30.07.15

Active Power: Q2 results

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Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW), a manufacturer of flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and modular infrastructure solutions (MIS), reported results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2015.

Highlights

    Total revenue increased 42% or $8.9 million for the first six months ended June 30, 2015, compared to the first six months of 2014

    Bookings increased 22% to $36.5 million for the first six months ended June 30, 2015, compared to $30.0 million in the first six months of 2014

    Increased bookings for large CleanSource® HD UPS orders to be shipped to Europe and the U.S. over the next several quarters

    Gross margin was 32.7% for the first six months ended June 30, 2015, compared to 23.0% in the first six months of 2014

    Reduced net loss to $1.8 million in the first six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to a net loss of $8.3 million in the first six months of 2014

    Improved adjusted EBITDA to a loss of $462,000 in the first six months ended June 30, 2015, compared to a loss of $6.9 million in the first six months of 2014, and recorded $402,000 of adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2015

    Introduced Extended Runtime option for CleanSource HD UPS product, providing customers up to 30 minutes of additional UPS runtime

    Settled stockholder class action complaint and derivative actions in May 2015 with settlement fully covered by insurance proceeds

Management Commentary
"The initial plan we put in place more than 20 months ago with a focus on bookings and backlog coupled with a balanced approach to sales execution and expense management continues to yield steady improvement," said Mark A. Ascolese, president and CEO, at Active Power. "We reduced our operating expense in the second quarter of 2015 while revenue increased on both a sequential and annual basis. Bookings also increased more than 20% in the first six months of 2015 to $36.5 million compared to the same period in 2014."

"With an opportunities pipeline that continues to grow, a stronger operating platform in place, and end markets that are increasingly receptive to our proprietary energy efficient solutions, we will remain focused on bookings, backlog, expense control, and cash management for the balance of the year."

Financial Results
Revenue in the second quarter of 2015 was $16.9 million, an increase of $6.7 million or 66% compared to $10.2 million in the year-ago period, and an increase of $3.8 million or 29% from $13.1 million in the previous quarter. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, revenue was $30.0 million, an increase of $8.9 million or 42% compared to $21.1 million in the first six months of 2014. The increases in revenue were driven by higher product sales, specifically stronger MIS sales, in the second quarter of 2015.

Gross margin in the second quarter of 2015 was 32.6% compared to 18.9% in the year-ago period and 32.8% in the previous quarter. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, gross margin was 32.7% compared to 23.0% in the first six months of 2014. The increases in gross margin were the result of a favorable mix of products within UPS and MIS product sales. Products shipped in the quarter contained a higher than normal amount of proprietary content with higher margins. The increases are also attributable to continued improvement in manufacturing absorption.

Operating expenses in the second quarter of 2015 were $5.7 million compared to $6.2 million in the year-ago period and $5.8 million in the previous quarter. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, operating expenses were $11.4 million compared to $12.8 million in the first six months of 2014. The decreases in operating expenses were due to lower spending on materials and services for product development and management's efforts to focus on productivity improvement and disciplined spending.

Net loss in the second quarter of 2015 was $0.3 million or $(0.01) per share compared to a net loss of $4.4 million or $(0.19) per share in the year-ago period and a net loss of $1.6 million or $(0.07) per share in the previous quarter. The decrease in net loss from the year-ago quarter was due to higher revenue, higher gross margin, and lower operating expenses in the second quarter of 2015. The decrease in net loss from the previous quarter was due to higher revenue in the period. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, net loss was $1.8 million or $(0.08) per share compared to a net loss of $8.3 million or $(0.38) per share in the first six months of 2014. The decrease in net loss from the previous six months was due to higher revenue, higher gross margin, and lower operating expenses.

Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2015 was $402,000 compared to a loss of $3.8 million in the year-ago period and a loss of $864,000 in the previous quarter. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, adjusted EBITDA loss was $462,000 compared to a loss of $6.9 million in the first six months of 2014. An EBITDA reconciliation is provided below. The improvements in adjusted EBITDA were primarily due to increased revenue and lower net loss in the second quarter of 2015.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $10.6 million at June 30, 2015, compared to $14.8 million at December 31, 2014, and $16.2 million at June 30, 2014. Of the $539,000 of restricted cash held at June 30, 2015, $500,000 is expected to be returned to cash and cash equivalents in the third quarter of 2015 upon expiration of the underlying letter of credit.

Bookings and Backlog
Bookings in the second quarter of 2015 were $17.3 million compared to bookings of $16.0 million in the year-ago period and $19.2 million in the previous quarter. Second quarter orders of $17.3 million results in a book-to-bill ratio of 1.03. The dollar amount of backlog was $33.3 million at June 30, 2015. Of the total backlog, $7.2 million, primarily associated with long-term service contracts, is not expected to be filled in the following 12 months.

Bookings amounts represent anticipated revenue from product orders received during the period that are believed to be firm and from service contracts. 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.


About Active Power
Founded in 1992, Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW) designs and manufactures flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and modular infrastructure solutions that enable data centers and other mission critical operations to remain 'on' 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The combined benefits of its products' power density, reliability, and total cost of ownership are unmatched in the market and enable the world's leading companies to achieve their most forward-thinking data center designs. The company's products and solutions are built with pride in Austin, Texas, at a state-of-the-art, ISO 9001:2008 registered manufacturing and test facility. Global 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.
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