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

MILWAUKEE, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems ("EnSync Energy," "we," "us," "our," or the "Company"), a leading developer of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs) and business models for commercial, residential and utility installations, today announced third quarter fiscal year 2018 financial results for the period ended March 31, 2018. 

Financial Highlights

  • Revenue during the third quarter of fiscal 2018 increased to $3.1 million, compared to $0.1 million in the year ago period, with revenue during the quarter largely being contributed by 10 power purchase agreement ("PPA") projects;
  • Gross margins improved to 27.2% during the third quarter, compared to a gross margin loss in the year ago quarter, and gross margins of 24.2% in the immediately preceding quarter as the Company becomes more efficient and profitable on its PPA construction and sales efforts;
  • The Company has 12 PPA projects in backlog in various stages of execution. Estimated backlog value for PPA projects, components and systems as of the date of this announcement is approximately $16 million, an increase of 40.4% compared to $11.4 million on February 13, 2018; and
  • Sold the Company's Menomonee Falls corporate headquarters for net proceeds of $1.7 million during the third quarter.

Recent Business and Product Backlog Highlights

  • In May 2018, EnSync Energy announced the signing of the largest scope PPA in company history, a 750 kW solar and 500 kWh energy storage system at the Keahumoa Place affordable housing development, utilizing our recently launched residential solution, the EnSync Home Energy System;
  • In January 2018, the Company announced the signing of the second largest PPA in its history, a >790 kW solar PPA project at a Hawaii residential community;
  • During the third quarter, signed and subsequently sold a PPA project for 350 kW Phase 2 solar expansion with Hawai'i Pacific University, making it downtown Honolulu's largest solar project;
  • In January 2018, signed a 20-year PPA with the Polynesian Cultural Center for a 396 kW PV and inverter system;
  • During the third quarter, completed commissioning of two Hawaii PPA projects;
  • In February 2018, sold a 20-year PPA for the J. Walter Cameron Center project; and
  • In February 2018, announced a purchase order for a Micro-Utility system that will ship to East Africa, the first order for EnSync Energy on the continent.

Expansion into Residential "DER" Market with EnSync Home Energy System

In May 2018, EnSync Energy formally launched the company's leapfrog EnSync Home Energy System for property developers and residential customers which will allow for a completely integrated system with solar, energy storage, power electronics and an Internet of Energy control platform that delivers state-of-the-art functionality and modularity, with industry benchmark economics, safety and system efficiency.  The EnSync Home Energy System:

  • Expands upon the innovation and expertise that enabled EnSync Energy's leadership in the commercial and industrial ("C&I") market to solve the significant market challenges and product shortcomings for residential properties, delivering breakthroughs in performance, functionality, economic benefit and future-enabling capabilities;
  • Brings a phenomenal differentiator to the market with EnSync Energy's True Peer-to-Peer energy exchange technology, which enables individual residential units in a property to be linked into a network behind the utility meter to provide highly efficient, direct energy exchange between units; and
  • Includes high-efficiency "LFP" lithium-ion batteries, a Matrix Energy Management system with 9 kW AC output capacity, modular energy storage capacity of 9 kWh increments, modular DC-DC converters for photovoltaic and energy storage and the DER Flex Internet of Energy control platform, which enables a home to access the same DER Flex cloud-based computing platform utilized by EnSync Energy for connectivity between the asset owner, grid network and real-time market data for its C&I customers.

Management Discussion

Brad Hansen, CEO of EnSync Energy, commented, "Our commercialization strategy of selling custom designed DER systems and distributed generation systems, positions us in one of the largest market growth opportunities that will exist in the next 20 years.  To meet this growth opportunity, we have expanded our product portfolio beyond our historic commercial and industrial application to now include utility and residential system applications. On the utility side, through projects like the Africa Micro-Utility system we recently announced, we have entered the independent utility systems business, where we are effectively a proxy for a utility. For our residential application, we recently debuted our new EnSync Home Energy System and subsequently announced our first practical application of what will be its game changing capability – True Peer-to-Peer energy exchange -- at the Keahumoa Place affordable property development in Oahu, Hawaii. I am pleased with the progress we have made in developing best-in-class product applications to meet these growth opportunities for years to come."

"Operationally, we increased our backlog of PPA projects by 40% to a record $16 million compared to our last reporting period, improved our gross margins to their highest levels yet, and signed the largest PPA in the Company's history – for our new residential vertical. Due to the uniqueness of accounting rules surrounding our PPA projects, we recognize revenue as we make progress on execution of our projects which are triggered by 6 to 10 project milestones. Some of these milestones are outside our control which will cause lumpiness in our revenue recognition. All told, I am pleased with the execution during the quarter."

Mr. Hansen concluded, "We have outstanding project development and sales capabilities, innovative and differentiated products and technology, and an ability to mass customize bankable systems capable of addressing virtually any combination of applications you would ever need to perform. Importantly, our products are modular in design, enabling lower cost manufacturing, and rapid site deployment and faster time to money for our clients. These key competitive advantages should allow for us to capitalize on the rapidly growing trends in the marketplace for years to come."

Financial Results

Total revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was $3.1 million, compared to $0.1 million in the year ago period.  Revenue during the third quarter of fiscal 2018 quarter was largely derived from 10 PPA contracts in Hawaii.  

Gross margins improved to 27.2% during the third quarter, compared to a gross margin loss in the year ago quarter, and compared to gross margins of 24.2% in the immediately preceding second quarter. The improved gross margin is attributable to a favorable mix of projects in the current quarter and continued efficiencies in the procurement, construction and sale process.  The Company's expectation is that gross profit margins on future PPA sales should be between 15% and 25%. 

Advanced Engineering and Development costs were $1.2 million during the third quarter, compared to $1.4 million in the year ago period.  Selling, General and Administrative expenses decreased to $2.5 million during the third quarter, compared to $2.7 million in the year ago period, due to a decrease in stock-based compensation.  Total Advanced Engineering and Development costs and Selling, General and Administrative expenses (excluding stock-based compensation of $0.2 million and $0.5 million, respectively) was $3.5 million during the third quarter, compared to $3.6 million in the year ago period. The Company intends to hold at or below current levels going forward.

Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $(3.0) million, or $(0.05) per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to $(4.5) million, or $(0.09) per basic and diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2017. 

Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2018 was $5.3 million, compared to $5.9 million at December 31, 2017.  

Estimated backlog value for PPA projects, components and systems as of the date of this announcement is approximately $16.0 million.

Conference Call Information

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Time: 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. CT)

Domestic participant dial in #: (877) 283-0524 or (412) 317-5232

Conference code #: 10120148

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 10120148, through May 22, 2018. 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, 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 EnSync Home Energy System, Matrix Energy Management, DER Flex, DER Supermodule, and Agile 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; the inherent uncertainties and risks associated with our lawsuit with SPI Solar, Inc.; 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.

Media Relations Contact:
Antenna
Shreema Mehta
[email protected]
(646) 416-9853

EnSync Energy Media Contact:
Michelle Montague 
[email protected] 
(262) 735-5676

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

EnSync, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)










 Three months ended March 31,


 Nine months ended March 31,


2018


2017


2018


2017









Revenues

$   3,073,078


$       50,505


$  10,281,833


$     9,443,635









Costs and expenses








Cost of product sales

2,238,445


206,157


7,977,861


9,703,858

Cost of engineering and development

-


-


-


937,725

Advanced engineering and development

1,184,427


1,414,858


3,470,355


3,493,326

Selling, general and administrative

2,482,084


2,743,618


7,561,435


8,331,773

Depreciation and amortization

63,516


98,318


246,926


454,387

Impairment of long-lived assets

-


-


447,000


-

Total costs and expenses

5,968,472


4,462,951


19,703,577


22,921,069









Loss from operations

(2,895,394)


(4,412,446)


(9,421,744)


(13,477,434)









Other income (expense)








Equity in loss of investee company

(246,980)


(170,084)


(385,443)


(171,816)

Interest income

5,918


10,809


19,913


33,436

Interest expense

(8,795)


(11,115)


(30,970)


(37,219)

Other income

61,509


-


138,034


8,432

Total other income (expense)

(188,348)


(170,390)


(258,466)


(167,167)









Loss before benefit for income taxes

(3,083,742)


(4,582,836)


(9,680,210)


(13,644,601)









Benefit for income taxes

-


-


-


-

Net loss

(3,083,742)


(4,582,836)


(9,680,210)


(13,644,601)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

150,298


128,722


319,289


271,061

Net loss attributable to EnSync, Inc.

(2,933,444)


(4,454,114)


(9,360,921)


(13,373,540)

Preferred stock dividend

(87,495)


(79,264)


(256,131)


(232,040)

Net loss attributable to common shareholders

$  (3,020,939)


$  (4,533,378)


$   (9,617,052)


$  (13,605,580)









Net loss per share








Basic and diluted

$          (0.05)


$          (0.09)


$           (0.17)


$            (0.28)









Weighted average shares - basic and diluted

56,077,230


48,010,347


55,825,507


47,870,082

 

EnSync, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets






(Unaudited)




 March 31,
2018 


 June 30,
2017 

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$   5,349,640


$ 11,782,962

Accounts receivable, net

1,512,630


469,906

Inventories, net

1,448,797


2,482,013

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings

248,156


87,318

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,041,849


630,998

Total current assets

9,601,072


15,453,197

Long-term assets:




Property, plant and equipment, net

664,515


3,446,253

Investment in investee company

1,562,285


1,947,728

Goodwill

809,363


809,363

Right of use assets-operating leases

1,135,174


150,214

Other assets

93,862


7,502

Total assets

$ 13,866,271


$ 21,814,257





Liabilities and Equity




Current liabilities:




Current maturities of long-term debt

$       47,272


$      726,256

Accounts payable

1,564,475


487,185

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings 

39,740


456,950

Accrued expenses 

1,153,947


1,231,714

Total current liabilities

2,805,434


2,902,105

Long-term liabilities:




Long-term debt, net of current maturities

331,827


331,827

Deferred revenue

538,937


422,638

Other long-term liabilities

1,106,117


249,920

Total liabilities

4,782,315


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 $5,887,217 and $5,631,086 as of March 31, 2018 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$3,196,739 and $12,276,682 as of March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2017, respectively

280


280





Common stock ($0.01 par value),300,000,000 authorized, 56,405,507and 55,200,963 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2017, respectively

1,272,370


1,260,324

Additional paid-in capital

142,664,782


141,822,317

Accumulated deficit

(134,000,565)


(124,639,644)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,584,646)


(1,584,578)

Total EnSync, Inc. equity

8,352,244


16,858,722

Noncontrolling interest

731,712


1,049,045

Total equity

9,083,956


17,907,767

Total liabilities and equity 

$ 13,866,271


$ 21,814,257

 

EnSync, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)


Nine months ended March 31,


2018


2017

Cash flows from operating activities




Net loss

$  (9,680,210)


$  (13,644,601)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:




Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

238,677


379,450

Amortization of customer intangible assets

8,249


68,044

Stock-based compensation, net

796,500


1,554,567

Equity in loss of investee company

385,443


171,816

Provision for inventory reserve

57,988


234,675

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment

(137,650)


(8,432)

Interest accreted on note receivable

(9,008)


(3,008)

Impairment of long-lived assets

447,000


-

Changes in assets and liabilities




Accounts receivable

(1,042,724)


(64,632)

Inventories

975,228


(312,715)

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings

(160,838)


-

Prepaids and other current assets

(428,077)


859,670

Deferred PPA project costs

-


5,690,307

Other assets

(86,360)


(4,727)

Accounts payable

1,077,290


60,895

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings 

(417,210)


-

Accrued expenses

(207,259)


(120,754)

Deferred revenue

116,299


422,638

Other long-term liabilities

-


137,983

Net cash used in operating activities

(8,066,662)


(4,578,824)

Cash flows from investing activities




Expenditures for property and equipment

(34,377)


(46,364)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

2,268,817


15,325

Payments from note receivable

18,000


-

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

2,252,440


(31,039)

Cash flows from financing activities




Repayments of long term debt

(678,984)


(248,533)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

96,674


-

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options

-


68,400

Payments of tax withholding related to stock-based compensation

(38,663)


-

Contribution of capital from noncontrolling interest

1,956


-

Net cash used in financing activities

(619,017)


(180,133)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(83)


578

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(6,433,322)


(4,789,418)

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period

11,782,962


17,189,089





Cash and cash equivalents - end of period

$   5,349,640


$   12,399,671









Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:




Cash paid for interest

$       33,294


$         37,612

Supplemental noncash information:




Right of use asset obtained in exchange for new operating lease

984,960


178,124

 

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