12.03.15

Ocean Power Technologies: Q3 results

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PENNINGTON, New Jersey - Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPTT) announced financial results for its Fiscal 2015 third quarter ended January 31, 2015 ("fiscal 2015").

George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive of OPT, stated, "I am pleased to report that during the third quarter we successfully completed the relocation and reassembly of the PB40 PowerBuoy in Bayonne, New Jersey. We expect the PB40 PowerBuoy to be fully tested and ready for deployment this month. Actual deployment will occur as soon as final permits are received and an acceptable weather window opens. The PB40 features our Modular Power Take-Off ("MPTO"), which can be scaled for buoys of various sizes and a range of power outputs. Furthermore, several of the PB40 components and subsystems are common to our APB-350 PowerBuoy and we expect that the PB40 deployment will further validate critical design and performance parameters related to the on-going APB-350 optimization.

In addition, we have made significant progress on the development of our optimized APB-350 PowerBuoy, consistent with our strategic shift to capitalize on the growing market for off-grid power production at smaller scales. We are excited about our next generation prototype APB-350 (A1) which we expect to deploy in the summer of 2015. A1 will utilize the existing structure deployed in 2013 and will include a newly designed PTO and upgraded components. Our second planned 2015 prototype APB-350 (A2) is being designed with an optimized geometry for improved operating efficiency as well as reduced fabrication, transportation and deployment costs. The A2 PowerBuoy is expected to undergo a preliminary design review in the second calendar quarter of 2015, with an anticipated deployment in late 2015."

Results for the Fiscal Third Quarter Ended January 31, 2015

For the three months ended January 31, 2015, OPT reported revenue of $0.3 million, as compared to revenue of $0.2 million for the three months ended January 31, 2014. The increase in revenue is primarily related to increased billable work under the current phase of our project with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding ("MES"). The MES project is currently undergoing a stage-gate review as discussed more fully in the MD&A section of our filing on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended January 31, 2015.  

The net loss for the three months ended January 31, 2015 was $2.2 million as compared to a net loss of $0.8 million for the three months ended January 31, 2014. The increase in the Company's net loss year-over-year primarily reflects increased product development costs associated with our PB40 PowerBuoy project that we intend to deploy off the coast of New Jersey and increased costs associated with the next design iteration of the prototype APB-350. In addition, costs increased related to higher consulting fees and patent amortization costs related to shortening the estimated useful lives for recording amortization expense. These increases were partially offset by decreased site development expenses related to our terminated project in Australia. The increase in net loss was also a result of a decrease in income tax benefits and losses on foreign exchange.

Results for the Nine Months Ended January 31, 2015

For the nine months ended January 31, 2015, OPT reported revenue of $3.6 million, as compared to revenue of $1.1 million for the nine months ended January 31, 2014. The increase in revenue is primarily related to increased billable work for the removal of the anchoring and mooring equipment from the seabed off the coast of Oregon, increased billable work under the current phase of our project with MES and the completion of our WavePort contract with the European Union ("EC"). These increases were partially offset by decreased revenue on other billable development projects.

The net loss for the nine months ended January 31, 2015 was $9.9 million, as compared to a net loss of $7.9 million for the nine months ended January 31, 2014. The increase in the Company's net loss year-over-year primarily reflects increased estimated project costs associated with our contract with MES, increased legal fees as well as higher consulting and patent amortization costs. These increases were partially offset by decreased product development costs due to the substantial completion of our cost-sharing contract with the US Department of Energy ("DOE"), for our Reedsport project in Oregon and decreased costs associated with other internally funded development, in addition to employee related costs and decreased site development expenses related to our terminated project in Australia.

Balance Sheet and Available Cash

As of January 31, 2015, total cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $19.9 million, down from $28.4 million on April 30, 2014. At January 31, 2015, restricted cash was $0.6 million, compared with $7.3 million as of April 30, 2014. This significant decrease in restricted cash is primarily due to the return of $4.7 million in customer advance payments that we had received for our former contract with Australian Renewable Energy Agency ("ARENA") in March 2014, $0.5 million in GST tax for the Australian Tax Authorities and $0.8 million for the Oregon Department of State Lands relating to the Oregon project that had been classified as restricted cash. Net cash used in operating activities was $14.8 million and $8.1 million for the nine months ended January 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The increased cash used in operating activities of $6.7 million included the return of the $4.7 million to ARENA.

Conclusion

Mr. Kirby concluded, "We also continued to increase our technical capabilities this quarter with the addition of engineering resources as we accelerate our technology development. Our market engagements are confirming the significant interest in off-grid autonomous power applications. We remain focused on this year's successful deployments of the PB40 and the next generations of the APB-350 in order to validate durability and reliability while seeking new customers and partners as part of our commercialization efforts."


 About Ocean Power Technologies

Headquartered in Pennington, New Jersey, Ocean Power Technologies (Nasdaq:OPTT) is a pioneer in renewable wave-energy technology that converts ocean wave energy into electricity. OPT's proprietary PowerBuoy® technology is based on a modular design and has undergone periodic ocean testing since 1997. OPT specializes in advanced autonomous (not grid connected), cost-effective, and environmentally sound ocean wave based power generation and management technology.

Company Contact:
         Mark A. Featherstone, Chief Financial Officer of OPT
         Phone: 609.730.0400
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