EnSync Energy Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Results
Management to Host Conference Call Today at 4:30 p.m. EST (3:30 p.m. CST)

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems ("EnSync Energy"), a leading developer of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs), today announced first quarter fiscal year 2018 financial results for the period ended September 30, 2017. 

Recent Highlights

  • Revenue during the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $2.4 million, with revenue largely being contributed by 5 PPA projects;
  • Gross margins improved to 12.5% during the first quarter compared to (1.4%) in the year ago quarter, and gross margins of 5.5% in the immediately sequential quarter as the Company becomes more efficient and profitable on its PPA construction and sales efforts;
  • Recently secured a follow-on purchase order from Schneider for a high power version of our Matrix® Energy Management system;
  • Construction continued during the quarter on 7 projects, including Time Warner I and Time Warner II, Easter Seals, Hawaii Pacific University, as well as three additional Commercial and Industrial projects;
  • A key multi-unit residential project has become commercially operational;
  • Entered the California market with the Company's first PPA project for CAL FIRE's Firefighter Training Facility;
  • Announced an expanded focus on the utility market segment through the creation of a utility market vertical in the company;
  • The DER FlexTM Internet of Energy platform has been deployed and is commercially operating at three sites; and
  • Cash balance at the end of September 2017 was $9.1 million.

Management Discussion

"We're pleased with the progress made during the quarter as we continue to develop and execute on multiple projects, improve project margins, expand into the California market, and further develop our agreement with Schneider Electric," commented Brad Hansen, CEO of EnSync Energy. "Our commercialization strategy of selling custom designed distributed energy resource systems is fundamentally solid with all components of this strategy in place. We have outstanding project development and sales capabilities, innovative and differentiated products like the Matrix® Energy Management system and DER FlexTM, our Internet of Energy platform, and an assortment of storage alternatives that meet virtually any combination of applications you would ever need to perform. Our products are modular in design, enabling lower cost manufacturing, and rapid site construction and commissioning, all key competitive advantages for us in the marketplace."

"We are now executing four key market strategies: the Hawaiian commercial and industrial (C&I) market where we have 16 projects that have been completed or are under construction; the California market, in which we successfully signed our first major power purchase agreement at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection training facility; our utility vertical, where we are formally engaged with multiple customers such as Hawaiian Electric Company and ENMAX; and our power electronics systems business with Schneider Electric where we recently secured a follow-on purchase order for a high voltage version of our Matrix® Energy Management system. Each of the market areas have the potential to see dramatically increased revenues and margins, and our prospects for future growth remain very positive. We're also excited about other markets that have the potential for entry and disruption, as more aspects of the economy move towards energy storage with power electronics based electrification, such as the residential and EV charge station markets."

Mr. Hansen concluded, "We continue to benefit from our early mover advantage in solar plus storage, a market which Greentech Media expects to increase 10X over the next five years. This market expansion continues to be driven by a shifting of the energy production mix from carbon emitting sources to renewable sources, and by increasingly favorable economics for solar energy, energy storage, and combined solar plus storage systems. We expect key long-term trends to continue to be supportive, with time of use rates and demand charges becoming more widespread across the utility landscape and net metering programs being eliminated or reduced at the state level. These trends, coupled with our innovative business model, should allow us to continue benefiting from this rapid shift in the adoption for distributed energy resources going forward."

Financial Results

Total revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $2.4 million compared to $7.7 million in the year ago period. Revenue during the first quarter of fiscal 2018 quarter was largely derived from PPA contracts in Hawaii that are recognized on a percent of completion basis. In addition to the PPA sales, revenue was also recognized from system sales of the Company's Matrix® Energy Management system and DER FlexTM platform. The year ago period saw the benefit of a large grouping of PPAs sales to American Electric Power subsidiary, AEP OnSite Partners.

Gross margins improved to 12.5% during the first quarter compared to (1.4%) in the year ago quarter, and compares to gross margins of 5.5% in the immediately preceding fourth quarter. The improved gross margin compared to the year ago and most recent sequential quarter is attributable to the elimination of numerous non-recurring charges incurred in the year ago period as part of entering the market with this new PPA business model, and further efficiencies in the procurement, construction and sale process. The Company's expectation is that gross profit margins on future PPA sales should be between 10% and 20%. 

Advanced Engineering and Development costs were $1.1 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to $1.0 million in the year ago period. Selling, General and Administrative expenses totaled $2.6 million during each of the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and 2017. Total Advanced Engineering and Development costs and Selling, General and Administrative expenses (excluding stock-based compensation of $0.4 million and $0.3 million, respectively) was $3.3 million during each of the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and 2017. The Company intends to hold at or below these levels going forward.

Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $(4.0) million, or $(0.07) per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to $(4.7) million, or $(0.10) per basic and diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2017.

Cash balance at September 30, 2017 was $9.1 million compared to $11.8 million at June 30, 2017.

Estimated backlog value for PPA projects, components and systems as of the date of this announcement is approximately $12.6 million.

Recent Policy Developments

"As our investors know, on November 2nd the House Committee on Ways and Means released H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," commented Fred Vaske, Chief Administrative Officer of EnSync Energy. "We, along with many in the renewable energy industry, have been focused on predicting how this proposed tax reform might affect our business. The House plan details substantial modifications to the tax code which would directly and indirectly impact the valuation of PPA projects, including a reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, implementation of bonus depreciation of 100 percent through the end of 2022, significant limitations on interest deductions and, longer term, the elimination of the then 10 percent investment tax credit for solar projects which begin construction after 2027."

"While the House plan is not final and is subject to change during negotiation, tax reform has clearly been a priority on the Republican agenda and this has been an anticipated development. Our internal analysis earlier this year and updated for the current proposal shows the direct impact of the proposed changes for our DER project valuations as being largely neutral, with offsetting impacts from lower tax rates and the immediate expensing of project investments."

"Another very recent development was that the U.S. International Trade Commission released on October 31 a set of recommendations on the Section 201 solar trade case. The proposed remedies from the Commission are less severe for the solar industry than was requested by the petitioners, Suniva and SolarWorld, but are subject to a final decision by President Trump, likely in January 2018." Mr. Vaske concluded, "For both the Section 201 trade case as well as the proposed tax reforms we will continue to monitor policy developments in the coming weeks for their potential influence on our business."

Conference Call Information

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m. EST (3:30 p.m. CST)
Domestic participant dial in #: (877) 870-4263 or (412) 317-0790
Conference code #: 10114022

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization.

Interested parties can also listen to a live internet webcast available in the investor section of the Company's website at www.ensync.com

A teleconference replay of the call will be available at (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088, confirmation code 10114022, through November 16, 2017. A webcast replay will be available in the investor section of the Company's website at www.ensync.com for 90 days.

About EnSync Energy Systems

EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems (EnSync Energy), is creating the future of electricity with innovative distributed energy resource (DER) systems and internet of energy (IOE) control platforms. EnSync Energy ensures the most cost-effective and resilient electricity, delivered from an electrical infrastructure that prioritizes the use of all available resources, such as renewables, energy storage and the utility grid. As project developer, EnSync Energy's distinctive engagement methodology encompasses load analysis, system design consulting, and technical and financial modeling to ensure energy systems are sized and optimized to meet our customers' objectives for value and performance. Proprietary direct current (DC) power control hardware, energy management software, and extensive experience with numerous energy storage technologies uniquely positions EnSync Energy to deliver fully integrated systems that provide for efficient design, procurement, commissioning, and ongoing operation. EnSync Energy's IOE control platform adapts easily to ever-changing generation and load variables, as well as changes in utility prices and programs, ensuring the means to make or save money behind-the-meter, while concurrently providing utilities the opportunity to use DERs for an array of grid enhancing services. In addition to direct system sales, EnSync Energy includes power purchase agreements (PPAs) in its portfolio of offerings, which enables electricity savings for customers and provides a stable financial yield for investors. EnSync Energy is a global corporation, with joint venture Meineng Energy in AnHui, China, and energy project development subsidiary Holu Energy LLC in Hawaii, and DCfusion LLC, a power system engineering and design, consultancy and policy firm. For more information, visit www.ensync.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are intended to be covered by the "safe harbor" created by those sections.  Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as "believe," "expect," "may," "will," "should," "could," "seek," "intend," "plan," "goal," "estimate," "anticipate" or other comparable terms.  All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release regarding our strategies, prospects, financial condition, operations, costs, plans and objectives are forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding project completion timelines, our ability to monetize our PPA assets, statements regarding the sufficiency of our capital resources, expected operating losses, expected revenues, expected expenses and our expectations concerning our business strategy, Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Our actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others, the following: our historical and anticipated future operation losses and our ability to continue as a going concern; our ability to raise the necessary capital to fund our operations and the risk of dilution to shareholders from capital raising transactions; our ability to successfully commercialize new products, including our Matrix® Energy Management, DER FlexTM, DER SupermoduleTM, and AgileTM Hybrid Storage Systems; our ability to lower our costs and increase our margins; our product, customer and geographic concentration, and lack of revenue diversification; the length and variability of our sales cycle; our dependence on governmental mandates and the availability of rebates, tax credits and other economic incentives related to alternative energy resources and the regulatory treatment of third-party owned solar energy systems; and the other risks and uncertainties described in the Risk Factors and in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations sections of our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and our subsequently filed Quarterly Report(s) on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Investor Relations Contact:
Lytham Partners, LLC 
Robert Blum, Joseph Diaz, or Joe Dorame 
(602) 889-9700

EnSync Media Contact:
Michelle Montague
(262) 735-5676

 

EnSync, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)






 Three months ended September 30,


2017


2016





Revenues

$                      2,362,048


$                      7,656,561





Costs and expenses




Cost of product sales

2,066,910


7,766,143

Cost of engineering and development

-


937,725

Advanced engineering and development

1,107,344


1,001,328

Selling, general and administrative

2,644,274


2,552,451

Depreciation and amortization

97,392


154,357

Impairment of long-lived assets

447,000


-

Total costs and expenses

6,362,920


12,412,004





Loss from operations

(4,000,872)


(4,755,443)





Other income (expense)




Equity in gain (loss) of investee company

(50,025)


23,655

Interest income

7,133


11,358

Interest expense

(11,258)


(12,997)

Other income

69,998


8,432

Total other income (expense)

15,848


30,448





Loss before benefit for income taxes

(3,985,024)


(4,724,995)





Benefit for income taxes

-


-

Net loss

(3,985,024)


(4,724,995)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

93,230


82,273

Net loss attributable to EnSync, Inc.

(3,891,794)


(4,642,722)

Preferred stock dividend

(83,277)


(75,445)

Net loss attributable to common shareholders

$                   (3,975,071)


$                   (4,718,167)





Net loss per share




Basic and diluted

$                            (0.07)


$                            (0.10)





Weighted average shares - basic and diluted

55,550,492


47,753,604

 

EnSync, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets






(Unaudited)




 September 30, 2017


 June 30, 2017

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$                  9,103,979


$                11,782,962

Accounts receivable, net

204,656


469,906

Inventories, net

2,342,562


2,482,013

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

413,008


247,589

Note receivable

168,164


171,140

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings

592,191


87,318

Deferred customer project costs

113,800


104,800

Project assets

93,010


114,971

Total current assets

13,031,370


15,460,699

Long-term assets:




Property, plant and equipment, net

2,902,104


3,446,253

Investment in investee company

1,897,703


1,947,728

Goodwill

809,363


809,363

Right of use assets-operating leases

130,747


150,214

Total assets

$                18,771,287


$                21,814,257





Liabilities and Equity




Current liabilities:




Current maturities of long-term debt

$                     641,908


$                     726,256

Accounts payable

1,491,125


487,185

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings

125,347


456,950

Accrued expenses

558,671


743,948

Customer deposits

165,209


90,876

Accrued compensation and benefits

318,938


396,890

Total current liabilities

3,301,198


2,902,105

Long-term liabilities:




Long-term debt, net of current maturities

331,827


331,827

Deferred revenue

422,638


422,638

Other long-term liabilities

235,226


249,920

Total liabilities

4,290,889


3,906,490





Commitments and contingencies








Equity




Series B redeemable convertible preferred stock ($0.01 par value,




$1,000 face value), 3,000 shares authorized and issued, 2,300 shares outstanding, preference in liquidation of $5,714,363 and $5,631,086 as of September 30, 2017 and June 30, 2017, respectively

23


23

Series C convertible preferred stock ($0.01 par value, $1,000 face




value), 28,048 shares authorized, issued, and outstanding, preference in liquidation of $8,766,036 and $12,276,682 as of September 30, 2017 and June 30, 2017, respectively

280


280

Common stock ($0.01 par value), 300,000,000 authorized,




55,604,327 and 55,200,963 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and June 30, 2017, respectively

1,264,358


1,260,324

Additional paid-in capital

142,373,350


141,822,317

Accumulated deficit

(128,531,438)


(124,639,644)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,583,946)


(1,584,578)

Total EnSync, Inc. equity

13,522,627


16,858,722

Noncontrolling interest

957,771


1,049,045

Total equity

14,480,398


17,907,767

Total liabilities and equity

$                18,771,287


$                21,814,257

 

EnSync, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)


Three months ended September 30,


2017


2016

Cash flows from operating activities




Net loss

$                (3,985,024)


$                (4,724,995)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:




Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

97,392


156,464

Stock-based compensation, net

435,608


272,653

Equity in (gain) loss of investee company

50,025


(23,655)

Provision for inventory reserve

54,928


140,690

Gain on sale of property and equipment

(70,000)


(8,432)

Interest accreted on note receivable

(3,024)


(3,024)

Impairment of long-lived assets

447,000


-

Changes in assets and liabilities




Accounts receivable

265,250


(264,078)

Inventories

84,523


(68,035)

Prepaids and other current assets

(165,413)


60,441

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings

(504,873)


-

Deferred PPA project costs

-


5,174,290

Deferred customer project costs

(9,000)


304,229

Project assets

21,961


516,017

Accounts payable

1,003,940


(119,542)

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings

(331,603)


-

Accrued expenses

(180,747)


579,447

Customer deposits

74,333


196,417

Accrued compensation and benefits

(77,952)


66,895

Deferred revenue

-


422,638

Other long-term liabilities

-


137,983

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

(2,792,676)


2,816,403

Cash flows from investing activities




Expenditures for property and equipment

-


(9,149)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

70,000


9,754

Payments from note receivable

6,000


-

Net cash provided by investing activities

76,000


605

Cash flows from financing activities




Repayments of long term debt

(84,348)


(82,236)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

119,459


-

Contribution of capital from noncontrolling interest

1,956


-

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

37,067


(82,236)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

626


(683)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(2,678,983)


2,734,089

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period

11,782,962


17,189,089





Cash and cash equivalents - end of period

$                   9,103,979


$                 19,923,178









Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:




Cash paid for interest

$                        11,452


$                        10,520

Supplemental noncash information:




Right of use asset obtained in exchange for new operating lease

(19,467)


102,943

 

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