SOURCE: ZBB Energy Corporation

ZBB Energy Corporation

February 14, 2011 08:30 ET

ZBB Energy Reports Quarterly Financial Results for December 31, 2010

Continued Progress on Business Plan Objectives; Significant Decrease in Expenses and Decrease in Net Loss

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire - February 14, 2011) - ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE Amex: ZBB), a leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms, today reported its results of operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Said Eric Apfelbach, CEO and President, "We continue to make steady progress on the implementation of our key business plan objectives: (1) identifying market opportunities for our advanced electrical power management platforms, (2) successfully winning and executing customer orders, (3) executing our aggressive product development plan to deliver the best price-performance products in the sector and (4) ensuring we have sufficient capital resources to execute our plan."

Continued Mr. Apfelbach, "We are reporting a significant decrease in expenses and have continued to book new orders that will be shipped upon completion of the V3 stack and module development, and PECC inverter certification to UL standard 1741 for certain orders. The expected commercial launch of our redesigned V3 modules is September 2011."

"We also completed many other activities during the quarter including a successful equity financing of $1.4 million from new investors and certain members of our Board of Directors. This significant equity financing was priced at market, with no warrants or investment banking fees."

Highlights for the quarter include:

--  Shipped our next-generation ZESS POWR™ battery module (V2) that will
    provide greater performance and reliability than our already
    commercially proven product range, to University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
--  Successfully completed all technical and project activities for the
    Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies ("AEST") program, and
    received the final payment from AEST of $184,939
--  Drew down the second tranche under our $10 million Socius Securities
    Purchase Agreement
--  Completed an equity financing of $1.435 million priced at market with
    no warrants or investment banking fees
--  Prepared and submitted our proposed compliance plan to the NYSE Amex on
    January 3, 2011.  Our plan was accepted by the NYSE Amex on February 4,
    2011
--  Prepared and submitted our application for certification of our 48c tax
    credit program on January 7, 2011
--  Started construction of manufacturing renovations for the new V3
    production facility
--  Received a purchase order and executed a letter of intent with
    Sunflower Wind, LLC for the purchase of multiple units of ZBB's ZESS
    POWR™ PECC (Power & Energy Control Center) integrated with ZBB's
    ZESS 50 Zinc Bromide advanced energy storage
--  Executed an initial contract to design and deliver a hardened and
    transportable prototype version of ZBB's ZESS POWR™ PECC (Power &
    Energy Control Center). The prototype calls for a "ruggedized and
    transportable" version of the PECC, offering the ability to integrate
    multiple renewable energy sources for providing power in a variety of
    military applications that currently rely on power derived solely from
    diesel generators
--  Reported a strong and growing backlog
--  Appointed Will Hogoboom, CPA, as the Company's Chief Financial Officer

Continued Mr. Apfelbach, "We completed many activities during the quarter that will be highly beneficial to the Company in the months and years to come. We are also extremely pleased with the Tier Electronics acquisition completed in January 2011 which significantly expands our product portfolio, customer base and served market and is expected to add significantly to revenue growth and be accretive to operating cash flows."

Net loss was $1.8 million or $0.09 per share in the three months ended December 31, 2010, compared with $3.4 million or $0.27 per share in the quarter ended December 31, 2009. Net loss in the latest quarter was lower due to decreases in warranty expense, severance pay, and impairment and other equipment charges. Net loss was $3.9 million or $0.22 per share in the six months ended December 31, 2010, compared with $4.8 million or $0.40 per share in the six months ended December 31, 2009.

Our revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were $234,681 and $555,455. Revenues in the current quarter included product revenue from the Company's shipment to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and also included the final payment from the Commonwealth of Australia for the Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies ("AEST") program. Our revenues for the six months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were $234,681 and $1,367,368. The decrease in product revenues for the quarter of $221,318 and for the six months of $888,044 is due to the delay in certain orders that require PECC inverter certification to UL standard 1741. The decrease in engineering and development revenues for this quarter and six months is due to the Company completing all final accounting and the final research report and successfully completing the entire AEST project with the Commonwealth of Australia.

Total costs and expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were $2,029,079 and $3,906,336, respectively. This decrease of $1,877,257 in the three months ended December 31, 2010 was primarily due to the following:

--  decreased costs of product sales of $174,127 because product shipments
    decreased in the quarter ended December 31, 2010 due to the need for
    PECC inverter certification to UL standard 1741 for certain orders and
    a decrease in cost of engineering and development revenues of $872,322
    due to the completion of activities required under the AEST contract
    and other engineering and development contracts during the year ended
    June 30, 2010; and
--  increases in advanced engineering and development expenses of $445,818
    primarily due to an increase in engineering and development expense of
    $646,656 for an increase in engineering and development activities in
    our Australian subsidiary after the completion of the AEST project and
    a decrease in rework expense of $203,838 related to battery stack
    manufacturing issues; and
--  decrease in employee severance pay expense of $390,000 and decrease in
    fund raising expense of $120,000; and
--  decrease in impairment and other equipment charges of $780,231.

Total costs and expenses for the six months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were $4,033,163 and $6,169,184, respectively. This decrease of $2,136,021 in the six months ended December 31, 2010 was primarily due to the following:

--  decreased costs of product sales of $820,229 because products that
    shipped in the six months ended December 31, 2010 were not fully
    commissioned and accepted by the customer and a decrease in cost of
    engineering and development revenues of $1,166,777 due to the
    completion of activities required under the AEST contract and other
    engineering and development contracts during the year ended June 30,
    2010; and
--  increases in advanced engineering and development expenses of
    approximately $960,000 primarily due to an increase in the Company's
    engineering and development activities for its next generation
    battery module and the PECC systems, less decreases in rework expense
    of approximately $200,000; and
--  decrease in employee severance pay expense of $390,000 and decrease in
    fund raising expense of $120,000; and
--  legal and accounting fees increase of approximately $130,000 related to
    certain accounting matters; and
--  decrease in impairment and other equipment charges of $780,231.

Our net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2010 decreased by $1,522,876 to $1,838,274 from the $3,361,150 net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2009, and our net loss for the six months ended December 31, 2010 decreased by $964,806 to $3,872,575 from the $4,837,381 net loss for the six months ended December 31, 2009. These decreases in losses were primarily the result of decreases in expenses as described above.

Investor Conference Call -- 10:00 a.m. Central time, Monday, February 14, 2011

A conference call to discuss the financial and operating results and the Company's outlook will be held on Monday, February 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. US Central (11:00 a.m. Eastern). The conference call will be hosted by Eric Apfelbach, President and CEO. A brief presentation by Mr. Apfelbach will be followed by a question and answer period.

To participate in the conference call, callers from within the United States and Canada, dial the toll free number (888) 567-1602. For international callers, dial the toll number (201) 604-5049. The conference call reference is "ZBB".

For support during a call press *0 on your phone and a conferencing coordinator will assist you. The presentation will be posted on the Company's web site at www.zbbenergy.com following the conference call.

About ZBB Energy Corporation

ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE Amex: ZBB) provides advanced electrical power management platforms 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 intelligent power management platforms that directly integrate multiple renewable and conventional onsite generation sources with rechargeable zinc bromide flow batteries and other storage technology. The Company also offers advanced systems to directly connect wind and solar equipment to the grid and systems that can form various levels of micro-grids. Tier Electronics participates in the energy efficiency markets through its hybrid vehicle control systems, and power quality markets with its 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. A developer and manufacturer of its modular, scalable and environmentally friendly power systems ("ZESS POWR™"), ZBB Energy was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Wisconsin, USA with offices also located in Perth, Western Australia.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements made in this press release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are intended to be covered by the "safe harbor" created by those sections. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as "believe," "expect," "may," "will," "should," "could," "seek," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "anticipate" or other comparable terms. Forward-looking statements in this press release may address the following subjects among others: statements regarding the sufficiency of our capital resources, expected operating losses, expected revenues, expected expenses and our expectations concerning our business strategy. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, as a result of various factors including those risks and uncertainties described in the Risk Factors and in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations sections of our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We urge you to consider those risks and uncertainties in evaluating our forward-looking statements. We caution readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, we disclaim any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

                          ZBB ENERGY CORPORATION
                  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets


                                                  December 31,
                                                      2010       June 30,
                                                  (Unaudited)      2010
                                                  -----------  -----------
Assets
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                       $   611,489  $ 1,235,635
  Accounts receivable                                     674        7,553
  Inventories                                         772,390      702,536
  Prepaid and other current assets                    329,561      149,098
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total current assets                          1,714,114    2,094,822
                                                  -----------  -----------
Long-term assets:
  Property, plant and equipment, net                3,727,706    3,568,823
  Goodwill                                            803,079      803,079
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total assets                                $ 6,244,899  $ 6,466,724
                                                  ===========  ===========

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
  Bank loans and notes payable                    $   355,154  $   395,849
  Accounts payable                                  1,012,542      869,179
  Accrued expenses                                    484,810      539,100
  Commitment fee payable                                    -            -
  Deferred revenues                                   540,303      325,792
  Accrued compensation and benefits                   228,120      765,106
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total current liabilities                     2,620,929    2,895,026
                                                  -----------  -----------
Long-term liabilities:
  Bank loans and notes payable                      3,241,615    2,120,421
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total liabilities                             5,862,544    5,015,447
                                                  -----------  -----------

Shareholders' equity
  Series A preferred stock ($0.01 par value,
   $10,000 face value) 10,000,000 authorized
   101.4678 and 0 shares issued                     1,025,732            -
  Common stock ($0.01 par value); 150,000,000
   authorized 21,393,236 and 14,915,389 shares
   issued                                             213,932      149,155
  Additional paid-in capital                       52,531,869   49,770,987
  Notes receivable - common stock                  (1,024,070)           -
  Treasury stock - 13,833 shares                      (11,136)     (11,136)
  Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)           (1,586,720)  (1,563,052)
  Accumulated (deficit)                           (50,767,252) (46,894,677)
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total shareholders' equity                      382,355    1,451,277
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 6,244,899  $ 6,466,724
                                                  ===========  ===========




                          ZBB ENERGY CORPORATION
        Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)


                           Three months ended         Six months ended
                              December 31,              December 31,
                        ------------------------  ------------------------
                            2010         2009         2010         2009
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Revenues
  Product sales and
   revenues             $    49,742  $   271,060  $    49,742  $   937,786
  Engineering and
   development revenues     184,939      284,395      184,939      429,582
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
     Total Revenues         234,681      555,455      234,681    1,367,368
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Costs and Expenses
  Cost of product sales      79,058      253,185       79,058      899,287
  Cost of engineering
   and development
   revenues                       -      872,322            -    1,166,777
  Advanced engineering
   and development          586,582      140,764    1,425,855      465,471
  Selling, general, and
   administrative         1,278,261    1,734,403    2,356,989    2,607,770
  Depreciation               85,178      125,431      171,261      249,648
  Impairment and other
   equipment charges              -      780,231            -      780,231
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
     Total Costs and
      Expenses            2,029,079    3,906,336    4,033,163    6,169,184

                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Loss from Operations     (1,794,398)  (3,350,881)  (3,798,482)  (4,801,816)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Other Income (Expense)
  Interest income             2,420       20,593        4,210       47,089
  Interest expense          (46,869)     (30,862)     (78,876)     (62,894)
  Other income
   (expense)                    573            -          573      (19,760)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
     Total Other Income
      (Expense)             (43,876)     (10,269)     (74,093)     (35,565)

                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Loss before provision
 for Income Taxes        (1,838,274)  (3,361,150)  (3,872,575)  (4,837,381)

Provision for Income
 Taxes                            -            -            -            -
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Net Loss                $(1,838,274) $(3,361,150) $(3,872,575) $(4,837,381)
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

Net Loss per share --
  Basic and diluted     $     (0.09) $     (0.27) $     (0.22) $     (0.40)

Weighted average
 Shares -- basic and
 diluted:
  Basic                  20,196,322   12,409,964   17,803,353   11,962,047
  Diluted                20,196,322   12,409,964   17,803,353   11,962,047




                          ZBB ENERGY CORPORATION
        Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

                                                       Six months ended
                                                         December 31,
                                                  ------------------------
                                                      2010         2009
                                                  -----------  -----------
Cash flows from operating activities
Net loss                                          $(3,872,575) $(4,837,381)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash
 used in operating activities:
  Depreciation                                        171,261      249,648
  Change in inventory allowance                                     29,699
  Impairment and other equipment charges                           780,231
  Stock-based compensation                            214,338      174,353
(Increase) decrease in operating assets:
  Accounts receivable                                   6,879      459,555
  Inventories                                         (69,854)     609,383
  Prepaids and other current assets                  (180,463)      23,541
  Other receivables -- interest                             -       19,746
Increase (decrease) in operating liabilities:
  Accounts payable                                    143,363      (65,604)
  Accrued compensation and benefits                  (124,703)     370,376
  Accrued expenses                                    (79,034)     336,645
  Deferred revenues                                   214,511     (749,022)
                                                  -----------  -----------
  Net cash used in operating activities            (3,576,277)  (2,598,830)
                                                  -----------  -----------
Cash flows from investing activities
  Expenditures for property and equipment            (318,310)    (131,091)
  Bank certificate of deposit                               -    1,000,000
                                                  -----------  -----------
  Net cash (used in) provided by investing
   activities                                        (318,310)     868,909
                                                  -----------  -----------
Cash flows from financing activities
  Proceeds from bank loans and notes payable        1,300,000      156,000
  Repayments of bank loans and notes payable         (219,501)    (229,516)
  Proceeds from issuance of debenture notes
   payable                                            517,168            -
  Proceeds from issuance of Series A preferred
   stock                                              490,000            -
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock net of
   issuance costs                                   1,174,187    1,900,276
                                                  -----------  -----------
  Net cash provided by financing activities         3,261,854    1,826,760
                                                  -----------  -----------
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash
 equivalents                                            8,587       10,691
                                                  -----------  -----------
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash
 equivalents                                         (624,146)     107,530
Cash and cash equivalents -- beginning of period    1,235,635    2,970,009
                                                  -----------  -----------

Cash and cash equivalents -- end of period        $   611,489  $ 3,077,539
                                                  ===========  ===========

Contact Information

  • Contact Information:
    Helen Brown
    Investor Relations
    ZBB Energy Corporation
    T: 262.253.9800
    Email: Email Contact