FuelCell Energy Reports Third Quarter Results and Business Highlights

05 Sep 2013

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• Record quarterly revenue of $54 million

• Record gross margin

• Marketing agreement with NRG Energy, including power purchase agreement model

• Construction of multi-megawatt fuel cell parks on track in Connecticut and South Korea

FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCEL), a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, today reported results for its third quarter ended July 31, 2013 along with an update on key business highlights.

Financial Results

FuelCell Energy (the Company) reported total revenues for the third quarter of 2013 of $53.7 million compared to $29.7 million for the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 81 percent.

Product sales for the third quarter of 2013 totaled $45.4 million including $39.4 million of power plant revenue and fuel cell kit sales, and $6.0 million of power plant component sales and installation services. For the comparable prior year period, product sales totaled $21.0 million including $17.8 million of power plant revenues and fuel cell kit sales and $3.2 million of power plant component sales and installation services.

Service and license revenues for the third quarter of 2013 totaled $3.7 million compared to $6.5 million for the comparable prior year period. Service revenue from scheduled module exchanges is recognized at the time of the module exchange whereas the remaining portion of service revenue from long term service agreements is recognized ratably over the life of the service contract. Service revenue declined year-over-year as there were no scheduled module exchanges under long term service agreements in the third quarter of 2013 compared to approximately $3.0 million of service revenue recognized in third quarter of 2012 from module exchange actions. Service revenue is expected to trend higher in subsequent quarters along with the growing installed base, including for example, service revenue for the Bridgeport fuel cell park that is expected to begin being recognized in calendar year 2013 once the park is commissioned.

Advanced technologies contract revenue was $4.6 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $2.1 million for the third quarter of 2012 with the increase primarily due to solid oxide fuel cell development programs, particularly the unmanned aerial program with Boeing included from the acquisition of Versa Power Systems in the first quarter of 2013.

Backlog totaled $380.8 million at July 31, 2013 compared to $172.0 million at July 31, 2012.

• Product sales backlog was $199.6 million at July 31, 2013 compared to $75.7 million at July 31, 2012 with the year-over-year increase due to the fuel cell kit order by POSCO Energy announced in October 2012 and the Bridgeport fuel cell park project announced in December 2012. Product backlog in megawatts totaled 123.0 MW at July 31, 2013 compared to 42.9 MW at July 31, 2012.

• Service backlog was $163.0 million at July 31, 2013 compared to $82.5 million at July 31, 2012. The service contract for the Bridgeport fuel cell park project accounted for a significant portion of the growth year-over-year.

• Advanced technologies contracts backlog was $18.2 million at July 31, 2013 compared to $13.8 million at July 31, 2012.

The gross profit generated in the third quarter of 2013 totaled $4.5 million compared to a gross loss of $2.7 million incurred in the third quarter of 2012. The record third quarter 2013 gross margin of 8.4 percent was driven by improved overhead absorption from higher production levels combined with a sales mix that included power plants along with fuel cell kits.

Loss from operations for the third quarter of 2013 was $4.6 million compared to $10.5 million for the third quarter of 2012. Execution of strategic initiatives including expenditures to develop the European market for fuel cell power plants and expand market opportunities for fuel cell solutions including commercializing solid oxide fuel cell technology resulted in the increase in operating expenses in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the third quarter of 2012.

Net loss attributable to common shareholders for the third quarter of 2013 totaled $6.4 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, compared to $10.7 million or $0.06 per basic and diluted share in the third quarter of 2012.

Year-to-Date 2013

For the nine months ended July 31, 2013, the Company reported revenue of $132.5 million compared to $85.2 million for the prior year period. Product sales were $108.9 million compared to $65.9 million for the prior year period. Service agreement and license revenues were $12.8 million compared to $13.4 million for the prior year period. Advanced technologies contract revenues totaled $10.8 million, compared to $5.9 million for the prior year period.

For the nine months ended July 31, 2013, gross profit was $4.5 million compared to a gross loss of $0.4 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2012. The gross margin for the current period was 3.4 percent.  A charge of approximately $2.1 million was incurred in the first quarter of 2013 related to a select number of fuel cell modules requiring repair, which negatively impacted financial results for the nine months ended July 31, 2013 compared to the prior year period.

Loss from operations for the nine months ended July 31, 2013 was $22.9 million, compared to $23.7 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2012. The year-over-year change in operating expenses includes increased business development expenditures for the North American and European markets and consolidating Versa Power Systems after its acquisition by the Company. As a percentage of sales, total operating expenses decreased from 27.3 percent for the nine months ended July 31, 2012 to 20.6 percent for the nine months ended July 31, 2013 from the leverage of existing sales and services infrastructure that supports higher revenue levels.

Net loss attributable to common shareholders for the nine months ended July 31, 2013 was $27.1 million or $0.14 per basic and diluted share, compared to $26.6 million or $0.17 per basic and diluted share for the prior year period.

To read the full financial release, click here.

     

Conference Call Information

FuelCell Energy management will host a conference call with investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on September 5, 2013 to discuss the third quarter 2013 results. An accompanying slide presentation for the earnings call will be available at on its website here immediately prior to the call.

Participants can access the live call via webcast on the Company website or by telephone as follows:

• The live webcast of this call will be available on the Company website at www.fuelcellenergy.com. To listen to the call, select 'Investors' on the home page, then click on 'events & presentations' and then click on 'Listen to the webcast'

• Alternatively, participants in the U.S. or Canada can dial 877-303-7005

• Outside the U.S. and Canada, please call 678-809-1045

• The passcode is 'FuelCell Energy'

The webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's Investors' page. Alternatively, the replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call until midnight Eastern Time on September 9, 2013:

• From the U.S. and Canada please dial 855-859-2056

• Outside the U.S. or Canada please call 404-537-3406

• Enter confirmation code 34803853

     

Source: FuelCell Energy


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