Broadwind Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2020 Results

Cicero, Illinois, UNITED STATES

CICERO, Ill., Feb. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Broadwind (NASDAQ: BWEN), a diversified precision manufacturer of specialized components and solutions serving global markets, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2020.

(As compared to the full-year 2019)

  • Wind tower sections sold, +23% y/y
  • Total revenue of $198.5 million, +11% y/y
  • Total gross profit of $18.0 million, +17% y/y
  • Total non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $8.0 million, +11% y/y

(As compared to the fourth quarter 2019)

  • Total revenue of $40.3 million, (18%) y/y
  • Total gross profit of $2.7 million, (33%) y/y
  • Total net loss of ($2.0) million, or ($0.12) per basic share
  • Total non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $0.2 million, (87%) y/y
  • Total cash and excess availability of $24.1 million, +27% y/y

For the three months ended December 31, 2020, Broadwind reported total sales of $40.3 million, a decline of 18.0% when compared to the prior-year period. The Company reported a net loss of ($2.0) million, or ($0.12) per basic share in the fourth quarter 2020, compared to a net loss of ($1.6) million, or ($0.09) per basic share, in the fourth quarter 2019.   The Company reported adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, of $0.2 million in the fourth quarter 2020, compared to $1.8 million in the prior-year period.  

Fourth quarter results were impacted by a delay in the delivery of a tower order to a new wind turbine customer, lower gearing demand and pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. Both Heavy Fabrications and Gearing Segment revenue declined on a year-over-year basis in the fourth quarter, partially offset by growth in the Industrial Solutions segment.  


During 2020, the Company advanced a multi-year strategy to capitalize on favorable secular growth trends within the domestic wind energy market; further diversify consolidated revenues into complementary end-markets; improve operating efficiency and plant utilization; and maintain a disciplined capital structure positioned to support both organic and inorganic growth.

Capitalize on secular growth in wind energy.   Broadwind believes the domestic wind energy industry remains in the early stages of a multi-year investment cycle. During the next decade, the Company anticipates more than 80 GW of wind energy capacity additions will be added to the U.S. market, driven by a combination of new onshore and offshore wind turbine installations. The Company anticipates sustained corporate and industrial demand for renewable energy, together with a favorable policy backdrop, both representing significant long-term catalysts for secular growth within the renewables sector. As a tower supplier for three of the four largest wind turbine manufacturers operating in the U.S. market, the Company believes it remains well positioned to capitalize on increased demand for wind energy. To that end, wind tower orders increased by nearly $22 million in the fourth quarter 2020, when compared to the prior-year period.

Diversify sales mix.   As a leading precision manufacturer of structures, equipment and components for clean tech and other applications, the Company continues to further diversify its sales mix across a wide range of non-wind markets, including the industrial, mining and natural gas turbine markets. For the full-year 2020, revenue from customers in non-wind markets represented more than 30% of total revenue, up from 8% in 2016.

Achieve scale through efficiency.   The Company remains committed to operating its wind tower production facilities in Texas and Wisconsin at or near capacity, while reducing costs through continuous improvement initiatives. Given total current annual nameplate production capacity of 1,650 tower sections, plant utilization improved by more than 13% in the full-year 2020, when compared to the prior-year. Broadwind sold 1,150 tower sections in 2020, an increase of more than 23% versus the prior year when it sold 934 tower sections.  

Disciplined capital management.  The Company continues to retain sufficient liquidity to support the ongoing operations of the business, together with potential organic and inorganic growth investments.   During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company reduced total outstanding indebtedness under its line of credit by $6.4 million. Total cash and availability under the credit facility was $24.1 million as of December 31, 2020, versus $21.8 million as of September 30, 2020. As of December 31, 2020, the ratio of net debt to trailing twelve-month non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was .2x, excluding $9.2 million in loans received under the Paycheck Protection Program. 


“For the full-year 2020, total revenue, margin capture, free cash flow and non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA all increased versus the prior-year, as total wind tower section sales approached multi-year highs,” stated Eric Blashford, President and CEO of Broadwind. “Our proven technical capabilities, complete turnkey solutions, engineering expertise and production of complex fabrications across a wide range of industries represents a unique value proposition, one that continues to gain traction in the markets we serve.”

“Fourth quarter orders more than doubled versus the prior-year period to $36 million, driven mainly by more than $20 million of increased wind-related orders,” continued Blashford. “To date, we have booked more than 50% of our optimal wind tower production capacity for the full-year 2021.   We believe our gearing business has begun to recover, given improved order levels and elevated quoting activity.”

“The outlook for the domestic wind energy industry continues to improve, driven by increased commercial and industrial demand for renewables, together with bipartisan support for policies that seek to accelerate new investment in both onshore and offshore installations,” noted Blashford. “We remain a key participant in the clean energy transition, our long-term customer relationships with the world’s leading wind turbine original equipment manufacturers position us to benefit from a significant, multi-year investment cycle in carbon-neutral energy resource development.”

“During the past decade, wind has become one of the most efficient sources of energy available to the market, driven by continued technological advancements,” continued Blashford. “Given the improved competitiveness of wind as a viable, low-cost energy source, policymakers, including those in the current presidential administration, have expressed a commitment to driving increased investment in our industry. The recent one-year extension of the renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC), the introduction of an investment tax credit designed to subsidize offshore wind development, together with the United States’ recent decision to rejoin as a signatory under the Paris Climate Accord, each represent meaningful policy catalysts for our industry. Looking ahead, we expect any major stimulus plan intended to further subsidize domestic growth in renewable energy production would likely include a provision for the wind industry, representing a significant opportunity for Broadwind.”

“Exiting the year, we had more than $24 million in total cash and availability under our line of credit to support organic and inorganic growth opportunities,” continued Blashford. “Total net leverage declined to 0.2x at year-end 2020, assuming PPP loan forgiveness, versus 1.7x at year-end 2019.”


Total orders increased 119% year-over-year to $36 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, given growth in customer demand within the Heavy Fabrications segment, which benefited from increased demand for wind towers in the period. The Gearing segment experienced a year-over-year decline in fourth quarter orders, due mainly to lower economic activity and capital investment related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Industrial Solutions segment also experienced a year-over-year decline in fourth quarter orders, mainly due to the timing of customer orders.

For the full-year 2020, total orders declined 33% versus the prior-year, as wind turbine original equipment manufacturers secured production capacity in 2019 in advance of historical lead times due to surging wind tower installation expectations in 2020.

Total backlog declined 6% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2020 to $92.9 million. As of December 31, 2020, Heavy Fabrications represented approximately 77% of total Company backlog.


Heavy Fabrications Segment
Broadwind provides large complex and precision fabrications to customers in a broad range of industrial markets. Key products include wind towers and industrial fabrications, including mining and material handling components and other frames/structures.

Heavy Fabrications segment sales declined by $7.8 million to $29.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, when compared to the prior year period, primarily due to a shift in the timing of a customer order. Total operating income increased $0.6 million to $1.6 million, when compared to the fourth quarter 2019, driven by an improvement in product mix sold which was partially offset by a decline in wind towers sold and continued supply chain challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Segment non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA increased $0.4 million to $2.7 million, when compared to the fourth quarter 2019.

Gearing Segment
Broadwind provides custom gearboxes, loose gearing and heat treat services to a broad set of customers in diverse markets, including oil & gas production, surface and underground mining, wind energy, steel, material handling and other infrastructure markets.

Gearing segment sales declined by $2.7 million to $4.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, when compared to the year-ago period, due to a pandemic-related slowing in economic activity across most major markets.   The Company currently anticipates a modest recovery in gearing demand during the first quarter 2021.    The Gearing segment reported an operating loss of ($1.9) million in 2020, versus operating income of $0.4 million in the prior-year period. Segment non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA declined by $2.5 million to ($1.5) million, when compared to the fourth quarter 2019.

Industrial Solutions Segment
Broadwind provides supply chain solutions, inventory management, kitting and assembly services, primarily serving the combined cycle natural gas turbine market.

Industrial Solutions segment sales increased by $1.7 million to $5.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, when compared to the year-ago period, primarily driven by increased demand within the natural gas turbine market. Total operating income increased $1.3 million to $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, when compared to the prior-year period, given the absence of the accelerated amortization of the Red Wolf trade name in the prior year, higher revenue and improved expense management. Segment non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA increased $0.4 million to $0.5 million, when compared to the fourth quarter 2019.


Broadwind will host a conference call today, February 25, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. ET to review the Company’s financial results, discuss recent events and conduct a question-and-answer session. A webcast of the conference call and accompanying presentation materials will be available in the Investor Relations section of Broadwind’s website at To listen to a live broadcast, go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register, download, and install any necessary audio software.

To participate in the live teleconference:

Toll Free:1-877-407-9716

To listen to a replay of the teleconference, which will be available through March 4, 2021:

Toll Free:1-844-512-2921
Replay Pin Number:13715739


Broadwind (NASDAQ: BWEN) is a precision manufacturer of structures, equipment and components for clean tech and other specialized applications. With facilities throughout the U.S., our talented team is committed to helping customers maximize performance of their investments—quicker, easier and smarter. Find out more at


The Company provides non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation and other stock payments, restructuring costs, impairment charges and other non-cash gains and losses) as supplemental information regarding the Company’s business performance. The Company’s management uses this supplemental information when it internally evaluates its performance, 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, which 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.


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, many of which are, and will be, amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic: (i) the impact of global health concerns, including the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the economies and financial markets and the demand for our products; (ii) 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; (iii) 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; (iv) the economic and operational stability of our significant customers and suppliers, including their respective supply chains, and the ability to source alternative suppliers as necessary, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; (v) our ability to continue to grow our business organically and through acquisitions, and the impairment thereto by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; (vi) the production, sales, collections, customer deposits and revenues generated by new customer orders and our ability to realize the resulting cash flows; (vii) information technology failures, network disruptions, cybersecurity attacks or breaches in data security, including with respect to any remote work arrangements implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; (viii) the sufficiency of our liquidity and alternate sources of funding, if necessary; (ix) our ability to realize revenue from customer orders and backlog; (x) our ability to operate our business efficiently, comply with our debt obligations, manage capital expenditures and costs effectively, and generate cash flow; (xi) the economy, including its stability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the potential impact it may have on our business, including our customers; (xii) 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; (xiii) the effects of market disruptions and regular market volatility, including fluctuations in the price of oil, gas and other commodities; (xiv) competition from new or existing industry participants including, in particular, increased competition from foreign tower manufacturers; (xv) the effects of the change of administrations in the U.S. federal government; (xvi) our ability to successfully integrate and operate acquired companies and to identify, negotiate and execute future acquisitions; (xvii) the potential loss of tax benefits if we experience an “ownership change” under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended; (xviii) our ability to utilize various relief options enabled by the CARES Act, including our ability to receive forgiveness of the Paycheck Protection Program Loans; (xix) the limited trading market for our securities and the volatility of market price for our securities; and (xx) 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 including, but not limited to, those set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as supplemented by our Current Report on Form 8-K filed April 17, 2020 and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarterly periods ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020. 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. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a predictor of actual results.


  December 31,  December 31,
  2020 2019
 Cash $3,372  $2,416 
 Accounts receivable, net  15,337   18,310 
 Contract assets  2,253   - 
 Inventories, net  26,724   31,863 
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets  2,909   2,124 
  Total current assets  50,595   54,713 
 Property and equipment, net  45,195   46,940 
 Operating lease right-of-use assets  19,321   15,980 
 Intangible assets, net  4,186   4,919 
 Other assets  385   314 
TOTAL ASSETS $119,682  $122,866 
 Line of credit and other notes payable $1,406  $12,917 
 Current portion of finance lease obligations  1,427   546 
 Current portion of operating lease obligations  1,832   1,326 
 Accounts payable  18,180   21,876 
 Accrued liabilities  6,307   4,911 
 Customer deposits  18,819   22,717 
  Total current liabilities  47,971   64,293 
 Long-term debt, net of current maturities  9,381   505 
 Long-term finance lease obligations, net of current portion  1,996   673 
 Long-term operating lease obligations, net of current portion  19,569   16,591 
 Other   104   44 
  Total long-term liabilities  31,050   17,813 
 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; 17,211,498    
 and 16,830,930 shares issued as of December 31, 2020 and    
 December 31, 2019, respectively  17   17 
 Treasury stock, at cost, 273,937 shares as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019,  
 respectively  (1,842)  (1,842)
 Additional paid-in capital  384,749   383,361 
 Accumulated deficit  (342,263)  (340,776)
  Total stockholders' equity  40,661   40,760 


  Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
Revenues $40,322  $49,253  $198,496  $178,220 
Cost of sales  37,648   45,264   180,495   162,808 
Gross profit  2,674   3,989   18,001   15,412 
Selling, general and administrative  4,309   4,314   16,846   16,086 
Intangible amortization  183   1,074   733   1,683 
 Total operating expenses  4,492   5,388   17,579   17,769 
Operating (loss) income  (1,818)  (1,399)  422   (2,357)
OTHER EXPENSE, net:        
Interest expense, net  (330)  (390)  (1,984)  (2,309)
Other, net  126   138   123   118 
 Total other expense, net  (204)  (252)  (1,861)  (2,191)
Net loss before provision for income taxes  (2,022)  (1,651)  (1,439)  (4,548)
(Benefit) provision for income taxes  (55)  (24)  48   38 
(LOSS) INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS  (1,967)  (1,627)  (1,487)  (4,586)
NET LOSS $(1,967) $(1,565) $(1,487) $(4,523)
Loss from continuing operations $(0.12) $(0.09) $(0.09) $(0.28)
Income from discontinued operations  -   0.00   -   0.00 
Net loss $(0.12) $(0.09) $(0.09) $(0.28)
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING - BASIC  16,938   16,433   16,746   16,127 
Loss from continuing operations $(0.12) $(0.09) $(0.09) $(0.28)
Income from discontinued operations  -   0.00   -   0.00 
Net loss $(0.12) $(0.09) $(0.09) $(0.28)


  Twelve Months Ended December 31,
 Net loss $(1,487)$(4,523)
 Income from discontinued operations  -  63 
 Loss from continuing operations  (1,487) (4,586)
Adjustments to reconcile net cash provided by operating activities:   
  Depreciation and amortization expense  6,278  7,497 
  Deferred income taxes  (4) (30)
  Change in fair value of interest rate swap agreements  167  34 
  Stock-based compensation  1,156  958 
  Allowance for doubtful accounts  346  (63)
  Common stock issued under defined contribution 401(k) plan  -  962 
  Gain on disposal of assets  -  (1)
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisition:   
   Accounts receivable  2,627  (792)
   Contract assets  (2,253) - 
   Inventories  5,139  (9,193)
   Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (865) (585)
   Accounts payable  (3,320) 9,769 
   Accrued liabilities  1,229  1,105 
   Customer deposits  (3,898) (790)
   Other non-current assets and liabilities  76  236 
Net cash provided by operating activities  5,191  4,521 
 Purchases of property and equipment  (1,547) (1,844)
 Proceeds from disposals of property and equipment  -  1 
Net cash used in investing activities  (1,547) (1,843)
 Proceeds from line of credit  153,891  177,081 
 Payments on line of credit  (164,163) (176,564)
 Proceeds from long-term debt  9,530  - 
 Payments on long-term debt  (1,186) (937)
 Principal payments on finance leases  (992) (1,024)
 Proceeds from sale of common stock, net  232  - 
Net cash used in financing activities  (2,688) (1,444)
Effect of foreign exchange rates  -  
 Operating cash flows  -  5 
Net cash provided by discontinued operations  -  5 
CASH beginning of the period  2,416  1,177 
CASH end of the period $3,372 $2,416 
Supplemental cash flow information:   
 Interest paid $1,449 $1,619 
 Income taxes paid $81 $49 
Non-cash activities:   
 Issuance of restricted stock grants $1,156 $958 
 Equipment additions via finance lease $3,196 $704 
 Non-cash purchases of property and equipment $376 $552 


   Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
   December 31, December 31,
   2020 2019 2020 2019
 Heavy Fabrications $27,536  $5,260  $105,843  $179,657 
 Gearing  5,741   6,880   25,117   25,466 
 Industrial Solutions  2,682   4,273   17,922   16,426 
     Total orders $35,959  $16,413  $148,882  $221,549 
 Heavy Fabrications $29,776  $37,590  $155,198  $128,686 
 Gearing  4,863   7,594   25,136   34,877 
 Industrial Solutions  5,783   4,075   18,299   14,664 
 Corporate and Other  (100)  (6)  (137)  (7)
     Total revenues $40,322  $49,253  $198,496  $178,220 
 Heavy Fabrications $1,624  $1,074  $10,385  $1,861 
 Gearing  (1,948)  440   (3,883)  3,237 
 Industrial Solutions  385   (944)  881   (1,059)
 Corporate and Other  (1,880)  (1,969)  (6,961)  (6,396)
     Total operating profit/(loss) $(1,819) $(1,399) $422  $(2,357)


Consolidated Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
Net Loss From Continuing Operations $(1,967) $(1,625) $(1,487) $(4,586)
Interest Expense  330   390   1,984   2,309 
Income Tax (Benefit) Provision  (55)  (24)  48   38 
Depreciation and Amortization  1,518   2,491   6,279   7,497 
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  395   530   1,161   1,956 
Restructuring Costs  -   -   -   12 
 Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $221  $1,762  $7,985  $7,226 

Heavy Fabrications Segment Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
Net Income $1,270 $847 $7,949 $1,275
Interest Expense  79  106  356  296
Income Tax Provision  389  235  2,193  392
Depreciation  905  953  3,737  3,976
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  66  214  205  780
Restructuring Expense  -  -  -  12
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $2,709 $2,355 $14,440 $6,731

Gearing Segment Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
Net (Loss)/Income $(1,924) $421  $(3,957) $2,953
Interest Expense  11   24   100   281
Income Tax (Benefit) Provision  (35)  (5)  (26)  3
Depreciation and Amortization  459   509   1,961   1,981
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  30   86   86   390
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)$(1,459) $1,035  $(1,836) $5,608

Industrial Solutions Segment Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
Net Income/(Loss) $391  $(931) $824 $(1,071)
Interest Expense  21   1   39  2 
Income Tax (Benefit) Provision  (38)  (15)  3  3 
Depreciation and Amortization  111   995   430  1,362 
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  39   81   103  122 
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $524  $131  $1,399 $418 

Corporate and Other Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
Net Loss $(1,704) $(1,962) $(6,303) $(7,743)
Interest Expense  219   259   1,489   1,730 
Income Tax (Benefit)/Provision  (371)  (239)  (2,122)  (360)
Depreciation and Amortization  43   34   151   178 
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  260   149   767   664 
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $(1,553) $(1,759) $(6,018) $(5,531)