Capstone Turbine Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

Second consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA on record aftermarket revenues and record 45% aftermarket gross margins

Highest gross margins in company history at 23% on strong aftermarket growth

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

VAN NUYS, Calif., June 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capstone Turbine Corporation ( (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, reported financial results for its fourth quarter and the full fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.

Financial Highlights of Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter:

  • Second consecutive positive Adjusted EBITDA quarter in a row
  • Total gross margin record of 23%; highest in company history
  • Record accessories, parts and service quarterly revenue at $9.6 million
  • Record 45% quarterly accessories, parts and service gross margin
  • Cash from operating activities was $500 thousand
  • 1.4:1 book to bill ratio strongest since Q2 FY14
  • Operating expenses, excluding one-time leadership incentive program compensation, decreased 10% to $5.6 million from $6.2 million in the year-ago quarter
  • Accessories, parts and service gross margin covered approximately 77% of the company’s operating expenses, excluding one-time leadership incentive program compensation

Financial Highlights of Full Year Fiscal 2018:

  • Revenue grew 7% and margins improved 16 basis points year-over-year
  • High margin accessories, parts and service revenue increased 11% to a record high of $32.0 million or 39% of total revenue
  • Adjusted EBITDA improved 76% year-over-year and net loss dropped 60% from $25.2 million to $10.0 million
  • R&D expense decreased 26% year-over-year as new Signature Series products mature
  • Cash used in operating activities drops 54% year-over-year to the lowest in company history

“Capstone continued to execute on its strategy by achieving the highest gross margin in its history, together with the strongest book to bill ratio since Q2 of our fiscal 2014. We also delivered positive quarterly Adjusted EBITDA for the second consecutive quarter in a row, together with positive quarterly cash flow from operations and record quarterly aftermarket accessories, parts and service revenue. Our quarterly aftermarket accessories, parts and service gross margin was at a record high and it covered 77% of Capstone’s operating expenses excluding the one-time leadership incentive program. In summary, this was another successful quarter for Capstone,” said Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone.

“The operating expenses are down $0.6 million compared to the same quarter last year, excluding one-time leadership incentive program compensation, and we have lowered annual operating expenses 52% since we launched our $25 million quarterly Adjusted EBITDA breakeven plan at the end of fiscal 2015,” said Ms. Jayme Brooks, Capstone’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash increased $2.9 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 to $19.4 million as of March 31, 2018. This compared to cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $19.7 million as of March 31, 2017. Cash provided by operating activities for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $0.5 million as compared to cash used in operating activities of $3.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 and $2.9 million used in operating activities in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

Total revenue for fiscal 2018 was $82.8 million and the net loss for fiscal 2018 improved to $10.0 million, or $.20 per share, on higher revenue compared to fiscal 2017. Total revenue for fiscal 2017 was $77.2 million and the net loss for fiscal 2017 was $25.2 million, or $0.79 per share, in fiscal 2017. The weighted average shares outstanding for the year ended March 31, 2018, were 51.3 million compared with 32.1 million in the year-ago period.

Accessories, parts and service revenue increased 11% to a record high of $32.0 million, or 39% of total revenue, in Fiscal 2018 compared to $28.9 million, or 37% of total revenue, in Fiscal 2017. Operating expenses for fiscal 2018 decreased 9% to $23.6 million from $26.0 million in the year-ago period. Capstone had bad debt recoveries of approximately $1.1 million and $1.5 million each of fiscal 2018 and 2017, respectively. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company recorded approximately $0.9 million in compensation expense in operating expenses with respect to its one-time Leadership Incentive Program.

The Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended March 31, 2018 was negative $5.2 million, or a loss of $0.10 per share, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA of negative $21.9 million, or a loss of $0.68 per share, for the year ended March 31, 2017.

“We will continue to focus on growing our business and driving shareholder returns in fiscal 2019. Fiscal 2018 was a pivotal inflection point for our company and the entire team is excited to build on the momentum we have gained. We have done an excellent job of cutting costs, and we must maintain our discipline as we look to increase our revenue growth during fiscal 2019 and beyond. In the year ahead, we will continue to improve our cash flow, increase sales by expanding our distributor network, diversify into new markets and geographies, and continue our aftermarket 100% absorption of operating expense strategy,” concluded Mr. Jamison.

Conference Call and Webcast

Capstone will host a live webcast June 7, 2018, at 1:45 PM Pacific Time (4:45 PM Eastern Time) to provide the results of the fourth quarter fiscal 2018 ended March 31, 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,” “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)

  March 31,   March 31,
  2018   2017
Current Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,408     $ 14,191  
Restricted cash   5,000       5,514  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $5,744 at March 31, 2018 and $6,845 at March 31, 2017   15,968       17,003  
Inventories, net   15,633       14,538  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   2,803       3,073  
Total current assets   53,812       54,319  
Property, plant and equipment, net   2,859       2,115  
Non-current portion of inventories   1,041       961  
Intangible assets, net   411       651  
Other assets   250       225  
Total assets $ 58,373     $ 58,271  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity          
Current Liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 13,503     $ 14,719  
Accrued salaries and wages   1,588       1,819  
Accrued warranty reserve   1,682       3,766  
Deferred revenue   6,596       5,050  
Revolving credit facility   8,527       11,533  
Current portion of notes payable and capital lease obligations   192       302  
Total current liabilities   32,088       37,189  
Long-term portion of notes payable and capital lease obligations   130       26  
Other long-term liabilities   396       158  
Total liabilities   32,614       37,373  
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, 57,062,598 shares issued and 56,916,646 shares outstanding at March 31, 2018; 38,920,174 shares issued and 38,803,630 shares outstanding at March 31, 2017   57       39  
Additional paid-in capital   889,585       874,697  
Accumulated deficit   (862,225 )     (852,199 )
Treasury stock, at cost; 145,952 shares at March 31, 2018 and 116,544 shares at March 31, 2017   (1,658 )     (1,639 )
Total stockholders’ equity   25,759       20,898  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 58,373     $ 58,271  

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

  Years Ended March 31,
  2018   2017
Product, accessories and parts $ 66,754     $ 63,325  
Service   16,083       13,844  
Total revenue   82,837       77,169  
Cost of goods sold:          
Product, accessories and parts   56,590       64,453  
Service   11,266       10,927  
Total cost of goods sold   67,856       75,380  
Gross margin   14,981       1,789  
Operating expenses:          
Research and development   4,040       5,388  
Selling, general and administrative   19,609       20,651  
Total operating expenses   23,649       26,039  
Loss from operations   (8,668 )     (24,250 )
Other expense   (2 )     (49 )
Interest income   9       31  
Interest expense   (606 )     (536 )
Change in warrant valuation   (741 )     (421 )
Loss before income taxes   (10,008 )     (25,225 )
Provision for income taxes   18       19  
Net loss $ (10,026 )   $ (25,244 )
Net loss per common share—basic and diluted $ (0.20 )   $ (0.79 )
Weighted average shares used to calculate basic and diluted net loss per common share   51,339       32,074  

(In thousands)

    Three months ended    Year ended
Reconciliation of Reported Net Loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA   March 31,   March 31,
    2018   2017   2018   2017
Net loss, as reported   $ (1,942 )   $ (4,177 )   $ (10,026 )   $ (25,244 )
Interest expense     116       145       606       536  
Provision for income taxes     11       16       18       19  
Depreciation and amortization     315       392       1,170       1,578  
EBITDA   $ (1,500 )   $ (3,624 )   $ (8,232 )   $ (23,111 )
Stock-based compensation     177       155       586       810  
Restructuring charges     487             764        
Change in warrant valuation                 741       421  
Leadership Incentive Program     981             981        
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 145     $ (3,469 )   $ (5,160 )   $ (21,880 )

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, leadership incentive program, the change in warrant valuation and warrant issuance expenses. Restructuring charges includes facility consolidation costs and one-time costs related to the company’s cost reduction initiatives. Leadership incentive program is the payout to the company’s executive leadership team upon successfully achieving positive Adjusted EBITDA for two consecutive quarters. This program was put into place only for fiscal 2018 and as such it is included in the Adjusted EBITDA items for this one-time program. 

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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