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EnSync Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Results

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EnSync, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, a leading developer of innovative energy management systems for the utility, commercial, industrial and multi-tenant building markets, today announced first quarter fiscal year 2017 results, ended September 30, 2016. 

Recent Highlights

  • Revenue during the first quarter of fiscal 2017 was $7.7 million compared to $0.3 million in the year ago period;
  • Growth in revenue during the first quarter was driven by the sale of multiple power purchase agreements (PPAs) to American Electric Power subsidiary, AEP OnSite Partners;
  • Completed shipment of the system at the Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) South Campus;
  • Successfully commissioned the 500kWh Lotte Chemical utility battery, concluding the R&D agreement, and securing a total of $2,425,000 in payments.  The final $175,000 installment will be recognized as revenue in Q2 of fiscal 2017;
  • In September 2016, the Company's Matrix Energy Management platform was selected to manage Solar Power International's Smart Energy Microgrid Pavilion at the SPI Las Vegas Conference;
  • Received a purchase order for a Matrix Energy Management system from a major global energy management solutions provider;
  • Successfully demonstrated our Supply Response on Demand capability at the Intersolar North America Conference in San Francisco in July, a major step forward in enabling the "Internet of Energy";
  • Signed two additional PPA projects in Hawaii as part of the second tranche during the first quarter.  Tranche 2 now consists of four PPA projects;
  • Backlog for PPA projects, components and systems at the end of fiscal Q1 2017 stood at approximately $5.6 million;
  • Cash balance at the end of September 2016 increased to $19.9 million compared to $17.2 million at the end of June 2016; and
  • Continued focus on operational efficiencies has resulted in a reduction in engineering development, selling, general and administrative costs from $3.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 to less than $3.6 million in the current quarter.

Management Discussion

"The first quarter of fiscal 2017 was transformational for EnSync and the industry as a whole as we completed the first ever sale of PPA agreements for PV plus storage for the commercial and industrial (C and I) market in a behind the grid setting," commented Brad Hansen, President and Chief Executive Officer of EnSync Energy Systems. "Our systems design expertise, intellectual property, and innovative business model has positioned us perfectly to take advantage of a market environment driven by a global, national and local 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 are pleased with this transformative industry achievement and look forward to further capitalizing on the opportunity into the future."

Fred Vaske, Chief Administrative Officer of EnSync Energy Systems, commented, "With the completed sale of all Tranche 1 projects behind us, as well as our success in closing four additional PPA contracts for Tranche 2, we remain optimistic that the Solar + Storage PPA model is an effective approach to providing customers with the economic and performance benefits derived from a distributed energy resource while allowing investors to provide the necessary upfront capital in exchange for attractive economic returns. Our experience with the sale process that led up to the AEP purchase demonstrated to us that there are many sophisticated and experienced investors with solar track records who recognize the value proposition created by the addition of storage and control systems, and who are actively looking for investment opportunities into this new type of asset. Given the typical 20-year term of a PPA, these investors demand well-structured projects which have credit-worthy customers, are well and thoroughly contracted, and which are appropriately modeled for both power and cash flows. As we bring our next project Tranches to the investor market for sale, we believe there is an active marketplace, including many buyers who were interested and considered the Tranche 1 portfolio."

Mr. Hansen concluded, "For the remainder of the fiscal year, we are targeting the closure of two additional tranches of PPA projects, with each tranche representing between $10 and $20 million. We are bullish on this business and are anticipating significant decreases in cost inputs compared to those in our first tranche, driven by decreased EPC costs, lower project origination expenses, competitive bidding on solar panels, in house management of the installation and commissioning of storage components, improvement in battery and power electronic pricing, and overall standardization of contracts. This confluence of strong demand, decreased costs, and our overall experience sets the stage for improved financial performance on a go forward basis."

First Quarter Financial Results

Total revenue for the first quarter which ended September 30, 2016 was $7.7 million compared to $0.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.  Revenue growth in the quarter was primarily driven by the sale of multiple power purchase agreements (PPAs) to American Electric Power subsidiary, AEP OnSite Partners.

Total cost of products sold during the first quarter was $7.8 million. As previously discussed, the Company incurred certain non-recurring and start-up costs associated with the initial sale of its PPA projects.

Engineering and development costs increased by $0.9 million during the first quarter compared to the year ago period, while advanced engineering and development costs decreased by $0.7 million primarily associated with timing incurred under the Lotte R&D agreement. Selling, General and Administrative costs totaled $2.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to $2.2 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2016. 

Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $(4.7) million, or $(0.10) per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to $(3.8) million, or $(0.08) per basic and diluted share, in the year ago first quarter.

Backlog for PPA projects, components and systems at the end of fiscal Q1 2017 stood at approximately $5.6 million.

Conference Call Information

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. CT
Domestic participant dial in #: 844-861-5498 or 412-317-6580 
Participant passcode #: 10095678

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. A webcast replay of the call will be available later on the same day via the investor relations section of the Company's web site at www.ensync.com for 90 days.

Domestic replay #: 877-344-7529 or 412-317-0088 
Replay passcode #: 10095678

About EnSync Energy Systems

EnSync, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, is enabling the future of electricity with advanced energy management systems critical to a global economy becoming increasingly reliant upon the expansion of renewable energy. Whether part of the grid power transmission and distribution network, or behind the meter in commercial, industrial and multi-tenant buildings, EnSync technology brings differentiated power control and energy storage solutions to electricity-challenged environments. Our technologies also serve as the system level intelligence in microgrid applications, by seamlessly integrating multiple generation and storage assets to deliver power in remote and community level environments not served by the grid, or areas electing to use the grid secondary to microgrid assets. In 2015, EnSync incorporated power purchase agreements (PPAs) into its portfolio of offerings, enabling electricity savings for customers and providing a stable financial yield for investors. EnSync is a global corporation, with a joint venture in AnHui, China at Meineng Energy, as well as a strategic partnership with Solar Power, Inc. (SPI). 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," "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 expected future operating results, expectations concerning our PPA strategy, the anticipated results of our product development efforts and other expectations regarding 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 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 recent 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, 


2016


2015

Revenues




Product sales

$   7,656,561


$      150,536

Engineering and development

-


122,440

Total revenues

7,656,561


272,976





Costs and expenses




Cost of product sales

7,766,143


(13,835)

Cost of engineering and development

937,725


54,147

Advanced engineering and development

1,001,328


1,671,442

Selling, general, and administrative

2,552,451


2,226,974

Depreciation and amortization

154,357


178,590

Total costs and expenses

12,412,004


4,117,318





Loss from operations

(4,755,443)


(3,844,342)





Other income (expense)




Equity in gain (loss) of investee company

23,655


(47,708)

Interest income

11,358


4,616

Interest expense

(12,997)


(15,130)

Other income

8,432


76,437

Total other income

30,448


18,215





Loss before expense (benefit) for income taxes

(4,724,995)


(3,826,127)





Expense (benefit) for income taxes

-


-

Net loss

(4,724,995)


(3,826,127)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

82,273


68,716

Net loss attributable to EnSync, Inc.

(4,642,722)


(3,757,411)

Preferred stock dividend

(75,445)


(76,521)

Net loss attributable to common shareholders

$  (4,718,167)


$  (3,833,932)





Net loss per share




Basic and diluted

$          (0.10)


$          (0.08)





Weighted average shares - basic and diluted

47,753,604


45,998,899

 

EnSync, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets



 (Unaudited) 




 September 30, 2016 


 June 30, 2016 

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$                19,923,178


$      17,189,089

Accounts receivable, net

433,282


172,633

Inventories, net

1,797,287


1,869,942

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

541,599


600,591

Customer intangible assets

76,293


76,293

Note receivable

174,164


171,140

Deferred PPA project costs

516,017


5,690,307

Deferred customer project costs

115,536


419,765

Project assets

674,836


1,190,853

Total current assets

24,252,192


27,380,613

Long-term assets:




Property, plant and equipment, net

3,744,130


3,889,106

Investment in investee company

2,189,281


2,165,626

Goodwill

809,363


809,363

Right of use assets-operating leases

116,903


27,264

Total assets

$                31,111,869


$      34,271,972





Liabilities and Equity




Current liabilities:




Current maturities of long-term debt

$                    334,762


$           332,707

Accounts payable

449,684


569,226

Accrued expenses 

1,106,679


501,031

Customer deposits

397,769


201,352

Accrued compensation and benefits

323,982


257,087

Total current liabilities

2,612,876


1,861,403

Long-term liabilities:




Long-term debt, net of current maturities

973,429


1,057,720

Deferred revenue

13,712,638


13,290,000

Other long-term liabilities

227,442


25,789

Total liabilities

17,526,385


16,234,912





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$5,393,243 and $5,317,800 as of September 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016, 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$8,192,241and $12,719,260 as of September 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016, respectively

280


280

Common stock ($0.01 par value); 300,000,000 authorized, 47,824,821 and 47,752,821 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016, respectively

1,186,563


1,185,843

Additional paid-in capital

137,857,166


137,585,233

Accumulated deficit

(125,192,830)


(120,550,108)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,584,817)


(1,585,583)

Total EnSync, Inc. equity

12,266,385


16,635,688

Noncontrolling interest

1,319,099


1,401,372

Total equity

13,585,484


18,037,060

Total liabilities and equity 

$                31,111,869


$      34,271,972

 

EnSync, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)


Three months ended September 30,


2016


2015

Cash flows from operating activities




Net loss

$   (4,724,995)


$   (3,826,127)

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




Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

156,464


208,290

Amortization of customer intangible assets

-


6,000

Stock-based compensation, net

272,653


156,792

Equity in (gain) loss of investee company

(23,655)


47,708

Provision for inventory reserve

140,690


-

Gain on sale of property and equipment

(8,432)


-

Interest accreted on note receivable

(3,024)


(3,025)

Gain on bargain purchase

-


(76,437)

Changes in assets and liabilities




Accounts receivable

(264,078)


(21,926)

Inventories

(68,035)


(1,085,700)

Prepaids and other current assets

60,441


(392,407)

Deferred PPA project costs

5,174,290


-

Deferred customer project costs

304,229


(137,124)

Project assets

516,017


(2,198,770)

Accounts payable

(119,542)


339,695

Accrued expenses

579,447


(416,930)

Customer deposits

196,417


35,964

Accrued compensation and benefits

66,895


70,004

Deferred revenue

422,638


13,290,000

Other long-term liabilities

137,983


-

Net cash provided by operating activities

2,816,403


5,996,007

Cash flows from investing activities




Cash paid for business combination

-


(225,829)

Change in restricted cash

-


(15)

Expenditures for property and equipment

(9,149)


-

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

9,754


-

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

605


(225,844)

Cash flows from financing activities




Payment of financing costs

-


(261,982)

Repayments of long-term debt

(82,236)


(80,222)

Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock

-


13,300,000

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

-


6,800,000

Contributions of capital from noncontrolling interest

-


45,000

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(82,236)


19,802,796

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(683)


(2,062)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

2,734,089


25,570,897

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period

17,189,089


10,757,461





Cash and cash equivalents - end of period

$  19,923,178


$  36,328,358









Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:




Cash paid for interest

$        10,520


$        15,241

Supplemental noncash information:




Right of use asset obtained in exchange for new operating lease

$      102,943


$                  -

 

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