AMSC Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2011 Financial Results

Nov 9, 2011

DEVENS, Mass.-- BUSINESS WIRE -- AMSC (NASDAQ: AMSC), a global solutions provider serving wind and grid leaders, today reported financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2011 ended September 30, 2011.

Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 were $20.8 million. This compares with $98.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 and $9.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2011. The year-over-year decline is due primarily to a lack of revenue from AMSC’s former customer, Sinovel Wind Group Co., Ltd. (Sinovel), while the quarter-over-quarter increase was driven by solid growth in both of the company’s reporting segments (Wind and Grid).

AMSC reported a net loss for the quarter of $51.7 million, or $1.02 per share. This figure includes approximately $28.2 million in charges related to the previously announced termination of AMSC’s proposed acquisition of The Switch Engineering Oy, Sinovel litigation expenses and corporate restructuring activities and impairments. For the second quarter of fiscal year 2010, AMSC reported net income of $7.8 million, or $0.17 per diluted share. The company’s non-GAAP net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 was $22.1 million, or $0.44 per share. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $13.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2010. Please refer to the financial table below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash at September 30, 2011 were $108.3 million. This compares with $166.2 million as of June 30, 2011.

The company’s total backlog as of September 30, 2011, excluding contracts related to Sinovel, was approximately $298 million, which compares with approximately $225 million as of June 30, 2011.

“AMSC executed successfully on its plan in the second fiscal quarter,” said AMSC President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel P. McGahn. “We generated a sequential increase in revenues while also reducing our non-GAAP net loss and cash usage compared with the prior quarter. Among our key contributors to revenue during the quarter were wind turbine manufacturing customers such as Inox Wind in India, Doosan Heavy Industries in Korea and Dongfang Turbine Company in China. On the Grid side of our business, we grew our D-VAR® revenues and reached several recent milestones. These milestones include the energization of South Korea’s first superconductor power cable system with our partners Korea Electric Power Corporation and LS Cable & System, the successful testing of a transmission-voltage fault current limiter with the U.S. Department of Energy and our partners Nexans, Siemens and Air Liquide, and the restart of Project HYDRA in New York with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and our partners ConEdison and Southwire.”

Looking Forward

“A diversified mix of Wind and Grid bookings enabled us to increase our total backlog by over 30 percent sequentially in the second quarter,” McGahn continued. “This has helped position us for a stronger second half of fiscal 2011 from both a revenue and bottom-line perspective. On a go-forward basis we will continue to carefully manage our expenses and our cash.”

For the quarter ending December 31, 2011, AMSC expects that its revenues will exceed $15 million. AMSC expects that its net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 will be less than $30 million, or $0.59 per share. AMSC expects that its non-GAAP net loss for the third fiscal quarter will be less than $24 million, or $0.47 per share. For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011, the company expects that its revenues will be roughly double its third-quarter estimate and that its GAAP and non-GAAP net loss will be significantly reduced quarter over quarter.

AMSC estimates that its balance of cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash will exceed $75 million on December 31, 2011. The company expects to further reduce cash usage in the fourth fiscal quarter.

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 to discuss the company’s results and its business outlook. Those who wish to listen to the live conference call webcast should visit the “Investors” section of the company’s website at The live call also can be accessed by dialing 719-325-4841 and using conference ID 5584535. A telephonic playback of the call will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET on November 9 through 1:00 p.m. ET on November 14. Please call 719-457-0820 and refer to conference ID 5584535 to access the playback.


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

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Any statements in this release about future expectations, plans and prospects for the company, including without limitation our prospects for future growth, 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. 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: a significant portion of our revenues has been derived from Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd., ("Sinovel"), which has stopped accepting scheduled deliveries and refused to pay amounts outstanding; the disruption in our relationship with Sinovel has materially and adversely affected our business and results of operations and if, as we expect, Sinovel continues to refuse to accept shipments from us, our business and results of operations will be further materially and adversely affected; we may require additional funding in the future and may be unable to raise capital when needed; 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; changes in exchange rates could adversely affect our results from operations; we have identified material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting and if we fail to remediate these weaknesses and 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; if we fail to implement our business strategy successfully, our financial performance could be harmed; we may not realize all of the sales expected from our backlog of orders and contracts; many of our revenue opportunities are dependent upon subcontractors and other business collaborators; our products face intense competition, which could limit our ability to acquire or retain customers; 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 acquire additional complementary businesses or technologies, which may require us to incur substantial costs for which we may never realize the anticipated benefits; 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; 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; many of our customer relationships outside of the United States are, either directly or indirectly, with 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 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; we are becoming increasingly reliant on contracts that require the issuance of performance bonds; 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 success in addressing the wind energy market is dependent on the manufacturers that license our designs; growth of the wind energy market depends largely on the availability and size of government subsidies and economic incentives; 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; the commercial uses of superconductor products are limited today, and a widespread commercial market for our products may not develop; 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; 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 be unable to adequately prevent disclosure of trade secrets and other proprietary information; we have filed a demand for arbitration and other lawsuits against Sinovel regarding amounts we contend are due and owing and are in dispute; we cannot be certain as to the outcome of the proceedings against Sinovel; we have been named as a party to purported stockholder class actions and shareholder 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 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; our patents may not provide meaningful protection for our technology, which could result in us losing some or all of our market position; 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; 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. 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.