15.09.09

ICP Solar: Fiscal 2010 Second Quarter Financial Results

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ICP Solar Technologies Inc., a developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary solar panels and products, announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2009.

Highlights for the Quarter

    * ICP Solar posted sales of $1.4 million for the fiscal second quarter and gross profit of $0.4 million, or 26% of sales, versus a gross margin of 17% in the prior year period even as revenues fell due to the global recession and supply chain issues.
    * Shipments were negatively affected during the quarter by vendor constraints in China, where many traditional suppliers have gone out of business in the current economic environment. ICP Solar worked to quickly switch to larger, more established vendors and ship products to customers, but the transition resulted in lower revenue and a negative impact to gross margins.
    * SG&A expenses declined 50% in the quarter ended July 31, 2009 versus the second quarter of fiscal 2009 and were down 14% sequentially from the fiscal 2010 first quarter.
    * ICP Solar also recently announced a number of initiatives to expand its product line and accelerate growth, including new solar chargers with Konarka, a global licensing agreement with Energizer®, and an upcoming line of portable power products sold under the iSun® brand.

“While ICP Solar initiated several new product developments this quarter and made further progress towards profitability, we were disappointed with the Company’s overall financial results,” said Sass Peress, CEO. “Anticipating that the global economic slowdown would have an impact on end-user demand, we managed our inventory levels judiciously and conserved cash. However, orders were higher than expected, and we thus found it necessary to make and ship products to our distributors via air freight and other less attractive methods, negatively impacting our gross margins. Furthermore, quite a few of our suppliers in China had become unreliable in the current environment or gone out of business altogether, so ICP Solar found it necessary to switch to other vendors during the period – costing both time and money. While these factors were unanticipated, we are now better positioned with stronger suppliers and better forecasting tools to manage working capital requirements.

“During the quarter and afterwards, ICP Solar announced a number of exciting new product rollout initiatives that we believe will strengthen our industry position and bolster our growth rate going forward. Our relationship with Konarka brings cutting edge, inexpensive solar chargers utilizing their patented Power Plastic® solar cells, and the global licensing agreement with Energizer Holdings will broaden our product portfolio across a number of new markets. In addition, the upcoming launch of the Energizersolar.com and Energizersolar.eu websites will provide valuable exposure and increased awareness for ICP Solar. We expect to see products from both the Konarka and Energizer partnerships become available during the fourth quarter. Our GreenMeter® global rollout continues, and we recently also announced that our iSun® brand of portable solar chargers will soon be available for sale as well. ICP Solar is clearly laying out a strategy to rapidly grow the Company in the quarters to come.

“We remain dedicated to becoming profitable as soon as possible and believe the Company would have reached breakeven this past quarter if not for the supply chain issues encountered. We are now better prepared for the anticipated growth and see continued financial improvement as our new product introductions gain traction this year and next.”

Financial Results

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 was $1.4 million, as compared with $1.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2009, reflecting global economic conditions and supply chain constraints. Gross profit was $0.4 million, or 26% of sales, versus $0.3 million, or 17% of sales, in the prior year period. The Company's operating loss for the quarter was $(0.6) million versus $(1.4) million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009, with the decrease primarily due to lower SG&A expense. The Company posted a comprehensive net loss for the second quarter of $(7.1) million, or $(0.19) per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $(3.6) million, or $(0.11) per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2009. Results for the current period include approximately $6.5 million in non-cash charges related to the Company’s warrants and convertible debentures.

Conference Call

ICP Solar will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on September 14, 2009 for the fiscal second quarter ended July 31, 2009. During the call, Sass Peress, CEO, will review the company’s operations and financial results. The telephone number for the conference call is 800-938-1123.

Non-GAAP Measures

The Company uses certain non-GAAP measures to assist in assessing its financial performance. Non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. One such non-GAAP measure used for assessing financial performance is net income (loss) before interest, income taxes, amortization, financing costs and non-cash charges ("Adjusted EBITDA").

About ICP Solar Technologies, Inc:

ICP Solar is a developer and marketer of solar panels, solar cell based products, solar monitoring software and solar power management solutions. Through the application of its own intellectual property and next-generation technologies, the Company aims to be the solar industry's innovation leader. For the past 20 years, ICP Solar has been a lead innovator in the consumer solar market and has now begun to apply that same innovation philosophy to the OEM, rooftop and power generation segment of the solar industry. ICP Solar's management has over 50 years of experience in the renewable energy sector. ICP Solar markets its products under its sunsei® brand and, in the solar charger category, is the North American licensee of the Coleman® brand as well as the global licensee of the Energizer® brand. ICP Solar is also helping the environment by offering these solar technologies and green solutions to the renewable energy sector. The company's headquarters are located in Montreal, Canada, with an R&D center in St. John’s Canada and additional locations in the USA, Ireland, France and the UK. Additional information may be found at www.icpsolar.com, www.sunsei.com, and www.sunsei.eu.

This release may contain forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "expects," "plans," "estimates," "intends," "believes," "could," "might," "will" or variations of such words and phrases. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of ICP Solar Technologies Inc. to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties which are described under the caption "Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements" and "Key Information - Risk Factors" and elsewhere in ICP Solar Technologies Inc.’s Annual Report for the fiscal year ended January 31,2008, as filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. The risk factors identified in ICP Solar Technologies Inc. Annual Report are not intended to represent a complete list of factors that could affect ICP Solar Technologies Inc. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. ICP Solar Technologies Inc. does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

ICP Solar Technologies, Inc.
Consolidated Statement of Operations
(Unaudited)
Expressed in U.S. Funds
                    
        For the three months         For the six months
        ended July 31,         ended July 31,
            2009           2008           2009           2008
                                    
Net Sales         $     1,365,952             $     1,946,943             $     2,812,911             $     3,838,597     
                                
Cost of Sales             1,008,403                 1,613,901                 2,117,388                 2,849,886     
                                                
Gross Margin                 357,549                       333,042                       695,522                       988,711     
                                
Expenses                                 
                                
Selling, general and administrative             806,834                 1,628,344                 1,740,535                 3,168,326     
Depreciation             20,369                 6,946                 40,878                 13,342     
Research and development             14,230                 117,025                 56,129                 155,273     
Foreign exchange loss (gain)             101,393                 7,759                 138,579                 13,745     
                                                
Total Expenses                 942,826                       1,760,074                       1,976,120                       3,350,686     
                                
Operating Loss                 (585,277     )                 (1,427,032     )                 (1,280,598     )                 (2,361,975     )
                                
Interest expense             (64,461     )             (64,308     )             (142,477     )             (101,055     )
Interest expense on put warrants             (5,761,000     )             (560,667     )             (9,902,000     )             (560,667     )
Change in fair value or derivative liability -embedded conversion option             82,441                 -                 (138,964     )             -     
Interest income             -                 851                         5,614     
Forgiveness of loan receivable             -                 -                         (88,973     )
Discount on senior secured debentures             (731,031     )             (246,914     )             (1,577,949     )             (246,914     )
Accretion of discount on convertible notes             -                 (137,573     )                     (167,495     )
Discount on loan receivable             -                 -                         166,404     
Accretion of discount on loan receivable             -                 26,367                         35,639     
Financing costs                     (382,761     )                     (382,761     )
Gain on disposal of subsidiary                     9                         9     
                                
Net Loss before Income Taxes           $     (7,059,328     )           $     (2,792,028     )           $     (13,041,988     )           $     (3,702,174     )
                                
Deferred Income Taxes             -                 850,000                         850,000     
                                
Comprehensive Loss           $     (7,059,328     )           $     (3,642,028     )           $     (13,041,988     )           $     (4,552,174     )
                                
Basic Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding                 37,667,640                       33,724,100                       37,667,640                       33,724,100     
Basic and Diluted Loss Per Share                 (0.19     )                 (0.11     )                 (0.35     )                 (0.13     )

ICP Solar Technologies, Inc.
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
(Unaudited)
Expressed in U.S. Funds
                      
        

For the Three-Month Period
Ended July 31,
        For the Six-Month Period
Ended July 31,
        2009           2008         2009           2008
                                  
Net Earnings (Loss) before Income Taxes         ($7,059,328     )         ($2,792,028     )         ($13,041,988     )         ($3,702,174     )
Interest         64,461             64,308             142,477             101,055     
Interest expense on put warrant         5,761,000             560,667             9,902,000             560,667     
Depreciation         20,369             6,946             40,878             13,342     
Amotization of loan discount         -             -             -             (166,404     )
Accretion of discount on convertible notes         -             137,573             -             167,495     
Amortization of discount on convertible debentures         731,031             246,914             1,577,949             246,914     
Accretion of discount on loan receivable         -               (26,367     )         -               (35,639     )
EBITDA         (482,467     )         (1,801,987     )         (1,378,684     )         (2,814,744     )
Other non-cash items:                                 
Forgiveness of loan receivable         -             -             -             88,973     
Foreign exchange         101,393             7,759             138,579             13,745     
Stock based compensation         74,572             518,545             381,892             1,200,678     
Change in fair value of derivative liability -embeded conversion option         (82,441     )         -             138,964             -     
Gain on disposal of subsidiary         -               (9     )         -               (9     )
Adjusted EBITDA         ($388,944     )         ($1,275,692     )         ($719,250     )         ($1,511,357     )

ICP Solar Technologies, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheet
(Unaudited)
Expressed in U.S. Funds
 
                    
        July 31, 2009         January 31, 2009
                        
                
Assets                 
Current                 
Cash         $     39,066             $     193,517     
Accounts receivable             661,243                 622,981     
Inventories             1,004,288                 1,492,808     
Prepaid expenses                 99,315                       12,941     
            1,803,912                 2,322,247     
                
Property and Equipment             76,152                 88,030     
Intangible, net of accumulated amortization of $82,200 (2008-$nil)             91,914                 120,914     
Investment in Convertible Debenture net of $967,600 provision                 1                       1     
                
Total Assets           $     1,971,979                 $     2,531,192     
                
Liabilities                 
                
Current                 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities             2,053,607                 1,648,019     
Put option liability             134,397                 67,555     
Derivative liability-embedded conversion option             943,186                 -     
Government grants payable             10,565                 17,533     

Senior Secured Convertible Debentures, less unamortized discount of $ 1,130,985 (2009-$2,708,934)
                785,054                       171,517     
            3,926,810                 1,904,624     
                
Put Warrant             13,502,000                 3,600,000     
                
                
Shareholders' Deficiency                 
Capital Stock             413                 351     
Additional Paid-In Capital             17,520,297                 16,157,548     
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss             (1,005,625     )             (1,005,625     )
Accumulated Deficit                 (31,971,916     )                 (18,125,706     )
                
Total Shareholders' Deficiency                 (15,456,831     )                 (2,973,432     )
                
Total Liabilities & Shareholders' Deficiency           $     1,971,979                 $     2,531,192       

Contact:
ICP Solar Technologies Inc.
Sass Peress, Chief Executive Officer
514-270-5770
or
Investor Relations:
Chris Witty, 646-438-9385
cwitty@darrowir.com

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