Broadwind Announces Third Quarter 2021 Results

Cicero, Illinois, UNITED STATES

CICERO, Ill., Nov. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Broadwind (NASDAQ: BWEN), a diversified precision manufacturer of specialized components and solutions serving global markets, today announced results for the third quarter 2021.

(As compared to the third quarter 2020)

  • Total revenue of $40.4 million, down 26% year-over-year
  • Total net loss of ($2.1) million, or ($0.11) per basic share
  • Total non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $0.4 million
  • Total cash and excess availability of $21.1 million
  • Net leverage at 0.5x TTM non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA

For the three months ended September 30, 2021, Broadwind reported total revenue of $40.4 million, compared to $54.6 million in the prior-year period. The Company reported a net loss of ($2.1) million, or ($0.11) per basic share in the third quarter, compared to a net loss of ($1.0) million, or ($0.06) per basic share, in the prior-year period.

The Company reported adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, of $0.4 million in the third quarter, compared to $1.3 million in the prior-year period. All three reporting segments generated positive adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter 2021.

Third quarter results were impacted by a 37% year-over-year decline in wind tower sections sold, as wind farm developers postponed investments ahead of a potential, multi-year extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC). The timing of new domestic wind farm developments was further impacted by raw material cost inflation, particularly with respect to higher commodity steel prices, which increased materially on a year-over-year basis.

To date, Broadwind has sold approximately 30% of its full-year 2022 optimal tower production capacity. Broadwind expects to receive additional orders for 2022 production capacity over the coming months.


During the third quarter, the Company continued to advance a multi-year strategy to capitalize on favorable policy trends within the domestic wind energy market; further diversify consolidated revenues into complementary end-markets through both organic and inorganic investments; and maintain a disciplined capital structure positioned to support long-term growth.

Leverage precision manufacturing expertise across diverse end-markets. During the third quarter, the Company achieved year-over-year order growth across most non-wind end-markets served. Total non-wind orders increased $13.9 million in the third quarter to $24.5 million, as compared to the prior-year period. The Company continues to actively pursue new business development opportunities that align with its energy transition focus.

Pursue complementary, inorganic expansion within energy transition markets. Broadwind continues to actively evaluate bolt-on acquisitions that seek to leverage the Company’s existing manufacturing expertise and exposure to clean tech markets. The Company will continue to consider opportunities for accretive acquisitions of assets or businesses with high revenue and/or cost synergies, complementary product lines and a well-established, diverse customer base that further supports Broadwind’s long-term revenue diversification strategy as an energy transition company.

Disciplined capital management.  The Company believes it has sufficient liquidity for the next twelve months to support ongoing operations, together with potential growth investments.   Total cash and availability under its credit facility was $21.1 million as of September 30, 2021, compared to $21.8 million as of September 30, 2020. As of September 30, 2021, the ratio of net debt to trailing twelve-month non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was .5x.


“Our third quarter results reflect a near-term pause in wind tower demand, offset by an acceleration in customer activity across our energy and industrial end-markets,” stated Eric Blashford, President and CEO of Broadwind. “As widely anticipated, developers have slowed investment in new wind capacity ahead of a proposed PTC extension. This dynamic, coupled with higher raw materials costs and well-documented global supply chain disruptions, have pushed current-year tower demand into 2022.   Looking ahead, we anticipate a positive inflection in onshore tower demand beginning in late 2022 and into 2023, driven by incremental growth in onshore capacity additions.”

“Our Gearing segment delivered improved third quarter results, with revenue rising to its highest level in nearly two years,” continued Blashford. “Economic activity has accelerated meaningfully across many of our non-wind markets, as customers seek to capitalize on pent-up demand. Gearing segment orders more than tripled on a year-over-year basis in the third quarter, while backlog increased 75% on a year-over-year basis.   Industrial fabrications product line orders reached near record levels in the third quarter, supported by further revenue diversification across key end markets.”

“Looking ahead, we remain focused on growing within energy transition markets that leverage our technical expertise and proven in-house manufacturing capabilities,” continued Blashford. “On an organic basis, this focus had led us to further penetrate underserved, higher-value end-markets well-suited to our unique value proposition, such as the CNG (compressed natural gas) virtual pipeline and large material handling equipment. On an inorganic basis, our focus remains on pursuing margin accretive opportunities that will bolster our presence within clean tech and renewables markets.   As before, we will remain disciplined in our approach toward capital deployment, while seeking to maximize shareholder value.”

“For the fourth quarter 2021, we currently anticipate adjusted EBITDA loss in a range of ($1.0) to ($1.5) million, subject to market conditions,” noted Blashford. “We are excited by the prospects for growth as we look ahead toward 2022, supported by a recovery in our core onshore wind markets, together with sustained momentum across our non-wind verticals.”


Total orders increased 8% year-over-year to $42.6 million in the third quarter 2021, as Gearing segment order growth more than offset a year-over-year decline in Heavy Fabrications and Industrial Solutions orders. Gearing orders increased by 258% on a year-over-year basis as a result of increased demand across all non-wind end-markets, while Heavy Fabrications and Industrial Solutions orders declined by 15% and 9%, respectively, as compared to the prior-year period.

Total backlog declined 21% year-over-year to $76.5 million in the third quarter. As of September 30, 2021, Heavy Fabrications’ orders represented approximately 60% of the Company’s total 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 $14.8 million to $28.7 million in the third quarter 2021, as compared to the prior year period. This decrease is primarily due to a 37% decline in tower sections sold. The decline in tower section sales was attributable to lower demand, primarily a result of a shift in the timing of customer projects. The segment reported an operating loss of ($0.4) million, versus operating income of $2.0 million in the prior-year period. Segment non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $1.0 million in the third quarter 2021, a decline of $2.0 million versus the third quarter 2020.

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 increased by $0.4 million to $7.6 million in the third quarter 2021, as compared to the year-ago period, primarily due to increased demand within the oil and gas and mining markets. The segment reported an operating loss of ($0.2) million in the third quarter 2021, compared to an operating loss of ($1.0) million in the prior-year period. The segment reported non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $0.5 million in the third quarter 2021, an increase of $1.0 million versus the third quarter 2020.

Industrial Solutions Segment
Broadwind provides supply chain solutions, light fabrication, inventory management, kitting and assembly services, primarily serving the combined cycle natural gas turbine market as well as other clean technology markets.  

Industrial Solutions segment sales increased $0.1 million to $4.2 million in the third quarter 2021, as compared to the year-ago period, primarily driven by higher demand within the natural gas turbine market. The segment reported an operating loss of ($0.1) million in the third quarter 2021 a decrease of $0.2 compared to the prior-year period. The segment reported $0.04 million of non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter 2021, a decline of $0.2 million versus the third quarter 2020.


Broadwind will issue third quarter 2021 results before the market opens on November 10, 2021. A conference call will be held that same day 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 the Company’s corporate 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:

Domestic Live:1-877-407-9716
International Live:1-201-493-6779

To listen to a replay of the teleconference, which will be available through November 17, 2021:

Domestic Replay:1-844-512-2921
International Replay:1-412-317-6671
Conference ID:13723646


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, including as a result of emerging variants: (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; (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, 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.



  September 30,  December 31,  
   2021   2020  
Cash $2,335  $3,372  
Accounts receivable, net  16,131   15,337  
Employee retention credit receivable  503   -  
Contract assets  1,491   2,253  
Inventories, net  24,876   26,724  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  2,220   2,909  
Total current assets  47,556   50,595  
Property and equipment, net  44,239   45,195  
Operating lease right-of-use assets  18,462   19,321  
Intangible assets, net  3,636   4,186  
Other assets  585   385  
TOTAL ASSETS $114,478  $119,682  
Line of credit and other notes payable $5,445  $1,406  
Current portion of finance lease obligations  1,886   1,427  
Current portion of operating lease obligations  1,732   1,832  
Accounts payable  13,773   18,180  
Accrued liabilities   4,040   6,307  
Customer deposits  7,680   18,819  
Total current liabilities  34,556   47,971  
Long-term debt, net of current maturities  228   9,381  
Long-term finance lease obligations, net of current portion  2,762   1,996  
Long-term operating lease obligations, net of current portion  18,863   19,569  
Other  917   104  
Total long-term liabilities  22,770   31,050  
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; 19,753,256     
and 17,211,498 shares issued as of September 30, 2021 and     
December 31, 2020, respectively  20   17  
Treasury stock, at cost, 273,937 shares as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020,   
respectively  (1,842)  (1,842) 
Additional paid-in capital  394,300   384,749  
Accumulated deficit  (335,326)  (342,263) 
Total stockholders' equity  57,152   40,661  


  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   2021   2020   2021   2020  
Revenues $40,389  $54,614  $119,608  $158,174  
Cost of sales  38,315   50,876   115,054   142,847  
Gross profit  2,074   3,738   4,554   15,327  
Selling, general and administrative  3,888   4,030   12,623   12,537  
Intangible amortization  183   183   550   550  
 Total operating expenses  4,071   4,213   13,173   13,087  
Operating (loss) income  (1,997)  (475)  (8,619)  2,240  
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE), net:         
Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness  -   -   9,151   -  
Interest expense, net  (269)  (507)  (816)  (1,654) 
Other, net  185   (1)  7,322   (3) 
 Total other (expense) income, net  (84)  (508)  15,657   (1,657) 
Net (loss) income before provision for income taxes  (2,081)  (983)  7,038   583  
Provision for income taxes  24   20   101   103  
NET (LOSS) INCOME $(2,105) $(1,003) $6,937  $480  
Net (loss) income $(0.11) $(0.06) $0.38  $0.03  
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING - BASIC  19,418   16,866   18,460   16,741  
Net (loss) income $(0.11) $(0.06) $0.36  $0.03  


  Nine Months Ended September 30,  
   2021  2020   
Net income $6,937 $480   
Adjustments to reconcile net cash used in operating activities:     
Depreciation and amortization expense  4,758  4,761   
Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness  (9,151) -   
Deferred income taxes  19  12   
Change in fair value of interest rate swap agreements  18  161   
Stock-based compensation  857  763   
Allowance for doubtful accounts  (434) 47   
Common stock issued under defined contribution 401(k) plan  870  -   
Gain on disposal of assets  (33) -   
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:     
Accounts receivable  (360) (5,898)  
Employee retention credit receivable  (503) -   
Contract assets  763  (1,475)  
Inventories  1,848  6,383   
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  689  (303)  
Accounts payable  (4,321) (3,900)  
Accrued liabilities  (2,285) 678   
Customer deposits  (11,139) (4,193)  
Other non-current assets and liabilities  644  9   
Net cash used in operating activities  (10,823) (2,475)- 
Purchases of property and equipment  (1,369) (1,597)  
Proceeds from disposals of property and equipment  33  -   
Net cash used in investing activities  (1,336) (1,597)  
Proceeds from line of credit  120,485  142,348   
Payments on line of credit  (116,446) (146,216)  
Proceeds from long-term debt  613  9,530   
Payments on long-term debt  (159) (1,003)  
Principal payments on finance leases  (1,197) (694)  
Shares withheld for taxes in connection with issuance of restricted stock  (1,503) -   
Proceeds from sale of common stock, net  9,329  232   
Net cash provided by financing activities  11,122  4,197   
CASH beginning of the period  3,372  2,416   
CASH end of the period $2,335 $2,541   




   Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 
   September 30, September 30, 
    2021   2020   2021   2020  
 Heavy Fabrications $26,539  $31,391  $62,096  $78,306  
 Gearing  11,546   3,225   29,325   19,376  
 Industrial Solutions  4,512   4,939   11,831   15,240  
     Total orders $42,597  $39,555  $103,252  $112,922  
 Heavy Fabrications $28,675  $43,440  $87,282  $125,424  
 Gearing  7,562   7,125   20,315   20,273  
 Industrial Solutions  4,213   4,081   12,357   12,516  
 Corporate and Other  (61)  (32)  (346)  (39) 
     Total revenues $40,389  $54,614  $119,608  $158,174  
 Heavy Fabrications $(445) $2,020  $(1,873) $8,760  
 Gearing  (219)  (1,023)  (2,090)  (1,935) 
 Industrial Solutions  (108)  87   (169)  496  
 Corporate and Other  (1,225)  (1,559)  (4,487)  (5,081) 
     Total operating profit/(loss) $(1,997) $(475) $(8,619) $2,240  


 Consolidated Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 
     2021   2020   2021  2020 
 Net (Loss) Income  $(2,105) $(1,003)$-$6,937 $480 
 Interest Expense   269   507   816  1,654 
 Income Tax Provision   24   20   101  103 
 Depreciation and Amortization   1,594   1,567   4,758  4,761 
 Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments   619   206   1,806  768 
 Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)       401   1,297   14,418  7,766 

Heavy Fabrications Segment Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
   2021   2020  2021  2020
Net (Loss) Income $(313) $1,515 $6,629 $6,679
Interest Expense  124   83  381  277
Income Tax (Benefit) Provision  (68)  422  2,124  1,804
Depreciation  967   929  2,903  2,831
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  248   36  731  140
    Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $958  $2,985 $12,768 $11,731

Gearing Segment Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
   2021   2020   2021  2020 
Net (Loss) Income $(236) $(1,045) $1,835 $(2,033)
Interest Expense  13   19   33  89 
Income Tax Provision  3   2   10  8 
Depreciation and Amortization  464   488   1,383  1,503 
Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  213   16   356  56 
    Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)$457  $(520) $3,617 $(377)

 Industrial Solutions Segment Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 
    2021   2020  2021  2020 
 Net (Loss) Income $(130) $77 $684 $433 
 Interest Expense  11   8  43  18 
 Income Tax Provision  9   2  56  42 
 Depreciation and Amortization  104   108  315  318 
 Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  43   14  146  65 
     Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $37  $209 $1,244 $876 

 Corporate and Other Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 
    2021   2020   2021   2020  
 Net Loss $(1,426) $(1,550) $(2,211) $(4,599) 
 Interest Expense  121   397   359   1,270  
 Income Tax Provision (Benefit)  80   (406)  (2,089)  (1,751) 
 Depreciation and Amortization  59   42   157   109  
 Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments  115   140   573   507  
     Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $(1,051) $(1,377) $(3,211) $(4,464)