16.06.15

Capstone: Q4 & Fiscal 2015 Results

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CHATSWORTH, California - Capstone Turbine Corporation (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2015.

Highlights

    Gross margin of $18.3 million, or 16% of revenue, for Fiscal 2015
    Gross margin as a percentage of revenue flat compared to Fiscal 2014 despite a 13% decline in revenue, reflecting operational improvements to the cost structure
    Accessories, parts and service revenue up 7%
    Factory Protection Plan (FPP) backlog of $61.2 million as of March 31, 2015
    Cash balance of $32.2 million as of March 31, 2015

President and Chief Executive Officer Darren Jamison commented, "In Fiscal 2015, Capstone adapted to challenging global and economic market dynamics in ways that have made us a more resilient company today and for the future. We continued to make significant progress in strengthening our company by further diversifying our business, growing and maturing our distribution network, improving our product reliability, expanding into promising new geographies, and implementing cost savings. However, our progress was eclipsed by headwinds from the dramatic downturn of the oil markets, a substantially stronger U.S. dollar making our products more expensive overseas, and on-going geopolitical tensions in Russia, North Africa and the Middle East. These conditions impacted our business in Fiscal 2015, but they also prompted us to closely evaluate areas of our business that are within our control. As a result, we have taken decisive actions that ultimately have made Capstone stronger, leaner, more flexible and better positioned for growth than ever before. We look forward to regaining our growth momentum over the next year ahead."

Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Summary

Revenue for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2015 was $29.9 million, compared to $30.1 million for the third quarter of Fiscal 2015, and $36.4 million for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2014.

 Capstone's product backlog as of March 31, 2015 was $165.7 million, compared to $175.5 million at December 31, 2014, and $171.6 million at March 31, 2014.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2015 was $3.5 million, or 11.8% of revenue, compared to $6.1 million, or 20.3% of revenue, for the third quarter of Fiscal 2015, and $6.1 million, or 16.9% of revenue, for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2014. Gross margin for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2015 was impacted by a $1.2 million non-cash charge for slow-moving inventory related to the Company's waste heat recovery generator product. In addition, cost of goods sold for the quarter included $0.7 million of product shipped without recognizing the associated revenue. Without these two items, gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2015 would have been $5.4 million, or 18.0% of revenue.

Research and development expenses were $2.9 million for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2015, compared to $2.4 million for the third quarter of Fiscal 2015, and $2.5 million for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2014.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $14.7 million for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2015, compared to $7.5 million for the third quarter of Fiscal 2015 and $6.8 million for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2014. The Company recorded a bad debt expense of approximately $7.1 million during the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2015 against receivables owed to us by one of our Russian distributors that has been impacted by the steep decline of the Russian ruble. In comparison, the Company had no such expense of this magnitude during the third quarter of 2015 or fourth quarter of 2014.

Capstone's net loss was $14.3 million, or $0.05 loss per share, for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2015, compared to a net loss of $3.9 million, or $0.01 loss per share, for the third quarter of Fiscal 2015, and a net loss of $3.4 million, or $0.01 loss per share, for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2014. Capstone's loss from operations for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2015 was $14.1 million, compared to $3.8 million for the third quarter of Fiscal 2015, and $3.1 million for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2014.

Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Summary

Revenue for Fiscal 2015 was $115.5 million, compared to $133.1 million for Fiscal 2014.

Fiscal 2015 gross margin was $18.3 million, or 16% of revenue, compared to Fiscal 2014 gross margin of $21.7 million, or 16% of revenue. While annual revenue decreased 13%, gross margin percentage was flat compared to Fiscal 2014. The change in gross margin dollars was driven by multiple factors, including lower royalty expense of $1.2 million, lower production and service center labor and overhead expense of $1.0 million and lower warranty expense of $0.4 million. The positive impact of these factors was offset by the adverse impact of lower volume, lower average selling prices and a change in product mix of $5.0 million, and higher inventory charges of $1.0 million.

Research and development expenses were $9.7 million for Fiscal 2015, compared to $9.0 million for Fiscal 2014. Benefits from cost-sharing programs decreased by approximately $0.9 million to $0.5 million in Fiscal 2015 from $1.4 million in Fiscal 2014. In addition, professional services expense decreased by $0.2 million in Fiscal 2015 as compared to the previous year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $39.5 million for Fiscal 2015, compared to $28.0 million for Fiscal 2014. The net increase in SG&A expenses was comprised of a $9.9 million increase in bad debt reserve (of which $7.1 million was recorded in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2015 as referenced above) along with increases in salaries, professional services, marketing and business travel expense, partially offset by a decrease in facilities and supplies expense.

Net loss was $31.5 million, or a $0.10 loss per share, for Fiscal 2015, compared to a net loss of $16.3 million, or a $0.05 loss per share, for Fiscal 2014. Capstone's loss from operations was $30.9 million for Fiscal 2015, compared to a loss from operations of $15.3 million for Fiscal 2014.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At March 31, 2015, cash and cash equivalents totaled $32.2 million, compared to $40.9 million at December 31, 2014, and $27.9 million at March 31, 2014.

During the quarter ended March 31, 2015, cash used in operating activities was $6.6 million and capital expenditures totaled $0.4 million. This compares to cash used in operating activities of $3.8 million and $0.4 million in capital expenditures during the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

During Fiscal 2015, Capstone used $23.0 million of cash in operating activities and spent $1.6 million in capital expenditures. This compares to cash used in operating activities of $15.4 million and $1.2 million in capital expenditures during Fiscal 2014.

Subsequent Event

As previously announced, in April 2015, the Company took actions to flatten the organization and streamline internal operations to better foster innovation and creativity, focus on product improvements, and broaden aftermarket services. These actions are expected to lower operating costs and result in an estimated $2 million in annual savings after payment of associated employee severance benefits.

 
About Capstone Turbine Corporation

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST) 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 8,500 Capstone Microturbine 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 9001:2008 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, United Kingdom, Shanghai and Singapore.
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