareholders' Equity
Share capital and other equity 318,309 194,159
Deficit (101,621) (80,900)
Foreign currency translation adjustments (5,702) (4,046)
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210,986 109,213
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$ 235,061 $ 117,861
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Hydrogenics Corporation
Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations and Deficit
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except for share and
per share amounts)
(unaudited)
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Three months ended Six months ended
June 30 June 30
2005 2004 2005 2004
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Revenues $ 6,293 $ 3,578 $ 17,597 $ 7,653

Cost of revenues 5,215 2,546 15,497 5,371
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1,078 1,032 2,100 2,282
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Operating expenses
Selling, general and
administrative 5,312 3,313 11,493 6,525
Stock-based compensation
expense 563 338 1,059 626
Research and product
development 1,698 2,857 4,951 5,168
Depreciation of property,
plant and equipment 362 639 736 1,163
Amortization of
intangible assets 2,065 2,128 4,203 4,256
Integration costs 313 - 1,037 -
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10,313 9,275 23,479 17,738
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Loss from operations (9,235) (8,243) (21,379) (15,456)
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Other income (expenses)
Provincial capital tax (86) (43) (132) (87)
Interest 496 179 1,166 344
Foreign currency losses (663) (333) (328) (665)
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(253) (197) 706 (408)
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Loss before income taxes (9,488) (8,440) (20,673) (15,864)
Current income tax
expense 11 41 48 68
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Net loss for the period (9,499) (8,481) (20,721) (15,932)

Deficit - Beginning
of period (92,122) (54,812) (80,900) (47,361)
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Deficit - End
of period $ (101,621) $ (63,293) $ (101,621) $ (63,293)
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Net loss per share
Basic and diluted $ (0.10) $ (0.13) $ (0.23) $ (0.26)

Shares used in
calculating basic and
diluted net loss
per share 91,675,121 64,579,284 90,766,791 62,459,534



Hydrogenics Corporation
Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
(unaudited)
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Three months ended Six months ended
June 30 June 30
2005 2004 2005 2004
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Cash and cash equivalents
provided by (used in)
Operating activities
Net loss for the period $ (9,499) $ (8,481) $ (20,721) $ (15,932)
Items not affecting cash
Depreciation of
property, plant and
equipment 436 639 1,032 1,163
Amortization of
intangible assets 2,065 2,128 4,203 4,256
Unrealized foreign
exchange (gains)
losses (141) 34 (11) (104)
Imputed interest on
long-term debt 8 14 16 34
Non-cash consulting
fees 18 16 37 33
Stock-based
compensation 563 338 1,059 626
Net change in non-cash
working capital (1,467) (2,190) (2,959) 776
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(8,017) (7,502) (17,344) (9,148)
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Investing activities
Decrease (increase) in
short-term investments 49,687 8,558 46,375 (50,417)
Purchase of property,
plant and equipment (59) (1,139) (298) (2,105)
Business acquisitions,
net of cash acquired - - (343) -
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49,628 7,419 45,734 (52,522)
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Financing activities
Repayment of long-term
debt (54) (143) (81) (198)
Deferred research and
development grant (9) - (17) -
Common shares issued,
net of issuance costs 11 (327) 146 60,368
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(52) (470) 48 60,170
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Increase (increase) in
cash and cash
equivalents
during the period 41,559 (553) 28,438 (1,499)

Effect of exchange rate
changes on cash - - (1)
Cash and cash
equivalents
- Beginning of period 13,088 1,017 26,209 1,964
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Cash and cash
equivalents
- End of period $ 54,647 $ 464 $ 54,647 $ 464
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Supplemental disclosure
Interest paid $ 24 $ 24 $ 30 $ 33
Income taxes paid 10 44 66 156


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