CICERO, Ill., Oct. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Highlights:

  • Q3 orders total $77M—strong tower demand and record quarterly orders for other heavy fabrications
  • Backlog rises to $175 million at September 30th
  • Q3 2019 revenue of $46.1 million up 47% from prior year
  • Q3 2019 net loss of $.9M, or $.06 per share, all operating segments profitable
  • $1.9M Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA
  • Net Debt declines to $11.5M, liquidity improves to $19.2M

Broadwind Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWEN) reported sales of $46.1 million in Q3 2019, up 47% compared to $31.4 million in Q3 2018 due primarily to an 84% increase in tower sections sold.     

The Company reported a net loss of $.9 million, or $.06 per share, in Q3 2019, compared to a net loss of $.8 million, or $.05 per share, in Q3 2018.  Included in the prior year quarter loss was a $.14 per share positive impact associated with the forgiveness of a $2.2 million new market tax credit loan.

The Company reported non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based payments and restructuring costs) of $1.9 million in Q3 2019, compared to non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $.2 million in Q3 2018.   

Broadwind CEO Stephanie Kushner stated, “Third quarter results were at the high end of our guidance, with all operating units contributing to the significant year-over-year improvement.  Tower margins were stressed by pricing pressure from imports, and execution challenges due to supply chain shortages as the industry mobilizes for record wind turbine installations next year.  The team delivered despite these challenges.”

Kushner continued, “Our backlog has strengthened and reflects successful progress diversifying our customer base and product offerings.  We booked a significant order to support repowered wind turbines in the quarter with a new customer, and our heavy fabrications customer base is growing in response to our expanded manufacturing capabilities and commercial efforts.  Following three weak quarters, we are seeing some firming in oil and gas gearing demand, and are working to expand our custom gearbox backlog. In Process Systems, we booked our first small orders supporting the solar market. We are tracking well against our $60 million full-year target for diverse orders, with $45 million booked through September 30.”

Kushner concluded, “We expect an increase in shipments in the fourth quarter, with revenue rising to above $50 million and EBITDA in the $1.5 – 2.0 million range, as we continue to navigate through supply chain challenges for wind towers.”

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, revenue totaled $129.0 million, compared to $98.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The 31% increase was due primarily to a 33% increase in tower sections sold and the expansion in other heavy fabrications.

Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 totaled $3.0 million, compared to a net loss of $11.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The improvement is a result of a 46% increase in sales within the Towers and Heavy Fabrication segment, significant operational improvements in the Gearing segment and the absence of the prior year goodwill impairment charge of $5.0 million. Partially offsetting this was the one-time benefit from the $2.2 million impact of the extinguishment of the New Markets Tax Credit loan and the reversal of a $1.1 earn-out reserve in the prior year.

The Company reported non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $5.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to $.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.  The increase was due to the cash factors described above.

Orders and Backlog

The Company booked $76.5 million of net new orders in Q3 2019, compared to $19.7 million in Q3 2018. Towers and Heavy Fabrications orders surged to $65.6 million in Q3 2019, up from $4.6 million in Q3 2018, driven by strong demand for wind towers, a significant order for fabricated adapters to support windfarm repowering and $9 million in orders for heavy fabrications. Gearing orders totaled $5.9 million in Q3 2019, down from $11.5 million in Q3 2018, due primarily to reduced fracking equipment demand from oil & gas customers. Process Systems orders were up 43% to $5.1 million driven by higher demand for new gas turbine content.

YTD orders totaled $205 million, resulting in a book-to-bill of 1.6.

At September 30, 2019, total backlog rose to $174.7 million, compared to $144.7 million at June 30, 2019, driven by the surge of Tower orders recorded during the quarter.

Segment Results

Towers and Heavy Fabrications
Broadwind Energy produces fabrications for wind, oil and gas, mining and other industrial applications, specializing in the production of wind turbine towers.  In Q1 2019, the Company revised and retroactively adjusted the financial statements of its segment reporting by moving the Abilene CNG and Fabrication business to the Towers and Heavy Fabrications segment from the Process Systems segment. 

Towers and Heavy Fabrications segment sales totaled $33.8 million in Q3 2019, compared to $18.8 million in Q3 2018. The increased revenue was primarily attributable to an 84% increase in tower sections sold as activity rose to support peak wind turbine installations. 

Segment operating profit totaled $.7 million in Q3 2019 compared to an operating loss of $.9 million in Q3 2018. Improved plant utilization associated with higher production levels and lower depreciation were partially offset by the adverse impact on towers of lower pricing resulting from  competition from tower imports. Net income improved comparatively for the Towers and Heavy Fabrications segment to $.5 million in Q3 2019, from a net loss of $.7 million in Q3 2018. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA in Q3 2019 was $1.8 million compared to Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $.7 million in Q3 2018, due to the cash factors described above. 

Gearing
Broadwind Energy engineers, builds and remanufactures precision gears and gearboxes for oil and gas, mining, steel, wind and other specialized applications.

Gearing segment sales totaled $8.0 million in Q3 2019, compared to $10.1 million in Q3 2018. The $2.1 million reduction was due primarily to lower purchases by oil and gas customers, as the significant expansion of fracking capacity experienced in 2018 subsided.  This reduction was partially offset by increased purchases from Mining and other Industrial customers.  Operating profit increased to $.5 million in Q3 2019, compared to a $.3 million profit in Q3 2018, reflecting the impact of improved product mix during the quarter. The net income for the segment rose comparably to $.4 million in Q3 2019, compared to $.3 million in Q3 2018. The Gearing segment reported $1.1 million of Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA in Q3 2019 compared to a $1.0 Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA in Q3 2018.

Process Systems
Broadwind Energy provides contract manufacturing services that include build-to-print, kitting, and inventory management for customers, primarily supporting the natural gas electrical generation market.

Process Systems revenue totaled $4.3 million in Q3 2019 compared to $2.7 million in Q3 2018, due primarily to higher sales to support new natural gas turbine installations.  Operating profit increased to $.1 million in Q3 2019 compared to an operating loss of $.8 million in Q3 2018, reflecting the increase in volume, increased pricing, an improved product mix sold and lower amortization expense.  Net income for the Process Systems segment was $.1 million in Q3 2019, compared to a loss of $2.3 million in Q3 2018, which included a tax adjustment related to the Goodwill impairment recognized in the prior year.  The Process Systems segment reported $.3 million of Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA for Q3 2019 compared to Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA loss of $.4 million in Q3 2018.

Corporate
Corporate and other expenses totaled $1.6 million in Q3 2019 compared to $1.3 million in Q3 2018. The rise in net expenses was due primarily to increased compensation costs in the current year.

Cash and Liquidity

During Q3 2019, operating working capital (accounts receivable and inventory, net of accounts payable and customer deposits) decreased to $5.2 million from $22.0M at June 30, 2019, as deposits related to new tower orders were collected and inventories of pre-buy steel were drawn down. The cash conversion ratio decreased sequentially, from 53 days at June 30, 2019 to 13 days, predominantly driven by the decrease in operating working capital.

Capital expenditures, net of disposals, in Q3 2019 totaled $.6 million.

Debt and finance leases totaled $11.5 million at September 30, 2019.  The Company’s $35 million line of credit with CIBC had a balance of $8.7 million at September 30, 2019.  Availability under the credit line at September 30, 2019 improved to $19.2 million from $8.0 million at June 30, 2019.

Cash assets (cash and short-term investments) remained near zero as expected because the Company’s cash and receipts are automatically applied to the outstanding credit line balance consistent with the terms of the line.

Conference Call

Broadwind Energy will conduct a teleconference and live webcast, with a slide presentation, beginning at 10 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, to discuss its 2019 third-quarter financial results. This webcast will be available in listen-only mode and can be accessed, for up to ninety days following the call, through the investors section on the Broadwind Energy website at http://www.bwen.com/investors/events-and-presentations.

About Broadwind Energy, Inc.
Broadwind Energy (NASDAQ: BWEN) is a precision manufacturer of structures, equipment and components for clean tech and other specialized applications. From gears and gearing systems for wind, oil and gas and mining applications, to wind towers and industrial weldments, we have solutions for the clean tech, energy and infrastructure needs of the future. With facilities throughout the U.S., Broadwind Energy's talented team is committed to helping customers maximize performance of their investments—quicker, easier and smarter. Find out more at www.bwen.com

Non-GAAP Financial Measure
The Company provides non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, and stock compensation) as supplemental information regarding the Company’s business performance. The Company’s management uses adjusted EBITDA when it internally evaluates the performance of the Company’s business, reviews financial trends and makes operating and strategic decisions. The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors because it provides investors with a better understanding of the Company’s past financial performance and future results allows investors to evaluate the Company’s performance using the same methodology and information as used by the Company’s management. The Company's definition of adjusted EBITDA may be different from similar non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and/or analysts.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains “forward looking statements”—that is, statements related to future, not past, events—as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that reflect our current expectations regarding our future growth, results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, performance, business prospects and opportunities, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, our management. Forward looking statements include any statement that does not directly relate to a current or historical fact. We have tried to identify forward looking statements by using words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “should,” “may,” “plan” and similar expressions, but these words are not the exclusive means of identifying forward looking statements.

Our forward-looking statements may include or relate to our beliefs, expectations, plans and/or assumptions with respect to the following: (i) state, local and federal regulatory frameworks affecting the industries in which we compete, including the wind energy industry, and the related extension, continuation or renewal of federal tax incentives and grants and state renewable portfolio standards, as well as new or continuing tariffs on steel or other products imported into the United States; (ii) our customer relationships and our substantial dependency on a few significant customers and our efforts to diversify our customer base and sector focus and leverage relationships across business units; (iii) our ability to continue to grow our business organically and through acquisitions; (iv) the production, sales, collections, customer deposits and revenues generated by new customer orders and our ability to realize the resulting cash flows; (v) the sufficiency of our liquidity and alternate sources of funding, if necessary; (vi) our ability to realize revenue from customer orders and backlog; (vii) our ability to operate our business efficiently, comply with our debt obligations, manage capital expenditures and costs effectively, and generate cash flow; (viii) the economy and the potential impact it may have on our business, including our customers; (ix) the state of the wind energy market and other energy and industrial markets generally and the impact of competition and economic volatility in those markets; (x) the effects of market disruptions and regular market volatility, including fluctuations in the price of oil, gas and other commodities; (xi) competition from new or existing industry participants including, in particular, increased competition from foreign tower manufacturers with access to lower cost steel; (xii) the effects of the change of administrations in the U.S. federal government; (xiii) our ability to successfully integrate and operate companies and to identify, negotiate and execute future acquisitions; (xiv) the potential loss of tax benefits if we experience an “ownership change” under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended; (xv)  the limited trading market for our securities and the volatility of market price for our securities; and (xvi) the impact of future sales of our common stock or securities convertible into our common stock on our stock price. These statements are based on information currently available to us and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual growth, results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, performance, business prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. We are under no duty to update any of these statements. You should not consider any list of such factors to be an exhaustive statement of all of the risks, uncertainties or other factors that could cause our current beliefs, expectations, plans and/or assumptions to change.

BWEN INVESTOR CONTACT: Jason Bonfigt, 708.780.4821 jason.bonfigt@bwen.com

BROADWIND ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS)
(UNAUDITED)
      
  September 30,  December 31,  
   2019   2018  
ASSETS     
CURRENT ASSETS:     
Cash and cash equivalents $15  $1,177  
Accounts receivable, net  22,862   17,455  
Inventories, net  31,250   22,670  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  2,387   1,776  
Total current assets  56,514   43,078  
LONG-TERM ASSETS:     
Property and equipment, net  47,017   49,087  
Operating lease right-of-use assets  16,150   -  
Other intangible assets, net  5,993   6,602  
Other assets .  328   398  
TOTAL ASSETS  $126,002  $99,165  
      
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     
CURRENT LIABILITIES:     
Line of credit and other notes payable $9,592  $11,930  
Current portion of finance lease obligations  632   967  
Current portion of operating lease obligations  1,468   -  
Accounts payable  17,864   11,618  
Accrued liabilities  5,488   3,806  
Customer deposits  31,064   23,507  
Current liabilities held for sale  25   27  
Total current liabilities  66,133   51,855  
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:     
Long-term debt, net of current maturities  802   1,408  
Long-term finance lease obligations, net of current portion  479   571  
Long-term operating lease obligations, net of current portion  16,686   -  
Other  64   1,969  
Total long-term liabilities  18,031   3,948  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES     
      
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:     
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued     
or outstanding .  -   -  
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized; 16,626,489     
and 15,982,622 shares issued as of September 30, 2019 and     
December 31, 2018, respectively  16   16  
Treasury stock, at cost, 273,937 shares as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018,     
respectively  (1,842)  (1,842) 
Additional paid-in capital .  382,875   381,441  
Accumulated deficit .  (339,211)  (336,253) 
Total stockholders' equity  41,838   43,362  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  $126,002  $99,165  
          


BROADWIND ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
(UNAUDITED)
          
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   2019   2018   2019   2018  
          
          
Revenues $46,138  $31,445  $128,967  $98,193  
Cost of sales  42,144   29,802   117,532   94,228  
Restructuring  -   157   12   388  
Gross profit  3,994   1,486   11,423   3,577  
          
OPERATING EXPENSES:         
Selling, general and administrative  4,049   3,627   11,772   10,020  
Impairment charges  -   -   - 0   4,993  
Intangible amortization  203   471   609   1,413  
Restructuring  -   -   - 0   36  
Total operating expenses  4,252   4,098   12,381   16,462  
Operating loss  (258)  (2,612)  (958)  (12,885) 
          
OTHER EXPENSE, net:         
Interest expense, net  (610)  (372)  (1,919)  (1,022) 
Other, net  (2)  2,247   (20)  2,243  
Total other expense, net  (612)  1,875   (1,939)  1,221  
          
Net loss before provision (benefit) for income taxes  (870)  (737)  (2,897)  (11,664) 
Provision (benefit) for income taxes  28   13   62   (20) 
LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS   (898)  (750)  (2,959)  (11,644) 
INCOME (LOSS) FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS   -   (33)  1   (93) 
NET LOSS  $(898) $(783) $(2,958) $(11,737) 
          
          
NET LOSS PER COMMON SHARE - BASIC:         
Loss from continuing operations $(0.06) $(0.05) $(0.18) $(0.76) 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations  0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00  
Net loss $(0.06) $(0.05) $(0.18) $(0.76) 
          
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING - BASIC   16,236   15,541   16,024   15,390  
          
NET LOSS PER COMMON SHARE - DILUTED:         
Loss from continuing operations $(0.06) $(0.05) $(0.18) $(0.76) 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations  0.00   0.00   0.00   0.00  
Net loss $(0.06) $(0.05) $(0.18) $(0.76) 
          
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING - DILUTED   16,236   15,541   16,024   15,390  
             

 


BROADWIND ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(IN THOUSANDS)
(UNAUDITED)
     
  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   2019  2018  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:    
Net loss . $(2,958)$(11,737) 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations  1  (93) 
Loss from continuing operations  (2,959) (11,644) 
     
Adjustments to reconcile net cash used in operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization expense  5,006  6,990  
Deferred income taxes  (11) (45) 
Impairment charges  -  4,993  
Remeasurement of contingent consideration  -  (1,140) 
Change in fair value of interest rate swap agreements  50  -  
Stock-based compensation  765  685  
Extinguishment of New Markets Tax Credit obligation  -  (2,249) 
Allowance for doubtful accounts  (30) (48) 
Common stock issued under defined contribution 401(k) plan  669  537  
Gain on disposal of assets  (1) (23) 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisition:    
Accounts receivable  (5,377) (3,035) 
Inventories  (8,580) (3,814) 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (737) (19) 
Accounts payable  6,046  3,576  
Accrued liabilities  1,632  1,567  
Customer deposits  7,557  (2,018) 
Other non-current assets and liabilities  303  (1,546) 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities of continued operations  4,333  (7,233) 
     
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:    
Purchases of property and equipment  (1,776) (2,018) 
Proceeds from disposals of property and equipment  1  583  
Net cash used in investing activities of continued operations  (1,775) (1,435) 
     
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:    
Proceeds from line of credit  131,865  103,406  
Payments on line of credit  (134,136) (95,493) 
Proceeds from long-term debt  -  2,060  
Payments on long-term debt  (698) (536) 
Principal payments on finance leases  (752) (581) 
Proceeds from sale of common stock, net  -  (52) 
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities of continued operations  (3,721) 8,804  
       
DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS:    
Operating cash flows  1  (72) 
Net cash provided by (used in) discontinued operations  1  (72) 
     
NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (1,162) 64  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS beginning of the period   1,177  78  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS end of the period  $15 $142  
     
Supplemental cash flow information:    
Interest paid $1,372 $822  
Income taxes paid $49 $94  
     
Non-cash activities:    
Issuance of restricted stock grants $765 $685  
Non-cash purchases of property and equipment $325 $-  
        


BROADWIND ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED SEGMENT FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(IN THOUSANDS)
(UNAUDITED)
          
  Three Months Ended
 Nine Months Ended
 
  September 30, September 30, 
   2019   2018   2019   2018  
ORDERS:       
Towers and Heavy Fabrications $65,559  $4,642  $174,398  $24,316  
Gearing  5,877   11,530   18,584   33,044  
Process Systems  5,081   3,545   12,153   9,154  
Total orders $76,517  $19,717  $205,135  $66,514  
          
REVENUES:       
Towers and Heavy Fabrications $33,834  $18,810  $91,098  $62,557  
Gearing  7,989   10,056   27,282   27,494  
Process Systems  4,317   2,676   10,589   8,262  
Corporate and Other  (2)  (97)  (2)  (120) 
Total revenues $46,138  $31,445  $128,967  $98,193  
          
OPERATING (LOSS)/PROFIT:       
Towers and Heavy Fabrications $693  $(885) $789  $(2,441) 
Gearing  496   346   2,797   (941) 
Process Systems  141   (787)  (116)  (6,675) 
Corporate and Other  (1,588)  (1,286)  (4,428)  (2,828) 
Total operating loss $(258) $(2,612) $(958) $(12,885) 
           

 

BROADWIND ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(IN THOUSANDS)
(UNAUDITED) 
        
Consolidated Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   2019   2018   2019   2018  
Loss from Continuing Operations $(898) $(750)  $(2,959) $(11,644) 
Interest Expense  609   372   1,919   1,022  
Income Tax Provision/(Benefit)  28   13   62   (20) 
Depreciation and Amortization  1,616   2,284   5,006   6,990  
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  496   370   1,425   1,214  
Restructuring Costs  -   157   12   424  
Impairment Charges  -   -   -   4,993  
NMTC Extinguishment Gain  -   (2,249)  -   (2,249) 
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $1,851  $197  $5,465  $730  
            

 

Towers and Heavy Fabrications Segment Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   2019  2018   2019  2018  
Net Income/(Loss) $476 $(722) $427 $(1,985) 
Interest Expense  61  50   190  131  
Income Tax Provision/(Benefit)  156  (214)  157  (587) 
Depreciation and Amortization  951  1,280   3,024  3,917  
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  187  163   566  497  
Restructuring Expense  -  157   12  424  
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $1,831 $714  $4,376 $2,397  
           

 

          
          
Gearing Segment Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   2019  2018  2019  2018  
Net Income/(Loss) $435 $344 $2,531 $(949) 
Interest Expense  61  2  256  7  
Income Tax Provision  1  -  10  -  
Depreciation and Amortization  507  566  1,472  1,742  
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  110  77  304  220  
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $1,114 $989 $4,573 $1,020  
          

 

Process Systems Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   2019  2018   2019   2018  
Net Income/(Loss) $134 $(2,340) $(140) $(6,185) 
Interest Expense  1  1   2   1  
Income Tax Provision/(Benefit)  3  1,553   17   (498) 
Depreciation and Amortization  123  385   367   1,160  
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  15  8   41   38  
Impairment Expense  -  -   -   4,993  
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $276 $(393) $287  $(491) 
          


         
Corporate and Other Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
   2019   2018   2019   2018 
Loss from continuing operations $(1,943) $1,968  $(5,777) $(2,525)
Interest Expense  486   319   1,471   883 
Income Tax Provision/(Benefit)  (132)  (1,326)  (122)  1,065 
Depreciation and Amortization  35   53   143   171 
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  184   122   514   459 
NMTC Extinguishment Gain  -   (2,249)  -   (2,249)
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $(1,370) $(1,113) $(3,771) $(2,196)