Active Power: Third Quarter 2013 Results
AUSTIN, Texas - Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW), manufacturer of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and modular infrastructure solutions (MIS), reported results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013.
Q3 2013 Highlights
UPS sales increased $3.7 million to $6.5 million compared to the previous quarter, but decreased $8.3 million compared to the third quarter of 2012.
Service revenue increased $321,000 to $5.1 million compared to the previous quarter and increased $2.2 million or 73% compared to the third quarter of 2012.
Gross margin decreased to 30.0% compared to 34.3% in the previous quarter, but improved compared to 28.6% in the third quarter of 2012.
Deployed second set of two PowerHouse™ systems to support expansion of two modular data centers for global manufacturer of oil and gas drilling products, now totaling nearly three megawatts of power infrastructure installed onsite.
Shipped multiple CleanSource® UPS systems totaling more than three megawatts of total rated UPS capacity to one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world to support their new drug manufacturing facility in the eastern U.S.
Appointed Mark A. Ascolese as company's new president and CEO, bringing to the company extensive experience serving a variety of mission critical markets including the energy storage and data center markets.
On November 4, 2013, the audit committee of the board of directors of Active Power concluded, in consultation with management and after discussion with the company's independent registered public accounting firm, that the company would restate its quarterly interim financial statements for the periods ending March 31, 2013, and June 30, 2013. For information regarding the restatement, please refer to the company's Form 8-K filed on November 7, 2013, and the company's amended quarterly reports on Form 10-Q/As for the periods ending March 31, 2013, and June 30, 2013, filed on November 18, 2013, with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Revenue in the third quarter of 2013 was $13.2 million compared to $20.2 million in the previous quarter and $19.6 million in the third quarter of 2012. The sequential decrease was due primarily to lower MIS revenue while the decrease from the year-ago quarter was primarily attributed to a decrease in UPS revenue. For the first nine months ended Sept. 30, 2013, revenue totaled $47.8 million compared to $61.1 million in the same period in 2012.
Gross margin in the third quarter of 2013 was 30.0% compared to 34.3% in the previous quarter and 28.6% in the third quarter of 2012. The sequential decrease in gross margin was due to higher margin shipments of MIS products in the second quarter of 2013. The increase in gross margin from the year-ago quarter was primarily due to higher service sales in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the third quarter of 2012. For the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2013, gross margin was 31.9% compared to 30.6% in the same period in 2012.
Net loss in the third quarter of 2013 was $3.1 million or $(0.16) per share, compared to a net income of $0.3 million or $0.02 per share in the previous quarter and net loss of $0.8 million or $(0.04) per share in the third quarter of 2012. The change from net income to net loss from the previous quarter and the increase in net loss from the third quarter of 2012 was primarily due to the impact of lower revenue in the quarter compared to the two comparable quarters. For the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2013, net loss was $4.2 million or $(0.22) per share, compared to a net loss of $1.5 million or $(0.08) per share in the same period in 2012.
Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2013 was a negative $2.3 million compared to a positive $1.1 million in the previous quarter and a negative $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2012. For the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2013, adjusted EBITDA was a negative $2.1 million compared to a positive $0.9 million in the same period in 2012. The adjusted EBITDA decrease in the periods is primarily due to lower revenue and higher depreciation expense. See "About Presentation of Adjusted EBITDA" below for the definition of adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial metric, and an important discussion about the use of this metric and its reconciliation to GAAP net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
Cash and cash equivalents were $14.3 million at Sept. 30, 2013, compared to $14.5 million in the previous quarter and $13.5 million at Dec. 31, 2012.
"The third quarter was challenging with overall product revenues down compared to the third quarter of 2012," said Mark A. Ascolese, president and CEO of Active Power. "However, our service business continued to grow and improved 73 percent or by $2.2 million compared to the same period in 2012."
"As we exit the year and enter 2014, we will focus on driving more consistent performance and predictability throughout the business through the addition of our CSHD product line and sales performance management. We will also leverage and enhance the unique flywheel technology we have in place to grow product revenue and expand into new and relevant markets where our products can immediately solve customers' problems."
Change to Guidance Practice
Active Power does not plan to provide quarterly or annual guidance due to continued variability in the business. However, the company plans to continue to provide commentary on industry trends that affect its business and impact its growth prospects.
Conference Call and Webcast
Active Power will host a conference call today, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss its third quarter 2013 results. Interested parties can dial into the conference call at the time of the event at (888) 427-9411. For callers outside the U.S. and Canada, please dial (719) 325-2429.
To listen to the live webcast, click here. A replay of the webcast will be available via Active Power's investor relations website at http://ir.activepower.com.
About Active Power
Founded in 1992, Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW) designs and manufactures 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.
SOURCE: Active Power, Inc.