May 28, 2015

AMSC Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2014 Financial Results and Provides Business Outlook

Company to Host Conference Call Today at 10:00 am ET

DEVENS, Mass., May 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMSC (Nasdaq:AMSC), a global solutions provider serving wind and power grid industry leaders, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2014 ended March 31, 2015.

Revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 were $25.1 million, compared with $16.3 million for the same period of fiscal 2013 and $21.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2014. The year over year and quarter over quarter increase in revenues was due to higher Wind segment revenues in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

AMSC's net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 decreased to $3.4 million, or $0.36 per share, from $22.7 million, or $3.30 per share, for the same period of fiscal 2013.

The Company's non-GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 was $6.4 million, or $0.69 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $9.4 million, or $1.36 per share, in the same period of fiscal 2013. Please refer to the financial table below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Revenues for the full year fiscal 2014 were $70.5 million as compared to $84.1 million in fiscal year 2013. AMSC reported a net loss for full year fiscal 2014 of $48.7 million, or $5.74 per share, compared to a net loss of $56.3 million, or $8.98 per share, for fiscal year 2013. The Company's non-GAAP net loss for full year fiscal 2014 was $39.6 million, or $4.67 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $34.1 million, or $5.45 per share, for fiscal year 2013.

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at March 31, 2015 totaled $24.5 million, compared with $37.6 million at December 31, 2014. The decrease is primarily the result of an $8.4 million payment in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 to Ghodawat Energy Pvd Ltd (Ghodawat) to fully settle any and all disputes and claims between AMSC and Ghodawat (including their respective parent and affiliated companies).

"During the fourth fiscal quarter, we grew revenues by more than 50% year over year," said Daniel P. McGahn, President and CEO, AMSC. "We kicked off fiscal 2015 by strengthening our balance sheet through completion of an equity offering as well as announcing the first commercial contract from the U.S. Navy, an additional city exploring the REG solution, and several new D-VAR® orders."

Business Outlook

For the first quarter ending June 30, 2015, AMSC expects that its revenues will be in the range of $22 million to $24 million. The Company's net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 is expected to be less than $9.0 million, or $0.74 per share. AMSC expects that its non-GAAP net loss (as defined below) for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 will be less than $8.5 million, or $0.70 per share.

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 719-785-1753 and using conference ID 6650621.

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 provides wind turbine electronic controls and systems, designs and engineering services that reduce the cost of wind energy. 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 are 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.

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

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). Any statements in this release about our expectations regarding anticipated financial results 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: We have a history of operating losses, which may continue in the future. Our operating results may fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter and may fall below expectations in any particular fiscal quarter; we have a history of negative operating cash flows, and we may require additional financing in the future, which may not be available to us; Our Term Loans include certain covenants and other events of default. Should we not comply with these covenants or incur an event of default, we may be required to repay our obligation in cash, which could have an adverse effect on our liquidity; 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; 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; Our financial condition may have an adverse effect on our customer and supplier relationships; Our success in addressing the wind energy market is dependent on the manufacturers that license our designs; A significant portion of our revenues are derived from a single customer, Our success is dependent upon attracting and retaining qualified personnel and our inability to do so could significantly damage our business and prospects; 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; We may not be able to ramp up production at our newly leased manufacturing facility in Romania, and, if we are able to do so, we may have manufacturing quality issues, which would negatively affect our revenues and financial position; 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; New regulations related to conflict-free minerals may force us to incur significant additional expenses; 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; Many of our customers outside of the United States, particularly in China, 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 may acquire additional complementary businesses or technologies, which may require us to incur substantial costs for which we may never realize the anticipated benefits; Our success depends upon the commercial use of high temperature superconductor (HTS) products, which is currently limited, and a widespread commercial market for our products may not develop; Growth of the wind energy market depends largely on the availability and size of government subsidies and economic incentives; We have operations in and depend on sales in emerging markets, including India and China, and global conditions could negatively affect our operating results or limit our ability to expand our operations outside of these countries. Changes in India's or 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; 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; 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 in various legal proceedings, 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; and 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.

These and the important factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in Part 1. Item 1A of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, and our other reports filed with the SEC, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements made herein and presented elsewhere by management from time to time. Any such forward-looking statements represent management's estimates as of the date of this press release. While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
         
 Three months endedYear ended
 March 31,March 31,
 2015201420152014
         
Revenues        
Wind  $ 21,063  $ 12,671  $ 51,307  $ 55,608
Grid 4,066 3,616 19,223 28,509
Total Revenues 25,129 16,287 70,530 84,117
         
Cost of revenues 23,488 16,397 67,442 72,858
         
Gross profit (loss) 1,641 (110) 3,088 11,259
         
Operating expenses:        
Research and development 2,886 3,112 11,878 12,173
Selling, general and administrative 5,682 9,490 29,217 37,230
Arbitration award (benefit) expense (1,201) 8,987
Restructuring and impairments (50) 2,126 5,366 2,998
Amortization of acquisition related intangibles 39 39 157 287
Total operating expenses 7,356 14,767 55,605 52,688
         
Operating loss (5,715) (14,877) (52,517) (41,429)
         
Change in fair value of derivatives and warrants 915 (18) 3,963 1,872
Loss on extinguishment of debt (5,197) (5,197)
Interest expense, net (327) (2,411) (1,882) (9,661)
Other income (expense), net 1,216 (83) 1,596 (991)
         
Loss before income tax expense (3,911) (22,586) (48,840) (55,406)
         
Income tax (benefit) expense (546) 119 (184) 852
         
Net loss  $ (3,365)  $ (22,705)  $ (48,656)  $ (56,258)
         
Net loss per common share        
Basic  $ (0.36)  $ (3.30)  $ (5.74)  $ (8.98)
Diluted  $ (0.36)  $ (3.30)  $ (5.74)  $ (8.98)
         
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding      
Basic 9,235 6,885 8,477 6,262
Diluted 9,235 6,885 8,477 6,262
 
 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
 March 31,March 31,
 20152014
ASSETS  
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 20,490 $ 43,114
Accounts receivable, net 9,879 7,556
Inventory 20,596 20,694
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 10,764 9,004
Restricted cash 2,822 2,913
Total current assets 64,551 83,281
     
Property, plant and equipment, net 56,097 64,574
Intangibles, net 1,422 1,995
Restricted cash 1,236 3,394
Deferred tax assets 7,766 7,724
Other assets 2,753 7,541
Total assets $ 133,825 $ 168,509
     
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY 
     
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 21,615 $ 21,764
Note payable, current portion, net of discount of $244 as of March 31, 2015 and $555 as of March 31, 2014 3,756 6,240
Derivative liabilities 2,999 2,601
Deferred revenue 11,019 9,456
Deferred tax liabilities 7,843 7,761
Total current liabilities 47,232 47,822
     
Note Payable, net of current portion and discount of $290 as of March 31, 2015 and $287 as of March 31, 2014 3,877 6,380
Deferred revenue 2,756 990
Other liabilities 67 1,058
Total liabilities 53,932 56,250
     
     
     
Stockholders' equity:    
Common stock 96 79
Additional paid-in capital 985,921 967,100
Treasury stock (771) (370)
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/income (308) 1,839
Accumulated deficit (905,045) (856,389)
Total stockholders' equity 79,893 112,259
     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 133,825 $ 168,509
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
 Year ended March 31,
 20152014
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net loss $ (48,656) $ (56,258)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operations:    
Depreciation and amortization 9,554 10,615
Stock-based compensation expense 5,936 10,696
Impairment of long lived assets 3,464 1,265
Provision for excess and obsolete inventory 1,386 316
Prepaid VAT reserve 1,426
Loss on minority interest investments 743 1,008
Change in fair value of derivatives and warrants (3,963) (1,872)
Loss on extinguishment of debt 5,197
Reversal of Catlin legal costs (2,220)
Non-cash interest expense 566 7,713
Other non-cash items (2,436) 1,980
Changes in operating asset and liability accounts:    
Accounts receivable (2,677) 11,379
Inventory (1,887) 13,043
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (2,330) 12,512
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 5,579 (10,861)
Deferred revenue 4,265 (21,426)
Net cash used in operating activities (32,676) (13,267)
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Net cash provided by investing activities 1,809 4,009
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Net cash provided by financing activities 8,783 12,796
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (540) 333
     
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents (22,624) 3,871
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 43,114 39,243
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 20,490 $ 43,114
 
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME (LOSS) TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share data)
         
 Three months endedYear ended
 March 31,March 31,
 2015201420152014
Net loss $ (3,365) $ (22,705) $ (48,656) $ (56,258)
Stock-based compensation 1,316 3,368 5,936 10,696
Arbitration award (benefit) expense (1,201) 8,987
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles 39 39 157 287
Restructuring and impairment charges (50) 2,126 5,366 2,998
Sinovel litigation 23 18
Consumption of zero cost-basis inventory (2,272) (674) (7,982) (4,308)
Prepaid VAT reserve 1,426 1,426
Change of fair value of derivatives and warrants (915) 18 (3,963) (1,872)
Loss on extinguishment of debt 5,197 5,197
Non-cash interest expense 76 1,811 566 7,713
Non-GAAP net loss $ (6,372) $ (9,371) $ (39,589) $ (34,103)
         
Non-GAAP loss per share $ (0.69) $ (1.36) $ (4.67) $ (5.45)
Weighted average shares outstanding 9,235 6,885 8,477 6,262
 
RECONCILIATION OF FORECAST GAAP NET LOSS TO NON-GAAP NET LOSS  
(In millions, except per share data)
   
 Three months ending
 June 30, 2015
Net loss $ (9.0)
Stock-based compensation 1.5
Non-cash interest expense 0.1
Consumption of zero-cost inventory (1.1)
Non-GAAP net loss $ (8.5)
Non-GAAP net loss per share $ (0.70)
Shares outstanding 12.2

Note: Non-GAAP net loss is defined by the Company as net loss before stock-based compensation; arbitration award expense; amortization of acquisition-related intangibles; restructuring and impairment charges; consumption of zero cost-basis inventory; non-cash interest expense; change in fair value of derivatives and warrants; and other unusual charges, net of any tax effects related to these items. The Company believes non-GAAP net loss assists management and investors in comparing the Company's performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding these non-cash, non-recurring or other charges that it does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance. The Company also regards non-GAAP net loss as a useful measure of operating performance to complement operating loss, net loss and other GAAP financial performance measures. In addition, the Company uses non-GAAP net loss 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 loss is set forth in the table above.

CONTACT: AMSC:

         Kerry Farrell

         Phone: 978-842-3247

         Email: kerry.farrell @ amsc.com


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