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Capstone Green Energy (NASDAQ:CGRN) Reports Fourth Quarter & Full-Year Fiscal 2021 Financial Results - Outlines Goals for New Fiscal Year

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Annual Cash Provided by Operating Activities of $1.7M - Highest in Company History

Cash and Cash Equivalents Expands to $49.5M

Financial Results Webcast to be Held Today, June 10, 2021 at 1:45 PM PT; 4:45 PM ET

VAN NUYS, CA / ACCESSWIRE / June 10, 2021 / Capstone Green Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:CGRN), formerly Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (NASDAQ:CPST) ("Capstone," the "Company," "we" or "us"), a global leader in carbon reduction and on-site resilient green energy solutions, today announced its fourth-quarter and full-year fiscal 2021 financial results and outlined new goals for the upcoming year.

"I'm pleased to announce that we substantially achieved our goal of improving Adjusted EBITDA by $10 million year-over-year, and this was accomplished despite the global COVID-19 pandemic extending beyond what we originally forecasted in our fiscal 2021 planning sessions," said Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Green Energy. "The global pandemic combined with our goal to build a stronger balance sheet, including as a selling point to our customers, put driving stronger liquidity at the top of our list of strategic goals. I'm proud to report that not only did we end the fiscal year with the best cash from operations performance in the company's history, but we also achieved the highest ending cash balance since fiscal 2012," concluded Mr. Jamison.

Financial Highlights of Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021 vs. Fiscal 2020:

  • Total revenue of $17.9 million for the quarter, up from $11.6 million year-over-year
  • Negative gross margin of $2.6 million, or negative 14% as a percentage of revenue, compared to $0.5 million, or 4% of revenue, in the same period last year
  • Non-GAAP gross margin of $2.7 million, or 15% of revenue, compared to 6% in the same period last year
  • Net loss of $4.8 million for the quarter, improved from a net loss of $6.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020
  • Negative Adjusted EBITDA, excluding executive bonus, of $1.9 million, compared to negative Adjusted EBITDA of $5.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020
  • Generated positive cash from operations of $5.1 million, including a one-time $5.0 million legal settlement, compared to negative $4.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020
  • Cash and cash equivalents increased to $49.5 million, compared to $15.1 million as of March 31, 2020

Financial Highlights of Fiscal 2021 vs. Fiscal 2020:

  • Total revenue of $67.6 million, compared to $68.9 million year-over-year, despite the global pandemic
  • Gross margin of $6.9 million, or 10% of revenue, compared to $9.0 million, or 13% of revenue, in fiscal 2020
  • Non-GAAP gross margin of $12.8 million, or 19% of revenue, compared to $10.2 million, or 15% or revenue, in the same period last year
  • Net loss of $18.4 million for the fiscal year compared to $21.9 million last year
  • Negative Adjusted EBITDA, excluding executive bonus, of $4.0 million, compared to Negative Adjusted EBITDA of $13.2 million in fiscal 2020
  • Cash provided by operating activities of $1.7 million compared to cash used in operating activities of $19.7 million in fiscal 2020

Fiscal 2021 - The Year in Review

Despite COVID-19's challenging business environment, the Company took swift, proactive steps to deliver the forecasted positive Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter that ended on June 30, 2020. Those results represented a $5.1 million improvement compared to the prior quarter, March 31, 2020, and a $3.5 million improvement compared to the prior year quarter ended June 30, 2019. This was the culmination of our strategic plans to invest capital dollars to expend our long-term microturbine rental fleet and substantially lower operating costs in the following ways:

  • Reduce direct material costs by $3.0 million annually
  • Cut R&D spending by approximately 25%
  • Closely manage operating expenses
  • Increase aftermarket spare parts margins in part from our newly upgraded United Kingdom Integrated Remanufacturing Facility

In the second quarter of the Company's fiscal year, we announced $1.9 million positive cash provided by operating activities and continued in our improvements in total revenue and gross new product bookings.

In the third quarter, we reported revenue of $20.7 million, which was a 39% percent increase from the prior quarter. We also proactively upsized our Goldman Sachs three-year term note from $30.0 million to $50.0 million, bringing $20.0 million of new cash into the business, with a reduction in the interest rate. Part of these new funds are to be used to grow our rental fleet from 10.6 to 21.1 megawatts (MW).

In the fourth quarter we saw continued growth in our gross product bookings, which drives future top-line revenue growth.

In addition, our total cash and cash equivalents increased $34.4 million to $49.5 million, compared to $15.1 million as of March 31, 2020, the start of the pandemic. This increase was primarily due to the upsize of our Goldman Sachs term note, equity sales of $15.9 million, net, from our at-the-market offering, and a beneficial $5.0 million settlement from the lawsuit we initiated with a former supplier for a faulty generator part, which were offset by operating costs and the building of rental assets.

New Fiscal 2022 Strategic Goals
Capstone Green Energy remains sharply focused on sustaining and achieving our strategic business goals to build competitive advantages and expand the total addressable markets (TAM) in the regions we service. These efforts are designed to position us as a green energy leader in fiscal 2022 and beyond. Our goals include:

  • Broadening our already diverse energy products and service offerings
  • Expanding our direct solutions sales team focused on growing top line
  • Expanding our high-margin, long-term rental fleet to 21 MW and beyond
  • Increasing aftermarket margins across the board
  • Continuing to focus on managing working capital
  • Continuing to grow the Distributor Support System (DSS) subscription program

New Hydrogen Products
During the year, Capstone continued to expand and develop our new hydrogen products. The Company released our first commercially available hydrogen-based Combined Heat and Power (CHP) product, which can safely run on a 10% hydrogen-90% natural gas mix, and we are targeting a commercial release of 30% hydrogen-70% natural gas mix product by March 31, 2022.

In addition, in May, we announced a demonstration project with Blue Economy CRC, a cooperative research center in partnership with national and international universities and industry that was established to bring together sustainable seafood production and renewable energy in order to further develop Australia's aquaculture industry. This microturbine system is intended to run on 100% hydrogen.

ESG and a Sustainable Future
As part of our overall strategy, we are focusing on the significance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles in everything we do. As a leading green energy solutions provider, we take pride in offering a diverse product offering that emphasizes protecting the environment by leaving it better than before. Capstone estimates that, over the last three years, it has helped save companies approximately $700 million on energy costs and over approximately one million tons of carbon. We are committed to offering our innovative and green, sustainable, and affordable energy solutions and to providing long-term, resilient, clean power to end users the world over.

Financial Results for the Fiscal 2021 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year
Total revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 increased 54%, or $6.3 million, to $17.9 million, compared with $11.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. Despite the significant impacts of the global pandemic, total revenue for fiscal 2021 decreased only 2%, or $1.3 million, to $67.6 million, compared with total revenue of $68.9 million in fiscal 2020.

Gross margin was negative $2.6 million, or negative 14% as a percentage of revenue, compared to $0.5 million, or 4% as a percentage of revenue, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. On a full-year basis, gross margin decreased to $6.9 million in fiscal 2021, compared to $9.0 million for fiscal 2020. The negative gross margin in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, was primarily due to a $4.9 million reliability repair accrual established to replace remaining fielded units affected by a supplier defect.

Non-GAAP gross margin, which is gross margin less depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, and the expense related to the reliability repair accrual, was $2.7 million, or 15% of revenue, compared to $0.7 million, or 6% of revenue, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. The increase as a percentage of revenue was primarily due to improved Factory Protection Plan (FPP) margins year-over-year. On a full-year basis, non-GAAP gross margin increased to $12.8 million, or 19% of revenue, in fiscal 2021, compared to $10.2 million, or 15% of revenue, for fiscal 2020. The increase as a percentage of revenue was primarily due to lower overhead costs from the COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan on similar revenue levels.

Operating expenses in the quarter decreased $0.1 million, to $5.9 million, compared with $6.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 despite a $0.6 million executive bonus expense recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 (with none in the prior year quarter). Operating expenses for fiscal 2021 were $20.8 million compared with $25.9 million for fiscal 2020. The decrease was primarily due to cost savings from the COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan.

Net loss was $4.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to $6.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. Net loss was $18.4 million in fiscal 2021, compared to $21.9 million in fiscal 2020.

Adjusted EBITDA, excluding executive bonus, was negative $1.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of negative $5.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. Adjusted EBITDA, excluding executive bonus, for fiscal 2021 was negative $4.0 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of negative $13.2 million in fiscal 2020.

Cash and cash equivalents were $49.5 million as of March 31, 2021, compared to $15.1 million as of March 31, 2020.

Conference Call and Webcast
Capstone will host a live webcast on June 10, 2021, at 1:45 PM Pacific Time (4:45 PM Eastern Time) to review the results of the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. Capstone will discuss its financial results and will provide an update on its business activities. At the end of the conference call, Capstone will host a question-and-answer session to provide an opportunity for financial analysts to ask questions. Investors and interested individuals are invited to listen to the webcast by logging on to Capstone's investor relation's webpage at www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com. A replay of the webcast will be available on the website for 30 days.

About Capstone Green Energy
Capstone Green Energy (NASDAQ:CGRN) is a leading provider of customized microgrid solutions and on-site energy technology systems focused on helping customers around the globe meet their environmental, energy savings, and resiliency goals. Capstone Green Energy focuses on four key business lines. Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, it offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems, comprehensive Factory Protection Plan (FPP) service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs, as well as aftermarket parts. Energy Conversion Products are driven by the Company's industry-leading, highly efficient, low-emission, resilient microturbine energy systems offering scalable solutions in addition to a broad range of customer-tailored solutions, including hybrid energy systems and larger frame industrial turbines. The Energy Storage Products business line designs and installs microgrid storage systems creating customized solutions using a combination of battery technologies and monitoring software. Through Hydrogen Energy Solutions, Capstone Green Energy offers customers a variety of hydrogen products, including the Company's microturbine energy systems.

For customers with limited capital or short-term needs, Capstone offers rental systems; for more information, contact: [email protected]. To date, Capstone has shipped over 10,000 units to 83 countries and estimates that, in FY21, it saved customers over $217 million in annual energy costs and approximately 397,000 tons of carbon. Total savings over the last three years are estimated to be $698 million in energy savings and 1,115,100 tons of carbon savings.

For more information about the Company, please visit www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com. Follow Capstone Green Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements under the caption "New Fiscal 2022 Strategic Goals" and other statements, statements regarding expectations for green initiatives and execution on the Company's growth strategy and other statements regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, plans, intentions, and strategies. The Company has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words such as "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "could," "should," "estimate," "intend," "may," "will," "plan," "goal" and similar terms and phrases, but such words, terms and phrases are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. Actual results, performance and achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, but not limited to, the following: the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; the availability of credit and compliance with the agreements governing the Company's indebtedness; the Company's ability to develop new products and enhance existing products; product quality issues, including the adequacy of reserves therefor and warranty cost exposure; intense competition; financial performance of the oil and natural gas industry and other general business, industry and economic conditions; the Company's ability to adequately protect its intellectual property rights; and the impact of pending or threatened litigation. For a detailed discussion of factors that could affect the Company's future operating results, please see the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the disclosures under "Risk Factors" in those filings. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, changed circumstances or future events, or for any other reason.

Financial Tables to Follow:

CAPSTONE GREEN ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share amounts)

 
 March 31,  March 31, 
 
 2021  2020 
Assets
 
 
  
 
 
Current Assets:
 
 
  
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 $49,533  $15,068 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $314 at March 31, 2021 and $703 at March 31, 2020
  20,593   16,240 
Inventories, net
  11,829   21,460 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
  4,953   3,987 
Total current assets
  86,908   56,755 
Property, plant, equipment and rental assets, net
  9,630   7,749 
Non-current portion of inventories
  1,845   1,221 
Other assets
  7,639   8,230 
Total assets
 $106,022  $73,955 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
        
Current Liabilities:
        
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
 $19,767  $15,000 
Accrued salaries and wages
  1,889   1,644 
Accrued warranty reserve
  5,850   1,934 
Deferred revenue
  6,374   7,898 
Current portion of notes payable and lease obligations
  576   477 
Total current liabilities
  34,456   26,953 
Deferred revenue - non-current
  765   944 
Term note payable, net
  52,865   27,963 
Long-term portion of notes payable and lease obligations
  4,762   5,074 
Total liabilities
  92,848   60,934 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 12)
        
Stockholders' Equity:
        
Preferred stock, $.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued
  -   - 
Common stock, $.001 par value; 51,500,000 shares authorized, 12,898,144 shares issued and 12,824,190 shares outstanding at March 31, 2021; 10,286,366 shares issued and 10,228,789 shares outstanding at March 31, 2020
  13   10 
Additional paid-in capital
  934,381   915,755 
Accumulated deficit
  (919,271)  (900,869)
Treasury stock, at cost; 73,954 shares at March 31, 2021 and 57,577 shares at March 31, 2020
  (1,949)  (1,875)
Total stockholders' equity
  13,174   13,021 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
 $106,022  $73,955 
         

CAPSTONE GREEN ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
 
 March 31,  March 31, 
 
 2021  2020  2021  2020 
Revenue:
 
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
 
Product and accessories
 $9,946  $4,053  $36,517  $35,338 
Parts and service
  7,916   7,507   31,119   33,588 
Total revenue
  17,862   11,560   67,636   68,926 
Cost of goods sold:
                
Product and accessories
  15,554   4,494   42,025   42,273 
Parts and service
  4,859   6,608   18,756   17,622 
Total cost of goods sold
  20,413   11,102   60,781   59,895 
Gross margin
  (2,551)  458   6,855   9,031 
Operating expenses:
                
Research and development
  714   838   2,417   3,649 
Selling, general and administrative
  5,158   5,196   18,391   22,211 
Total operating expenses
  5,872   6,034   20,808   25,860 
Loss from operations
  (8,423)  (5,576)  (13,953)  (16,829)
Other income (expense)
  4,989   (32)  4,993   133 
Interest income
  7   8   30   8 
Interest expense
  (1,321)  (1,345)  (5,156)  (5,198)
Loss on debt extinguishment
  -   -   (4,282)  - 
Loss before provision for income taxes
  (4,748)  (6,945)  (18,368)  (21,886)
Provision for income taxes
  9   4   19   12 
Net loss
  (4,757)  (6,949)  (18,387)  (21,898)
Less: Deemed dividend on purchase warrant for common shares
  15   12   15   87 
Net loss attributable to common stockholders
 $(4,772) $(6,961) $(18,402) $(21,985)
 
                
Net loss per common share attributable to common stockholders-basic and diluted
 $(0.39) $(0.73) $(1.63) $(2.70)
Weighted average shares used to calculate basic and diluted net loss per common share attributable to common stockholders
  12,335   9,477   11,280   8,150 
                 

CAPSTONE GREEN ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands)


 
 Three months ended  Year ended 
Reconciliation of Reported Net Loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
 March 31,  March 31, 

 
 2021  2020  2021  2020 
Net loss, as reported
 (4,757) (6,949) (18,387) (21,898)
Interest expense
  1,321   1,345   5,156   5,198 
Provision for income taxes
  9   4   19   12 
Depreciation and amortization
  380   392   1,452   1,616 
EBITDA
 (3,047) (5,208) (11,760) (15,072)
Loss on debt extinguishment
  -   -   4,282   - 
Stock-based compensation and other expense
  259   244   1,599   913 
Restructuring charges
  -   -   -   927 
Non-recurring legal settlement
  (5,000)  -   (5,000)  - 
Reliability repair accrual
  4,945   -   4,945   - 
Non-recurring legal costs related to settlement
  300   -   720   - 
Adjusted EBITDA
  (2,543)  (4,964)  (5,214)  (13,232)
Executive bonus
  611   -   1,230   - 
Adjusted EBITDA excluding executive bonus
 (1,932) (4,964) (3,984) (13,232)
                 
                 
  

Three months ended March 31,

 

Year ended March 31,

Reconciliation of Reported Gross Margin to  

As % of

   

As % of

   

As % of

   

As % of

Non-GAAP Gross Margin

 

2021

revenue

 

2020

revenue

 

2021

revenue

 

2020

revenue

Gross Margin, as reported 

$

(2,551)

(14)%

 

$

458

4%

 

$

6,855

10%

 

$

9,031

13%

Depreciation and amortization

  

265

1%

  

259

2%

  

964

2%

  

1,079

2%

Stock-based compensation expense

  

24

-

  

17

-

  

83

-

  

69

-

Reliability repair accrual

  

4,945

28%

  

-

-

  

4,945

7%

  

-

-

Non-GAAP Gross Margin 

$

2,683

15%

 

$

734

6%

 

$

12,847

19%

 

$

10,179

15%

                 

To supplement the Company's unaudited financial data presented on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, management has presented Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA excluding Executive Bonus, and Non-GAAP Gross Margin, which are non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures are among the indicators management uses as a basis for evaluating the Company's financial performance, as well as for forecasting future periods. Management establishes incentive compensation performance targets and annual budgets and makes operating decisions based in part upon these metrics. Accordingly, disclosure of these non-GAAP measures provides investors with some of the same information that management uses to understand the Company's economic performance year-over-year.

EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest, provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization expense. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before loss on debt extinguishment, stock-based compensation and other expense, restructuring charges, non-recurring legal settlement, reliability repair accrual, and non-recurring legal costs related to settlement. Loss on debt extinguishment includes expenses associated with the accounting for the October 2020 Goldman Sachs note transaction. Stock-based compensation and other expense includes expense related to stock issued to employees, directors, and vendors. Restructuring charges include facility consolidation costs and costs related to the Company's cost reduction initiatives. Non-recurring legal settlement is a one-time payment from a lawsuit we initiated with a former supplier for a part defect. The reliability repair accrual accounts for the replacement of remaining high risk failure parts in some of our fielded units due to the former supplier part defect. Non-recurring legal costs related to settlement are legal costs associated with above settlement. Adjusted EBITDA excluding Executive Bonus is defined as EBITDA before expense related to Executive Bonus accruals.

Non-GAAP Gross Margin is defined as Gross Margin before depreciation and amortization expense, stock-based compensation expense, and a reliability repair accrual. Stock-based compensation expense includes expense related to stock issued to employees. The reliability repair accrual accounts for the replacement of remaining high risk failure parts in some of our fielded units due to the former supplier part defect.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA excluding Executive Bonus, and Non-GAAP Gross Margin are not measures of the Company's liquidity or financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other performance measure presented in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP.

While management believes that the 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.

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