Capstone Reports Third Quarter of Fiscal 2016 Financial Results

Sequential Quarterly Improvements Result in Improved Revenue, Gross Margin, EBITDA and Net Loss

Conference Call and Webcast to Be Held Today at 1:45 PM PT, 4:45 PM ET

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Feb. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capstone Turbine Corporation ( (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, reported financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2016 ended December 31, 2015. Total revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was $21.5 million and net loss was $6.0 million, or $0.34 per share, which includes the 1-for-20 reverse stock split that was effected in November 2015.

During the third quarter 2016, management continued to implement several strategic initiatives and measures to further reduce operating expenses, increase its focus on new geographies and increase microturbine adoption in the energy efficiency market vertical. These measures have been a part of management’s strategy to counteract the macroeconomic headwinds on its revenue stream as the Company works toward returning to growth and becoming EBITDA breakeven.

Financial results for the third quarter reflect sequential quarterly improvements as a result of these new strategic initiatives and measures.

On a sequential quarterly basis for the third quarter, compared with the second quarter:

  • Revenue increased 20% to $21.5 million, compared with $17.9 million in the second quarter
  • Gross margin improved to 19% from 11% in the second quarter
  • Production, labor and overhead expenses dropped 28% on lower variable manufacturing costs
  • Bookings improved to $12.3 million compared with $8.4 million in the second quarter
  • Net loss declined by 24% to $6.0 million from $7.9 million in the second quarter
  • Cash position (including restricted cash) increased by $2.9 million to $18.5 million
  • Loss from operations dropped by $1.7 million to $5.9 million
  • Inventories decreased by $8.3 million on lower finished goods and raw materials
  • Working capital was $7.3 million compared to negative $4.6 million in the second quarter
  • Borrowings decreased $5.6 million on the Wells Fargo credit facility to $9.6 million

Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Turbine, said, “The positive reception we received for our new Capstone C1000 Signature Series that was launched at the PowerGen International tradeshow in December and the recent formation of the new Capstone Energy Finance™ entity are significant milestones in the third quarter. These notable milestones, combined with our team’s resilience and proactive measures, have placed Capstone back into the driver’s seat as we increased revenue, reduced expenses, improved the gross margin and increased bookings compared to the prior quarter.”

Mr. Jamison continued, “New order flow in the third quarter strengthened as our geographical diversification efforts continued to increase, resulting in new bookings from Europe, Latin America, Australia and Asia. Concurrently, the energy efficiency market vertical continued to grow and the oil and gas sector began to improve as customers focused on improving operational efficiencies as oil prices declined.”

Business and Operational Highlights Include:

  • Energy efficiency comprised 71% of shipments in the third quarter
  • New product orders received this quarter reflect our geographic diversity and include:
    • Colombia: C600 for a gas compression station for an oil and gas customer
    • Germany: 20 microturbines (C200 and 19 C65s) for multiple CHP projects
    • Germany: C800 and C200 microturbines for heat generation CHP projects
    • U.S.: Microturbines for two gas producing companies operating in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions
    • U.S.: C1000 power package for CHP at a U.S. Marine Corps base in Virginia
    • Hungary: two C1000 power packages for a repeat CHP customer
    • Peru: First order for a C200 to provide CHP for an industrial application
    • Canada: three C1000s and two C800s for an associated gas to energy project
    • U.S.: First Signature Series sold (two C1000s and two C600s)
    • Colombia: C600 power package for CHP at a hotel in Cartagena
    • China: Two C1000 power packages for a leading Chinese offshore oil company
  • Partnership programs announced this quarter include:
    • Strategic partnership with MultiChill Technologies to delivery air-cooled absorption chiller and water-making systems to be used in conjunction with our C65 series microturbines in CCHP applications
    • Research pilot program with Argonne National Laboratory, a non-profit research facility operated by the University of Chicago for the U.S. Department of Energy, for participation in the innovative Technologist-in-Residence pilot program to advance adoption of low-emission, high-efficiency power solutions

Mr. Jamison concluded, “We still have hard work ahead of us but I am confident that our team is on track to achieve our goals as we continue to operate in a challenging business environment. We are focused on reaching EBITDA breakeven as quickly as possible and will enter our next fiscal year with a lower cost structure that we anticipate will allow us to reach EBITDA breakeven at approximately a $30 million quarterly revenue mark. Additionally, we are developing a plan to further lower our EBITDA breakeven to a $25 million quarterly revenue level. We’re extremely pleased with our new C1000 Signature Series product launch, CHP growth in the U.S. and emerging markets, and the revenue growth opportunities that we believe our new Capstone Finance entity will bring us.”

Financial Highlights of Third Quarter of Fiscal 2016 Include: 

  • Total revenue of $21.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 compared with $30.1 million in the year-ago third quarter. This quarter’s results did not include any new product shipments to BPC in Russia, which contributed approximately 10% or $2.3 million of revenue during last year’s third quarter.
  • Total backlog as of December 31, 2015 was $102.3 million compared with $175.5 million as of December 31, 2014 and $104.8 million as of September 30, 2015.
  • Selling, General & Administrative expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were $7.0 million compared with $7.5 million in the year-ago third quarter. Excluding bad debt expense, further reductions in SG&A are expected in the fourth quarter as a result of the Company’s initiatives to lower expenses.
  • Net loss for the third quarter was $6.0 million or $0.34 loss per share, compared with a net loss of $3.9 million or $0.24 loss per share in the year-ago third quarter.
  • Cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2015 was $18.5 million when combined with restricted cash of $5.0 million related to the Wells Fargo credit facility.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a live webcast today, February 3 at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time (4:45 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss its financial results and provide a business update for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 ended December 31, 2015. 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 the Company's investor relations 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 Turbine has shipped over 8,700 Capstone Microturbine systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone Turbine 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 UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the New York Metro Area, United Kingdom, Mexico City, Shanghai and Singapore.

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This press release contains "forward-looking statements," as that term is used in the federal securities laws, about, among other things, the shipment of finished goods, the success of our strategic initiatives and cost-cutting measures, improving our products, strengthening our distribution channels, the growth and diversification of our end markets and attaining profitability. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "expects," "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.

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Financial Tables Follow

(In thousands, except share amounts)  
    December 31,   March 31,  
      2015       2015    
Current Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 13,470     $ 32,221    
Restricted cash     5,000            
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $10,593 at December 31, 2015 and $11,041 at March 31, 2015     13,851       13,120    
Inventories     20,431       23,097    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       2,9411       3,063    
Total current assets     55,693       71,501    
Property, plant and equipment, net     3,854       3,523    
Non-current portion of inventories     2,287       2,258    
Intangible assets, net     1,132       1,337    
Other assets     281       308    
Total   $ 63,247     $ 78,927    
Current Liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 21,351     $ 22,266    
Accrued salaries and wages       1,6799       2,113    
Accrued warranty reserve     2,200       3,183    
Deferred revenue       3,9588       3,051    
Revolving credit facility     9,600       12,953    
Current portion of notes payable and capital lease obligations     540       407    
Total current liabilities     39,328       43,973    
Long-term portion of notes payable and capital lease obligations     77       89    
Other long-term liabilities     184       161    
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; 19,767,772 shares issued and  19,663,666  shares outstanding at December 31, 2015; 16,589,848 shares issued and 16,527,054 shares outstanding at March 31, 2015     354       332    
Additional paid-in capital     846,557       837,650    
Accumulated deficit     (821,636 )     (801,764 )  
Treasury stock, at cost; 104,106 at December 31, 2015 and 62,794 shares at March 31, 2015     (1,617 )     (1,514 )  
Total stockholders’ equity     23,658       34,704    
Total   $ 63,247     $ 78,927    


(In thousands, except per share data)
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
    December 31,   December 31,  
      2015       2014       2015       2014    
Product, accessories and parts   $ 18,239     $ 26,919     $ 57,074     $ 77,682    
Service     3,220       3,165       9,270       7,910    
Total revenues       21,459         30,084         66,344         85,592    
Cost of goods sold:                  
Product, accessories and parts     14,979       21,859       48,039       64,560    
Service     2,429       2,119       7,641       6,267    
Total cost of goods sold     17,408       23,978       55,680       70,827    
Gross margin     4,051       6,106       10,664       14,765    
Operating expenses:                  
Research and development     2,905       2,355       8,193       6,737    
Selling, general and administrative     7,002       7,508       21,796       24,815    
Total operating expenses     9,907       9,863       29,989       31,552    
Loss from operations     (5,856 )     (3,757 )     (19,325 )     (16,787 )  
Other (expense) income           (31 )     (38 )     50    
Interest expense     (159 )     (134 )     (506 )     (421 )  
Loss before income taxes     (6,015 )     (3,922 )     (19,869 )     (17,158 )  
Provision for income taxes           13       3       77    
Net loss   $ (6,015 )   $ (3,935 )   $ (19,872 )   $ (17,235 )  
Net loss per common share—basic and diluted   $ (0.34 )   $ (0.24 )   $ (1.17 )   $ (1.05 )  
Weighted average shares used to calculate net loss per common share     17,824       16,512       16,975       16,366    



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