AMSC Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results and Provides Business Outlook

AYER, Mass., Nov. 04, 2020 (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 protect and expand the capability and resiliency of our Navy’s fleet, today reported financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended September 30, 2020.

Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 were $21.1 million compared with $14.0 million for the same period of fiscal 2019. The year-over-year increase was a result of higher Grid and Wind segment revenues versus the year ago period.  The higher Grid segment revenues are primarily due to increased D-VAR shipments, versus the year ago period. 

AMSC’s net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 was $3.7 million, or $0.17 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.8 million, or $0.04 per share, for the same period of fiscal 2019.  The Company’s non-GAAP net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 was $2.7 million, or $0.13 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $1.5 million, or $0.07 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.
  
Cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash on September 30, 2020 totaled $57.7 million, compared with $62.2 million at June 30, 2020.

"Our strong balance sheet and the addition of NEPSI to our Grid team changes the scale of our business and should place AMSC in a strong position for continued diversified growth," said Daniel P. McGahn, Chairman, President and CEO, AMSC.

Business Outlook
For the third quarter ending December 31, 2020, AMSC expects that its revenues will be in the range of $22 million to $25 million.  The Company’s net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 is expected not to exceed $6.0 million, or $0.23 per share, excluding any potential tax impacts due to the acquisition of Northeast Power Systems, Inc. (“NEPSI”) on October 1, 2020.  The Company's non-GAAP net loss (as defined below) is expected not to exceed $5.5 million, or $0.21 per share.  The Company expects positive operating cash flow of up to $1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.  The Company expects cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash on December 31, 2020, to be no less than $80 million. This guidance reflects the $26 million in cash that the Company paid in connection with its acquisition of NEPSI on October 1, 2020, and $51.4 million in approximate net proceeds from the Company’s stock offering which closed on October 26, 2020.

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, November 5, 2020, 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 https://ir.amsc.com.  The live call also can be accessed by dialing 800-367-2403 or 334-777-6978 and using conference ID 2509059. 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 2509059.

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 systems 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 www.amsc.com.

AMSC, American Superconductor, D-VAR, D-VAR VVO, Gridtec, Marintec, Windtec, Smarter, Cleaner … Better Energy, and Orchestrate the Rhythm and Harmony of Power on the Grid 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 expected GAAP and non-GAAP financial results for the quarter ending December 31, 2020, our expected cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash balance on December 31, 2020; the benefits of the NEPSI acquisition, expected net proceeds from the Company’s recently completed stock offering;  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; Our financial condition may have an adverse effect on our customer and supplier relationships; The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations; 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 customer’s 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; 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; 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 India’s 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; Unfavorable results of legal proceedings could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition; 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, 2020, 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  Six Months Ended 
  September 30,  September 30, 
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Revenues                
Grid $16,347  $11,489  $34,062  $21,345 
Wind  4,770   2,523   8,267   6,437 
Total revenues  21,117   14,012   42,329   27,782 
                 
Cost of revenues  15,596   10,248   31,768   22,441 
                 
Gross margin  5,521   3,764   10,561   5,341 
                 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development  2,719   2,398   5,218   4,871 
Selling, general and administrative  5,887   5,400   11,524   10,655 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles  121   85   242   170 
Total operating expenses  8,727   7,883   16,984   15,696 
                 
Operating loss  (3,206)  (4,119)  (6,423)  (10,355)
                 
Change in fair value of warrants     1,145      4,092 
Interest income, net  161   335   320   840 
Other (expense)/income, net  (476)  1,520   (646)  976 
Loss before income tax expense  (3,521)  (1,119)  (6,749)  (4,447)
                 
Income tax expense (benefit)  191   (294)  380   (83)
                 
Net loss $(3,712) $(825) $(7,129) $(4,364)
                 
Net loss per common share                
Basic $(0.17) $(0.04) $(0.33) $(0.21)
Diluted $(0.17) $(0.10) $(0.33) $(0.40)
                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding                
Basic  21,860   20,656   21,775   20,586 
Diluted  21,860   20,723   21,775   20,736 

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

  September 30,
2020
  March 31, 2020 
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $41,246  $24,699 
Marketable securities  10,191   30,149 
Accounts receivable, net  16,810   16,987 
Inventory  14,155   18,975 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  3,496   2,959 
Restricted cash  508   508 
Total current assets  86,406   94,277 
         
Marketable securities     5,046 
Property, plant and equipment, net  8,140   8,565 
Intangibles, net  3,309   3,550 
Right-of-use assets  3,907   3,359 
Goodwill  1,719   1,719 
Restricted cash  5,782   5,657 
Deferred tax assets  1,631   1,551 
Other assets  333   385 
Total assets $111,227  $124,109 
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
         
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $18,470  $22,091 
Lease liability, current portion  568   439 
Deferred revenue, current portion  13,547   18,430 
Total current liabilities  32,585   40,960 
         
Deferred revenue, long term portion  8,409   7,712 
Lease liability, long term portion  3,430   3,000 
Deferred tax liabilities  352   180 
Other liabilities  31   38 
Total liabilities  44,807   51,890 
         
Stockholders' equity:        
Common stock  234   229 
Additional paid-in capital  1,055,548   1,053,507 
Treasury stock  (3,336)  (2,666)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (262)  (216)
Accumulated deficit  (985,764)  (978,635)
Total stockholders' equity  66,420   72,219 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $111,227  $124,109 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)

  Six Months Ended September 30, 
  2020  2019 
Cash flows from operating activities:        
         
Net loss $(7,129) $(4,364)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operations:        
Depreciation and amortization  2,009   2,262 
Stock-based compensation expense  1,758   646 
Provision for excess and obsolete inventory  1,250   196 
Change in fair value of warrants     (4,092)
Non-cash interest income     (112)
Other non-cash items  233   (888)
Unrealized foreign exchange loss on cash and cash equivalents  272    
Changes in operating asset and liability accounts:        
Accounts receivable  157   (2,244)
Inventory  3,591   (3,589)
Prepaid expenses and other assets  (866)  (1,810)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  (3,192)  2,799 
Deferred revenue  (4,636)  711 
Net cash used in operating activities  (6,553)  (10,485)
         
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Purchase of property, plant and equipment  (1,326)  (1,736)
Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment     3,001 
Purchase of marketable securities     (10,000)
Sale of marketable securities  25,006    
Change in other assets  63   66 
Net cash (used in)/provided by investing activities  23,743   (8,669)
         
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Repurchase of treasury stock  (670)  (505)
Proceeds from exercise of employee stock options and ESPP  99   100 
Net cash used in financing activities  (571)  (405)
         
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  53   (74)
         
Net increase/(decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  16,672   (19,633)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period  30,864   78,198 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $47,536  $58,565 

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

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Six Months Ended
September 30,
 
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Net loss $(3,712) $(825) $(7,129) $(4,364)
Stock-based compensation  849   397   1,758   646 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles  121   85   242   170 
Change in fair value of warrants     (1,145)     (4,092)
Non-GAAP net loss $(2,743) $(1,488) $(5,129) $(7,640)
                 
Non-GAAP net loss per share - basic $(0.13) $(0.07) $(0.24) $(0.37)
Non-GAAP net loss per share - diluted $(0.13) $(0.07) $(0.24) $(0.37)
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic  21,860   20,656   21,775   20,586 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted  21,860   20,723   21,775   20,736 

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

  Six months ended 
  September 30,
2020
  September 30,
2019
 
Operating cash flow $(6,553) $(10,485)
Sinovel settlement (net of legal fees and expenses)     1,000 
Non-GAAP operating cash flow $(6,553) $(9,485)

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

  Three months
ending
 
  December 31,
2020
 
Net loss $(6.0)
Stock-based compensation  1.4 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles  0.1 
Non-GAAP net loss $(5.5)
Non-GAAP net loss per share $(0.21)
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 the tax effect of adjustments calculated at the relevant rate for our non-GAAP metric. 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 no longer has any warrants outstanding, therefore the Company's non-GAAP net loss guidance does not include the impact from this adjustment.  Actual non-GAAP net loss for the fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2020, 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); 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
amscIR@lhai.com

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

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

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