Strengthens Balance Sheet by Eliminating Debt and Increasing Working Capital
WALTHAM, MA / ACCESSWIRE / May 14, 2019 / Tecogen Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN), a leading manufacturer of clean energy products which, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer's carbon footprint, reported revenues of $8,176,631 for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 compared to $10,175,427 for the same period in 2018, a 20% decline in top line revenue. Consolidated gross profit for the first quarter of 2019 was $2,958,759 compared to $3,837,803 in the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of 23% in overall gross profit dollars year over year.
Adjusted non-GAAP EBITDA(1), excluding goodwill impairment, the unrealized gain or loss on marketable securities, stock-compensation expense and merger related expenses, was positive $678,086 for the first quarter of 2019 compared to $303,732 for the first quarter of 2018, an increase of $374,354. (Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income or loss attributable to Tecogen, adjusted for interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, unrealized gain or loss on equity securities, goodwill impairment charges and merger related expenses. See table following the statements of operations for a reconciliation from net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA as well as important disclosures about the company's use of Adjusted EBITDA).
Excluding the goodwill impairment charge, income from operations would have been $346,061, an improvement of $275,155 year over year and net income attributable to the Company would have been $413,121 compared to $20,759, an improvement of $392,362 year over year. Including goodwill impairment, loss from operations was $3,347,137 compared to income of $70,906 in the prior year comparable period. Similarly, net loss attributable to the Company for the first quarter of 2019 was $3,280,077 compared to income of $20,759 for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, a difference of $3,300,836 due primarily to the goodwill impairment charge of $3,693,198.
During the first quarter of 2019, the Company recognized two individual sales of energy producing assets, including eight associated energy production contracts for total consideration of $7 million, which resulted in a combined gain on sale of assets of $1,081,049 included in the statement of operations below.
While product revenue results were highlighted by growth in cogeneration sales of 3.1%, chiller sales declined 37% year over year. Variations in product mix are typical and to be expected. Total services related revenues for the first quarter of 2019 declined by 17% over the prior year period, due to decreased installation activity. Service maintenance contract revenue has grown by 2% year over year.
Product gross margin improved to 36% for the first quarter of 2019 compared to 34% for the same period in 2018. Overall service gross margin was 37% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 41% for the same period in 2018 due to a decline in margins recognized on installation projects during the quarter. Energy production gross margin remained level at 36% for the first quarter of both 2019 and 2018. Overall gross margin for the first quarter of 2019 was 36% compared to 38% for the same period in 2018, within management's targeted 35-40% gross margin range.
On a combined basis, operating expenses increased to $6,305,896 for the first quarter 2019 from $3,766,897 in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding the effect of the goodwill impairment charge and gain on sale of assets, operating expenses were $3,693,747, a decrease of $73,150. Research and development costs increased by 14.2% to $345,083, and selling expenses rose 2.7% to $693,253. These increases, along with a decrease in G&A costs of $134,138, accounted for this net decrease.
Operating expenses for the quarter are partially attributable to the Company's investment in the future through research and development, discussed in the 'Emissions Technology' section below and selling activities, with such expenses increasing year over year.
'While we are disappointed with the drop in overall revenues, the first quarter saw good progress in terms of positioning the company for future growth,' commented Benjamin Locke, CEO. 'The sale of some of our ADG assets in the quarter significantly strengthened our balance sheet by eliminating our debt and providing working capital to meet our goals. With sales of our Tecofrost product expected to start in the second half of the year, we are excited to see further market attraction to our chiller products as well as our core CHP products. In combination with promising results from our Ultera emissions technology, we are excited for our prospects for the rest of the year.'
Backlog of products and installations was $26 million as of the end of the first quarter of 2019 and stood at $27 million as of May 13, 2019.
Current assets at quarter end of $26.8 million were more than twice current liabilities of $10.6 million, showing a strong working capital position of $16.2 million, with an increase of approximately $3 million since year end 2018.
Adjusted non-GAAP EBITDA(1), excluding goodwill impairment, the unrealized gain or loss on marketable equity securities, stock-compensation expense and merger related expenses, was positive $678,086 for the first quarter of 2019 compared to $303,732 for the first quarter of 2018, an increase of $374,354.
Absent the goodwill impairment charge, the Company's net income for the quarter would have been $413,121, an increase of $392,362, year over year. Net loss attributable to Tecogen for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $3,280,077 compared to income of $20,759 for the same period in 2018. Net loss for the first quarter of 2019 included a goodwill impairment charge of $3,693,198.
Net loss per share was $0.13 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and $0.00 for the comparative period in 2018. As discussed above, the goodwill impairment charge is the basis for the per share net loss.
Overall gross margin was 36% for the first quarter of 2019 compared to 38% for the same quarter of 2018, resulting from the combination of an increase in product gross margin, and a decrease in service gross margin.
Operating expenses included a gain on sale of assets of $1,081,049 and a goodwill impairment charge of $3,693,198 causing an increase in total operating expenses, year over year, of $2,538,999.
Sales & Operations
Awarded $8.4 million project to install a 1 MW trigeneration plant at a data center located in New York City.
Sold two additional chillers into expanding market of marijuana growing facilities.
Tecofrost sales pipeline growing, expect sales in the second half of 2019.
Current sales backlog of equipment and installations as of May 13, 2019 is $27 million, comprised of $14 million of installation services and $13 million of products, showing a growing demand for our products and services.
Forklift Truck Application of Ultera Emissions System. The Company has completed the second iteration of tests to optimize Ultera performance on the forklift truck using customized engine control software supplied by the manufacturer, Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA). Having achieved positive results, Tecogen has recommended that the current test phase be concluded and the project move forward to seek engine certification to the California 'Near Zero' standard through MCFA's supplier in Japan as well as return the test forklift truck to MCFA for evaluation at their test facility.
Ultera Application to Fire Hazard Mitigation. As reported previously (see our press release 'Tecogen Announces Third Quarter 2018 Results' dated November 13, 2018), the Company has successfully permitted a group of natural gas engine generators in Los Angeles County for continuous operation. The company believes these are the only natural gas engine-generators permitted to this standard since it was implemented. Having successfully completed the program, we are revealing the application as we believe it noteworthy with potential to serve an emerging need in the region. The generators are being applied to a group of dispersed loads located in a terrain vulnerable to brush and woodland fires and powered by overhead wires. During windy periods, where the wires are vulnerable to being severed, they are de-energized and the loads become powered by the generators that are located nearby. The Company believes the Ultera emissions system, coupled with standard natural gas generators, are a cost-effective solution to this problem with important advantages over other technologies.
Stationary Emissions Technologies. The Company has completed negotiations to supply Ultera kits for use in water pumping applications for a new installation in Southern California. The kits would be installed in two new 800-horsepower Caterpillar natural gas engines. We have submitted our formal bid to the water district which owns and operates other Ultera systems. These would be the largest kits we have supplied to date, being approximately twice the capacity of our previous largest sale.
Ultera Automotive Catalyst Development. A leading US research and development organization is completing the first phase of a program to advance the Ultera technology in mobile applications and has identified a promising catalyst material to improve performance of the Ultera process. Testing is underway and their work is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2019.
Conference Call Scheduled for Today at 11:00 am ET
Tecogen will host a conference call today to discuss the first quarter results beginning at 11:00 am eastern time. To listen to the call dial (877) 407-7186 within the U.S. and Canada, or (201) 689-8052 from other international locations. Participants should ask to be joined to the Tecogen First Quarter 2019 earnings call. Please begin dialing 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time. The earnings press release will be available on the Company website at www.Tecogen.com in the 'News and Events' section under 'About Us.' The earnings conference call will be webcast live. To view the associated slides, register for and listen to the webcast, go to https://ir.tecogen.com/ir.calendar. Following the call, the webcast will be archived for 14 days.
The earnings conference call will be recorded and available for playback one hour after the end of the call. To listen to the playback, dial (877) 660-6853 within the U.S. and Canada, or (201) 612-7415 from other international locations and use Conference Call ID#: 13672659.
Tecogen Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, installs, and maintains high efficiency, ultra-clean, cogeneration products including natural gas engine-driven combined heat and power, air conditioning systems, and high-efficiency water heaters for residential, commercial, recreational and industrial use. The company is known for cost efficient, environmentally friendly and reliable products for energy production that, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer's carbon footprint.
In business for over 35 years, Tecogen has shipped more than 3,000 units, supported by an established network of engineering, sales, and service personnel across the United States. For more information, please visit www.tecogen.com or contact us for a free Site Assessment.
Tecogen, InVerde e+, Ilios, Tecochill, Tecopower, Tecofrost and Ultera are registered or pending trademarks of Tecogen Inc.
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