American Superconductor: Report Q3 2015

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AMSC Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 Financial Results and Provides Business Outlook

DEVENS, Massachussets- AMSC (NASDAQ:AMSC), a global solutions provider serving wind and power grid industry leaders, today reported financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2015 ended December 31, 2015.

Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 were $25.8 million, compared with $21.2 million for the same period of fiscal 2014. The year over year growth in revenues was a result of strength in both our wind and grid businesses.

AMSC's net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 decreased to $3.0 million, or $0.22 per share, from $6.4 million, or $0.72 per share, for the same period of fiscal 2014. AMSC's net loss in the third fiscal quarter includes a gain of $2.5 million realized from the Company's sale of its minority equity interest in Blade Dynamics.

Excluding the gain on the sale of the minority equity interest in Blade Dynamics and other items, the Company's non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $4.9 million, or $0.36 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $9.6 million, or $1.09 per share, in the same period of fiscal 2014. Please refer to the financial table below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at December 31, 2015 totaled $37.7 million, compared with $36.6 million at September 30, 2015.

"Our financial and operational performance in the third quarter was very strong," said Daniel P. McGahn, President and CEO, AMSC. "We delivered in excess of 20% year-over-year revenue growth, including shipping a record number of ECS to Inox and generating the highest D-VAR revenues in nearly three years.  In addition, we achieved the highest quarterly gross margin in more than four years, and generated cash during the quarter as well. Operationally, we completed a set of multi-year strategic agreements with Inox Wind which we believe will provide a near-term foundation for the business as we execute on our longer-term objectives, particularly generating meaningful revenues from our REG and Ship Protection System products."

Business Outlook
For the fourth quarter ending March 31, 2016, AMSC expects that its revenues will be in the range of $18 million to $22 million. The Company's net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 is expected to be less than $8.5 million, or $0.62 per share.  In addition, AMSC expects that its non-GAAP net loss (as defined below) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 will be less than $9.5 million, or $0.70 per share. The company expects its cash flow for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 to approach neutral, resulting in a balance of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the end of the fourth fiscal quarter roughly equivalent to the balance at the end of the third fiscal quarter.

Conference Call Reminder
In conjunction with this announcement, AMSC management will participate in a conference call with investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time today to discuss the Company's financial results and business outlook. Those who wish to listen to the live or archived conference call webcast should visit the "Investors" section of the Company's website at The live call also can be accessed by dialing 785-424-1666 and using conference ID 8650194.

AMSC generates the ideas, technologies and solutions that meet the world's demand for smarter, cleaner … better energy™. Through its Windtec™ Solutions, AMSC provides wind turbine electronic controls and systems, designs and engineering services that reduce the cost of wind energy. Through its Gridtec™ Solutions, AMSC provides the engineering planning services and advanced grid systems that optimize network reliability, efficiency and performance. The Company's solutions are now powering gigawatts of renewable energy globally and are enhancing the performance and reliability of power networks in more than a dozen countries. Founded in 1987, AMSC is headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts with operations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit

AMSC, Windtec, Gridtec, and Smarter, Cleaner … Better Energy are trademarks or registered trademarks of American Superconductor Corporation. All other brand names, product names, trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). Any statements in this release about our belief that the set of multi-year strategic agreements with Inox Wind will provide a near-term foundation for the business, our execution of our longer-term objectives and our expectations regarding anticipated financial results and balance of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will" and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements represent management's current expectations and are inherently uncertain. There are a number of important factors that could materially impact the value of our common stock or cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include: We have a history of operating losses, which may continue in the future; Our operating results may fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter and may fall below expectations in any particular fiscal quarter; We have a history of negative operating cash flows, and we may require additional financing in the future, which may not be available to us; Our Term Loans include certain covenants and other events of default, and should we not comply with these covenants or incur an event of default, we may be required to repay our obligation in cash, which could have an adverse effect on our liquidity; We may be required to issue performance bonds or provide letters of credit, which restricts our ability to access any cash used as collateral for the bonds or letters of credit; Changes in exchange rates could adversely affect our results from operations; If we fail to maintain proper and effective internal controls over financial reporting, our ability to produce accurate and timely financial statements could be impaired and may lead investors and other users to lose confidence in our financial data; Our financial condition may have an adverse effect on our customer and supplier relationships; Our success in addressing the wind energy market is dependent on the manufacturers that license our designs; A significant portion of our revenues are derived from a single customer; Our success is dependent upon attracting and retaining qualified personnel and our inability to do so could significantly damage our business and prospects; We may not realize all of the sales expected from our backlog of orders and contracts; Our business and operations would be adversely impacted in the event of a failure or security breach of our information technology infrastructure; We may not be able to ramp up production at our newly leased manufacturing facility in Romania, and, if we are able to do so, we may have manufacturing quality issues, which would negatively affect our revenues and financial position; We rely upon third-party suppliers for the components and subassemblies of many of our Wind and Grid products, making us vulnerable to supply shortages and price fluctuations, which could harm our business; Many of our revenue opportunities are dependent upon subcontractors and other business collaborators; If we fail to implement our business strategy successfully, our financial performance could be harmed; Problems with product quality or product performance may cause us to incur warranty expenses and may damage our market reputation and prevent us from achieving increased sales and market share; New regulations related to conflict-free minerals may force us to incur significant additional expenses; Our contracts with the U.S. government are subject to audit, modification or termination by the U.S. government and include certain other provisions in favor of the government, and the continued funding of such contracts remains subject to annual congressional appropriation which, if not approved, could reduce our revenue and lower or eliminate our profit; Many of our customers outside of the United States, particularly in China, are, either directly or indirectly, related to governmental entities, and we could be adversely affected by violations of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar worldwide anti-bribery laws outside the United States; We have limited experience in marketing and selling our superconductor products and system-level solutions, and our failure to effectively market and sell our products and solutions could lower our revenue and cash flow; We may acquire additional complementary businesses or technologies, which may require us to incur substantial costs for which we may never realize the anticipated benefits; Our success depends upon the commercial use of high temperature superconductor (HTS) products, which is currently limited, and a widespread commercial market for our products may not develop; Growth of the wind energy market depends largely on the availability and size of government subsidies and economic incentives; We have operations in and depend on sales in emerging markets, including India and China, and global conditions could negatively affect our operating results or limit our ability to expand our operations outside of these countries, and changes in India's or China's political, social, regulatory and economic environment may affect our financial performance; Our products face intense competition, which could limit our ability to acquire or retain customers; Our international operations are subject to risks that we do not face in the United States, which could have an adverse effect on our operating results; Adverse changes in domestic and global economic conditions could adversely affect our operating results; We may be unable to adequately prevent disclosure of trade secrets and other proprietary information; Our patents may not provide meaningful protection for our technology, which could result in us losing some or all of our market position; There are a number of technological challenges that must be successfully addressed before our superconductor products can gain widespread commercial acceptance, and our inability to address such technological challenges could adversely affect our ability to acquire customers for our products; Third parties have or may acquire patents that cover the materials, processes and technologies we use or may use in the future to manufacture our Amperium products, and our success depends on our ability to license such patents or other proprietary rights; Our technology and products could infringe intellectual property rights of others, which may require costly litigation and, if we are not successful, could cause us to pay substantial damages and disrupt our business; We have filed a demand for arbitration and other lawsuits against our former largest customer, Sinovel, regarding amounts we contend are overdue, and we cannot be certain as to the outcome of these proceedings; We have been named as a party in various legal proceedings, and we may be named in additional litigation, all of which will require significant management time and attention, result in significant legal expenses and may result in an unfavorable outcome, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition; and Our common stock has experienced, and may continue to experience, significant market price and volume fluctuations, which may prevent our stockholders from selling our common stock at a profit and could lead to costly litigation against us that could divert our management's attention.

These and the important factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in Part 1. Item 1A of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, and our other reports filed with the SEC, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements made herein and presented elsewhere by management from time to time. Any such forward-looking statements represent management's estimates as of the date of this press release. While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

(In thousands, except per share data)

          Three months ended              Nine months ended
          December 31,              December 31,
               2015                   2014                        2015                   2014    

Wind         $    17,229              $    15,131                   $    48,976              $    30,244    
Grid              8,543                   6,119                        19,523                   15,157    
Total Revenues              25,772                   21,250                        68,499                   45,401    

Cost of revenues              19,263                   18,094                        55,758                   43,953    

Gross profit              6,509                   3,156                        12,741                   1,448    

Operating expenses:                                            
Research and development              2,759                   2,795                        8,924                   8,993    
Selling, general and administrative              7,023                   7,550                        21,331                   23,534    
Arbitration award expense              —                   —                        —                   10,188    
Restructuring and impairments              —                   507                        779                   5,416    
Amortization of acquisition related intangibles              39                   39                        118                   118    
Total operating expenses              9,821                   10,891                        31,152                   48,249    

Operating loss              (3,312    )              (7,735    )                   (18,411    )              (46,801    )

Change in fair value of derivatives and warrants              (1,092    )              2,288                        409                   3,048    
Gain on sale of minority interest              2,511                   —                        2,511                   —    
Interest expense, net              (238    )              (525    )                   (841    )              (1,555    )
Other (expense) income, net              (20    )              (209    )                   (1,189    )              379    

Loss before income tax expense              (2,151    )              (6,181    )                   (17,521    )              (44,929    )

Income tax expense              806                   172                        2,256                   363    

Net loss         ($    2,957    )         ($    6,353    )              ($    19,777    )         ($    45,292    )

Net loss per common share                                            
Basic         ($    0.22    )         ($    0.72    )              ($    1.52    )         ($    5.50    )
Diluted         ($    0.22    )         ($    0.72    )              ($    1.52    )         ($    5.50    )

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding                                            
Basic              13,539                   8,764                        13,052                   8,228    
Diluted              13,539                   8,764                        13,052                   8,228    

(In thousands)    
          December 31,          March 31,     
Current assets:                   
Cash and cash equivalents    $    36,437              $    20,490         
Accounts receivable, net         17,052                   9,879         
Inventory         15,238                   20,596         
Prepaid expenses and other current assets         5,611                   10,764         
Restricted cash         433                   2,822         
     Total current assets         74,771                   64,551         

Property, plant and equipment, net         51,204                   56,097         
Intangibles, net         996                   1,422         
Restricted cash         795                   1,236         
Deferred tax assets         7,766                   7,766         
Other assets         303                   2,753         
     Total assets         $    135,835              $    133,825         


Current liabilities:                   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses    $    20,723              $    21,615         
Notes payable, current portion, net of discount of $83 as of December 31, 2015 and $244 as of March 31, 2015         3,584                   3,756         
Derivative liabilities         2,590                   2,999         
Deferred revenue         10,676                   11,019         
Deferred tax liabilities         7,843                   7,843         
     Total current liabilities         45,416                   47,232         

Note Payable, net of current portion and discount of $161 as of December 31, 2015 and $290 as of March 31, 2015         1,339                   3,877         
Deferred revenue         3,261                   2,756         
Other liabilities         790                   67         
     Total liabilities         50,806                   53,932         

Stockholders' equity:                   
Common stock          141                   96         
Additional paid-in capital         1,011,016                   985,921         
Treasury stock         (881    )              (771    )    
Accumulated other comprehensive loss         (425    )              (308    )    
Accumulated deficit         (924,822    )              (905,045    )    
     Total stockholders' equity         85,029                   79,893         

     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity    $    135,835              $    133,825         

(In thousands)    
                              Nine months ended December 31,

Cash flows from operating activities:              
     Net loss    $    (19,777    )         $    (45,292    )
     Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operations:              
          Depreciation and amortization         6,050                   7,298    
          Stock-based compensation expense         2,542                   4,620    
          Impairment of minority interest investment         746                   3,464    
          Provision for excess and obsolete inventory         1,835                   1,401    
          Write-off prepaid taxes         289                   —    
          (Gain on sale)/loss from minority interest investment         (2,155    )              644    
          Change in fair value of derivatives and warrants         (409    )              (3,048    )
          Non-cash interest expense         290                   490    
          Other non-cash items         694                   (838    )
          Changes in operating asset and liability accounts:              
          Accounts receivable         (7,156    )              (3,434    )
          Inventory         3,288                   (7,598    )
          Prepaid expenses and other current assets         5,800                   (3,072    )
          Accounts payable and accrued expenses         (34    )              5,694    
          Accrued arbitration liability         —                   10,328    
          Deferred revenue         198                   8,409    
     Net cash used in operating activities         (7,799    )              (20,934    )

Cash flows from investing activities:              
     Net cash provided by investing activities         4,856                   4,355    

Cash flows from financing activities:              
     Net cash provided by financing activities         19,202                   9,747    

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents         (312    )              (299    )

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents         15,947                   (7,131    )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year         20,490                   43,114    
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period    $    36,437              $    35,983    

(In thousands, except per share data)

          Three months ended         Nine months ended
December 31,    December 31,

     2015              2014              2015              2014    
Net loss    $    (2,957    )         $    (6,353    )         $    (19,777    )         $    (45,292    )
Gain on sale of interest in Blade Dynamics, net of tax effect          (2,354    )              —                    (2,354    )              —    
Stock-based compensation         708                   1,521                   2,542                   4,620    
Arbitration award expense         —                   —                   —                   10,188    
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles          39                   39                    118                   118    
Restructuring and impairment charges         —                   507                    779                   5,416    
Consumption of zero cost-basis inventory         (1,543    )              (3,143    )              (3,612    )              (5,710    )
Change of fair value of derivatives and warrants         1,092                   (2,288    )              (409    )              (3,048    )
Non-cash interest expense          83                   147                    290                   490    
Non-GAAP net loss    $    (4,932    )         $    (9,570    )         $    (22,423    )         $    (33,218    )

Non-GAAP loss per share    $    (0.36    )         $    (1.09    )         $    (1.72    )         $    (4.04    )
Weighted average shares outstanding         13,539                   8,764                   13,052                   8,228    

Reconciliation of Forecast GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Loss     
(In millions, except per share data)    

     Three months ending
March 31, 2016
Net loss    $    (8.5    )
Stock-based compensation         0.7    
Non-cash interest expense         0.1    
Consumption of zero-cost inventory         (1.5    )
Other items, net              (0.3    )
Non-GAAP net loss    $    (9.5    )
Non-GAAP net loss per share    $    (0.70    )
Shares outstanding         13.6    

Note: Non-GAAP net loss is defined by the Company as net loss before stock-based compensation; amortization of acquisition-related intangibles; restructuring and impairment charges; consumption of zero cost-basis inventory; non-cash interest expense; change in fair value of derivatives and warrants; and other unusual charges, net of any tax effects related to these items. The Company believes non-GAAP net loss assists management and investors in comparing the Company's performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding these non-cash, non-recurring or other charges that it does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance. The Company also regards non-GAAP net loss as a useful measure of operating performance to complement operating loss, net loss and other GAAP financial performance measures. In addition, the Company uses non-GAAP net loss as a factor in evaluating management's performance when determining incentive compensation and to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies.

Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flow that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measures included in this release, however, should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, operating income, cash flows, or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP net loss is set forth in the table above.

AMSC Contact:
Brion D. Tanous
CleanTech IR, Inc.
Phone: 978-842-3247
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