SOURCE: ZBB Energy Corporation

ZBB Energy Corporation

February 13, 2014 16:05 ET

ZBB Energy Corporation Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Net Loss Improvement of $924,488

Backlog Increases to $8.8 Million

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - Feb 13, 2014) -  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 second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2013.

Second Quarter Highlights

During the second quarter of fiscal year 2014, the Company's major accomplishments included:

  • Signed a joint development agreement with Lotte Chemical to design and develop a 500 kWh battery and granted a non-exclusive license for Lotte to sell ZBB's zinc-bromide continuous flow battery outside of the United States and China.
  • Completed the installation of a 300 kWh ZBB EnerStore® advanced flow battery at a location in southern California to demonstrate the combined value of solar power and energy storage.
  • The NYSE MKT accepted the Company's compliance plan and granted the Company an extension until April 15, 2015 to regain compliance with the minimum stockholders' equity continued listing standards.
  • Crosspoint Kinetics (http://crosspointkinetics.com), a subsidiary of Cummins Crosspoint, announced the commercial launch of its S3000 hybrid system for buses and trucks. ZBB Energy designs and manufactures the S3000 controller, the heart of the S3000 hybrid system. 
  • Received a follow-on order for several Multiple Input Power Supplies (MIPS), a product augmentation to ZBB's EnerSection®.

"The signing of our new collaboration agreement with Lotte Chemical represents a significant achievement in the quarter. In addition to expanding our non-exclusive license to Lotte to sell our zinc-bromide flow battery outside of the United States and China, we are designing a new 500 kWh battery for Lotte, which will significantly increase energy density and system efficiency while achieving substantial cost reduction," said Eric C. Apfelbach, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our Partnership with Lotte has enabled us to stay on the leading edge of flow battery product capability and expand our global reach while minimizing the financial burden. We will continue our effort to add synergistic partners this year that would help accelerate growth." 

"We believe our global supply chain, manufacturing and market channels will give ZBB a compelling advantage as the grid storage markets ramp," continued Mr. Apfelbach. "Our strong position should also make us competitive in the upcoming multi-billion dollar bids related to the energy storage proposals being issued by utility regulators, including California, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), Province of Ontario and South Korea."

"Markets are emerging for low-cost devices capable of integrating and managing AC and/or DC inputs and outputs from multiple renewable and conventional energy sources. We see evidence that our ability to rapidly engineer power electronics that solve key customer needs is giving us opportunities for our intelligent voltage regulation and EnerSection type devices. As the need for products for smart grid and smart buildings segments accelerate, we will continue to introduce leading edge solutions."

Financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2013 as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2012 included:

  • Product sales decreased 72% to $761,456 from $2,748,007.
  • Engineering and development revenues increased from $0 to $200,000.
  • Product sales gross profit of $206,998 compared to $482,801 in the prior year quarter.
  • Net loss improved to $2,158,969 compared to $3,083,457. The decrease in net loss is due primarily to lower advanced engineering and development and general and administrative expenses.
  • Loss per share improved to ($0.13) from ($0.20).

Financial results for the six month period ending December 31, 2013 compared to the six months ended December 31, 2012:

  • Product sales decreased 58% to $1,830,578 from $4,353,145.
  • Engineering and development revenues decreased 8% to $200,000 from $218,183.
  • Product sales gross profit of $678,720 compared to $595,547 in the prior year period.
  • Net loss improved to $4,755,760 compared to $5,966,247. The decrease in net loss is due primarily to lower advanced engineering and development and general and administrative expenses.
  • Loss per share improved to ($0.27) from ($0.39).

Financial Position

The Company's backlog (including payments due under the Lotte R&D Agreement and Amended License Agreement) as of December 31, 2013 was $8.8 million. The Company ended the second quarter of fiscal 2014 with total assets of $10.9 million, including $600,502 in cash and $283,051 in accounts receivable. Anticipated collections in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 associated with current backlog and current accounts receivable are anticipated to be approximately $3.5 million. The current rate of cash consumed by operating expenses is approximately $1,000,000 per month.

The Company believes that cash and cash equivalents on hand at December 31, 2013, expected collections on the Lotte R&D Agreement and Amended License Agreement, and other potential sources of cash, will be sufficient to fund current operations through the end of fiscal year 2014. However, unexpected delays in payments could cause short-term gaps in cash for funding operations. Accordingly, the Company is actively seeking funding alternatives including conventional lines of credit, sale of property and other short-term funding sources to provide appropriate cash availability in case of unforeseen cash receipt delays.

In addition to the short-term cash funding alternatives, the Company continues to aggressively pursue additional sales orders and other sources of funding, including expansion of contract engineering and development programs through strategic partners. The Company is currently in active discussions with several parties regarding potential strategic partnership and/or license and development transactions. 

"I expect our order flow to remain very uneven in the near-term as we continue to roll out our go-to-customer strategy. Meanwhile, we will continue to work with our partners, including Cummins Crosspoint and those based in China and South Korea, to obtain additional orders and bid for additional projects. We will also continue to aggressively pursue additional strategic partner transactions with the goals of securing required funding and expanding our channel opportunities," Mr. Apfelbach concluded.

Conference call -- February 13, 2014 -- 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (3:30 p.m. CT)

The Company will hold a conference call on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (3:30 p.m. Central Time) to discuss results for its second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2013. To participate in the call, please dial 1-888-427-9411 for domestic callers and-1-719-325-2452 for international callers. The participant passcode is 6053629.

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 6053629. The conference call will also be available for replay via the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.zbbenergy.com.

   
ZBB ENERGY CORPORATION  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
   
    December 31, 2013        
    (Unaudited)     June 30, 2013  
Assets                
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 600,502     $ 1,096,621  
  Restricted cash on deposit     69,356       60,000  
  Accounts receivable, net     283,051       446,925  
  Inventories     2,125,497       2,459,776  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     154,747       224,542  
  Refundable income tax credit     52,264       137,228  
    Total current assets     3,285,417       4,425,092  
Long-term assets:                
  Property, plant and equipment, net     4,685,405       5,179,707  
  Investment in investee company     2,055,639       2,304,122  
  Intangible assets, net     42,028       411,073  
  Goodwill     803,079       803,079  
    Total assets   $ 10,871,568     $ 13,123,073  
                 
Liabilities and Equity                
Current liabilities:                
  Bank loans and notes payable   $ 990,778     $ 885,786  
  Accounts payable     732,228       570,932  
  Accrued expenses     940,358       785,532  
  Customer deposits     1,715,759       2,194,262  
  Accrued compensation and benefits     142,766       164,437  
    Total current liabilities     4,521,889       4,600,949  
Long-term liabilities:                
  Bank loans and notes payable     2,221,859       2,395,802  
    Total liabilities     6,743,748       6,996,751  
                 
Equity                
  Series B redeemable convertible preferred stock ($0.01 par value, $1,000 face value) 10,000,000 authorized, 3,000 and 0 shares issued and outstanding, preference in liquidation of $6,077,499 as of December 31, 2013     30       -  
  Common stock ($0.01 par value); 150,000,000 authorized, 17,730,216 and 17,707,341 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013 respectively     885,617       885,389  
  Additional paid-in capital     88,472,855       85,464,055  
  Accumulated deficit     (85,688,584 )     (80,932,824 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (1,597,737 )     (1,594,418 )
    Total ZBB Energy Corporation Equity     2,072,181       3,822,202  
  Noncontrolling interest     2,055,639       2,304,120  
    Total equity     4,127,820       6,126,322  
    Total liabilities and equity   $ 10,871,568     $ 13,123,073  
                     
                     
ZBB ENERGY CORPORATION  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
   
    Three months ended December 31,     Six months ended December 31,  
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
Revenues                                
  Product sales   $ 761,456     $ 2,748,007     $ 1,830,578     $ 4,353,145  
  Engineering and development     200,000       -       200,000       218,183  
    Total Revenues     961,456       2,748,007       2,030,578       4,571,328  
                                 
Costs and Expenses                                
  Cost of product sales     554,458       2,265,206       1,151,858       3,757,598  
  Cost of engineering and development     43,636       -       43,636       45,065  
  Advanced engineering and development     1,094,892       1,375,800       2,304,729       2,535,539  
  Selling, general, and administrative     1,068,004       1,610,422       2,553,495       3,291,974  
  Depreciation and amortization     343,179       342,650       685,759       683,282  
    Total Costs and Expenses     3,104,169       5,594,078       6,739,477       10,313,458  
                                 
Loss from Operations     (2,142,713 )     (2,846,071 )     (4,708,899 )     (5,742,130 )
                                 
Other Income (Expense)                                
  Equity in loss of investee company     (130,590 )     (456,632 )     (248,482 )     (533,113 )
  Interest income     1,000       594       1,509       983  
  Interest expense     (45,777 )     (45,647 )     (97,515 )     (93,210 )
  Other income (expense)     -       -       896       -  
    Total Other Income (Expense)     (175,367 )     (501,685 )     (343,592 )     (625,340 )
                                 
Loss before provision (benefit) for Income Taxes     (2,318,080 )     (3,347,756 )     (5,052,491 )     (6,367,470 )
                                 
Provision (benefit) for Income Taxes     (28,521 )     (74,151 )     (48,250 )     (74,151 )
  Net loss     (2,289,559 )     (3,273,605 )     (5,004,242 )     (6,293,319 )
  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest     130,590       190,148       248,482       327,072  
Net Loss Attributable to ZBB Energy Corporation     (2,158,969 )     (3,083,457 )     (4,755,760 )     (5,966,247 )
Preferred Stock Dividend     (75,000 )     -       (77,499 )     -  
Net Loss Attributable to Common Shareholders   $ (2,233,969 )   $ (3,083,457 )   $ (4,833,259 )   $ (5,966,247 )
                                 
Net Loss per share                                
  Basic and diluted   $ (0.13 )   $ (0.20 )   $ (0.27 )   $ (0.39 )
                                 
Weighted average shares-basic and diluted     17,709,413       15,513,707       17,708,422       15,488,754  
                                 
                                 
ZBB Energy Corporation  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
   
    Six months ended December 31,  
    2013     2012  
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net loss   $ (5,004,242 )   $ (6,293,319 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
  Depreciation of property, plant and equipment     421,760       314,441  
  Amortization of intangible assets     369,045       369,021  
  Stock-based compensation     106,024       413,610  
  Equity in loss of investee company     248,482       533,113  
  Amortization of discounts and debt issuance costs on notes payable     14,566       -  
Changes in assets and liabilities                
  Accounts receivable     163,874       (690,922 )
  Inventories     446,780       67,723  
  Prepaids and other current assets     55,229       (712,359 )
  Refundable income taxes     84,964       (79,847 )
  Accounts payable     161,296       (562,705 )
  Accrued compensation and benefits     (21,671 )     (203,529 )
  Accrued expenses     199,411       (69,222 )
  Customer deposits     (478,503 )     286,957  
Net cash used in operating activities     (3,232,985 )     (6,627,038 )
Cash flows from investing activities                
  Expenditures for property and equipment     (39,956 )     (91,690 )
  Investment in investee company     -       -  
  Deposits of restricted cash     (9,356 )     (310,000 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (49,312 )     (401,690 )
Cash flows from financing activities                
  Repayments of bank loans and notes payable     (113,035 )     (283,495 )
  Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock and warrants     3,000,000       -  
  Preferred stock issuance costs     (96,967 )     -  
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock     -       1,744,688  
  Common stock issuance costs     -       (143,009 )
  Proceeds from noncontrolling interest     -       5,500  
Net cash provided by financing activities     2,789,998       1,323,684  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (3,820 )     627  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (496,119 )     (5,704,417 )
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period     1,096,621       7,823,217  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period   $ 600,502     $ 2,118,800  
                 
Cash paid for interest   $ 95,606     $ 93,210  
Cash received from foreign income tax credit     133,996       -  
Assets held for lease transferred to inventory     112,500       -  
                 

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: www.zbbenergy.com.

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