OPT Releases Financial Results for Fiscal Fourth Quarter

first_imgOcean Power Technologies, Inc. announced financial results for its Fiscal 2014 fourth quarter and full-year ended April 30, 2014 (“fiscal 2014”).David L. Keller, Interim Chief Executive Officer of OPT, stated, “There have been several significant events and much change since the Company last reported financial results. We believe we have fully disclosed this information in our filings. These events have caused us to redirect the Company’s strategy and advancement of our technological capabilities. We remain focused on bringing our developing technology to practical application.”“Over the last several months, we announced the termination of both the Reedsport, Oregon and Victoria Wave Partners projects. Additionally, we are deferring our WavePort deployment in the European Union into calendar 2015, due to a number of logistics factors, such as the readiness of the proposed deployment site. Furthermore, the summer 2013 deployment of our APB-350 Autonomous PowerBuoy led us to determine that several design modifications to address critical operation and reliability issues were required. Taken as a whole, these results indicate that our basic technology needs further advancement before we commit to large-scale utility projects with typical commercial risk-sharing, even when partially subsidized by government grants,” he noted.On July 8, 2014, Victorian Wave Partners Pty Ltd (“VWP”), an indirect consolidated subsidiary of Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”), tendered a notice (the “Termination Notice”) to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (“ARENA”) of VWP’s intent to terminate the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program Funding Deed, dated as of September 9, 2010, entered into between VWP and the Commonwealth of Australia, as amended by a Deed of Variation dated January 9, 2014 (“the Funding Deed”). Unless agreed otherwise, pursuant to the terms of the Funding Deed, it will terminate on October 8, 2014Mr. Keller continued, “Looking ahead, many companies and funding agencies recognize that the nascent wave energy segment of the renewable energy market is worthy of research, development and continued advancement. We acknowledge that the inherent potential of wave power energy capture is accompanied by significant engineering challenges at both the component and system levels. Nonetheless, we are continuing to advance certain promising technologies that justify additional development. This includes advanced controls that would enable an increase in electric power output and further optimization of our modular, direct-drive Power Take-Off (PTO) technology.”Strategic Focus on Smaller Scale Devices The Company has shifted its immediate focus to smaller-scale devices, such as the PB-40, intended to be deployed off the coast of Spain, and the utility scale PowerBuoy, under development with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding, which are suitable for both autonomous and utility applications. OPT recognizes that deployments are critical to technology advancement in order to accumulate successful operating history that demonstrates durability and reliability at acceptable levels of commercial risk-taking. The Company has accumulated a significant body of knowledge through PowerBuoy deployments of varying capabilities which is now an integral part of its engineering design and development processes.Commenting on the strategic shift from large, utility-scale projects, Mr. Keller noted, “We believe that we can move faster to optimize our technology on smaller-scale power outputs which are more economical to manufacture and deploy than larger buoys.”Financial ReviewOPT’s fully-funded contract backlog as of April 30, 2014 was $4.9 million compared with $5.6 million as of January 31, 2014 and $3.8 million as of April 30, 2013. Approximately $1.2 million of backlog at fiscal year-end was for the Oregon project. OPT is in discussion with the DOE regarding the necessary steps to close out the project. Approximately $0.9 million of backlog was for the WavePort project to be located off the coast of Spain. This cost-sharing contract expires on July 31, 2014, and the Company intends to deploy in calendar 2015. Fiscal 2014 year-end backlog excludes approximately $0.5 million to reflect the impact to backlog of the current expiration. The Company’s contract backlog consists largely of cost-sharing contracts to support product development.Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2014Revenue for the quarter was $0.4 million, unchanged from the prior-year period. Revenue in the current fiscal fourth quarter included revenue associated with OPT’s project with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, which offset the delayed WavePort project off the coast of Spain. The net loss for the three months ended April 30, 2014 was $3.3 million as compared with a net loss of $4.2 million for the three months ended April 30, 2013. The favorable decrease in the Company’s net loss year-over-year reflects lower product development costs and a favorable change in a contract loss reserve, offset by higher selling, general and administrative costs. The decrease in product development costs was due primarily to a lower level of activity for OPT’s project in Oregon. The favorable change in contract loss reserve was due to a change in OPT’s intent to complete a previous project. SG&A increased due to employee-related costs and costs associated with site development related to the VWP project in Australia.Fiscal 2014OPT had revenue of $1.5 million in fiscal 2014 compared with revenue of $3.6 million in fiscal 2013. The decline reflects the suspension of the PowerBuoy project off the coast of Oregon, decreased billable work on PowerBuoy development projects, the completion of a project with MES in the prior fiscal year and a decrease in the estimated contract value associated with the WavePort project off the coast of Spain.Net loss was $11.2 million compared with $14.8 million in the prior year. The reduction in net loss was due primarily to a decline in product development costs associated with OPT’s project in Oregon, a favorable change in contract loss reserves and a higher income tax benefit due to the sale of New Jersey net operating tax losses and research and development tax credits. These improvements were somewhat offset by higher selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) costs. Higher SG&A reflects fees associated with the establishment of an At-The-Market (“ATM”) Agreement and site development expenses related to the VWP project in Australia.Balance Sheet and Available CashAs of April 30, 2014, total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $28.4 million, up from $20.4 million on April 30, 2013. At fiscal year-end, restricted cash was $7.3 million compared with $1.4 million as of April 30, 2013. Net cash used in operating activities was $6.5 million and $10.8 million for the twelve months ended April 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The Company raised $20.5 million during the fiscal 2014 through the sale of stock under its ATM facility and an underwritten public offering of its common stock.Conclusion“On a final note, our Board has been significantly strengthened over the past two years by the addition of experienced financial and operating executives. We have actively engaged in strengthening our corporate governance, our control environment and our reporting processes. The Board has also actively participated with management in formulating our current strategy and will conduct a search for a permanent CEO over the next few months. When combined with recent employee additions to various executive, business and engineering functions over the past several months, I am confident that we are addressing critical skills and talent that are necessary to help focus the company strategy and ensure efficient business conduct and execution,” concluded Mr. Keller.Press Release, July 30, 2014last_img read more