AMSC Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results and Provides Business Outlook

Jun 5, 2019
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AYER, Mass., June 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMSC (Nasdaq: AMSC), a global solutions provider serving power grid and wind industry leaders, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2018 ended March 31, 2019.

Revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 were $14.6 million, compared with $13.5 million for the same period of fiscal 2017. The year-over-year increase was driven by higher Grid and Wind segment revenues.

AMSC’s net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $8.4 million, or $0.41 per share, compared to a net loss of $6.0 million, or $0.30 per share, for the same period of fiscal 2017. The Company’s non-GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $4.6 million, or $0.23 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $5.0 million, or $0.25 per share, in the same period of fiscal 2017. Please refer to the financial table below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Revenues for the full fiscal year 2018 were $56.2 million as compared to $48.4 million in fiscal year 2017. AMSC reported net income for fiscal year 2018 of $26.8 million, or $1.29 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $32.8 million, or $1.73 per share in fiscal year 2017. The Company's non-GAAP net loss for full year fiscal 2018 was $13.0 million, or $0.64 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $32.2 million, or $1.70 per share, for fiscal year 2017.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash on March 31, 2019 totaled $78.2 million, compared with $34.2 million at March 31, 2018.

“In fiscal 2018, we grew and diversified our grid business and finished the year with a record grid backlog for execution in fiscal 2019.  We also grew our wind business,” said Daniel P. McGahn, Chairman, President and CEO, AMSC. “We anticipate significant growth in our grid business in fiscal 2019, driven by expected higher revenues from D-VAR, VVO, SPS and REG. We expect to support Inox Wind Limited as they look to enhance their competitive position in the Indian wind market. In fiscal 2019, we look forward to growing AMSC from a position of financial and operational strength.”

Business Outlook
For the first quarter ending June 30, 2019, AMSC expects that its revenues will be in the range of $10 million to $13 million.  The Company’s net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 is expected not to exceed $9 million, or $0.42 per share.  The Company's non-GAAP net loss (as defined below) is expected not to exceed $7.5 million, or $0.35 per share.  The Company expects an operating cash flow to be a burn of $5 million to $7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.  This guidance does not include any tax payments or other costs related to the final settlement payment from Sinovel.  The Company expects cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash on June 30, 2019, to be no less than $73 million.

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 on Thursday, June 6, 2019, to discuss the Company’s financial results and 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 1-800-479-1004 or 1-323-794-2597 and using conference ID 7618827. A replay of the call may be accessed 2 hours following the call by dialing (888) 203-1112 or 719-457-0820 and using conference ID 7618827.

About AMSC (Nasdaq: AMSC)
AMSC generates the ideas, technologies and solutions that meet the world’s demand for smarter, cleaner … better energy™. Through its Gridtec™ Solutions, AMSC provides the engineering planning services and advanced grid systems that optimize network reliability, efficiency and performance. Through its Windtec™ Solutions, AMSC provides wind turbine electronic controls and systems, designs and engineering services that reduce the cost of wind energy. 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, D-VAR, D-VAR VVO, Gridtec, Windtec, 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 anticipation of significant growth in our grid business in fiscal 2019; our expected higher revenues from D-VAR, VVO, SPS and REG; our expectation that we will support Inox as they look to enhance their competitive position in the Indian wind market; AMSC growth in fiscal 2019 from a position of financial and operational strength; our expected GAAP and non-GAAP financial results for the quarter ending June 30, 2019, our expected cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash balance on June 30, 2019; 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. These important factors include, but are not limited to: A significant portion of our revenues are derived from a single customer, Inox, and we cannot predict if and how successful Inox will be in executing on Solar Energy Corporate of India ("SECI") orders under the new central and state auction regime, and any related failure by Inox to succeed under this regime, or any delay in Inox’s ability to deliver its wind turbines, could result in fewer electric control systems shipments to Inox; We have a history of operating losses and negative operating cash flows, which may continue in the future and require us to secure additional financing 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 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 of operations;If we fail to maintain proper and effective internal control 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 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, and additional funding of such contracts may not be approved by U.S. Congress; Our success in addressing the wind energy market is dependent on the manufacturers that license our designs; 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 experience difficulties re-establishing our HTS wire production capability in our Ayer, Massachusetts facility; 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; Failure to comply with evolving data privacy and data protection laws and regulations or to otherwise protect personal data, may adversely impact our business and financial results; 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;  Many of our customers outside of the United States may be 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 had limited success marketing and selling our superconductor products and system-level solutions, and our failure to more broadly 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 adoption of the REG system, 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, economic incentives and legislative programs designed to support the growth of wind energy;  We have operations in, and depend on sales in, emerging markets, including India, and global conditions could negatively affect our operating results or limit our ability to expand our operations outside of these markets; Changes in India’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; Lower prices for other fuel sources may reduce the demand for wind energy development, which could have a material adverse effect on our ability to grow our Wind business; Adverse changes in domestic and global economic conditions could adversely affect our operating results; We face risks related to our intellectual property; We face risks related to our technologies; We face risks related to our legal proceedings; We face risks related to our common stock; 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, 2019, and our other reports filed with the SEC. These important factors, 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 Ended
March 31,
    Twelve months ended
March 31,
 
    2019     2018     2019     2018  
Revenues                                
Grid   $ 10,965     $ 9,670     $ 34,290     $ 34,109  
Wind     3,624       3,828       21,917       14,294  
Revenues     14,589       13,498       56,207       48,403  
                                 
Cost of revenues     11,825       10,504       42,190       44,608  
                                 
Gross profit     2,764       2,994       14,017       3,795  
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
Research and development     2,301       2,904       9,874       11,594  
Selling, general and administrative     5,720       5,614       22,028       22,577  
Gain on Sinovel settlement     1,000             (52,698 )      
Amortization of acquisition related intangibles     85       85       340       183  
Loss on contingent consideration                       71  
Restructuring and impairment           199       450       1,527  
Total operating expenses     9,106       8,802       (20,006 )     35,952  
                                 
Operating income (loss)     (6,342 )     (5,808 )     34,023       (32,157 )
                                 
Change in fair value of derivatives and warrants     (1,068 )     (762 )     (3,725 )     706  
Gain on sale of minority interests           216       127       1,167  
Interest income (expense), net     348       53       1,117       147  
Other income (expense), net     541       (351 )     1,599       (2,800 )
                                 
Income (loss) before income tax benefit expense (benefit)     (6,521 )     (6,652 )     33,141       (32,937 )
                                 
Income tax expense (benefit)     1,832       (657 )     6,380       (161 )
                                 
Net income (loss)   $ (8,353 )   $ (5,995 )   $ 26,761     $ (32,776 )
                                 
Net income (loss) per common share                                
Basic   $ (0.41 )   $ (0.30 )   $ 1.32     $ (1.73 )
Diluted   $ (0.41 )   $ (0.30 )   $ 1.29     $ (1.73 )
                                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding                                
Basic     20,442       20,044       20,335       18,967  
Diluted     20,442       20,044       20,726       18,967  


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(In thousands, except per share data)

    March 31,
2019
    March 31,
2018
 
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 77,483     $ 34,084  
Accounts receivable, net     7,855       7,365  
Inventory     12,119       19,780  
Note receivable, current portion     2,888       3,000  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     3,053       2,947  
Total current assets     103,398       67,176  
                 
Property, plant and equipment, net     8,972       12,513  
Intangibles, net     2,890       3,230  
Note receivable, long term portion           2,559  
Goodwill     1,719       1,719  
Restricted cash     715       165  
Deferred tax assets     1,357       542  
Other assets     279       271  
                 
Total assets   $ 119,330     $ 88,175  
                 
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
                 
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     15,885       12,625  
Derivative liabilities     4,942       1,217  
Deferred revenue, current portion     7,557       13,483  
Total current liabilities     28,384       27,325  
                 
Deferred revenue, long term portion     7,962       8,454  
Deferred tax liabilities     1,698       110  
Other liabilities     93       57  
Total liabilities     38,137       35,946  
                 
Stockholders' equity:                
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 75,000,000 shares authorized; 21,651,631 and 21,138,689 shares issued at March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively     216       211  
Additional paid-in capital     1,044,622       1,041,113  
Treasury stock, at cost, 235,518 and 165,094 shares at March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively     (2,101 )     (1,645 )
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income     (5 )     883  
Accumulated deficit     (961,539 )     (988,333 )
Total stockholders' equity     81,193       52,229  
                 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 119,330     $ 88,175  


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)

    Twelve months ended
March 31,
 
    2019     2018  
Cash flows from operating activities:                
                 
Net income (loss)   $ 26,761     $ (32,776 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operations:                
Depreciation and amortization     4,609       11,459  
Stock-based compensation expense     3,030       2,692  
Provision for excess and obsolete inventory     878       434  
Write-off prepaid taxes           (82 )
Gain on sale from minority interest investments     (127 )     (1,167 )
Change in fair value of warrants and contingent consideration     3,725       (635 )
Non-cash interest expense     (224 )     19  
Other non-cash items     (117 )     793  
Changes in operating asset and liability accounts:                
Accounts receivable     (529 )     1,145  
Inventory     5,007       (2,423 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (365 )     558  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     2,839       (2,956 )
Deferred revenue     (2,773 )     (1,888 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     42,714       (24,827 )
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Net cash provided by investing activities     2,169       15,602  
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     (299 )     15,278  
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     (635 )     452  
                 
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     43,949       6,505  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year     34,249       27,744  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of year   $ 78,198     $ 34,249  


RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME (LOSS) TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended
March 31,
    Twelve months ended
March 31,
 
    2019     2018     2019     2018  
Net income (loss)   $ (8,353 )   $ (5,995 )   $ 26,761     $ (32,776 )
Gain on sale of interest in minority investments           (216 )     (127 )     (1,167 )
Gain on Sinovel settlement, net     1,000             (52,698 )      
Stock-based compensation     629       578       3,030       2,692  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles     85       85       340       183  
Consumption of zero cost-basis inventory           (220 )           (734 )
Change in fair value of warrants and contingent consideration     1,068       762       3,725       (635 )
Non-cash interest expense                       19  
Tax effect of adjustments     933       35       5,925       177  
Non-GAAP net loss   $ (4,638 )   $ (4,971 )   $ (13,044 )   $ (32,241 )
                                 
Non-GAAP net loss per share   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.25 )   $ (0.64 )   $ (1.70 )
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted     20,442       20,044       20,335       18,967  


RECONCILIATION OF GAAP OPERATING CASH FLOW TO NON-GAAP OPERATING CASH FLOW
(In thousands)

    March 31, 2019  
Operating cash flow   $ 42,714  
Sinovel settlement (net of legal fees and expenses)     (52,740 )
Tax effect of adjustments     2,377  
Non-GAAP operating cash flow   $ (7,649 )


Reconciliation of Forecast GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Loss
(In millions, except per share data)

    Three months
ending
 
    June 30, 2019  
Net loss   $ (9.0 )
Stock-based compensation     1.4  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles     0.1  
Non-GAAP net loss   $ (7.5 )
Non-GAAP net loss per share   $ (0.35 )
Shares outstanding     21.4  


Note: Non-GAAP net loss is defined by the Company as net income (loss) before; gain on sale of minority investments; gain on Sinovel settlement, net; stock-based compensation; amortization of acquisition-related intangibles; consumption of zero cost-basis inventory; changes in fair value of warrants and contingent consideration; non-cash interest expense; other unusual charges or items, and the tax effect of adjustments. 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 is not able to provide the change in fair value of warrants on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable efforts because the calculation for that change is primarily driven by the closing price and volatility of the Company's stock at the end of each fiscal quarter, which cannot be reasonably estimated at this time, and therefore the Company's non-GAAP net loss guidance does not include the impact from any change in fair value of warrants.  The Company does not expect a further gain on sale of minority investments or gain on Sinovel Settlement, net, and therefore the Company's non-GAAP net loss guidance does not include the impact from these adjustments.  Actual non-GAAP net loss for the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2019, including the above adjustments, may differ materially from those forecasted in the table above.

Non-GAAP operating cash flow is defined by the Company as operating cash flow before: Sinovel settlement (net of legal fees and expenses); tax effect of adjustments; and other unusual cash flows or items. The Company believes non-GAAP operating cash flow assists management and investors in comparing the Company’s operating cash flow across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding these  non-recurring cash items that it does not believe are indicative of its core operating cash flow. Actual non-GAAP operating cash flow for the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2019, including the above adjustments, may differ materially from that forecasted in the table above.

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 GAAP to non-GAAP net loss is set forth in the table above.

AMSC Contacts
Investor Relations Contact:
LHA Investor Relations
Sanjay M. Hurry
(212) 838-3777
amscIR@lhai.com

Public Relations Contact:
RooneyPartners LLC
Bob Cavosi
646-638-9891
rcavosi@rooneyco.com

AMSC Communications Manager:
Nicol Golez
Phone: 978-399-8344
Email: Nicol.Golez@amsc.com

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