10.02.10

Capstone: Q3 2010 Operating Results

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Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST - News) reported operating results for its third quarter ended December 31, 2009 in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 9, 2010.

Financial Summary

Revenue for the third quarter of Fiscal 2010 was $16.0 million, an increase of 39% from the third quarter of Fiscal 2009. Capstone shipped 122 units in the third quarter of Fiscal 2010, compared to 116 units in the same period last year. Average revenue per unit increased for the third quarter of Fiscal 2010 to $100,000 compared to $66,000 per unit for the third quarter of Fiscal 2009 because of the higher priced C200 and C1000 Series systems.

Capstone's backlog as of December 31, 2009 was $78.1 million, an increase of $21.1 million, or 37%, from December 31, 2008 and an increase of $18.8 million, or 32%, from September 30, 2009.

The reported gross loss for the third quarter of Fiscal 2010 was $0.2 million, or 1% of revenue, compared to $0.6 million, or 5% of revenue, for the third quarter of Fiscal 2009 and $3.0 million, or 19% of revenue, for the second quarter of Fiscal 2010. The improved gross loss reflects increased sales of C200 and C1000 Series systems, resulting in an overall higher margin from the change in product mix, progress on direct material cost reduction efforts and decreased manufacturing costs compared to the prior period.Â

Research and development (R&D) expenses were $2.0 million for the third quarter of Fiscal 2010, a decrease of $0.1 million, or 5%, from the third quarter of Fiscal 2009. R&D expenses are reported net of benefits from cost-sharing programs. There were approximately $0.1 million of such benefits this quarter and $2.0 million of such benefits for the same period last year. The overall decrease in R&D expenses was a result of lower overall spending.

Selling, general and administrative expenses remained unchanged at $7.4 million for the third quarter of Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2009. During the third quarter of Fiscal 2010, stock-based compensation expense to employees and consultants increased, while travel expenses, marketing expense and salary expense decreased, all as compared to the third quarter of Fiscal 2009.

Capstone's net loss was $7.2 million, or $0.04 per share, for the third quarter of Fiscal 2010, a decrease of $2.8 million from the $10.0 million loss, or $0.06 per share, reported for the third quarter of Fiscal 2009. The decrease in net loss was primarily the result of the adoption of Accounting Standards Codification 815 "Derivatives and Hedging" which affects the Company's accounting for warrants with certain anti-dilution provisions. The Company recorded a non-cash benefit of $2.3 million to change in fair value of warrant liability during the third quarter of Fiscal 2010. Capstone's net loss for the third quarter before considering the non-cash warrant liability benefit would have been $9.5 million (calculated by adding back the $2.3 million warrant liability benefit from the $7.2 million reported net loss), or $0.05 per share (calculated by adding a $0.01 per share benefit attributable to the warrant liability from $0.04 per share reported loss), compared to the $10.0 million, or $0.06 per share loss for the third quarter of Fiscal 2009 which did not include a warrant liability benefit. Capstone's loss from operations for the third quarter of Fiscal 2010 was $9.6 million, or 5% lower than the $10.1 million loss from operations for the third quarter of Fiscal 2009.

Cash and cash equivalents for the third quarter ended of Fiscal 2010 were $15.7 million, a decrease of $3.8 million from March 31, 2009.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, Tuesday, February 9, at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Access to the live broadcast and a replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days through the Investor Relations page on the Company's website: www.capstoneturbine.com.

About Capstone Turbine

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST - News) is the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems, and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone Turbine has shipped over 5,000 Capstone MicroTurbine(R) systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone Turbine 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 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company; Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the New York metro area, Mexico City, Nottingham, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

"Capstone Turbine Corporation" and "Capstone MicroTurbine" are registered trademarks of Capstone Turbine Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

The Capstone Turbine Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6212

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CAPSTONE TURBINE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
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      December 31,     March 31,
      2009     2009
ASSETS     Â      Â
Current Assets:     Â      Â
Cash and cash equivalents     $15,683     $19,519
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts and sales returns
of $611 at December 31, 2009 and $644 at March 31, 2009     13,877     10,871
Inventories     21,134     24,379
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,789     1,515
Total current assets     52,483     56,284
Property, plant and equipment, net     8,403     9,432
Non-current portion of inventories     3,879     5,883
Intangible asset, net     374     411
Other assets     276     319
Total     $65,415     $72,329
      Â      Â
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     Â      Â
      Â      Â
Current Liabilities:     Â      Â
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     $12,575     $11,484
Accrued salaries and wages     1,861     2,062
Accrued warranty reserve     1,215     2,344
Deferred revenue     982     1,171
Revolving credit facility     7,421     3,654
Current portion of notes payable and capital lease obligations     138     13
Warrant liability     26,448     â??
Other current liabilities     â??     815
Total current liabilities     50,640     21,543
Long-term portion of notespayable and capital lease obligations     84     28
Other long-term liabilities     255     288
Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)     â??     â??
Stockholders' Equity:     Â      Â
Preferred stock, $.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued     â??     â??
Common stock, $.001 par value; 415,000,000 shares authorized; 197,555,896
shares issued and 196,660,271 shares outstanding at December 31, 2009;
174,888,521 shares issued and 174,070,581 shares outstanding at
March 31, 2009     197     175
Additional paid-in capital     676,526     666,357
Accumulated deficit     (661,247)     (615,100)
Treasury stock, at cost; 895,625 shares at December 31, 2009 and 817,940 shares
at March 31, 2009     (1,040)     (962)
Total stockholders' equity     14,436     50,470
Total     $65,415     $72,329

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CAPSTONE TURBINE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
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      Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
      December 31,     December 31,
      2009     2008     2009     2008
Revenue     $15,986     $11,482     $45,233     $32,127
Cost of goods sold     16,204     12,083     51,286     34,550
Gross loss     (218)     (601)     (6,053)     (2,423)
Operating expenses:     Â      Â      Â      Â
Research and development     1,965     2,048     4,997     6,049
Selling, general and administrative     7,433     7,441     20,496     21,699
Total operating expenses     9,398     9,489     25,493     27,748
Loss from operations     (9,616)     (10,090)     (31,546)     (30,171)
Interest income     â??     135     8     490
Interest expense     (181)     â??     (456)     â??
Change in fair value of warrant liability     2,257     â??     (22,498)     â??
Loss before income taxes     (7,540)     (9,955)     (54,492)     (29,681)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes     (370)     80     (182)     82
Net loss     $ (7,170)     $(10,035)     $ (54,310)     $ (29,763)
      Â      Â      Â      Â
Net loss per common shareâ??basic and diluted     $(0.04)     $(0.06)     $(0.29)     $(0.18)
      Â      Â      Â      Â
Weighted average sharesused to calculate basic and diluted net loss
per common share     196,405     173,851     190,453     161,277

Contact:
Capstone Turbine Corp.
Investor and investment media inquiries:
818-407-3628
ir@capstoneturbine.com
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