Ocean Power Technologies: Q2 Results
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PENNINGTON, N.J., Dec. 13, 2013 - Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPTT) today announced financial results for its Fiscal 2014 second quarter and the six months ended October 31, 2013.
* OPT recently announced the following developments related to Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding ("MES"), its partner in Japan:
In October, the Company signed a new agreement with MES for further collaboration towards the development and commercialization of OPT's technology. Specifically, MES was granted a license to sell OPT's PowerBuoys for both grid-connected utility and autonomous applications in Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mozambique, South Africa and Namibia. This license has a renewable ten-year term under which MES has the exclusive right to sell PowerBuoys in its territory and for which OPT will receive royalty payments. OPT will sell to MES the Power Take-Off ("PTO") systems to be integrated in all PowerBuoys sold. Furthermore, MES will receive a commission for any customers outside its territory referred to OPT, and MES also has a right of first refusal with regard to manufacturing PowerBuoys sold in certain areas outside its territory.
Further, the Company received a $2.6 million contract from MES to supply the final design and key components of a PowerBuoy system intended for deployment off the coast of Japan. OPT will work with MES to finalize and test the spar – the PowerBuoy's main structural element – which is to be fabricated in Japan by MES; OPT will design and supply the PTO. Optimized for Japanese wave conditions, the PowerBuoy, when completed, is expected to be suitable for ocean trials to demonstrate the potential for commercial-scale utility wave power stations in Japan.
* During the quarter, OPT announced the deployment of the Company's latest Autonomous PowerBuoy ("APB-350") off the coast of New Jersey. The project, tied to a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, included in-ocean tests to validate OPT's technology for expanded ocean surveillance capability. The APB-350 provided power for sophisticated vessel detection and tracking sensors, enabling persistent off-shore maritime security in near-shore, harbors and littoral zones. The integrated sensor suite included sonar, an over-the-horizon high frequency radar system and an Automated Identification System receiver. The Company noted significant improvement versus prior in-ocean testing and identified further areas to optimize mission longevity and enhance performance as well as the power-to-weight ratio of the device.
* OPT's contract backlog grew to $5.8 million as of October 31, 2013 compared to $3.5 million as of July 31, 2013, reflecting a recent contract award by MES.
* During the quarter ended October 31, 2013 and in November 2013, the Company strengthened its balance sheet through the sale of $4.7 million of common stock under its existing At the Market ("ATM") offering facility with Ascendiant Capital Markets.
* Mark A. Featherstone has joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer. Mark brings to the Company significant experience as a senior finance and accounting officer at private and public companies, including Heat Transfer Products Group, Quaker Chemical Corporation, Coty Inc., and Scott Paper Company.
"We saw several exciting developments this quarter," said Charles F. Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer of OPT. "OPT signed a comprehensive agreement with our partner in Japan, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, for commercialization of our proprietary technology in their home market of Japan and several nations in Asia and Africa. By teaming with MES, we believe we have significantly bolstered the prospects for PowerBuoy sales and strengthened our relationship with an international leader in manufacturing and sales of capital equipment. We are honored by their commitment to our company and encouraged by their interest in wave-driven energy technology."
"We also received an order from MES for the design and delivery of key components of a PowerBuoy for deployment off the coast of Japan. This is another crucial step towards the demonstration of a prospective wave power station in a nation clearly dedicated to developing clean alternatives for power generation. In addition, during this past quarter we achieved a successful demonstration of the enhanced maritime surveillance capability of our autonomous PowerBuoy APB-350 off the coast of New Jersey. We believe that these tangible accomplishments have improved the Company's growth prospects."
OPT's contract backlog as of October 31, 2013 was $5.8 million, compared to $3.5 million as of July 31, 2013 and $5.2 million as of October 31, 2012. We anticipate that the majority of our backlog will be recognized as revenues over a period exceeding 12 months. Approximately $1.2 million of our backlog at October 31, 2013, is for our Oregon project; our continuation of work on this project and the prospective realization of that backlog as revenues would depend on certain factors, including the resolution of regulatory matters, the availability of additional funding to specifically enable completion of this project and the result of discussions with key project stakeholders. Backlog includes funded amounts and unfunded amounts that are expected to be funded in the future, but the current backlog is fully funded. The Company's contract backlog consists largely of cost-sharing contracts to support product development.
Results for the Fiscal Second Quarter Ended October 31, 2013
For the three months ended October 31, 2013, OPT reported revenue of $0.5 million as compared to revenue of $1.4 million for the three months ended October 31, 2012. This decrease relates primarily to a lower level of external funding for the Company's Mark 4 PowerBuoy development project and a decline in revenue tied to OPT's prospective PowerBuoy deployment off Reedsport, Oregon, which has been suspended pending resolution of regulatory, financial and other matters. OPT also completed a project with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding in the prior fiscal year.
The net loss for the three months ended October 31, 2013 was $3.3 million as compared to a net loss of $4.8 million for the three months ended October 31, 2012. The favorable decrease in the Company's net loss year-over-year reflects lower product development costs, with the decline due primarily to a lower level of activity for OPT's project in Oregon.
Results for the Six Months Ended October 31, 2013
For the six months ended October 31, 2013, OPT reported revenues of $0.9 million as compared to revenues of $2.3 million for the six months ended October 31, 2012. This decrease primarily reflects a decline in revenue related to the suspension of the Company's Mark 3 PowerBuoy project off the coast of Oregon, decreased billable work for OPT's Mark 4 PowerBuoy development project, and the completion of a project work with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding in the prior fiscal year. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in revenue related to the company's project off the coast of Spain and work performed under its new contract received in October 2013 from MES.
The net loss was $7.0 million for the six months ended October 31, 2013 compared to $9.1 million for the same period in the prior year. This decrease in net loss was due primarily to a decline in product development costs associated with OPT's project in Oregon.
Cash and Investments
On October 31, 2013, total cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities were $18.7 million, as compared to $21.7 million as of April 30, 2013. Net cash used in operating activities was $6.5 million and $6.3 million for the six months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Net cash used was higher in the current six month period relative to the corresponding prior year period due to a decrease in operating assets and liabilities, offset by lower expenses related to the Company's Oregon project. In addition, the Company raised $4.7 million during the Fiscal 2014 second quarter and in November 2013 through the sale of stock under its ATM facility with Ascendiant Capital Markets.
Additional information may be found in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The Form 10-Q may be accessed at www.sec.gov or at the Company's website in the Investor Relations tab.
Conference Call Details
The Company will host a conference call to review these results at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time today. The call will be available by telephone at 866-383-8009 (toll free in the U.S.) or 617-597-5342 (for international callers), using passcode 52870763. Investors may also access a webcast by visiting the Company's website at www.oceanpowertechnologies.com and clicking on the Investor Relations tab, then Webcasts & Presentations. Recorded replays of the conference call will be available on the Company's website and by telephone at 888-286-8010 (toll free in the U.S.) or 617-801-6888 (for international callers), replay passcode 44636166, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on December 13, 2013.
About Ocean Power Technologies
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPTT) is a pioneer in wave-energy technology that harnesses ocean wave resources to generate reliable and clean and environmentally-beneficial electricity. OPT has a strong track record in the advancement of wave energy and participates in an estimated $150 billion annual power generation equipment market. OPT's proprietary PowerBuoy® system is based on modular, ocean-going buoys that capture and convert predictable wave energy into clean electricity. The Company is widely recognized as a leading developer of on-grid and autonomous wave-energy generation systems, benefiting from more than 15 years of in-ocean experience. OPT is headquartered in Pennington, New Jersey, USA with an office in Warwick, UK, and operations in Melbourne and Perth, Australia. More information can be found at www.oceanpowertechnologies.com.
Charles F. Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer of OPT
Telephone: +1 609 730 0400