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Ocean Power Technologies: Results for the Quarter and Nine Months

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Ocean Power Technologies Announces Results for the Quarter and the Nine Months Ended January 31, 2009

PENNINGTON, N.J.-- Mar. 12, 2009-- Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPTT and London Stock Exchange AIM: OPT) ("OPT" or the "Company") today announced its financial results for the third quarter and the nine months ended January 31, 2009 of its fiscal year ending April 30, 2009.

Third Quarter Highlights

    * Mark R. Draper appointed Chief Executive Officer
    * Dr. George W. Taylor appointed Executive Chairman
    * Seymour S. Preston III appointed Vice Chairman and Lead Independent Director
    * Dr. Philip Hart appointed Chief Technology Officer
    * Contract order backlog of $6.9 million on January 31, 2009 (April 30, 2008: $5.5 million)
    * Cash, cash equivalents and investments of $85.6 million at January 31, 2009 (October 31, 2008: $89.6 million)
    * Signed agreement with Leighton Contractors to develop wave power projects off the east and south coasts of Australia
    * Announced collaboration with Lockheed Martin for the development of utility scale wave power generation projects in North America
    * In February 2009, shipped PB150 electrical power and control system from OPT’s New Jersey factory to the UK, for integration with the PB150 PowerBuoy to be deployed in the Orkney Islands under contract with the Scottish Government
    * Revenues for the nine months ended January 31, 2009 were $3.4 million, compared to $3.7 million for the nine months ended January 31, 2008
    * Net loss for the nine months ended January 31, 2009 was $13.6 million, compared to a $8.3 million net loss for the nine months ended January 31, 2008

Mr. Mark R. Draper, OPT’s Chief Executive Officer, said “I am very excited about serving as Chief Executive Officer of OPT and the responsibility for moving the Company forward, as we build on our successes to date. I would like to thank Dr. George Taylor for his leadership and look forward to his continued strategic guidance and business development expertise in the role of Executive Chairman. I am also pleased to have Dr. Phil Hart join OPT as our new Chief Technology Officer. These personnel changes reflect the Company’s momentum in establishing itself as a premier global technology company in the wave power industry.”

“Financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 were in line with our expectations, and cash used in operations decreased from the second quarter of this fiscal year. We remain committed to executing against our plan, as we continue to make important strides with many of our projects while furthering our network of global partners. In December 2008, OPT announced an agreement with Leighton Contractors for the development of wave power projects off the east and south coasts of Australia – underscoring our global expansion plans. In January, we signed a letter of intent with Lockheed Martin to collaborate on the development of utility scale wave power generation projects in North America” Mr. Draper continued.

“We are pleased to report that the electrical power and control system for the PB150 to be delivered under a contract with the Scottish Government was recently shipped from our New Jersey factory to the UK. Under the leadership of Dr. Hart, we are looking forward to the achievement of further key milestones in the development of our core PowerBuoy technology” Mr. Draper concluded.

Overview

OPT achieved important milestones in the development of the 150 kW-rated PowerBuoy® (PB150), which comprises a significant portion of its current backlog. The initial structural design for the PB150 was completed by December 31, 2008 and OPT continues to work actively with an independent engineering group to certify the 150 kW PowerBuoy structure design. The first round of such certification reviews have been completed. The electrical control system, which is the core of the PB150 structure, was recently shipped to the UK from OPT’s Pennington, New Jersey headquarters.

Under a letter of intent signed in January 2009 with Lockheed Martin for the development of a wave power plant, OPT will contribute its project and site development expertise, build the power take-off and control systems of the wave power generation plant, and provide its proprietary PowerBuoy technology. Lockheed Martin will provide construction, systems integration and deployment of the plant, as well as operations and maintenance services. This is the first agreement between the two companies for a utility-scale wave power project, and it builds on previous work that the companies did together on systems for US Homeland Security and maritime surveillance.

OPT’s patent portfolio continues to grow as one new US patent was issued during the third quarter of fiscal year 2009. The Company’s technology base now includes a total of 40 issued US patents.

Operational Review

The third quarter of fiscal year 2009 reflected continued progress on numerous OPT projects, with key strides made on a number of projects including:

REEDSPORT, OREGON, US – OPT is working on a 150 kW-rated PB150 PowerBuoy, major portions of which will be fabricated and integrated in Oregon. OPT continues to make progress on the overall permitting and licensing process while working extensively with interested stakeholder groups at local, county, state and federal agency levels.

SPAIN – OPT is continuing to work on what is expected to be a utility-grade OPT wave power station in Spain with Iberdrola S.A., one of the world's largest renewable energy companies, and its partners. Following deployment and ocean testing of the first PowerBuoy in September 2008, OPT has been working on improvements to the power take-off and control systems.

ORKNEY ISLANDS, UK – OPT is working under a contract with the Scottish Government at the European Marine Energy Centre in the Orkney Islands, Scotland to deploy a grid-connected 150 kW PowerBuoy. OPT has made good progress on the construction of the power conversion and power take-off sub-assemblies. In the third quarter, the Company continued its review of prospective suppliers for manufacturing of the PowerBuoy, which is on track to be ready for deployment by the end of calendar year 2009.

CORNWALL, UK – OPT is working closely with the recently appointed engineering contractor, appointed by the South West of England Regional Development Agency (“SWRDA”) to manage the construction of the “Wave Hub” marine energy test site. SWRDA has forecast that the cabling and subsea equipment construction is expected to be installed by the end of calendar year 2010.

HAWAII, US – In October 2008, the Company deployed one of its PowerBuoy systems near Kaneohe Bay on the island of Oahu. The PowerBuoy was launched under OPT’s on-going program with the US Navy at a site off Marine Corps Base Hawaii and will be connected to the Oahu power grid. Initial commissioning tests were very encouraging and the power produced was in line with predicted levels.

US NAVY DEEP OCEAN APPLICATION – OPT commenced work on a $3.0 million contract award for the ocean testing of an advanced version of the autonomous PowerBuoy. This is part of the second phase of the Navy’s DWADS initiative program, a unique program for deep ocean data gathering.

Financial Review

Third Quarter -

Revenues decreased by $0.4 million in the three months ended January 31, 2009 to $1.0 million as compared to $1.4 million in the three months ended January 31, 2008. The decrease in revenues was primarily attributable to lower levels of revenues on the Company’s wave power station off the coast of Spain and autonomous PowerBuoy work, net of an increase in revenues related to the Hawaii project for the US Navy.

Cost of revenues decreased to $0.6 million in the three months ended January 31, 2009 from $2.0 million in the three months ended January 31, 2008. This decrease in cost of revenues primarily reflected the decreased level of activity on the wave power station off the coast of Spain and the autonomous PowerBuoy projects for the US Navy. In addition, a portion of the recognized revenue related to the Hawaii project had no corresponding cost of revenue, as a result of actual costs being less than previously estimated costs.

Operating loss for the three months ended January 31, 2009 decreased to $3.9 million, as compared to $4.6 million in the three months ended January 31, 2008. This change primarily reflects an increase in selling, general and administrative costs related to company growth and the expansion of sales, marketing and business development activities, offset by an increase in gross profit. These increased levels of selling, general and administrative costs were consistent with planned activity for this fiscal year.

Net loss for the three months ended January 31, 2009 was $3.6 million, compared to $4.0 million in the same period last year. The decrease in net loss reflects the changes in operating loss and a decrease in foreign exchange losses, offset by a decrease in interest income. The difference in period-to-period foreign exchange results was primarily attributable to the relative change in value of the British pound sterling compared to the US dollar during the two periods. The decrease in interest income was due to a decrease in cash, cash equivalents and investments and lower rates reflecting a conservative investment strategy, given the current volatility in the global markets.

Nine Months –

For the nine months ended January 31, 2009, the Company reported revenues of $3.4 million compared to $3.7 million in the nine months ended January 31, 2008. The revenues for the nine months ended January 31, 2009 reflected revenues associated with the Company’s Spain wave power station contract and the autonomous PowerBuoy project with the US Navy for ocean data gathering. The decrease in revenues was primarily attributed to lower levels of revenues recognized on the wave power station off the coast of Spain, the Hawaii project for the US Navy and the project with the Scottish Executive at Orkney, Scotland, partially offset by an increase relating to OPT’s autonomous PowerBuoy work.

Cost of revenues decreased to $4.0 million in the nine months ended January 31, 2009 from $4.7 million in the nine months ended January 31, 2008. This change in cost of revenues reflected decreases related to the wave power station off the coast of Spain, the Hawaii project for the US Navy, and the project for the Scottish Executive, partially offset by an increase in cost of revenues on the autonomous PowerBuoy for the US Navy.

Operating loss for the nine months ended January 31, 2009 was $13.7 million compared to $12.2 million in the nine months ended January 31, 2008. OPT reported a net loss of $13.6 million for the nine months ended January 31, 2009 compared to a net loss of $8.3 million for the nine months ended January 31, 2008. These changes in operating loss and net loss reflect an increase in product development costs related to the Company’s continued work to increase the power output of its utility PowerBuoy system and an increase in selling, general and administrative costs related to company growth and expansion of sales, marketing and business development activities, as well as the level of foreign exchange losses incurred and a decrease in interest income.

On January 31, 2009, total cash, cash equivalents and investments were $85.6 million. The Company’s balance sheet remains strong, and its cash, cash equivalents and investments are highly liquid investments consisting primarily of term deposits with large commercial banks and US Treasury bills and notes.

Webcast Details

OPT will host an audio webcast to review its results on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. GMT). Mark R. Draper, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. George W. Taylor, Executive Chairman, and Charles F. Dunleavy, Chief Financial Officer, will host the webcast. Investors and other interested parties may access the webcast by visiting the Company's Web site at www.oceanpowertechnologies.com and clicking on the Investor Relations tab, then Webcasts and Presentations.

Additional information may be found in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The Form 10-Q may be accessed at www.sec.gov or at the Company’s website in the Investor Relations tab.



About Ocean Power Technologies

Ocean Power Technologies (Nasdaq: OPTT and London Stock Exchange AIM: OPT) is a pioneer in wave-energy technology that harnesses ocean wave resources to generate reliable, clean and environmentally-beneficial electricity. OPT has a strong track record in harnessing wave energy and participates in a $150 billion annual power generation equipment market. The Company's proprietary PowerBuoy® system is based on modular, ocean-going buoys that capture and convert predictable wave energy into low-cost, clean electricity. The Company is widely recognized as the leading provider of on-grid and autonomous wave-energy generation with its energy systems benefiting from over a decade of in-ocean experience. OPT’s technology and systems are insured by Lloyds Underwriters of London. OPT is headquartered in Pennington, New Jersey with offices in Warwick, UK. More information can be found at www.oceanpowertechnologies.com.


Source: Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.
Mark R. Draper, +1 609-730-0400
Chief Executive Officer
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