Active Power: Q1 Results
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Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW), a manufacturer of flywheel energy storage products and modular infrastructure solutions (MIS) for mission critical and renewable applications worldwide, reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.
First quarter revenues declined sequentially and year-over-year following low bookings in the fourth quarter of 2015 and deliveries of existing orders shifting to later periods
Bookings improved 25% to $10.0 million compared to $8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015; book-to-bill ratio above 1.0 in eight of the last nine quarters
Operating expenses decreased 18% or $1.1 million from the first quarter of 2015 and 20% or $1.1 million from the previous quarter; expenses down eight of the last 10 quarters
Backlog at March 31, 2016, was $35.1 million compared to $30.8 million at December 31, 2015
Appointed Daryl Dulaney and Steven Sams to the company's board of directors, two industry veterans with proven track records in building and leading businesses at Siemens and IBM, respectively, with Dulaney having succeeded Dr. Ake Almgren as board chairman at April 23, 2016
First Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Revenue in the first quarter of 2016 was $5.7 million compared to $13.1 million in the year-ago period and $12.5 million in the previous quarter. The decrease in revenue from both periods is due to lower product and service sales.
Gross margin in the first quarter of 2016 was 14% compared to 33% in the year-ago period and 25% in the previous quarter. The decrease in gross margin from both periods is primarily related to under absorption of fixed overhead costs in manufacturing against substantially lower product revenues and a decline in the volume of service revenue which traditionally has higher margins.
Operating expenses in the first quarter of 2016 were $4.7 million, a 18% reduction as compared to $5.8 million in the year-ago period, and a decline of 20% or $5.9 million in the previous quarter. The decreases were primarily due to lower payroll expense, lower commissions and management's focus on disciplined spending.
Net loss in the first quarter of 2016 was $4.1 million or $(0.18) per share compared to a net loss of $1.6 million or $(0.07) per share in the year-ago period and a net loss of $2.9 million or $(0.13) per share in the previous quarter. The increase in net loss from both periods is primarily due to lower revenue in the first quarter of 2016, partially offset by reduced expense levels.
Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2016 was a loss of $3.4 million compared to a loss of $864,000 in the year-ago period and a loss of $2.2 million in the previous quarter. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA from both periods is primarily due to lower revenues resulting in a higher net loss in the first quarter of 2016.
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $11.2 million at March 31, 2016, compared to $12.3 million at December 31, 2015. A reduction in accounts receivable balances partially mitigated the cash use from the net loss.
Bookings and Backlog
Bookings in the first quarter of 2016 were $10.0 million compared to bookings of $19.2 million in the year-ago period and $8.0 million in the previous quarter. First quarter orders of $10.0 million results in a book-to-bill ratio of 1.77. The dollar amount of backlog was approximately $35.1 million at March 31, 2016. Of the total backlog at March 31, 2016, approximately $9.6 million is not expected to be filled in the following 12 months which includes both long-term service contracts and UPS product orders. Bookings amounts represent anticipated revenue from product orders received during the period that are believed to be firm and from signed contracts for service work. Backlog represents the amount of anticipated revenue from prior bookings at the end of the period. Please refer to the Supplemental Information following the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets for more detail regarding bookings.
"As we anticipated given the low bookings in the fourth quarter, the first quarter was challenging as product revenue declined significantly," said Mark A. Ascolese, president and CEO, of Active Power. "We believe these results reflect a number of external factors including customer deferment in capital spending and schedule changes to defer delivery due in part to a persistent sluggish economy. Despite these conditions, we improved bookings by 25 percent and backlog by 14 percent while reducing expenses by 24 percent compared to the previous quarter."
"We remain committed to our priorities of increasing bookings and backlog and continued improvements in operational efficiencies and expense management as we move through 2016. Feedback from field sales indicates our total cost of ownership proposition has become even more compelling in this cost conscious environment."
About Active Power
Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW) designs and manufactures flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, modular infrastructure solutions (MIS), and energy storage products for mission critical and renewable applications worldwide. The company's products deliver an unmatched combination of total cost of ownership, reliability and sustainability for leading organizations around the world. Customers are served via Austin and three regional operations centers located in the United Kingdom, Germany and China, that support the deployment of systems in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.activepower.com.