3.5.2003: Meldung: Capstone Turbine Corp.: First Quarter Results

Capstone Turbine Announces First Quarter Results
Wednesday April 30, 4:08 pm ET

CHATSWORTH, Calif. - April 30, 2003--Capstone Turbine Corporation (Nasdaq:CPST - News; www.microturbine.com), the world"s leading microturbine power systems manufacturer, today reported its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2003.

Revenue for the quarter was $2.8 million as compared with $4.6 million for the first quarter of 2002. Capstone shipped 1.3 megawatts of power during the first quarter of 2003, compared with 4.7 megawatts during the first quarter of 2002.

For the first quarter of 2003, Capstone"s net loss was $7.6 million, or ($0.09) per share compared to a net loss of $12.0 million or ($0.16) per share during the first quarter of 2002.

According to interim CEO, Emily Liggett, "We continued to face a soft economic environment, with weakness in our combined heat and power (CHP) markets. In this environment, we are executing our business plan: focusing on building selected vertical markets, lowering maintenance costs and developing targeted new products.

"While sales during the quarter were low, orders were strong and we entered the second quarter with 7 megawatts of orders scheduled for shipment primarily during the second and third quarters of this year. In April, we shipped 1.6 megawatts of these orders. We are encouraged that installations continued to grow during the first quarter with a net decrease of channel partner inventory. We now believe close to 600 units are available for sale from channel partners compared to up to 700 reported on our last call," said Ms. Liggett.

Commenting on the Company"s progress on its business plan initiatives, Ms. Liggett said, "We made progress on all our initiatives this quarter. As an example, we recently launched a new integrated CHP product built upon our C60 system. The product provides many benefits over our previous offering of separate heat recovery modules. These benefits include reduced total installed cost, increased total system efficiency, greatly reduced floor space needs and electrical and thermal load following flexibility. In addition, we started engine endurance testing of our C200 product during the first quarter. This is an important development gate towards our plans to introduce the C200 in 2004."

First Quarter Financial Highlights

Capstone shipped 38 units, comprised of 6 of its 60-kilowatt systems and 32 of its 30-kilowatt systems, in the first quarter of 2003. Product shipments in the quarter resulted in $1.4 million of revenues as compared with $3.8 million of product revenue in the same period a year ago. In the quarter, revenues from the sales of parts, accessories and service were $1.4 million compared with $0.8 million in the same period of the prior year. Included in the quarter"s shipments were units sold to the United States Navy, in support of the missile defense program. This shipment and one other accounted for 50% of the sales in the period.

Gross loss in the quarter was $2.2 million, compared to $3.0 million for the same period in the prior year. The reduction in gross loss was primarily from increased sales of parts, accessories and service, and higher average selling prices of microturbines.

Research and development ("R&D") costs decreased to $1.0 million in the period, as compared to $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2002. R&D expenses are reported net of contract offsets. These offsets were $1.7 million and $1.3 million in 2003 and 2002, respectively. Therefore, gross research and development expenses were comparable for the two quarters.

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to $4.8 million, compared with $8.4 million in the first quarter of 2002. The decreased expenses between periods were due to several factors including: there was no amortization expense from marketing rights in the first quarter of 2003 compared to $1.3 million in the prior year; second, as a result of a settlement agreement with a professional services firm, $1.1 million of administrative expenses recorded in prior years were reversed in the first quarter of 2003; and third, there was lower spending in 2003.

Total inventory increased $0.6 million to $16.5 million from year-end. The increase was due to inventory purchases under firm contracts with suppliers.

As of March 31, 2003, Capstone held approximately $132.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, with no long-term debt. The Company"s cash utilization was $7.7 million in the first quarter of 2003, compared to $6.5 million in the first quarter of 2002. The cash usage rate reflected $2.1 million higher cash usage for working capital in the current period.


As previously announced, the Company will not be providing guidance on anticipated financial results by quarter or for the year. Instead, the Company is providing the following outlook regarding revenue and will continue to communicate its strategies and priorities as well as actual results throughout the year. While outcomes and timing of transactions make a wide range of revenue outcomes possible, at this date, the Company believes revenues for the full year 2003 are likely to be flat to down from the $19.4 million in sales for the year ended December 31, 2002.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, Wednesday, April 30, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, to further review the Company"s first quarter results. Access to the live broadcast and a replay of the webcast will be available until May 9th through the Company"s web site: www.microturbine.com.

About Capstone Turbine

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.microturbine.com; Nasdaq: CPST) is the world"s leading producer of low- emission microturbine systems. In 1998, Capstone was the first to offer commercial power products utilizing microturbine technology, the result of more than ten years of focused research. Capstone Turbine has sold and shipped more than 2,500 commercial production Capstone MicroTurbine systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged more than 3.5 million hours of operation.

1) Market acceptance and quality of Capstone"s technology and


2) Limited operating history characterized by net losses;

3) The size, timing, shipment and pricing of individual orders;

4) The ability of Capstone to successfully execute its production

and marketing plans;

5) The ability of Capstone"s sales channel partners to provide

quality and cost effective solutions for customers;

6) The Company"s ability to develop additional microturbine

product releases; and

7) Other factors detailed in the Company"s filings with the

Securities and Exchange Commission.

Capstone cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Capstone undertakes no obligation, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

"Capstone Turbine Corp." is a registered trademark of Capstone Turbine Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned in this press release are the property of their respective owners.


March 31, December 31,
2003 2002
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $132,584,000 $140,310,000
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for
doubtful accounts and sales returns of
$414,000 at March 31, 2003 and $194,000
at December 31, 2002 3,748,000 4,893,000
Inventory 12,121,000 9,124,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,341,000 2,331,000
Total current assets 149,794,000 156,658,000
Equipment and Leasehold Improvements:
Machinery, equipment, and furniture 23,914,000 22,996,000
Leasehold improvements 8,480,000 8,480,000
Molds and tooling 4,365,000 4,350,000
36,759,000 35,826,000
Less accumulated depreciation and
amortization 16,857,000 15,346,000
Total equipment and leasehold
improvements 19,902,000 20,480,000

Non-current portion of Inventory 4,412,000 6,784,000
Deposits on Fixed Assets 73,000 708,000
Other Assets 505,000 532,000
Intangible Assets, Net 1,961,000 2,029,000
Total $176,647,000 $187,191,000

Liabilities and Stockholders" Equity
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $2,156,000 $4,321,000
Accrued salaries and wages 1,472,000 2,088,000
Other accrued liabilities 1,117,000 1,132,000
Accrued warranty reserve 6,657,000 6,913,000
Deferred revenue 1,253,000 734,000
Current portion of capital lease
obligations 1,411,000 1,522,000
Total current liabilities 14,066,000 16,710,000

Long-Term Portion of Capital Lease
Obligations 736,000 974,000

Other Long-Term Liabilities 1,277,000 1,325,000

Commitments and Contingencies -- --

Stockholders" Equity:
Common stock, $.001 par value;
415,000,000 shares authorized;
81,700,735 shares issued and 81,248,782
shares outstanding at March 31, 2003;
81,635,035 shares issued and 81,437,822
shares outstanding at December 31, 2002 82,000 82,000
Additional paid-in capital 527,188,000 526,952,000
Accumulated deficit (366,281,000) (358,646,000)
Less Treasury stock, at cost; 451,953
shares at March 31, 2003; 197,213 shares
at December 31, 2002 (421,000) (206,000)
Total stockholders" equity 160,568,000 168,182,000
Total $176,647,000 $187,191,000


Three Months Ended
March 31,
2003 2002

Revenues $2,782,000 $4,591,000
Cost of Goods Sold 4,956,000 7,549,000
Gross Loss (2,174,000) (2,958,000)
Operating Costs and Expenses:
Research and development 1,006,000 1,439,000
Selling, general and administrative 4,821,000 8,360,000
Total operating costs and expenses 5,827,000 9,799,000
Loss from operations (8,001,000) (12,757,000)
Interest Income 439,000 823,000
Interest Expense (73,000) (115,000)
Other Income 2,000 21,000
Loss Before Income Taxes (7,633,000) (12,028,000)
Provision for Income Taxes 2,000 2,000
Net Loss $(7,635,000) $(12,030,000)
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding 81,410,614 77,387,574
Net Loss Per Share of Common Stock -- Basic
and Diluted $(0.09) $(0.16)


Three Months Ended
March 31,
2003 2002
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net loss $(7,635,000) $(12,030,000)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net
cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 1,573,000 3,083,000
Non-cash reversal of administrative
expenses (1,099,000) --
Provision for doubtful accounts 220,000 125,000
Inventory write-down 243,000 472,000
Provision for warranty expenses 385,000 847,000
Loss on disposal of fixed assets -- 37,000
Non-employee stock-based compensation 4,000 --
Employee and director stock-based
compensation 210,000 265,000
Changes in operating assets and
Accounts receivable 925,000 2,740,000
Inventory (868,000) 941,000
Prepaid expenses and other assets 990,000 (275,000)
Accounts payable (1,066,000) (713,000)
Accrued salaries and wages (625,000) (152,000)
Other accrued liabilities (54,000) (823,000)
Accrued warranty reserve (641,000) (308,000)
Deferred revenue 519,000 (84,000)
Net cash used in operating
activities (6,919,000) (5,875,000)
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Acquisition of and deposits on fixed
assets (271,000) (394,000)
Net cash used in investing
activities (271,000) (394,000)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Purchase of treasury stock (215,000) --
Repayment of capital lease obligations (343,000) (315,000)
Exercise of stock options 22,000 80,000
Net cash used in financing
activities (536,000) (235,000)
Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents (7,726,000) (6,504,000)
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of
Period 140,310,000 170,868,000
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period $132,584,000 $164,364,000
Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow
Cash paid during the period for:
Interest $73,000 $115,000
Income taxes $2,000 $2,000


Capstone Turbine Corporation
Wade Welch, 818/734-5555 (Investor Media)
Keith Field, 818/734-5465 (General Media)

Source: Capstone Turbine Corporation
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