AMSC Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial Results and Provides Business Outlook
Feb 5, 2018

AYER, Mass., Feb. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMSC (Nasdaq:AMSC), a global solutions provider serving wind and power grid industry leaders, today reported financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2017 ended December 31, 2017. 

Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 were $14.9 million, compared with $27.1 million for the same period of fiscal 2016. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to a lack of shipments of electric control systems to Inox during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, partially offset by increased license revenues. Revenues in the Grid segment increased year-over-year.

AMSC's net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was $4.2 million, or $0.21 per share, compared to $2.8 million, or $0.20 per share, for the same period of fiscal 2016. The Company's non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was $3.5 million, or $0.18 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $2.9 million, or $0.21 per share, in the same period of fiscal 2016. Please refer to the financial table below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash on December 31, 2017 totaled $22.3 million, compared with $30.5 million at September 30, 2017.

"Our Grid segment delivered record revenues in the third quarter," said Daniel P. McGahn, President and CEO, AMSC. "In 2017, Inox has participated and won in each of the 1st two national power tender auctions. Inox has since resumed production and we look forward to working with them as they ramp up their factory."

Business Outlook
For the fourth quarter ending March 31, 2018, AMSC expects that its revenues will be in the range of $12.0 million to $18.0 million. The Company's net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 is expected to be less than $7.5 million, or $0.37 per share.  The Company's non-GAAP net loss (as defined below) is expected to be less than $6.9 million, or $0.34 per share.  The Company expects an operating cash burn of $3.0 million to $5.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

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 Tuesday, February 6th 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 The live call also can be accessed by dialing 866-564-2846 and using conference ID 3267381.

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

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 work with Inox as they ramp up their factory; our expected financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2018, our expected operating cash burn during the quarter ending March 31, 2018, 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; 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; 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; 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 sub-assemblies of many of our Wind and Grid products, making us vulnerable to supply shortages and price fluctuations; Failure to successfully execute any move of our Devens, Massachusetts manufacturing facility or achieve expected savings following any move could adversely impact our financial performance; We may not realize all of the sales expected from our backlog of orders and contracts; Our success depends upon the commercial use of high temperature superconductor 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, 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; We face risks related to our intellectual property; We face risks related to our legal proceedings; Tax reform in the U.S. may negatively affect our operating results; 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, 2017, 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
December 31,
 Nine Months Ended
December 31,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Wind$2,633  $18,248  $10,465  $36,822 
Grid12,300  8,900  24,439  22,178 
Total revenues14,933  27,148  34,904  59,000 
Cost of revenues9,917  22,107  34,103  50,992 
Gross margin5,016  5,041  801  8,008 
Operating expenses:       
Research and development3,023  2,985  8,690  8,804 
Selling, general and administrative5,486  6,077  16,964  19,640 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles85  39  98  118 
Change in fair value of contingent consideration272    71   
Restructuring1    1,328   
Total operating expenses8,867  9,101  27,151  28,562 
Operating loss(3,851) (4,060) (26,350) (20,554)
Change in fair value of warrants399  101  1,468  667 
Gain on sale of minority interest  325  951  325 
Interest income (expense), net49  (89) 94  (331)
Other (expense)/income, net(279) 873  (2,449) 481 
Loss before income tax (benefit) expense(3,682) (2,850) (26,286) (19,412)
Income tax (benefit) expense566  (82) 496  1,036 
Net loss$(4,248) $(2,768) $(26,782) $(20,448)
Net loss per common share       
Basic$(0.21) $(0.20) $(1.44) $(1.49)
Diluted$(0.21) $(0.20) $(1.44) $(1.49)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding       
Basic19,949  13,792  18,614  13,746 
Diluted19,949  13,792  18,614  13,746 

(In thousands, except per share data)
 December 31,
 March 31,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$22,113  $26,784 
Accounts receivable, net12,052  7,956 
Inventory17,129  17,462 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets2,822  2,703 
Restricted cash  795 
Total current assets54,116  55,700 
Property, plant and equipment, net36,684  43,438 
Intangibles, net3,315  301 
Restricted cash165  165 
Deferred tax assets545  407 
Other assets227  233 
Total assets$96,771  $100,244 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$15,486  $14,490 
Note payable, current portion, net of discount of $19 as of March 31, 2017  1,481 
Derivative liabilities1,142  1,923 
Deferred revenue14,194  14,323 
Total current liabilities30,822  32,217 
Deferred revenue8,425  7,631 
Deferred tax liabilities125  125 
Other liabilities54  45 
Total liabilities39,426  40,018 
Stockholders' equity:   
Common stock211  147 
Additional paid-in capital1,040,348  1,017,510 
Treasury stock(1,645) (1,371)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)770  (503)
Accumulated deficit(982,339) (955,557)
Total stockholders' equity57,345  60,226 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$96,771  $100,244 

(In thousands)
 Nine Months Ended
December 31,
 2017 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net loss$(26,782) $(20,448)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operations:   
Depreciation and amortization9,239  5,606 
Stock-based compensation expense2,115  2,266 
Provision for excess and obsolete inventory415  1,074 
Gain on sale of minority interest(951) (325)
Change in fair value of warrants and contingent consideration(1,397) (667)
Non-cash interest expense19  127 
Other non-cash items81  (937)
Changes in operating asset and liability accounts:   
Accounts receivable(3,576) 3,213 
Inventory180  (2,294)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets647  2,283 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses638  (4,031)
Deferred revenue(862) 3,598 
Net cash used in operating activities(20,234) (10,535)
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Net cash (used in)/provided by investing activities(261) 357 
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities15,188  (3,657)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents636  (432)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(4,671) (14,267)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year26,784  39,330 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year$22,113  $25,063 

(In thousands, except per share data)
 Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Nine Months Ended
December 31,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net loss$(4,248) $(2,768) $(26,782) $(20,448)
Sale of minority investments  (325) (951) (325)
Stock-based compensation883  613  2,115  2,266 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles85  39  98  118 
Consumption of zero cost-basis inventory(118) (478) (514) (1,118)
Change in fair value of warrants and contingent consideration(126) (101) (1,397) (667)
Non-cash interest expense  30  19  127 
Tax effect of adjustments19  77  142  179 
Non-GAAP net loss$(3,505) $(2,913) $(27,270) $(19,868)
Non-GAAP net loss per share$(0.18) $(0.21) $(1.46) $(1.45)
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted19,949  13,792  18,614  13,746 

Reconciliation of Forecast GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Loss
(In thousands, except per share data)
 Three months ending
 March 31, 2018
Net loss$(7,500)
Stock-based compensation 850 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles 100 
Consumption of zero-cost inventory (350)
Tax effect of adjustments - 
Non-GAAP net loss$(6,900)
Non-GAAP net loss per share$(0.34)
Shares outstanding 20,300 

Note: Non-GAAP net loss is defined by the Company as net loss before sale of minority investments; stock-based compensation; amortization of acquisition-related intangibles; consumption of zero cost-basis inventory; non-cash interest expense; change in fair value of warrants and contingent consideration; non-cash interest expense; tax effect of adjustments; and other unusual charges. 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 and contingent consideration 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.  The Company does not expect to adjust non-GAAP net loss for non-cash interest expense in future quarters due to the repayment of the Company's term loan during the first quarter of fiscal 2017.  Actual non-GAAP net loss for the fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2018, including the above adjustments, may differ materially from those 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.

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