AMSC Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results and Provides Business Outlook
Jun 2, 2021

Company to host conference call tomorrow, June 3 at 10:00 am ET

AYER, Mass., June 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMSC (Nasdaq: AMSC), a leading system provider of megawatt-scale power resiliency solutions that orchestrate the rhythm and harmony of power on the grid™, and that protect and expand the capability and resiliency of our Navy’s fleet, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 ("fiscal 2020").

Revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 were $21.2 million compared with $18.1 million for the same period of fiscal 2019. The year-over-year increase was driven by higher Grid segment revenues. 

AMSC’s net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $7.6 million, or $0.29 per share, compared to net loss of $5.9 million, or $0.27 per share, for the same period of fiscal 2019. The Company’s non-GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $5.6 million, or $0.21 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $5.1 million, or $0.24 per share, in the same period of fiscal 2019. Please refer to the financial table below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Revenues for the full fiscal year 2020 were $87.1 million as compared to $63.8 million in fiscal year 2019. The increase in revenues was driven by the contribution from the acquisition of NEPSI™ as well as growth in the D-VAR, Volt Var Optimization ("VVO") and SPS product lines. AMSC reported a net loss for the fiscal year 2020 of $22.7 million, or $0.95 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $17.1 million, or $1.03 per diluted share in fiscal year 2019. The Company's non-GAAP net loss for the full year fiscal 2020 was $14.1 million, or $0.59 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $19.5 million, or $0.93 per share, for fiscal year 2019. Please refer to the financial table below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash on March 31, 2021 totaled $80.7 million, compared with $66.1 million at March 31, 2020. Cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash on March 31, 2021 do not reflect the impact of the Company’s acquisition of Neeltran, Inc., which occurred subsequent to the end of the period.

“In fiscal 2020, we grew our Grid business by over 40% - our sixth consecutive year of grid growth,” said Daniel P. McGahn, Chairman, President and CEO, AMSC. “With the acquisition of NEPSI and more recently, Neeltran, we have diversified our business by geography and by market, expanded our total addressable market for new energy power systems to nearly $3 billion and have accelerated our path toward profitability. I am grateful for our team’s commitment and delivery on a successful fiscal year 2020 and look forward to continue to grow revenue in fiscal year 2021.” 

Business Outlook

For the first quarter ending June 30, 2021, AMSC expects that its revenues will be in the range of $22 million to $26 million. The Company’s net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 is expected not to exceed $6.5 million, or $0.24 per share. The Company’s net loss guidance assumes no changes in contingent consideration nor any purchase accounting adjustments associated with the Neeltran Acquisition. The Company's non-GAAP net loss (as defined below) is expected not to exceed $4.6 million, or $0.17 per share. The Company expects operating cash flow to be a burn of $4 million to $6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. The Company expects cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash on June 30, 2021, to be no less than $60 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 3, 2021, 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 To preregister for the call, go to ClickToJoinLink. Callers who click the link will be able to enter their information to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator. Participants may preregister 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The live call can also be accessed by dialing 866-248-8441 or 323-289-6581 and using conference ID 8268096. 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 passcode 8268096.

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 Marinetec™ Solutions, AMSC provides ship protection and is developing propulsion and power management solutions designed to help fleets increase system efficiencies, enhance power quality and boost operational safety. 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 enhancing the performance and reliability of power networks, increasing the operational safety of navy fleets, and powering gigawatts of renewable energy globally. Founded in 1987, AMSC is headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts with operations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit

AMSC, American Superconductor, D-VAR, D-VAR VVO, Gridtec, Marintec, Windtec, Smarter, Cleaner … Better Energy, Orchestrate the Rhythm and Harmony of Power on the Grid and NEPSI 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 regarding our goals and strategies; our expectation that we will be a more diversified business; our expectations related to our total addressable market and path toward profitability; our expected GAAP and non-GAAP financial results for the quarter ending June 30, 2021, our expected cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities, and restricted cash balance on June 30, 2021; 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: 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; 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; We may not realize all of the sales expected from our backlog of orders and contracts; 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; The COVID-19 pandemic could adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations; Changes in U.S. government defense spending could negatively impact our financial position, results of operations, liquidity and overall business; We rely upon third-party suppliers for the components and subassemblies of many of our Grid and Wind products, making us vulnerable to supply shortages and price fluctuations, which could harm our business; Uncertainty surrounding our prospects and financial condition may have an adverse effect on our customer and supplier relationships; We may experience difficulties re-establishing our HTS wire production capability in our Ayer, Massachusetts facility; Our success is dependent upon attracting and retaining qualified personnel and our inability to do so could significantly damage our business and prospects; Historically, a significant portion of our revenues have been derived from a single customer and if this customers business is negatively affected, it could adversely impact our business; Our success in addressing the wind energy market is dependent on the manufacturers that license our designs; 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; 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; Adverse changes in domestic and global economic conditions could adversely affect our operating results; 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 Indias political, social, regulatory and economic environment may affect our financial performance; Our products face 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; 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; 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; 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; 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, 2021, 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.

(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended 
  March 31,  March 31, 
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Grid $19,380  $13,008  $70,528  $49,585 
Wind  1,784   5,133   16,597   14,253 
Total revenues  21,164   18,141   87,125   63,838 
Cost of revenues  18,226   15,623   69,671   54,393 
Gross margin  2,938   2,518   17,454   9,445 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development  2,768   2,644   11,015   9,565 
Selling, general and administrative  6,713   5,944   25,322   22,669 
Amortization of acquisition related intangibles  621   85   1,222   340 
Loss on contingent consideration  320      3,060    
Total operating expenses  10,422   8,673   40,619   32,574 
Operating loss  (7,484)  (6,155)  (23,165)  (23,129)
Change in fair value of warrants           4,648 
Interest income, net  53   226   426   1,327 
Other (expense) income, net  149   208   (771)  253 
Loss before income tax expense  (7,281)  (5,721)  (23,510)  (16,901)
Income tax (benefit) expense  335   165   (832)  195 
Net loss $(7,616) $(5,886) $(22,678) $(17,096)
Net loss per common share                
Basic $(0.29) $(0.27) $(0.95) $(0.81)
Diluted $(0.29) $(0.27) $(0.95) $(1.03)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding                
Basic  26,533   21,581   23,879   20,985 
Diluted  26,533   21,581   23,879   21,069 

(In thousands, except per share data)

  March 31,  March 31, 
  2021  2020 
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $67,814  $24,699 
Marketable securities  5,140   30,149 
Accounts receivable  13,267   16,987 
Inventory  13,306   18,975 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  3,546   2,959 
Restricted cash  2,157   508 
Total current assets  105,230   94,277 
Marketable securities, long term portion     5,046 
Property, plant and equipment, net  8,997   8,565 
Intangibles, net  9,153   3,550 
Right-of-use asset  3,747   3,359 
Goodwill  34,634   1,719 
Restricted cash  5,568   5,657 
Deferred tax assets  1,223   1,551 
Other assets  314   385 
Total assets $168,866  $124,109 
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $19,810  $22,091 
Lease liability, current portion  612   439 
Contingent consideration  7,050    
Deferred revenue, current portion  13,266   18,430 
Total current liabilities  40,738   40,960 
Deferred revenue, long term portion  7,991   7,712 
Lease liability, long term portion  3,246   3,000 
Deferred tax liabilities  274   180 
Other liabilities  25   38 
Total liabilities  52,274   51,890 
Stockholders' equity:        
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 75,000,000 shares authorized; 27,988,536 and 22,902,288 shares issued and 27,593,400 and 22,604,410 shares outstanding at March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively  280   229 
Additional paid-in capital  1,121,495   1,053,507 
Treasury stock, at cost, 395,136 and 297,878 shares at March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively  (3,593)  (2,666)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (277)  (216)
Accumulated deficit  (1,001,313)  (978,635)
Total stockholders' equity  116,592   72,219 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $168,866  $124,109 

(In thousands)

  Year Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020 
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net loss $(22,678) $(17,096)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operations:        
Depreciation and amortization  5,352   4,308 
Stock-based compensation expense  3,485   1,922 
Provision for excess and obsolete inventory  1,762   1,276 
Deferred income taxes  (1,221)  (1,714)
Change in fair value of contingent consideration  3,060    
Change in fair value of warrants     (4,648)
Non-cash interest (income) expense  (94)  (308)
Other non-cash items  272   329 
Unrealized foreign exchange loss/(gain) on cash and cash equivalents  363   (319)
Changes in operating asset and liability accounts:        
Accounts receivable  5,193   (9,159)
Inventory  8,106   (8,143)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  823   373 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  (5,047)  5,894 
Deferred revenue  (8,057)  10,788 
Net cash used in operating activities  (8,681)  (16,497)
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Purchase of property, plant and equipment  (1,764)  (3,630)
Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment     3,001 
Purchase of marketable securities     (35,000)
Sale of marketable securities  30,152    
Cash paid for acquisition, net of cash received  (26,000)   
Purchase of intangible assets     (1,000)
Change in other assets  81   8 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities  2,469   (36,621)
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Employee taxes paid related to net settlement of equity awards  (927)  (565)
Proceeds from exercise of warrants     6,139 
Proceeds from public equity offering, net  51,477    
Proceeds from exercise of employee stock options and ESPP  278   202 
Net cash provided by financing activities  50,828   5,776 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  59   8 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  44,675   (47,334)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year  30,864   78,198 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of year $75,539  $30,864 

(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended March 31,  Year Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Net loss $(7,616) $(5,886) $(22,678) $(17,096)
Stock-based compensation  888   686   3,485   1,922 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles  811   85   1,697   340 
Change in fair value of warrants  320      3,060   (4,648)
Acquisition costs        313    
Non-GAAP net loss  (5,597)  (5,115)  (14,123)  (19,482)
Non-GAAP net loss per share $(0.21) $(0.24) $(0.59) $(0.93)
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted  26,533   21,581   23,879   20,985 

(In thousands)

  March 31, 2021  March 31, 2020 
Operating cash flow $(8,681) $(16,497)
Sinovel settlement (net of legal fees and expenses)     1,000 
Tax effect of Sinovel settlement, net     3,323 
Non-GAAP operating cash flow $(8,681) $(12,174)

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

  Three months ending 
  June 30, 2021 
Net loss $(6.5)
Stock-based compensation  0.7 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles  0.7 
Acquisition costs  0.5 
Non-GAAP net loss $(4.6)
Non-GAAP net loss per share $(0.17)
Shares outstanding  26.6 

Note: Non-GAAP net loss is defined by the Company as net income (loss) before; stock-based compensation; amortization of acquisition-related intangibles; changes in fair value of warrants; other non-cash or unusual charges, and acquisition costs. 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 does not expect a further gain on sale of minority investments or gain on Sinovel settlement, net, and the Company no longer has any warrants outstanding, therefore the Company's non-GAAP net loss guidance does not include the impact from these adjustments. Actual GAAP and non-GAAP net loss for the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2021, including the above adjustments, may differ materially from those forecasted in the table above, including as a result of changes in the fair value of contingent consideration or purchase accounting adjustments associated with the acquisition of Neeltran.

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 Sinovel settlement; 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.

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
Carolyn Capaccio
(212) 838-3777

Public Relations Contact:
RooneyPartners LLC
Bob Cavosi

AMSC Communications Manager:
Nicol Golez
Phone: 978-399-8344