WILMINGTON, Del., March 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acorn Energy, Inc. (OTCQB: ACFN), a provider of remote monitoring and control systems and services for generators, pipelines and other industrial assets through its OmniMetrix subsidiary, today announced results for its fourth quarter (Q4'18) and year ended December 31, 2018. Acorn will host a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. EDT (details below) to review its results and outlook.

Jan Loeb, President and CEO of Acorn, commented, "OmniMetrix extended its revenue growth track record in 2018 – though below our growth goals ­– and achieved for the first time positive EBITDA and cash flow for the year. OmniMetrix also posted its first positive operating profit in the second half of 2018. On a consolidated basis, Acorn was able to trim its operating loss by 28% or $535,000 to $1.4 million in 2018 versus $1.9 million in 2017.

"Recent introductions of next-generation, higher-performance products in our Power Generation segment contributed to an increase in OmniMetrix’s gross margin to 61% in 2018 versus 56% in 2017. We also continued to invest in expanding our product line and capabilities to support long term growth. In Q4’18, we launched our Hero 2 Rectifier Monitor for pipeline protection and debuted our new AIRGuard monitoring and control solution, expanding our sales reach into the industrial air compressor market.

“While we continue to seek complementary acquisition opportunities to expand our revenue base and better leverage our management and industry expertise, public company structure, and over $60 million in operating loss carryforwards, we’ve not yet identified an accretive transaction that would make sense for our shareholders. In the interim, we continue to build value in OmniMetrix, which is a very attractive asset given its recurring revenue streams, gross margin profile and substantial growth potential. We believe this business can continue to grow organically at 20% per year on average.”

OmniMetrix Financial Results 

($ in thousands)Q4'18Q4'17Change  2018
 2017
Change
Monitoring revenue$722 $600 20% $2,712 $2,235 21%
Hardware revenue$589 $524 12% $2,375 $2,115 12%
Total revenue$1,311 $1,124 17% $5,087 $4,350 17%
Gross profit$810 $610 33% $3,122 $2,447 28%
                

Driven by increased monitoring revenue as well as hardware unit sales, OmniMetrix’s fourth quarter 2018 revenue rose 17% to $1,311,000 from $1,124,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Monitoring growth reflects the continued increase in the number of end points being monitored, more than 90% of which renew annually.

For the full year 2018, revenue increased to $5,087,000, or 17%, over 2017 revenue of $4,350,000, reflecting growth in both monitoring and hardware revenue. Gross profit grew 28% to $3,122,000 in 2018, compared to gross profit of $2,447,000 in 2017, due to increases in both revenue and gross margin.

Improved 2018 results reflect the benefit of OmniMetrix’s product development efforts which have enhanced the capabilities and gross margins of certain power generation hardware monitoring solutions. As a result, hardware gross margin increased to 36% in 2018 from 27% in 2017. Gross margin on monitoring revenue was level at 84% in both 2018 and 2017.

OmniMetrix's fourth quarter 2018 operating expenses were relatively flat at $814,000 versus $815,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

OmniMetrix’s revenue and gross profit growth, combined with stable operating costs, brought its operating loss to near break-even (a $4,000 loss) in the fourth quarter of 2018 versus an operating loss of $205,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017. For the full year 2018, OmniMetrix substantially reduced its operating loss to $116,000 from $783,000 in 2017.

Acorn Consolidated Financial Results
Acorn’s corporate G&A costs decreased 31% to $230,000 in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $331,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017, reflecting an ongoing cost discipline which has achieved reductions in compensation, public company costs and other general and administrative expenses.

G&A reductions realized through maximizing operating efficiencies allowed Acorn to reduce its consolidated operating loss by more than half to $234,000 in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $536,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Acorn's 2018 consolidated operating loss was reduced by $535,000 or 28% to $1,376,000 in 2018 compared to $1,911,000 in 2017.

Net loss attributable to Acorn shareholders improved to $245,000, or $0.01 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $694,000, or $0.02 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2017. 

Including a charge of $607,000, or $0.02 per share, related to the disposition of DSIT, Acorn reported a 2018 net loss attributable to shareholders of $2,001,000, or $0.07 per share. Reflecting the benefit of income from discontinued operations of $698,000, or $0.02 per share, Acorn’s 2017 net loss attributable to shareholders was $1,169,000, or $0.04 per share.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of December 31, 2018, Acorn had consolidated cash and cash equivalents of $973,000, excluding $290,000 of restricted cash held at a bank in Israel. OmniMetrix did not have any balance outstanding on its accounts receivable credit line. Management elected to allow its A/R credit line to expire in accordance with its terms in October 2018 and repaid the amount outstanding.

In March 2019, OmniMetrix negotiated a new A/R credit line at better rates with the same lending partner, which provides the company with access to accounts receivable formula-based financing of the lesser of 75% of eligible receivables or $1 million.

As of March 22, 2019, Acorn had consolidated cash and cash equivalents of $814,000, excluding $290,000 of restricted cash. OmniMetrix had $151,000 outstanding under its credit line and $269,000 available under the credit line. 

Conference Call Details 
Date/Time:Wednesday, March 27th at 11:00 am EDT
Dial-in Number:1-844-834-0644 or 1-412-317-5190 (International)
Online Replay/Transcript:Audio file and call transcript will be posted to the
 Investor section of Acorn's website when available.
Email Option for Q&A:acfn@catalyst-ir.com – before or after the call.

About Acorn (www.acornenergy.com) and OmniMetrix™ (www.omnimetrix.net)
Acorn Energy, Inc. owns an 80% equity stake in OmniMetrix, Inc., a pioneer and leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) wireless remote monitoring and control for gas pipelines and stand-by generators used in cell towers, medical facilities, data centers, public transportation systems and for other critical equipment, including at federal, state and municipal government facilities. OmniMetrix offers proven, cost-effective solutions for making critical systems more reliable with thousands of monitored assets and thousands of customers, including 24 in the Fortune 500 or Fortune Global 500.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. There is no assurance that Acorn will be successful in growing its business, reaching profitability, or maximizing the value of its operating company and other assets. A complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties that may affect Acorn Energy’s business, including the business of its subsidiary, is included in “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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ACORN ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

 Three months ended
December 31,
  Year ended
December 31,
 2018 2017  2018 2017
         
Revenue$1,311 $1,124  $5,087 $4,350
Cost of sales 501  514   1,965  1,903
Gross profit 810  610   3,122  2,447
Operating expenses:            
Research and development expenses, net 143  128   542  518
Selling, general and administrative expenses 901  1,018   3,956  3,840
Total operating expenses 1,044  1,146   4,498  4,358
Operating loss (234 )  (536)   (1,376)  (1,911)
Finance expense, net (28)  (92)   (104)  (231)
Loss before income taxes (262)  (628)   (1,480)  (2,142)
Income tax expense        (41)
Net loss after income taxes (262)  (628)   (1,480)  (2,183)
Share of income in DSIT   192   33  450
Impairment of investment in DSIT   (308)   (33)  (308)
Loss on sale of interest in DSIT, net of transaction costs and withholding taxes
      (607)  
Loss before discontinued operations (262)  (744)   (2,087)  (2,041)
Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes        698
Net loss (262)  (744  (744)  (2,087)  (1,343)
Non-controlling interest share of loss - continuing operations 17  50   86  174
Net loss attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders$(245) $(694)  $(2,001) $(1,169)
             
Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders:            
From continuing operations$(0.01) $(0.02)  $(0.07) $(0.06)
From discontinued operations        0.02
Net loss per share attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders$(0.01) $(0.02)  $(0.07) $(0.04)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding attributable to Acorn shareholders – basic and diluted 29,556  29,500   29,540  29,423



ACORN ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)

 As of
December 31,
 2018 2017
ASSETS     
Current assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents$973 $481
Restricted cash 290  
Accounts receivable, net 665  1,103
Inventory, net 261  229
Other current assets 144  91
Investment in DSIT   5,800
Deferred charges 803  999
Total current assets 3,136  8,703
Property and equipment, net 73  139
Other assets 710  380
Total assets$3,919 $9,222
      
LIABILITIES AND (DEFICIT)/EQUITY     
Current liabilities:     
Short-term bank credit$ $313
Accounts payable 246  489
Accrued expenses 430  466
Deferred revenue 2,734  2,753
Due to Acorn directors (former directors as of August 6, 2018) 250  1,690
Due to DSIT   1,624
Other current liabilities 127  185
Total current liabilities 3,787  7,520
Long-term liabilities:     
Deferred revenue 1,327  811
Other long-term liabilities 2  139
Due to Acorn director (former director as of August 6, 2018) 33  
Total long-term liabilities 1,362  950
Commitments and contingencies     
(Deficit)/Equity:     
Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders     
Common stock - $0.01 par value per share:     
Authorized – 42,000,000 shares; Issued – 30,357,706 and 30,302,271 shares at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively 304  303
Additional paid-in capital 100,340  99,819
Warrants 1,118  1,600
Accumulated deficit (100,064)  (98,215)
Treasury stock, at cost – 801,920 shares at December 31, 2018 and 2017 (3,036)  (3,036)
Total Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders’ (deficit)/equity (1,338)  471
Non-controlling interests 108  281
Total (deficit)/equity (1,230)  752
Total liabilities and (deficit)/equity$3,919 $9,222