Capstone: Fiscal Q2 2017 Financial Results

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CHATSWORTH, Calif ornia - Capstone Turbine Corporation ( (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, reported financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2017 ended September 30, 2016.

The company reported total revenue of $15.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 and a net loss of $5.9 million, or $0.19 per share. This compares with total revenue of $17.9 million and a net loss of $7.9 million, or $0.48 per share, reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Operating expenses for the quarter decreased 33% to $6.4 million from $9.6 million in the year-ago quarter. Weighted average shares outstanding for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 were 30.5 million compared with 16.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone, said, “Our focus remains fixed on diversifying our customer base and geographic presence while increasing our business in the CHP/energy efficiency markets. To support our sales initiatives, we developed new strategic relationships to provide financing options for our distributors and end use customers.”

“We continue to focus on areas where we can reduce expenses and lean out our business. Also, we recently completed a new capital raise that was intended to keep customers, vendors and employees “tucked in” during these times when our revenue has been less predictable due to the nature and timing of our emerging CHP business. As a team, we remain firmly focused on our path to profitability, lowering our expenses, building our revenue, diversifying our business, launching new products and partnerships, and strengthening our balance sheet,” added Jamison.

Energy efficiency markets for the second quarter were 81% of revenue compared with 68% in last year’s second quarter, renewable energy was 11% compared with 6% of revenue in last year’s second quarter and natural resources was 8% of revenue compared with 26% of revenue in last year’s second quarter. Europe and Russia accounted for nearly 70% of revenue this quarter compared with 16% in last year’s second quarter, while the U.S. and Canada accounted for 12% of revenue this quarter compared with 24% of revenue in last year’s second quarter. Asia and Australia also accounted for 12% of revenue for the quarter, compared with 43% of revenue in last year’s second quarter.

Business developments and milestones recently achieved

    Partnered with Sky Solar (Sky Group) for $50 million in additional project capital (and an option for up to an additional $100 million) for the second phase of the Capstone Energy Finance joint venture (CEF). As our current pipeline for CEF nears the $40 million capacity, this added funding is expected to help expand our business by providing financing options to global customers.

    Partnered with Acresis and Bridge Capital to put together a product-financing program for Capstone distribution partners to provide much needed working capital and growth capital for well-qualified partners.

    Continued to move ahead with our product development roadmap with a newly-patented multi-staged lean pre-vaporizing, pre-mixing fuel injector providing ultra-low emissions that meet United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 requirements for power generation. Under this new program, exhaust emissions will be required to be reduced by more than 90 percent.

    Developed new partnerships with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to provide funding in the amount of $335,000 for one year to Argonne National Laboratory to conduct hydrogen and synthetic fuel (“syngas”) testing on Capstone’s C65 and C200 microturbines at no cost to Capstone. In addition, Capstone continued progress on our flexible fuels program, with recent successful testing on butane.

    Recent launch of the C200 Signature Series product. The all new Signature Series products which include C200, C600, C800 and C1000 have the option for integrated heat recovery modules and two stage air filtration, improved enclosure design, lower noise levels, 12 year marine grade paint and a new system control platform. In addition, the first C1000 Signature Series products were recently commissioned in the U.S. and Europe.

    Resumed sales growth in Russia through BPC Engineering as well as additional new distributors in Russia and the CIS states, including the first order from one of our new Russian distributors.

Mr. Jamison concluded, “With approximately 9,000 units shipped, Capstone maintains a strong leadership position in the marketplace. We believe new product innovations and financing options, geographical expansion, diversifying our verticals and reducing operating costs will all contribute to achieving our goals in the quarters and years ahead.”

Financial Highlights of Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter:

    Net loss for the second quarter was $5.9 million, compared with a net loss of $7.9 million in last year’s second quarter.

    Loss per share of $0.19 compared to last year’s second quarter loss of $0.48 (split adjusted). Weighted average shares outstanding at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017 were 30.5 million compared with 16.6 million in the year-ago second quarter.

    Total revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was $15.0 million compared with $17.9 million in the year-ago second quarter.

    Gross margin of $0.7 million was 5% compared to $1.9 million, or 11%, in the year-ago fiscal second quarter.

    Operating expenses decreased 33% for the quarter to $6.4 million compared with $9.6 million in the year-ago second quarter.

    Bad debt recovery was $0.5 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2017 primarily from BPC Engineering, the company’s distributor in Russia. There were no significant bad debt charges or recoveries recorded during the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

    Cash and cash equivalents were $16.1 million as of September 30, 2016, compared to cash and cash equivalents of $15.6 million as of September 30, 2015. Each of these balances includes $5 million of restricted cash related to our Wells Fargo credit facility.

    Inventories as of September 30, 2016 were $19.2 million compared with $31.0 million at the end of the year-ago second quarter, a decrease of $11.8 million.

    Accounts payable and accrued expenses were $12.1 million compared with $25.1 million at the end of the second quarter fiscal 2016.

    As of September 30, 2016, borrowings on the Wells Fargo credit facility were $6.2 million, a $9.0 million decrease from borrowings as of September 30, 2015.

    Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the company entered into a securities purchase agreement for gross proceeds of approximately $7.5 million in an offering of a combination of common stock and warrants.

    The company booked product net orders of approximately $8.9 million during the second quarter, for a 1.1:1 book-to-bill ratio, compared with $8.4 million of product net orders received and booked during the year-ago second quarter, which was a 0.7:1 book-to-bill ratio.

About Capstone Turbine Corporation
Capstone Turbine Corporation ( (CPST) is the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone has shipped approximately 9,000 Capstone Microturbine systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation's energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and China.

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