Capstone Turbine Reports Q2 Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

10 December 2018

Total Revenue Year-Over-Year Increased 12%

Second Consecutive Quarter of Revenue Growth in Product Shipments

Lower Cash Usage Year-Over-Year

Q2 Fiscal 2019 Financial Results Webcast to be Held Today, November 6, 2018, at 1:45 PM PT, 4:45 PM ET

VAN NUYS, Calif., Nov. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capstone Turbine Corporation ( (Nasdaq: CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, reports financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Financial Highlights of Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter:

  • Total revenue increased 12% year-over-year
  • Product revenue increased 22% year-over-year
  • Cash usage decreased 78% compared to prior year’s quarter, excluding the net proceeds from equity transactions and the Carrier royalty settlement
  • Previously negotiated perpetual royalty settlement agreement with Carrier paid in full

“We are encouraged that we have once again achieved double-digit year-over-year revenue growth as we continue to execute on our growth strategy and deliver on our strategic objectives. Our aftermarket revenue faced some headwinds as our previously announced California distributor transition disrupted our FPP revenue in the quarter,” stated Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone. “We do, however, expect our service revenue to see a rebound in the third quarter and accelerate in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 as our service business normalizes from the California distributor change out and returns to growth,” added Mr. Jamison.

Total revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 increased approximately 12% to $22.2 million from $19.8 million in the same period last year. For the second quarter of fiscal 2019, product revenue increased 22%, to $14.9 million from $12.2 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Capstone’s accessories, parts and service revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased $0.3 million to $7.3 million compared to the prior year quarter primarily due to the inability to recognize revenue on certain service contracts because of the reassignment of those service contracts from Capstone’s legacy California distributor to Cal Microturbine.

Capstone’s Distributor Support System (“DSS program”) revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was $0.3 million and is included in the above accessories, parts and service revenue. The DSS program is funded by Capstone distributors and was developed to provide improved worldwide distributor training, sales efficiency, website development, company branding and provide funding for increased strategic marketing activities.

Capstone’s results show new gross product orders of approximately $10.8 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2019 generating a 0.7:1 book-to-bill ratio. Capstone received new product orders from 23 different distributors and partners representing 18 countries: the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Brunei, and Iraq. Capstone booked $27.0 million in gross product orders for the six-month period ended September 30, 2018, compared to $22.2 million in the preceding six-month period ended September 30, 2017, an increase of 22% period-over-period.

At September 30, 2018, Capstone had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of approximately $18.3 million compared to cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $19.6 million as of June 30, 2018. During the second quarter of fiscal 2019, Capstone effectively leveraged both its asset-based credit facility with Bridge Bank and its at-the-market equity-offering program to help cover its operations, including the previously negotiated royalty settlement agreement of $3.0 million to Carrier. Capstone reported that its cash usage during the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was $4.3 million lower, which represents a 78% reduction compared to prior year’s second quarter when excluding the net proceeds from equity transactions and the Carrier royalty settlement.

Capstone previously reported that during its second quarter of fiscal 2019, the previously negotiated perpetual royalty settlement agreement with Carrier was paid in full to conclude Capstone’s royalty obligation. The payment of $3.0 million during the second quarter was the last payment obligation under the settlement agreement, and there are no future royalty payments owed to Carrier. The settlement agreement also removed non-compete language, which allows Capstone to design, market or sell its C200 System in conjunction with any energy system and compete with Carrier products in the cooling, heating and power market (“CHP”). By removing the non-compete language, this allows Capstone to enter into strategic relationships with other global chiller manufacturers to improve our competitiveness in the growing CHP market.

Net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 increased to $4.4 million, compared with a net loss of $3.7 million for last year’s second quarter. Net loss per share was $0.07 for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 compared with a net loss of $0.09 per share in the same period last year.  Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was negative $3.3 million, or a loss of $0.05 per share, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA of negative $2.3 million, or a loss of $0.05 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2018.

“The second quarter had several significant achievements. We are seeing product and total revenue growth return to double-digits because of our efforts to expand into multiple market verticals and geographies, lower cash usage year-over-year and the settlement of the perpetual royalty agreement with Carrier, which will allow us to form new strategic chiller relationships. We strongly believe all of these achievements will positively affect the long-term success of the business,” concluded Mr. Jamison.

Conference Call and Webcast
Capstone will host a live webcast November 6, 2018, at 1:45 PM Pacific Time (4:45 PM Eastern Time) to provide the results of the second quarter fiscal 2019 ended September 30, 2018. Capstone will discuss its financial results and will provide an update on its business activities. At the end of the conference call, Capstone will host a question-and-answer session to provide an opportunity for financial analysts to ask questions. Investors and interested individuals are invited to listen to the webcast by logging on to Capstone’s investor relation’s webpage at A replay of the webcast will be available on the website for 30 days.

About Capstone Turbine Corporation
Capstone Turbine Corporation ( (Nasdaq: CPST) is the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone has shipped over 9,000 Capstone Microturbine systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation's energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A DQS-Certified ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

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This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” as that term is used in the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “objective,” “intend,” “targeted,” “plan” and similar phrases. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties described in Capstone’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that may cause Capstone’s actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied in such statements. Capstone cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Capstone undertakes no obligation, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Financial Tables Follow

(In thousands, except share amounts)

 September 30,  March 31,
 2018 2018
Current Assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents$ 12,303  $ 14,408 
Restricted cash  6,000    5,000 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $5,828 at September 30, 2018, and $5,744 at March 31, 2018  16,531    15,968 
Inventories, net  15,477    15,633 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  4,967    2,803 
Total current assets  55,278    53,812 
Property, plant and equipment, net  2,831    2,859 
Non-current portion of inventories  1,109    1,041 
Intangible assets, net  299    411 
Other assets  3,125    250 
Total assets$ 62,642  $ 58,373 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity     
Current Liabilities:     
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$ 14,055  $ 13,503 
Accrued salaries and wages  1,562    1,588 
Accrued warranty reserve  2,242    1,682 
Deferred revenue  5,497    6,596 
Revolving credit facility  12,496    8,527 
Current portion of notes payable and capital lease obligations  39    192 
Total current liabilities  35,891    32,088 
Deferred revenue - non-current  1,284    — 
Long-term portion of notes payable and capital lease obligations  111    130 
Other long-term liabilities  390    396 
Total liabilities  37,676    32,614 
Commitments and contingencies     
Stockholders’ Equity:     
Preferred stock, $.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued  —    — 
Common stock, $.001 par value; 515,000,000 shares authorized, 67,817,994 shares issued and 67,607,817 shares outstanding at September 30, 2018; 57,062,598 shares issued and 56,916,646 shares outstanding at March 31, 2018  68    57 
Additional paid-in capital  898,108    889,585 
Accumulated deficit  (871,479)   (862,225)
Treasury stock, at cost; 210,177 shares at September 30, 2018, and 145,952 shares at March 31, 2018  (1,731)   (1,658)
Total stockholders’ equity  24,966    25,759 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$ 62,642  $ 58,373 

(In thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
 September 30,  September 30,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
Product, accessories and parts$ 18,627  $ 16,005  $ 35,712  $ 31,496 
Service  3,547    3,769    7,651    7,518 
Total revenue  22,174    19,774    43,363    39,014 
Cost of goods sold:           
Product, accessories and parts  16,945    13,549    32,575    27,586 
Service  3,192    3,209    6,929    6,173 
Total cost of goods sold  20,137    16,758    39,504    33,759 
Gross margin  2,037    3,016    3,859    5,255 
Operating expenses:           
Research and development  891    1,139    1,822    2,288 
Selling, general and administrative  5,308    4,796    10,962    9,757 
Total operating expenses  6,199    5,935    12,784    12,045 
Loss from operations  (4,162)   (2,919)   (8,925)   (6,790)
Other income (expense)  (7)   14    (21)   4 
Interest income  —    —    —    9 
Interest expense  (186)   (98)   (304)   (319)
Change in warrant valuation  —    (657)   —    (657)
Loss before provision for income taxes  (4,355)   (3,660)   (9,250)   (7,753)
Provision for income taxes  2    7    5    7 
Net loss$ (4,357) $ (3,667) $ (9,255) $ (7,760)
Net loss per common share—basic and diluted$ (0.07) $ (0.09) $ (0.15) $ (0.18)
Weighted average shares used to calculate basic and diluted net loss per common share  65,065    42,941    63,422    42,606 

(In thousands)

  Three months ended Six months ended
Reconciliation of Reported Net Loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA September 30, September 30,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Net loss, as reported $ (4,357) $ (3,667) $ (9,255) $ (7,760)
Interest expense   186    98    304    319 
Provision for income taxes   2    7    5    7 
Depreciation and amortization   281    279    568    583 
EBITDA $ (3,888) $ (3,283) $ (8,378) $ (6,851)
Stock-based compensation   224    154    451    307 
Restructuring charges   369    219    772    219 
Change in warrant valuation   —    657    —    657 
Adjusted EBITDA $ (3,295) $ (2,253) $ (7,155) $ (5,668)

To supplement the company’s unaudited financial data presented on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, management has used EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures are among the indicators management uses as a basis for evaluating the company’s financial performance as well as for forecasting future periods. Management establishes performance targets, annual budgets and makes operating decisions based in part upon these metrics. Accordingly, disclosure of these non-GAAP measures provides investors with the same information that management uses to understand the company’s economic performance year-over-year. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or other measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization expense. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges and the change in warrant valuation. Restructuring charges includes facility consolidation costs and costs related to the company’s cost reduction initiatives. 

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of the company’s liquidity or financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of its liquidity.

While management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information to investors, there are limitations associated with the use of these measures. The measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential differences in the exact method of calculation. Management compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on the company’s GAAP results and by using EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA only supplementally and by reviewing the reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP financial measures.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The company’s non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP financial measures and should be read only in conjunction with the company’s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

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