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FuelCell Energy Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Results and Business Update

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DANBURY, Conn., Sept. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: FCEL), a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2019 and key business highlights. 

“FuelCell Energy had a dynamic third quarter of 2019,” commented Jason Few, President and Chief Executive Officer of FuelCell Energy. “The Company focused on numerous restructuring and improvement initiatives, resulting in an improved balance sheet, a leaner spending profile, and a reinvigorated team. We continued to build on our long-standing relationship with ExxonMobil, entering into a license agreement in the quarter. We continue to focus on execution of our projects, including nearing completion on our Tulare BioMAT 2.8 megawatt plant and commencing large-scale onsite work on the U.S. Navy base in Groton, CT. We have a lot more work ahead of us, but I’m encouraged by the progress made over the past several months as well as the team’s commitment and passion for customers and our business.”

Business Highlights and Recent Developments

  • Appointed Jason Few as President and Chief Executive Officer effective August 26, 2019.
  • Acquired the 14.9 megawatt (“MW”) Bridgeport fuel cell project (the “Bridgeport Fuel Cell Project”) in May from Dominion Generation, Inc., with project lending provided by Fifth Third Bank, Liberty Bank and the Connecticut Green Bank.
  • Entered into a $10 million license agreement with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (“ExxonMobil”).
  • Decreased the amount of our outstanding corporate debt with Hercules Capital, our senior secured lender.
  • Relaunched the sub-megawatt distributed generation solution to the European market with the SureSource 250 and SureSource 400 fuel cell systems.
  • Celebrated the one-year anniversary and strong performance of the 20 MW KOSPO project in South Korea.
  • Entered into a new Carbon Capture FEED study with Drax Power Station in the United Kingdom.

Key Operating Metrics

In the third quarter of fiscal 2019:

  • Total revenues increased 88% to $22.7 million in the quarter when compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018 driven by the ExxonMobil license agreement and an increase in Generation revenues related to the Bridgeport Fuel Cell Project.
  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents totaled $16.0 million as of July 31, 2019 compared to $14.9 million as of April 30, 2019. Cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, totaled $45.8 million at July 31, 2019, a decrease of $7.2 million when compared with April 30, 2019.
  • Hercules senior secured debt totaled $7.4 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2019, a decrease of $16.4 million when compared with the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Backlog and project awards totaled $2.1 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $1.9 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2018.     

Third Quarter of Fiscal 2019 Results

Total revenue increased to $22.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019, up $10.6 million, or 88%, from the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Composition of revenue compared to the prior year is as follows:

  • Service and license revenue totaled $11.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $5.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018.  The difference between the periods is primarily due to $10.0 million of revenue recognized in connection with the ExxonMobil license agreement offset by lower service revenue recorded as a result of fewer module replacements in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 and no revenue recorded for the Bridgeport Fuel Cell Project under the service agreement due to the acquisition. 
  • Generation revenue totaled $5.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $1.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 primarily as a result of revenue recognized from the Bridgeport Fuel Cell Project which was acquired during the third quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Advanced technologies contract revenue totaled $5.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $3.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018.  Revenue was higher for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 primarily due to the timing of project activity under existing contracts.
  • Product revenue totaled $0 for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $1.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Product revenue for the three months ended July 31, 2018 included revenues from the 20 MW order from Hanyang Industrial Development Co., Ltd (“HYD”), pursuant to which the Company provided equipment to HYD for a fuel cell project with Korea Southern Power Co., Ltd. The commissioning of this plant was completed in July 2018.            

Operating expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 totaled $9.0 million, a decrease of 27%, when compared to $12.4 million of operating expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The decrease related to the reduction in spending resulting from the Company’s restructuring initiatives and resources being allocated to funded Advanced Technologies projects, partially offset by higher legal and professional fees related to the Company’s on-going restructuring and refinancing initiatives.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 totaled $8.3 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $17.6 million, or $2.45 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Net loss attributable to common stockholders in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 includes dividends of $0.8 million on the Company’s Series B Preferred Stock (as defined below), deemed contributions totaling $0.9 million on the Company’s Series C Convertible Preferred Stock, as well as deemed dividends of $3.1 million on the Company’s Series D Convertible Preferred Stock. See the appendix at the end of this release for further details regarding the deemed contributions and deemed dividends.

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”, a non-GAAP measure) totaled $3.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $11.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.  Refer to the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures in the appendix at the end of this release regarding the Company’s calculation of Adjusted EBITDA.             

Cautionary Language 
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company’s anticipated financial results and statements regarding the Company’s plans and expectations regarding the continuing development, commercialization and financing of its fuel cell technology and business plans. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that could cause such a difference include, without limitation, changes to projected deliveries and order flow, changes to production rate and product costs, general risks associated with product development, manufacturing, changes in the regulatory environment, customer strategies, unanticipated manufacturing issues that impact power plant performance, changes in critical accounting policies, potential volatility of energy prices, rapid technological change, competition, and the Company’s ability to achieve its sales plans and cost reduction targets, as well as other risks set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statement to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

About FuelCell Energy

FuelCell Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL) delivers state-of-the-art fuel cell power plants that provide environmentally responsible solutions for various applications such as utility-scale and on-site power generation, carbon capture, local hydrogen production for both transportation and industry, and long duration energy storage.  Our systems cater to the needs of customers across several industries, including utility companies, municipalities, universities, government entities and a variety of industrial and commercial enterprises.  With our megawatt-scale SureSource™ installations on three continents and with more than 9 million megawatt hours of ultra-clean power produced, FuelCell Energy is a global leader in designing, manufacturing, installing, operating and maintaining environmentally responsible fuel cell distributed power solutions. Visit us online at www.fuelcellenergy.com and follow us on Twitter @FuelCell_Energy.   

SureSource, SureSource 1500, SureSource 3000, SureSource 4000, SureSource Recovery, SureSource Capture, SureSource Hydrogen, SureSource Storage, SureSource Service, SureSource Capital, FuelCell Energy, and FuelCell Energy logo are all trademarks of FuelCell Energy, Inc.

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FUELCELL ENERGY, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    July 31,
2019
    October 31,
2018
ASSETS          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents, unrestricted $ 16,018     $ 39,291  
Restricted cash and cash equivalents – short-term   1,381       5,806  
Accounts receivable, net   3,705       9,280  
Unbilled receivables   8,186       13,759  
Inventories   59,830       53,575  
Other current assets   7,254       8,592  
Total current assets   96,374       130,303  
           
Restricted cash and cash equivalents – long-term   28,400       35,142  
Project assets   156,393       99,600  
Long-term inventory   2,179       -  
Property, plant and equipment, net   42,406       48,204  
Goodwill   4,075       4,075  
Intangible assets   21,588       9,592  
Other assets   10,019       13,505  
Total assets $ 361,434     $ 340,421  
           
  LIABILITIES AND EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Current portion of long-term debt $ 43,416     $ 17,596  
Accounts payable   30,250       22,594  
Accrued liabilities   8,582       7,632  
Deferred revenue   15,650       11,347  
Preferred stock obligation of subsidiary   950       952  
Total current liabilities   98,848       60,121  
           
Long-term deferred revenue   22,190       16,793  
Long-term preferred stock obligation of subsidiary   15,933       14,965  
Long-term debt and other liabilities   79,696       71,619  
Total liabilities   216,667       163,498  
           
Redeemable Series B preferred stock (liquidation preference of $64,020 at July 31, 2019 and October 31, 2018)   59,857       59,857  
Redeemable Series C preferred stock (liquidation preference of $8,992 as of October 31, 2018)   -       7,480  
Redeemable Series D preferred stock (liquidation preference of $25 and $30,680 as of July 31, 2019 and October 31, 2018, respectively)   27       27,392  
Total  Equity:          
Stockholders’ equity          
Common stock ($0.0001 par value; 225,000,000 shares authorized at July 31, 2019 and October 31, 2018; 118,387,637 and 7,972,686 shares issued and outstanding at July 31, 2019 and October 31, 2018, respectively)   12       1  
Additional paid-in capital   1,125,212       1,073,463  
Accumulated deficit   (1,039,910 )     (990,867 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (431 )     (403 )
Treasury stock, Common, at cost (42,496 and 13,042 at July 31, 2019 and October 31, 2018, respectively)   (466 )     (363 )
Deferred compensation     466       363  
Total stockholders’ equity   84,883       82,194  
Total liabilities and  stockholders’ equity $ 361,434     $ 340,421  
               
               

FUELCELL ENERGY, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended
July 31,
  2019   2018 
Revenues:          
  Product $ -     $ 1,328  
  Service and license   11,496       5,549  
  Generation   5,448       1,695  
  Advanced Technologies   5,768       3,538  
  Total revenues   22,712       12,110  
           
Costs of revenues:          
  Product   4,547       4,099  
  Service and license   1,102       5,997  
  Generation   5,726       1,375  
  Advanced Technologies   3,372       2,695  
  Total cost of revenues   14,747       14,166  
           
Gross profit (loss)   7,965       (2,056 )
           
Operating expenses:          
  Administrative and selling expenses   7,058       6,100  
  Research and development expense   1,977       6,318  
  Total costs and expenses   9,035       12,418  
           
Loss from operations   (1,070 )     (14,474 )
           
  Interest expense   (3,536 )     (2,434 )
  Other (expense) income, net   (685 )     1,042  
           
Loss before provision for income taxes   (5,291 )     (15,866 )
           
Provision for income taxes   (20 )     (15 )
           
Net loss   (5,311 )     (15,881 )
           
  Series B preferred stock dividends   (810 )     (800 )
  Series C preferred stock deemed contributions (dividends)   884       (939 )
  Series D preferred stock deemed dividends   (3,091 )     -  
           
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (8,328 )   $ (17,620 )
           
Loss per share basic and diluted:          
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders $ (0.18 )   $ (2.45 )
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding   45,069,911         7,191,457  
               
               

FUELCELL ENERGY, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Nine Months Ended
July 31,
  2019    2018 
Revenues:          
  Product $ -     $ 43,058  
  Service and license   25,866       12,859  
  Generation   8,560       5,329  
  Advanced Technologies   15,285       10,307  
  Total revenues   49,711       71,553  
           
Costs of revenues:          
  Product   14,362       44,183  
  Service and license   15,166       11,934  
  Generation   9,047       5,020  
  Advanced Technologies   9,016       8,466  
  Total cost of revenues   47,591       69,603  
           
Gross profit   2,120       1,950  
           
Operating expenses:          
  Administrative and selling expenses   23,622       19,327  
  Research and development expense   12,435       15,385  
  Total costs and expenses   36,057       34,712  
           
Loss from operations   (33,937 )     (32,762 )
           
  Interest expense   (7,807 )     (6,634 )
  Other (expense) income, net   (556 )     3,138  
           
Loss before (provision) benefit for income taxes   (42,300 )     (36,258 )
           
(Provision) benefit for income taxes   (89 )     3,020  
           
Net loss   (42,389 )     (33,238 )
           
  Series A warrant exchange   (3,169 )     -  
  Series B preferred stock dividends   (2,410 )     (2,400 )
  Series C preferred stock deemed dividends and redemption value adjustment, net   (6,522 )     (8,601 )
  Series D preferred stock deemed dividends and redemption accretion   (9,752 )     -  
           
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (64,242 )   $ (44,239 )
           
Loss per share basic and diluted:          
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders $ (2.97 )   $ (6.70 )
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding   21,608,427         6,607,687  
               

Appendix

Further Detail on Statement of Operations Accounting for the Series B Preferred Stock, Series C Convertible Preferred Stock and the Series D Convertible Preferred Stock:

Net loss attributable to common stockholders in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 includes a dividend totaling $0.8 million on the Company’s 5% Series B Cumulative Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock (“Series B Preferred Stock”), a deemed contribution totaling $0.9 million on the Company’s Series C Convertible Preferred Stock and deemed dividends totaling $3.1 million on the Company’s Series D Convertible Preferred Stock.   No dividends were declared or paid by the Company on the Series B Preferred Stock in connection with the May 15, 2019 dividend payment date.  Because such dividends were not paid on May 15, under the terms of the Amended Certificate of Designation with respect to the Series B Preferred Stock, the holders of shares of Series B Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive, when, as and if, declared by the Board of Directors of the Company, dividends at a dividend rate per annum equal to: the normal dividend rate of 5%, plus an amount equal to the number of dividend periods for which the Company failed to pay or set apart funds to pay dividends multiplied by 0.0625%, for each subsequent dividend period until the Company has paid or provided for the payment of all dividends on the shares of Series B Preferred Stock for all prior dividend periods. Conversions of the Company’s Series C Convertible Preferred Stock occurring during the three and nine months ended July 31, 2019 resulted in a variable number of shares being issued to settle the conversion amounts and were treated as a partial redemption of the Series C Convertible Preferred Stock.  Conversions of the Company’s Series D Convertible Preferred Stock in which the conversion price was below $16.56 (the conversion price of the Series D Convertible Preferred Stock as of July 31, 2019 and during the three and nine months ended July 31, 2019) resulted in a variable number of shares being issued to settle the conversion amounts and were treated as a partial redemption of the Series D Convertible Preferred Stock.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Financial results are presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”).  Management also uses non-GAAP measures to analyze and make operating decisions on the business. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) and Adjusted EBITDA are alternate, non-GAAP measures of cash utilization by the Company.

These supplemental non-GAAP measures are provided to assist readers in determining operating performance. Management believes EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful in assessing performance and highlighting trends on an overall basis. Management also believes these measures are used by companies in the fuel cell sector and by securities analysts and investors when comparing the results of the Company with those of other companies. EBITDA differs from the most comparable GAAP measure, net loss attributable to the Company, primarily because it does not include finance expense, income taxes and depreciation of property, plant and equipment and project assets. Adjusted EBITDA adjusts EBITDA for stock-based compensation and restructuring charges, which are considered either non-cash or non-recurring.

While management believes that these 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. 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.

The following table calculates EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and reconciles these figures to the GAAP financial statement measure Net loss. 

  Three Months Ended July 31,   Nine Months Ended July 31,
(Amounts in thousands)  2019     2018     2019    2018 
Net loss $   (5,311 )   $   (15,881 )   $   (42,389 )   $   (33,238 )
Depreciation     3,921         2,223         8,319         6,525  
Provision/(Benefit) for income taxes   20        15        89       (3,020 )
Other expense/(income), net(1)     685         (1,042 )       556         (3,138 )
Interest expense     3,536         2,434         7,807         6,634  
  EBITDA $   2,851     $   (12,251 )   $   (25,618 )   $   (26,237 )
Stock-based compensation expense     385         931         2,325         2,309  
  Adjusted EBITDA $   3,236     $   (11,320 )   $   (23,293 )   $   (23,928 )
  1. Other expense / (income), net includes gains and losses from transactions denominated in foreign currencies, changes in fair value of embedded derivatives, and other items incurred periodically, which are not the result of the Company’s normal business operations.

Backlog and Project Awards
Backlog represents definitive agreements executed by the Company and our customers. Projects for which the Company has a power purchase agreement (“PPA”) are included in generation backlog, which represents future revenue under long-term PPAs.  Projects sold to customers (and not retained by the Company) are included in product sales and service backlog and the related generation backlog is removed upon the sale. Project awards referenced by the Company are notifications that the Company has been selected, typically through a competitive bidding process, to enter into definitive agreements. These awards have been publicly disclosed but are still subject to negotiation and execution with the off-taker and are not yet definitive.  The Company is working to enter into definitive agreements with respect to these project awards and, upon execution of a definitive agreement with respect to a project award, that project award will become backlog. Project awards that were not included in backlog as of July 31, 2019 include the 32.4 MW Long Island Power Authority (“LIPA”) project awards (which are expected to become generation backlog). These awards in total represent approximately $636.3 million of future revenue potential over the life of such LIPA projects, assuming the Company retains ownership of the LIPA projects.  If the Company were to sell such projects, the backlog amount would be decreased (in an amount determined by the negotiated sales price at the time of sale) and would consist of product sales to be recognized over a one to two-year period and service revenue to be recognized over a twenty-year term.

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