Capstone Turbine Reports Q1 Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

Total Revenue Increased 10% Year-Over-Year

1.2:1 Book-to-Bill Ratio, Representing New Product Orders from 13 Different Distributors in 11 Countries During the Quarter

Total Increase in Gross Product Orders for the Last Six-Months Representing 98% Period-Over-Period Increase

Q1 Fiscal 2019 Financial Results Webcast to be Held

Today, August 7, 2018, at 1:45 PM PT, 4:45 PM ET

VAN NUYS, Calif., Aug. 07, 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 first quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Financial Highlights of Fiscal 2019 First Quarter:

  • Total revenue for the quarter increased 10% year-over-year
  • Product revenue year-over-year increase of 8%
  • Accessories, parts and service revenue increased 15% year-over-year
  • 1.2:1 book to bill ratio representing new product orders from 11 different countries
  • Gross product orders for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018 were $32.5 million, compared to $16.4 million in the preceding six-month period ended December 31, 2017, an increase of 98% period-over-period
  • Total cash position increased $0.2 million despite pay down of accrued expenses and unplanned supplier prepayments during the first quarter.
  • Subsequent to the end of the first quarter, Capstone successfully negotiated with Carrier Corporation (“Carrier”) a one-time lump sum royalty settlement payment and removed non-compete provisions from the development agreement with Carrier.   

Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone said, “During the quarter, we maintained our focus on our key strategic initiatives that we set out at the beginning of the year and grew revenue year-over-year while maintaining our balance sheet and diversifying our revenue mix. We did experience some short-term volatility in our aftermarket business gross margin as part of normal business, but also experienced some additional unexpected headwinds due to a supplier issue that caused higher than expected service expenses in the quarter. This issue has been resolved and we expect business levels to normalize throughout the remainder of the year. In terms of the broader industry environments, overall conditions remained favorable, and we are encouraged by macro trends both domestically and internationally,” added Mr. Jamison.

Total revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 10%. Revenue increased to $21.2 million, compared to $19.2 million in the same period last year.  For the first quarter of fiscal 2019, revenue from microturbine products increased $1.0 million, or 8%, to $13.6 million from $12.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and revenue from our accessories, parts and service increased $1.0 million, or 15%, to $7.6 million from $6.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

Capstone’s results show new gross product orders of approximately $16.3 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2019 generating a 1.2:1 book-to-bill ratio. Capstone booked $32.5 million in gross product orders for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018, compared to $16.4 million in the preceding six-month period ended December 31, 2017, an increase of 98% period-over-period. During the first quarter of fiscal 2019 certain product orders placed in prior periods by the company’s legacy California distributor where canceled and reassigned to Cal Microturbine, Capstone’s new exclusive distribution partner in California. During the first quarter of fiscal 2019, Capstone received new product orders from 13 different distributors in 11 countries including the United States, Mexico, China, Kuwait, Russia, Spain, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash increased $0.2 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2019 to $19.6 million as of June 30, 2018. This compared to cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash of $19.4 million and $19.1 million as of March 31, 2018, and June 30, 2017, respectively.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2019, Capstone effectively leveraged both its expanded asset-based credit facility with Bridge Bank and its at-the-market equity offering program to help cover its operations, including $2.2 million in prepayments to one of Capstone’s single source suppliers. One of the company’s single source suppliers notified the company that they were at maximum capacity and would require prepayment and a significant increase in the price of multiple components in order to fulfill Capstone’s supply requirements for fiscal 2019. In addition, the company paid down its accrued expenses by $1.0 million with respect to Capstone’s one-time leadership incentive program compensation.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2019, Capstone experienced lower than anticipated gross margin from its accessories, parts and service aftermarket business because of higher than normal scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities. The increase in unscheduled maintenance activities was due to an issue with a supplier that resulted in an elevated cost of goods and a lower gross margin than historically reported in the prior quarters.

“Volatility is a normal part of our aftermarket business as we have noted in the past that this business ebbs and flows based on the timing of prior equipment sales, service intervals and unscheduled maintenance which this quarter reflects that. Our long-term goals are unchanged, and we expect business to return to normal levels throughout the year,” explained Mr. Jamison.

Operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 8% to $6.6 million from $6.1 million in the year-ago period. This increase includes an increase in marketing expense primarily related to our new Distributor Support System program and legal expense primarily related to our recently filed registration statement on Form S-3.

The net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $4.9 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to a net loss of $4.1 million, or $0.10 per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was negative $3.9 million, or a loss of $0.06 per share, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA of negative $3.4 million, or a loss of $0.08 per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The weighted average shares outstanding for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 were 61.8 million compared with 41.1 million in the year-ago period.

On July 25, 2018, Capstone and Carrier Corporation (“Carrier”) entered into an amendment to their development agreement whereby Capstone agreed to pay Carrier approximately $3.0 million to conclude the company’s current royalty obligation under the development agreement and release the company from any future royalty payment obligations. The amendment also removed non-compete provisions from the development agreement, which allows Capstone to design, market or sell its C200 System in conjunction with any energy system and compete with Carrier products in the combined cooling, heating and power market (“CCHP”). This settlement will benefit the company’s quarterly product margins by approximately 2% at the current quarterly revenue levels and now allows Capstone to enter into strategic discussions and relationships with other global chiller manufacturers to improve future competitiveness in the CCHP market.

“The amendment to the Carrier development agreement is a tremendous achievement that will give us strategic flexibility in our largest market vertical and save us millions of dollars in future royalty payments as we execute against our goal of double digit revenue growth and accelerated product orders as illustrated by our 98% improvement in our book-to-bill in the last six months,” concluded Mr. Jamison.

Conference Call and Webcast
Capstone will host a live webcast August 7, 2018, at 1:45 PM Pacific Time (4:45 PM Eastern Time) to provide the results of the first quarter fiscal 2019 ended June 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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Financial Tables Follow



(In thousands, except share amounts)

    June 30,   March 31,  
    2018   2018
Current Assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 13,569     $ 14,408    
Restricted cash     6,000       5,000    
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $5,677 at June 30, 2018 and $5,744 at March 31, 2018     15,886       15,968    
Inventories, net     16,055       15,633    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     5,018       2,803    
Total current assets     56,528       53,812    
Property, plant and equipment, net     2,788       2,859    
Non-current portion of inventories     1,103       1,041    
Intangible assets, net     355       411    
Other assets     315       250    
Total assets   $ 61,089     $ 58,373    
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity              
Current Liabilities:              
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 13,560     $ 13,503    
Accrued salaries and wages     1,334       1,588    
Accrued warranty reserve     1,861       1,682    
Deferred revenue     6,529       6,596    
Revolving credit facility     10,024       8,527    
Current portion of notes payable and capital lease obligations     77       192    
Total current liabilities     33,385       32,088    
Deferred revenue - non-current     1,121          
Long-term portion of notes payable and capital lease obligations     121       130    
Other long-term liabilities     403       396    
Total liabilities     35,030       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, 64,340,430 shares issued and 64,192,796 shares outstanding at June 30, 2018; 57,062,598 shares issued and 56,916,646 shares outstanding at March 31, 2018     64       57    
Additional paid-in capital     894,777       889,585    
Accumulated deficit     (867,121 )     (862,225 )  
Treasury stock, at cost; 147,634 shares at June 30, 2018 and 145,952 shares at March 31, 2018     (1,661 )     (1,658 )  
Total stockholders’ equity     26,059       25,759    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 61,089     $ 58,373    



(In thousands, except per share data)

    Quarter Ended  
    June 30,  
Product, accessories and parts   $ 17,085     $ 15,491    
Service     4,104       3,749    
Total revenue     21,189       19,240    
Cost of goods sold:              
Product, accessories and parts     15,630       14,037    
Service     3,737       2,964    
Total cost of goods sold     19,367       17,001    
Gross margin     1,822       2,239    
Operating expenses:              
Research and development     932       1,149    
Selling, general and administrative     5,651       4,960    
Total operating expenses     6,583       6,109    
Loss from operations     (4,761 )     (3,870 )  
Other expense     (14 )     (10 )  
Interest income           9    
Interest expense     (118 )     (221 )  
Loss before provision for income taxes     (4,893 )     (4,092 )  
Provision for income taxes     4          
Net loss   $ (4,897 )   $ (4,092 )  
Net loss per common share—basic and diluted   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.10 )  
Weighted average shares used to calculate basic and diluted net loss per common share     61,762       41,081    



(In thousands)

    Three months ended 
Reconciliation of Reported Net Loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA   June 30,
Net loss, as reported   $ (4,897 )   $ (4,092 )
Interest expense     118       221  
Provision for income taxes     4        
Depreciation and amortization     287       304  
EBITDA   $ (4,488 )   $ (3,567 )
Stock-based compensation     227       154  
Restructuring charges     403        
Adjusted EBITDA   $ (3,858 )   $ (3,413 )

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, 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. 

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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