20.04.15

Andalay Solar: Q4 & Year-End 2014 Results

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SAN JOSE, California - Andalay Solar, Inc. (WEST), a leading supplier of integrated solar power systems, announced its fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results.

"Our fourth quarter results were negatively impacted by a lack of solar module inventory.  The West Coast port slowdown, whose impacts are still reverberating, caused the late-arrival of raw materials, which in turn delayed production schedules for our new line of American-made modules," explained Steven Chan, President & CEO. "We were pleased to finally begin selling these modules to customers in mid-December 2014."

"We made good progress in executing our new business strategy of licensing our frame technology to top tier solar manufacturers, most notably putting in place the preparation needed to successfully manufacture and certify a new product for delivery in Q2 this year," continued Steven Chan. "The Hyundai-branded TG-Series solar modules will be the first to carry the Andalay frame."

Fourth Quarter Financial Results

Revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 was $234,000, compared to $757,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $606,000 in the third quarter of 2014.  Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014 decreased by $523,000 or 69.1% compared to the same period in the prior year.   The sequential decrease in revenue of $372,000 or 61.4% was primarily due to having limited module inventory as a result of our American assembled solar module supplier being negatively affected by the West Coast port delays and delaying their shipments to us until mid-December.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $25,000 or 10.7% of revenue, compared to a gross profit of $43,000 or 5.6% of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013, and a gross profit of $55,000 or 9.1% of revenue for the third quarter of 2014. The year-over-year increase in gross margin was due to lower panel costs in the current year partially offset by lower average selling prices in the current quarter.  The sequential increase in gross margin was due to a higher proportion of value added sales.

Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2014 were $774,000 compared to $645,000 for the same period last year and $575,000 for the third quarter of 2014. The year-over-year increase is due to higher sales and marketing costs of $51,000 and higher general and administrative expenses of $78,000. The year-over-year increase in sales and marketing costs was due to higher payroll and tradeshow costs partially offset by lower commissions cost. The year-over-year increase in general and administrative expenses was due to higher professional fees and bad debt expense partially offset by lower stock compensation expense.  Compared to the third quarter of 2014, total operating expenses increased $199,000 due to an increase in sales and marketing expense of $40,000 and higher general and administrative expense of $159,000. The sequential increase in sales and marketing costs was due to higher payroll, branding and tradeshow costs. The sequential increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to higher professional fees, bad debt expense and insurance costs. Stock-based compensation expense included in total operating expenses was $63,000 for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $160,000 for the same period of 2013 and $50,000 in the third quarter of 2014. Cash operating expenses (adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation expense and depreciation and amortization expense) were $681,000 for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $451,000 for the same period last year and $493,000 for the third quarter of 2014.

Net loss from continuing operations was $905,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to a net loss of $594,000 in the same period last year, and a net loss of $571,000 in the third quarter of 2014. The net loss includes an unfavorable non-cash adjustment to the fair value of embedded derivatives of $83,000 for the fourth quarter of 2014 and a favorable non-cash adjustment to the fair value of embedded derivatives of $66,000 for the same period last year and a favorable non-cash adjustment to the fair value of embedded derivatives of $49,000 for the third quarter of 2014.  Excluding the non-cash adjustments in all years, net loss from continuing operations was $729,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $466,000 for the same period last year and $537,000 in the third quarter of 2014.

Net loss attributable to common shareholders (which includes discontinued operations, preferred stock dividends and preferred deemed dividends) was $580,000 or $0.00 per share in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $623,000 or $0.01 per share in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $571,000 or $0.00 per share in the third quarter of 2014.

Full Year 2014 Financial Results

For the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company reported net revenue of $1.3 million, an increase of 14.6% as compared to net revenue of $1.1 million in 2013. Gross profit was $98,000 or 7.6% of revenue in 2014, compared to a gross profit of $3,000, or 0.3% of revenue in 2014.  The year-over-year increase in revenue, gross profit and margins relate to improved sales of the Andalay solution, of both the system as well as the sale of higher margin installations and other services.

Operating expenses were $2.6 million in 2014 compared to $3.3 million in 2013. The decrease in operating expenses reflects lower general and administrative costs of $115,000 and lower sales and marketing costs of $521,000. Stock-based compensation included in operating expenses was $384,000 in 2014 compared to $400,000 in 2013. Cash operating expenses in 2014 (adjusted for stock-based compensation expense and depreciation and amortization expense) were $2.1 million compared to $2.7 million in 2013.

Net loss from continuing operations for 2014 was $2.2 million compared to $2.8 million in 2013. The net loss in 2014 includes an unfavorable non-cash adjustment to embedded derivatives of $51,000 and other income of $769,000 representing a favorable settlement of a legal dispute relating to a payable balance with a former vendor.  The net loss in 2013 includes a favorable non-cash adjustment to embedded derivatives of $66,000 and other income of $420,000 representing a favorable settlement of a legal dispute relating to a supply agreement with a former customer.  Excluding the impact of the non-cash adjustments in both years, net loss in 2014 and 2013 would have been $2.5 million and $2.9 million, respectively. Net loss attributable to shareholders (which includes discontinued operations, the preferred stock dividend and the preferred deemed dividend) was $1.9 million or $0.01 per share for 2014 and $3.9 million, or $0.06 per share, in 2013.

Cash at December 31, 2014 was $62,000. There was a $500,000 balance drawn on the Company's $500,000 line of credit at year-end. Common shares outstanding as of December 31, 2014 were 279.5 million compared to 116.3 million as of December 31, 2013 and 249.3 million as of September 30, 2014.


About Andalay Solar: (OTCQB:WEST)

Founded in 2001, the Company is a designer and manufacturer of integrated solar power systems. The Company has been a pioneer in the concept of integrating the racking, wiring and grounding directly into a solar panel. The Company's AC solar panel reduces the number of components for a rooftop solar installation by approximately 80% and lowers labor costs by approximately 50%. This AC panel, which won the 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, has become the industry's most widely installed AC solar panel. The Company currently sells its new generation "Instant Connect®" products in both AC and DC format which provide the best combination of safety, performance and reliability. For more information on the Company, visit www.andalaysolar.com
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