August 2, 2012

AMSC Reports First Quarter Financial Results

Company Exceeds Financial Guidance and Posts Solid Year-Over-Year Growth

DEVENS, Mass., Aug. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMSC (Nasdaq:AMSC), a global solutions provider serving wind and grid leaders, today reported financial results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2012 ended June 30, 2012.

Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 were $28.7 million, which compares with $9.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2011. The year-over-year increase was driven by strong growth in the company's Wind and Grid reporting segments.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2012, AMSC reported a net loss of $10.3 million, or $0.20 per share. This figure includes a non-cash benefit of approximately $7.3 million for the settlement of adverse purchase commitments with certain vendors as well as a $2.4 million non-cash "mark-to-market" charge driven by the re-valuation of the derivative liability and warrants associated with the company's recently completed debt financings. For the first quarter of fiscal 2011, AMSC's net loss was $37.7 million, or $0.74 per share.

The company's non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was $10.2 million, or $0.20 per share. This compares with a non-GAAP net loss of $30.8 million, or $0.61 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2011. Please refer to the financial table below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

AMSC's cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash at June 30, 2012 totaled $87.1 million. This compares with $66.2 million as of March 31, 2012. The increase in cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash was driven by the financings that were completed and announced in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

The company's total backlog as of June 30, 2012 was approximately $269 million. This compares with approximately $291 million as of March 31, 2012 and $225 million as of June 30, 2011.

"AMSC continues to meet its financial objectives, delivering a strong year-over-year revenue increase and net loss reduction in the first fiscal quarter," said AMSC President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel P. McGahn. "With key contributions coming from China, Korea and India in our Wind segment and Australia and Romania in our Grid segment, our revenue streams remained diverse and well balanced. This, coupled with the cost reduction initiatives that were put into place in past quarters, enabled us to once again improve our bottom-line performance while minimizing cash usage."

Looking Forward

"We expect our second-quarter revenues to be relatively flat year over year before growth returns in the second half of our fiscal year," said McGahn. "For fiscal year 2012 as a whole, we continue to focus on maintaining our strong track record of execution and are committed to driving year-over-year growth while prudently managing our expenses and our cash as we work toward sustainable profits and positive cash flows."

For the quarter ending September 30, 2012, AMSC expects that its revenues will exceed $20 million. AMSC expects that its net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 will be less than $22 million, or $0.43 per share. This guidance assumes no impact from mark-to-market adjustments related to the derivative liability and warrants. AMSC expects that its non-GAAP net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 will be less than $17 million, or $0.33 per share. AMSC estimates that it will have more than $70 million in cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash on September 30, 2012.

Conference Call Reminder

In conjunction with this announcement, AMSC management will participate in a conference call with investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time today to discuss the company's results and its business outlook. Those who wish to listen to the live or archived conference call webcast should visit the "Investors" section of the company's website at http://www.amsc.com/investors. The live call also can be accessed by dialing 719-325-2486 and using conference ID 1467837. 

About AMSC (Nasdaq:AMSC)

AMSC generates the ideas, technologies and solutions that meet the world's demand for smarter, cleaner … better energy. Through its Windtec™ Solutions, AMSC enables manufacturers to launch best-in-class wind turbines quickly, effectively and profitably. Through its Gridtec™ Solutions, AMSC provides the engineering planning services and advanced grid systems that optimize network reliability, efficiency and performance. The company's solutions are now powering gigawatts of renewable energy globally and enhancing the performance and reliability of power networks in more than a dozen countries. Founded in 1987, AMSC is headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts with operations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit www.amsc.com.

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AMSC, Windtec and Gridtec are trademarks or registered trademarks of American Superconductor Corporation. All other brand names, product names, trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

Any statements in this release about future expectations, plans and prospects for the company, including without limitation our prospects for future growth, expectations regarding the sufficiency of our existing cash balance, expectations regarding future financial results and liquidity and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will" and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements represent management's current expectations and are inherently uncertain. There are a number of important factors that could materially impact the value of our common stock or cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include: our success in addressing the wind energy market is dependent on the manufacturers that license our designs; we may not realize all of the sales expected from our backlog of orders and contracts; our business and operations would be adversely impacted in the event of a failure or security breach of our information technology infrastructure; our success is dependent upon attracting and retaining qualified personnel and our inability to do so could significantly damage our business and prospects; we rely upon third-party suppliers for the components and subassemblies of many of our Wind and Grid products, making us vulnerable to supply shortages and price fluctuations, which could harm our business; many of our revenue opportunities are dependent upon subcontractors and other business collaborators; if we fail to implement our business strategy successfully, our financial performance could be harmed; problems with product quality or product performance may cause us to incur warranty expenses and may damage our market reputation and prevent us from achieving increased sales and market share; our contracts with the U.S. government are subject to audit, modification or termination by the U.S. government and include certain other provisions in favor of the government - the continued funding of such contracts remains subject to annual congressional appropriation which, if not approved, could reduce our revenue and lower or eliminate our profit; we may acquire additional complementary businesses or technologies, which may require us to incur substantial costs for which we may never realize the anticipated benefits; many of our customers outside of the United States are, either directly or indirectly, related to governmental entities, and we could be adversely affected by violations of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar worldwide anti-bribery laws outside the United States; we have limited experience in marketing and selling our superconductor products and system-level solutions, and our failure to effectively market and sell our products and solutions could lower our revenue and cash flow; we have a history of operating losses, and we may incur additional losses in the future; our operating results may fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter and may fall below expectations in any particular fiscal quarter; we may require additional funding in the future and may be unable to raise capital when needed; our new debt obligations include certain covenants and other events of default - should we not comply with the covenants or incur an event of default, we may be required to repay our debt obligations in cash, which could have an adverse effect on our liquidity; we have recorded a liability for adverse purchase commitments with certain of our vendors - should we be required to settle these liabilities in cash, our liquidity could be adversely affected; if we fail to maintain proper and effective internal controls over financial reporting, our ability to produce accurate and timely financial statements could be impaired and may lead investors and other users to lose confidence in our financial data; we may be required to issue performance bonds or provide letters of credit, which restricts our ability to access any cash used as collateral for the bonds or letters of credit; changes in exchange rates could adversely affect our results from operations; growth of the wind energy market depends largely on the availability and size of government subsidies and economic incentives; we depend on sales to customers in China, and global conditions could negatively affect our operating results or limit our ability to expand our operations outside of China; changes in China's political, social, regulatory and economic environment may affect our financial performance; our products face intense competition, which could limit our ability to acquire or retain customers; our international operations are subject to risks that we do not face in the United States, which could have an adverse effect on our operating results; adverse changes in domestic and global economic conditions could adversely affect our operating results; we may be unable to adequately prevent disclosure of trade secrets and other proprietary information; our patents may not provide meaningful protection for our technology, which could result in us losing some or all of our market position; the commercial uses of superconductor products are limited today, and a widespread commercial market for our products may not develop; there are a number of technological challenges that must be successfully addressed before our superconductor products can gain widespread commercial acceptance, and our inability to address such technological challenges could adversely affect our ability to acquire customers for our products; we have not manufactured our Amperium wire in commercial quantities, and a failure to manufacture our Amperium wire in commercial quantities at acceptable cost and quality levels would substantially limit our future revenue and profit potential; third parties have or may acquire patents that cover the materials, processes and technologies we use or may use in the future to manufacture our Amperium products, and our success depends on our ability to license such patents or other proprietary rights; our technology and products could infringe intellectual property rights of others, which may require costly litigation and, if we are not successful, could cause us to pay substantial damages and disrupt our business; we have filed a demand for arbitration and other lawsuits against our former largest customer, Sinovel, regarding amounts we contend are overdue - we cannot be certain as to the outcome of these proceedings; we have been named as a party to purported stockholder class actions and stockholder derivative complaints, and we may be named in additional litigation, all of which will require significant management time and attention, result in significant legal expenses and may result in an unfavorable outcome, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition; our 7% convertible note contains warrants and provisions that could limit our ability to repay the note in shares of common stock and should the note be repaid in stock, shareholders could experience significant dilution; our common stock has experienced, and may continue to experience, significant market price and volume fluctuations, which may prevent our stockholders from selling our common stock at a profit and could lead to costly litigation against us that could divert our management's attention. Reference is made to many of these factors and others in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's most recent quarterly or annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements included in this release represent the company's expectations as of the date of this release. While the company anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause the company's views to change, the company specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the company's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this release.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
   
 Three months ended June 30,
 20122011
Revenues:    
 Wind  $  16,511  $ 4,262
 Grid 12,205 4,796
 Total revenues 28,716 9,058
     
Cost of revenues 16,926  16,955
     
Gross profit (loss)  11,790   (7,897)
     
Operating expenses:    
 Research and development 3,910 8,136
 Selling, general and administrative 13,799 21,990
 Restructuring and impairments  128   -- 
 Amortization of acquisition related intangibles   81  304
 Total operating expenses 17,918 30,430
     
Operating loss   (6,128)  (38,327)
     
Change in fair value of derivatives and warrants  (2,388)  -- 
Interest (expense) income, net  (2,718) 241
Other income, net  123 566
      
Loss before income tax expense  (11,111)  (37,520)
Income tax (gain) expense  (836) 159
     
Net loss  $  (10,275)  $ (37,679)
     
Net loss per common share    
 Basic ($0.20) ($0.74)
 Diluted ($0.20) ($0.74)
     
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding  
 Basic 51,191 50,709
 Diluted 51,191 50,709
     
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
     
 
 
June 30, March 31,
 
 
20122012
ASSETS  
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $60,487 $46,279
Marketable securities 5,209 5,304
Accounts receivable, net 13,558 18,999
Inventory 28,699 29,256
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 30,261 31,444
Restricted cash 16,684 12,086
Deferred tax assets  203 203
Total current assets 155,101 143,571
 
 
   
Property, plant and equipment, net 87,676 90,828
Intangibles, net 3,455 3,772
Restricted cash 4,767 2,540
Deferred tax assets 3,129 3,129
Other assets 10,050 11,216
Total assets $264,178 $255,056
 
 
   
 
 
   
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  
 
 
   
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $30,850 $37,582
Note payable, current portion, net of discount of $707 as of June 30, 2012  2,370 --
Current portion of convertible note, net of discount of $7,055 as of June 30, 2012 1,278 --
Derivative liability 13,565  --
Adverse purchase commitments 17,516 25,894
Deferred revenue 15,390 19,718
Deferred tax liabilities 3,129 3,129
Total current liabilities 84,098 86,323
 
 
   
Note Payable, net of current portion and discount of $392 as of June 30, 2012 6,531 --
Convertible note net of current portion and discount of $3,282 as of June 30, 2012 13,385 --
Deferred revenue 1,681 1,558
Deferred tax liabilities  203  203
Other liabilities
 
1,865 2,093
Total liabilities 107,763 90,177
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
   
Stockholders' equity:    
Common stock 522  520
Additional paid-in capital 899,612  896,603
Treasury stock  (307)  (271)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  863  2,027
Accumulated deficit  (744,275) (734,000)
Total stockholders' equity 156,415 164,879
 
 
   
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $264,178 $255,056
 
 
   
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
   
 Three Months ended June 30,
 20122011
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net (loss) income  $ (10,275)  $ (37,679)
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash (used in) provided by operations:    
Depreciation and amortization  3,344   3,242
Stock-based compensation expense  1,994  3,466
Restructuring charges, net of payments  (39)  -- 
Provision for excess and obsolete inventory   250  413
Adverse purchase commitment losses (recoveries), net  (7,301)  1,071
Loss on minority interest investments  812  -- 
Change in fair value of derivatives and warrants  2,388  -- 
Non-cash interest expense  2,282  -- 
Other non-cash items  200  827
Changes in operating asset and liability accounts:    
Accounts receivable  4,132  670
Inventory  136  (5,324)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  848   (7,812)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  (6,449)  (19,732)
Deferred revenue  (3,913)  3,084
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities  (11,591)   (57,774)
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities  (6,846)  59,753
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Net cash provided by financing activities  32,925  4,376
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (280)  747
 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   14,208  7,102
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  46,279  123,783
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 60,487  $ 130,885
 
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME (LOSS) TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share data)
     
 Three months ended 
June 30,
 20122011
Net (loss) income  $ (10,275)  $ (37,679)
Adverse purchase commitment (recoveries) losses, net  (7,301)  1,071
Stock-based compensation  1,994  3,466
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles  81   304
Restructuring and impairment charges  128  -- 
Executive severance  --   2,066
Sinovel litigation  120  -- 
Consumption of zero cost-basis inventory   387  -- 
Change in fair value of derivatives and warrants  2,388  -- 
Non-cash interest expense  2,282  -- 
Non-GAAP net (loss) income  $ (10,196)  $ (30,772)
     
Non-GAAP (loss) earnings per share  $ (0.20)  $ (0.61)
Weighted average shares outstanding *  51,191  50,709
     
* Diluted shares are used for periods where net income is generated.    
     
RECONCILIATION OF FORECAST GAAP NET LOSS TO NON-GAAP NET LOSS
(In millions, except per share data)
 Three months ending 
September 30,
2012
Net loss $ (22.0)
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles 0.1
Stock-based compensation 2.5
Non-cash interest expense 2.4
Non-GAAP net loss $ (17.0)
Non-GAAP net loss per share $ (0.33)
Shares outstanding 51.5

Note: Non-GAAP net income (loss) is defined by the company as net income (loss) before adverse purchase commitments (recoveries) losses, net; stock-based compensation; amortization of acquisition-related intangibles; restructuring and impairment charges; executive severance; Sinovel litigation costs; margin on zero cost-basis accounting; non-cash interest expense; change in fair value of derivative liability and warrants and other unusual charges; net of any tax effects related to these items. The company believes non-GAAP net income (loss) assists management and investors in comparing the company's performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding these non-cash or non-recurring charges that it does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance. The company also regards non-GAAP net income (loss) as a useful measure of operating performance and cash flow to complement operating income, net income (loss) and other GAAP financial performance measures. In addition, the company uses non-GAAP net (loss) income as a factor in evaluating management's performance when determining incentive compensation and to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies.

Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flow that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measures included in this release, however, should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, operating income, cash flows, or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP net income is set forth in the table above.

CONTACT: AMSC

         Jason Fredette

         Phone: 978-842-3177

         Email: jason.fredette@amsc.com


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