SOURCE: ZBB Energy Corporation

ZBB Energy Corporation

September 27, 2013 12:25 ET

ZBB Energy Corporation Reports Fiscal Year 2013 Net Loss Decrease of $1.8 Million

Commercial Product Sales in Fiscal 2013 More Than Tripled From Prior Year

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - Sep 27, 2013) -  ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB), a leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms and hybrid vehicle control systems, today announced its financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

On September 27, 2013 the Company closed a preferred stock and warrant financing transaction for gross proceeds of $3.0 million. The net proceeds from the transactions will be used to meet the Company's working capital needs and for general corporate purposes while the Company works toward finalizing strategic relationships with large, multi-national partners.

Financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 as compared to the year ended June 30, 2012 were:

  • Product sales increased 224% to $7,305,516 from $2,252,412.
  • Product sales gross profit increased to $1,030,239 compared to $184,704 in the prior year.
  • Total revenues, including engineering and development revenue, increased 61% to $7,723,699 from $4,805,568.
  • Net loss decreased to $11,878,915 compared to $13,710,226. The decrease in net loss is due primarily to the increase in commercial gross profit, reduction in engineering and development costs and lower interest expense.
  • Loss per share declined to ($0.15) from ($0.37).

Financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2013 as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2012 included:

  • Product sales increased 9.1% to $933,180 from $855,459.
  • Product sales gross profit of $177,263 compared to a loss of $115,268 in the prior year quarter.
  • Total revenues, including engineering and development revenue, decreased 4.5% to $1,033,180 from $1,081,499.
  • Net loss decreased to $3,088,356 compared to $5,831,581. The decrease in net loss is due primarily to the reduction in advanced engineering and development costs and lower interest expense.
  • Loss per share declined to ($0.03) from ($0.13).

Financial Position

The company's backlog is $5.0 million, unchanged compared to May 13, 2013. The Company ended fiscal 2013 with total assets of $13.1 million, including $1.1 million in cash and $446,925 in accounts receivable. Anticipated collections in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 associated with current backlog and current accounts receivable are anticipated to be approximately $2.5 million. The current rate of cash consumed by operating expenses is approximately $800,000 per month and inventory purchases to support the current backlog are approximately $200,000 per month.

The Company is aggressively pursuing additional sales orders and other sources of funding, including expansion of contract engineering and development programs through strategic partners. The Company has sufficient capital to fund operations through the second quarter of fiscal year 2014.

Fourth Quarter Highlights

During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013, the Company's major accomplishments included:

  • Secured bank financing of $1,140,000 guaranteed by The Export-Import Bank of the United States to finance export of ZBB Energy's power control and storage systems.
  • Received Australian research tax refund credit of $192,000.
  • Participated as a panel expert on energy storage at the AGRION Energy Storage Economics 2.0 for New York City and Beyond event in New York, NY.
  • Shipped the 40 unit Beachcomber unit for commissioning this fall on the island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia. See their video here.
  • Shipped the previously announced order from BPC Engineering (Moscow, Russia) for a complete ZBB EnerSystem, consisting of a ZBB EnerStore® flow battery and ZBB EnerSection® power and control center.
  • Received two follow-on orders from Lotte Chemical in South Korea, for a ZBB EnerSystem consisting of five ZBB EnerStore flow batteries, totaling 250 kWh, and a ZBB EnerSection power and control center that connects the flow batteries and PV solar arrays to the AC grid via a 125 kW grid-tie inverter. In addition, Lotte has placed an order for three (3) EnerStore modules in unassembled kit form that will be used to conduct assembly training.
  • Closed a prototype development order for a large utility. The prototype development includes two units that provide power conditioning and voltage control on distribution feeders. Follow-on orders are expected after successful utility testing of the prototypes.
  • Closed a military related order for 15 custom developed converters. Follow-on orders are somewhat dependent on military funding.
  • Successfully commissioned a "first-in-world" multi-generation source ZBB EnerSystem that provides uninterrupted power to DC voltage lighting loads, rack power to servers and other miscellaneous loads at VISA's flagship data center.
  • Commissioned a "first-ever" ZBB EnerSection with lead acid batteries in a utility-owned demonstration facility with onsite polar PV and wind turbine generation.
  • Announced two distinct technology initiatives to enhance the performance of the cell stacks utilized in the current ZBB EnerStore 50kWh project, and to develop a low cost 500 kWh flow battery system that leverages these performance gains.

Subsequent to the end of the fiscal year, the company's joint venture partner Meineng Energy completed the third-party compliance validation of the ZBB EnerStore battery as meeting the requirements of Standard GBZ2.1-2007 of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for use in the People's Republic of China.

"While we continue to see positive developments that will drive the long-term storage market, our order flow and revenue recognition have been uneven over the past year and we expect this unevenness to continue for the near future," said Eric C. Apfelbach, President and CEO. "Our funnel includes some large orders that could provide a substantial uptick to our FY 2014 results. However, closing these orders depends in part on DOD sequester relief, policy changes in utility regulations and increased adoption of our ZBB EnerSystem into smart building applications and remote island applications. We believe the best strategy to accelerate our growth near-term is through strategic partnerships that offer ZBB improved balance sheet strength, supply chain cost reductions and leveraging global sales channels. Success in these strategic partnerships, I believe, will accelerate the initiatives needed for ZBB to achieve cash flow breakeven and profitability."

Conference call - September 30, 2013 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (3:30 p.m. CDT)

Earlier this morning, the Company's financial printer inadvertently issued our Form 10-K without approval or authorization. As previously announced, the Company will hold a conference call on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time) to discuss results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. To participate in the call, please dial 1-888-455-2311 for domestic callers and-1-719-325-2309 for international callers. The participant passcode is 9827907.

The call will be available for replay at 1-888-203-1112 for domestic callers, and 1-719-457-0820, for international callers. The replay passcode is 9827907. The conference call will also be available for replay via the investor relations section of the Company's website at until December 31, 2013.

Consolidated Statements of Operations  
    Three months ended June 30,     Year ended June 30,  
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
  Product sales   $ 933,180     $ 855,459     $ 7,305,516     $ 2,252,412  
  Engineering and development     100,000       226,040       418,183       2,553,156  
    Total Revenues     1,033,180       1,081,499       7,723,699       4,805,568  
Costs and Expenses                                
  Cost of product sales     755,917       971,087       6,275,277       2,067,708  
  Cost of engineering and development     46,579       52,051       153,762       1,050,572  
  Advanced engineering and development     1,437,732       2,182,517       5,266,418       6,141,903  
  Selling, general, and administrative     1,504,480       1,779,793       6,235,508       6,325,520  
  Depreciation and amortization     369,530       539,339       1,392,033       1,675,161  
    Total Costs and Expenses     4,114,238       5,524,787       19,322,998       17,260,864  
Loss from Operations     (3,081,058 )     (4,443,288 )     (11,599,299 )     (12,455,296 )
Other Income (Expense)                                
  Equity in loss of investee company     (128,213 )     (138,206 )     (779,768 )     (197,618 )
  Interest income     1,000       806       2,896       13,616  
  Interest expense     (52,336 )     (1,364,166 )     (186,375 )     (1,539,160 )
  Other income (expense)     -       -       (45,000 )     4,263  
    Total Other Income (Expense)     (179,549 )     (1,501,566 )     (1,008,247 )     (1,718,899 )
Loss before provision (benefit) for Income Taxes     (3,260,607 )     (5,944,854 )     (12,607,546 )     (14,174,195 )
Provision (benefit) for Income Taxes     (44,038 )     (33,798 )     (154,904 )     (253,255 )
  Net loss     (3,216,569 )     (5,911,056 )     (12,452,642 )     (13,920,940 )
  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest     128,213       79,475       573,727       210,714  
Net Loss Attributable to ZBB Energy Corporation   $ (3,088,356 )   $ (5,831,581 )   $ (11,878,915 )   $ (13,710,226 )
Net Loss per share                                
  Basic and diluted     (0.03 )     (0.13 )     (0.15 )     (0.37 )
Weighted average shares-basic and diluted     88,330,559       45,015,055       80,410,005       37,156,390  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
    Year ended June 30,  
    2013     2012  
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 1,096,621     $ 7,763,217  
  Restricted cash on deposit     60,000       60,000  
  Accounts receivable, net     446,925       480,563  
  Inventories     2,459,776       2,912,207  
  Prepaid and other current assets     224,542       187,448  
  Refundable income tax credit     137,228       185,545  
    Total current assets     4,425,092       11,588,980  
Long-term assets:                
  Property, plant and equipment, net     5,179,707       5,484,545  
  Investment in investee company     2,304,122       3,083,889  
  Intangible assets, net     411,073       1,143,122  
  Goodwill     803,079       803,079  
    Total assets   $ 13,123,073     $ 22,103,615  
Liabilities and Equity                
Current liabilities:                
  Bank loans and notes payable   $ 885,786     $ 1,022,826  
  Accounts payable     570,932       1,899,029  
  Accrued expenses     785,532       1,289,138  
  Customer deposits     2,194,262       1,315,309  
  Accrued compensation and benefits     164,437       335,369  
    Total current liabilities     4,600,949       5,861,671  
Long-term liabilities:                
  Bank loans and notes payable     2,395,802       2,915,134  
    Total liabilities     6,996,751       8,776,805  
  Series A preferred stock ($0.01 par value, $10,000 face value) 10,000,000 authorized and no shares issued     -       -  
  Common stock ($0.01 par value); 150,000,000 authorized, 88,538,801 and 72,977,248 shares issued and outstandingas of June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively     885,389       729,773  
  Additional paid-in capital     85,464,055       80,363,519  
  Accumulated deficit     (80,932,824 )     (69,053,909 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (1,594,418 )     (1,584,921 )
    Total ZBB Energy Corporation Equity     3,822,202       10,454,462  
  Noncontrolling interest     2,304,120       2,872,348  
    Total equity     6,126,322       13,326,810  
    Total liabilities and equity   $ 13,123,073     $ 22,103,615  
ZBB Energy Corporation  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
    Year ended June 30,  
    2013     2012  
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net loss   $ (12,452,642 )   $ (13,920,940 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
  Depreciation of property, plant and equipment     798,424       929,776  
  Amortization of intangible assets     732,049       745,385  
  Stock-based compensation     785,260       1,586,798  
  Equity in loss of investee company     779,768       197,618  
  Payment of interest with common stock     -       66,500  
  Amortization of discounts and debt issuance costs on notes payable     14,566       1,069,950  
  Non-cash expense attributed to accretion of note payable     45,000       -  
Changes in assets and liabilities                
  Accounts receivable     33,638       (308,941 )
  Inventories     96,445       (1,326,357 )
  Prepaids and other current assets     (51,660 )     (130,986 )
  Refundable income taxes     48,317       (20,905 )
  Accounts payable     (1,328,097 )     937,808  
  Accrued compensation and benefits     (170,932 )     45,373  
  Accrued expenses     (467,475 )     618,026  
  Customer deposits     878,953       (213,173 )
Net cash used in operating activities     (10,258,386 )     (9,724,068 )
Cash flows from investing activities                
  Expenditures for property and equipment     (137,601 )     (1,647,450 )
  Investment in investee company     -       (3,281,507 )
  Deposits of restricted cash     -       (60,000 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (137,601 )     (4,988,957 )
Cash flows from financing activities                
  Proceeds from issuance of notes payable     938,250       2,465,000  
  Repayments of bank loans and notes payable     (1,654,593 )     (3,243,184 )
  Notes payable issuance costs     (29,113 )     (227,693 )
  Proceeds from issuance of Series A preferred stock     -       2,197,240  
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock     4,648,499       17,138,150  
  Common stock issuance costs     (177,607 )     (1,810,598 )
  Proceeds from noncontrolling interest     5,500       3,083,062  
Net cash provided by financing activities     3,730,936       19,601,977  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (1,545 )     (36,330 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     (6,666,596 )     4,852,622  
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period     7,763,217       2,910,595  
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period   $ 1,096,621     $ 7,763,217  

About ZBB Energy Corporation

ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB) designs, develops, and manufactures advanced energy storage, power electronic systems, and engineered custom and semi-custom products targeted at the growing global need for distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, power quality, and grid modernization. ZBB and its power electronics subsidiary, Tier Electronics, LLC, have developed a portfolio of integrated power management platforms that combine advanced power and energy controls plus energy storage to optimize renewable energy sources and conventional power inputs whether connected to the grid or not. Tier Electronics participates in the energy efficiency markets through their hybrid vehicle control systems, and power quality markets with their line of regulation solutions. Together, these platforms solve a wide range of electrical system challenges in global markets for utility, governmental, commercial, industrial and residential end customers. Founded in 1986, ZBB's platforms ensure optimal efficiencies today, while offering the flexibility to adapt and scale to future requirements. ZBB's corporate offices, engineering and development, and production facilities are located in Menomonee Falls, WI, USA with a research facility also located in Perth, Western Australia. ZBB is in a joint venture with Meineng Energy, a $1 billion provider of leading-edge energy storage systems and solutions to the greater China market. For more information, visit:

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