Second PB3 PowerBuoy Deployed off the Coast of New Jersey 

Advancing toward Commercialization with First Commercial Agreement

Signed Demonstrations with National Data Buy Center and Wildlife Conservation Society

PENNINGTON, N.J., July 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPTT) ("OPT" or the “Company") today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and full year ended April 30, 2016 ("fiscal 2016").

George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive of OPT, commented, "As we begin fiscal 2017, we continue to take important steps toward our commercialization efforts.  This week we announced the deployment of our second PB3 off of the coast of New Jersey, which is our intended commercial PowerBuoy and includes a number of enhancements from our earlier PowerBuoy designs. In June, we announced our agreement with MES which includes our first commercial PB3 PowerBuoy lease.  We also redeployed the PB3-A1 off of the coast of New Jersey with a payload from the National Data Buoy Center, which we believe will show multiple stakeholders the benefit of persistent power and communications through our integrated PowerBuoy solution. Additionally, this deployment includes a Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) sensor that will provide WCS with invaluable data concerning the viability of our PB3 PowerBuoy for their applications of interest. While these deployments focus initially on the ocean observing market, we believe that other markets such as oil and gas, security and defense, communications, and offshore wind will derive significant benefits from our PB3 PowerBuoy power and communications solution as well."

Results for Fiscal Fourth Quarter Ended April 30, 2016

For the three months ended April 30, 2016, OPT reported revenue of $0.1 million, as compared to revenue of $0.5 million for the three months ended April 30, 2015. Revenue in both periods was primarily related to the Company’s projects with MES, with fiscal 2016 revenue related to an autonomous PB3 PowerBuoy project, and with fiscal 2015 revenue being related to a utility-scale project. The decrease in revenues is consistent with our strategic pivot refocusing our product development efforts on autonomous PowerBuoys and our deliberate decision to transition toward commercial revenues.

The Company reported a net loss of $4.0 million for the three months ended April 30, 2016 compared with a loss of $3.3 million for the three months ended April 30, 2015. Fiscal 2016 fourth quarter loss included a charge of $1.1 million related to the pending settlement of the class action securities litigation. In addition, fiscal 2015 fourth quarter reflected higher gross profit due to a change in project costs related to a MES utility-focused contract which has been suspended. In fiscal 2016 fourth quarter, product development costs and selling, general and administrative expenses were lower.  Product development costs in fiscal 2015 fourth quarter were higher due to costs incurred related to our former utility-scale PB40 PowerBuoy as well as a prototype PB3 PowerBuoy versus the Company’s fiscal 2016 fourth quarter focus on development of our commercial PB3 PowerBuoy. Selling, general and administrative expenses were lower in fiscal 2016 fourth quarter in part due to reduced consulting, patent amortization and legal costs.

Results for Year Ended April 30, 2016

For fiscal 2016, OPT reported revenue of $0.7 million, as compared to revenue of $4.1 million for fiscal 2015. The decrease in revenue is primarily related to decreased billable work for revenue producing work in fiscal 2016.

For fiscal 2016, the Company reported a net loss of $13.1 million, as compared to a net loss of $13.2 million for fiscal 2015. The change in net loss reflects lower revenues and higher product development costs in fiscal 2016, offset in part by increased tax benefits and lower selling, general and administrative costs.  Fiscal 2016 also reflects a provision for the settlement of the class action securities litigation.  Selling, general and administrative expenses in fiscal 2016 were lower than fiscal 2015 due in part to reduced consulting, site development and patent amortization costs.

Balance Sheet and Available Cash

As of April 30, 2016, the Company’s total cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $6.8 million, down from $17.4 million on April 30, 2015. On April 30, 2016, restricted cash was $0.3 million, compared with $0.5 million as of April 30, 2015. The cash used in operating activities of $10.9 million in fiscal 2016 represented a decrease compared to $17.2 million used in fiscal 2015, which included the return by the Company of $4.7 million to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), for a now-terminated project in Australia in fiscal 2015.


Mr. Kirby concluded, “I am excited as we advance our commercialization strategy, as we discuss new opportunities with potential customers, and as we actively look for additional financing to fund our future operations.  I believe our PowerBuoy represents a more cost-effective alternative for existing solutions and a disruptive solution for new applications requiring remote offshore power and real-time data communications.”

Conference Call Details

The Company will host a conference call and webcast to review financial and operating results on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Please call (844) 864-2538 (toll free in the U.S.) or (562) 350-0773 (for international callers); pass code is 51225889. Additionally, investors may also access the webcast by visiting the Company's website at and clicking on the Investor Relations tab. Recorded replays of the conference call will be available on the Company's website and by telephone at (855) 859-2056 (toll free in the U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (for international callers), replay pass code 51225889, beginning at 11:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 19, 2016.

About Ocean Power Technologies

Headquartered in Pennington, New Jersey, Ocean Power Technologies (Nasdaq:OPTT) is a pioneer in renewable wave-energy technology that converts ocean wave energy into electricity. OPT's proprietary PowerBuoy® technology is based on a modular design. OPT specializes in cost-effective and environmentally sound ocean wave-based power generation and management technology.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain "forward-looking statements" that are within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are identified by certain words or phrases such as "may", "will", "aim", "will likely result", "believe", "expect", "will continue", "anticipate", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "contemplate", "seek to", "future", "objective", "goal", "project", "should", "will pursue" and similar expressions or variations of such expressions. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations about its future plans and performance. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions and estimates which could be inaccurate and which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could vary materially from those anticipated or expressed in any forward-looking statement made by the Company. Please refer to the Company's most recent Forms 10-Q and 10-K and subsequent filings with the SEC for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties. The Company disclaims any obligation or intent to update the forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.


Additional information may be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K that has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The Form 10-K may be accessed at or at the Company's website in the Investor Relations section.

Consolidated Balance Sheets
        April 30,
ASSETS  2016    2015 
Current assets:      
 Cash and cash equivalents$ 6,729,814  $ 17,335,734 
 Marketable securities  75,000    75,000 
 Restricted cash  299,543    438,561 
 Accounts receivable      103,470 
 Unbilled receivables  37,465    81,658 
 Litigation receivable  2,500,000     
 Other current assets  116,805    186,641 
     Total current assets  9,758,627    18,221,064 
Property and equipment, net  273,049    263,898 
Restricted cash      50,000 
Other noncurrent assets  319,450    335,924 
     Total assets$ 10,351,126  $ 18,870,886 
Current liabilities:     
 Accounts payable$ 372,700  $ 352,827 
 Accrued expenses  2,674,841    2,507,119 
 Litigation payable  3,000,000     
 Unearned revenue  39,146     
 Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligation  81,541    100,000 
     Total current liabilities  6,168,228    2,959,946 
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations  54,567    50,000 
Deferred credits payable-noncurrent  600,000    600,000 
     Total liabilities  6,822,795    3,609,946 
Commitments and contingencies     
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. Stockholders’ equity1:     
 Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 5,000,000 shares, none issued or outstanding       
 Common stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 50,000,000 shares, issued 2,352,100 and 1,838,720 shares, respectively  2,352    1,839 
 Treasury stock, at cost; 6,894 and 3,865 shares, respectively  (137,766)   (132,016)
 Additional paid-in capital  181,670,121    180,803,339 
 Accumulated deficit  (177,884,011)   (164,755,055)
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (122,365)   (229,915)
     Total Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. stockholders’ equity  3,528,331    15,688,192 
Noncontrolling interest in Ocean Power Technologies (Australasia) Pty Ltd.      (427,252)
 Total equity  3,528,331    15,260,940 
     Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$ 10,351,126  $ 18,870,886 
    (1)Common Stock, Treasury Stock, Additional Paid-In Capital and share data at April 30, 2015, has been adjusted retroactively to reflect a 1-for-10 reverse stock split effective October 27, 2015. 

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
                  Twelve Months Ended
        Three Months Ended  April 30,
         April 30, 2016  April 30, 2015  2016    2015 
 Revenues $ 99,539  $ 488,597   704,820  $ 4,105,424 
 Cost of revenues   62,588    327,057   667,869    4,671,403 
   Gross profit  36,951    161,540   36,951    (565,979)
 Operating expenses:          
  Product development costs  1,638,383    1,922,328   7,050,828    4,149,388 
  Selling, general and administrative costs  1,328,148    1,782,641   6,747,506    9,571,193 
  Litigation settlement  1,096,600    -   1,096,600    - 
   Total operating expenses  4,063,131    3,704,969   14,894,934    13,720,581 
 Operating loss   (4,026,180)   (3,543,429)  (14,857,983)   (14,286,560)
 Interest (expense) income  (2,421)   16,769   7,542    (31,634)
 Other income    824    234,432   240,637    419,432 
 Foreign exchange (loss) gain  45,592    5,132   (148,674)   (462,777)
 Loss before income taxes  (3,982,185)   (3,287,096)  (14,758,478)   (14,361,539)
 Income tax benefit  -    -   1,674,862    1,137,872 
 Net loss     (3,982,185)   (3,287,096)  (13,083,616)   (13,223,667)
  Less: Net loss (gain) attributable to the noncontrolling interest in Ocean Power Technologies (Australasia) Pty Ltd.  -    10,961   (45,340)   109,115 
 Net loss attributable to Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.$ (3,982,185) $ (3,276,135)  (13,128,956) $ (13,114,552)
 Basic and diluted net loss per share$ (2.08) $ (1.87)  (7.25) $ (7.50)
 Weighted average shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share  1,911,968    1,750,827   1,810,173    1,749,055 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 
        Year Ended April 30,
         2016    2015  
Cash flows from operating activities:      
 Net loss$ (13,083,616) $ (13,223,667) 
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
   Foreign exchange loss  148,674    462,777  
   Depreciation and amortization  111,714    965,156  
   Loss on disposals of property, plant and equipment  1,885    3,703  
   Compensation expense related to stock option grants and restricted stock… 336,342    332,593  
   Common Stock Issuance in settlement of lawsuit  596,600      
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
    Accounts receivable  103,470    205,261  
    Litigation receivable  (2,500,000)    
    Unbilled receivables  44,193    (44,248) 
    Other assets  74,641    339,460  
    Accounts payable  21,745    (144,791) 
    Litigation payable  3,000,000      
    Accrued expenses  174,927    (368,970) 
    Advance payment received from customer      (4,709,055) 
    Unearned revenues  39,146    (992,447) 
     Net cash used in operating activities  (10,930,279)   (17,174,228) 
Cash flows from investing activities:      
 Purchases of marketable securities      (13,821,959) 
 Maturities of marketable securities  
 Restricted cash  139,018    6,828,896  
 Purchases of equipment  (24,144)   (76,390) 
     Net cash provided by investing activities  114,874    21,171,387  
Cash flows from financing activities:      
 Repayment of debt  (62,519)   (100,000) 
 Proceeds from the sale of common stock, net of costs  288,941    650  
 Acquisition of treasury stock  (5,750)   (1,309) 
     Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities  220,672    (100,659) 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (11,187)   (419,425) 
     Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents  (10,605,920)   3,477,075  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  17,335,734    13,858,659  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$ 6,729,814  $ 17,335,734  
Supplemental disclosure of noncash investing and financing activities:      
 Capitalized purchases of equipment financed through accounts payable and accrued expenses$ 98,627    11,200  

Company Contact:
Mark A. Featherstone 
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 609-730-0400

Investor Relations Contact:
Andrew Barwicki
Barwicki Investor Relations Inc.
Phone: 516-662-9461