Broadwind Energy Lowers Fourth-Quarter Outlook

CICERO, Ill., Jan. 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Broadwind Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:BWEN) today announced that its revenue and loss per share for the quarter ending December 31, 2014 are expected to be below the company's previous outlook as a result of continued operational challenges in the Abilene tower facility.

Based on preliminary financial results, the company now expects consolidated fourth-quarter revenue to be $53 - $54 million. The approximately $5 million shortfall is due to delayed production associated with the implementation of a new tower design in the Abilene facility. Tower earnings for the quarter are expected to be approximately $3 million lower as a result. These preliminary results are subject to revision until the company reports its fourth-quarter and full-year results on February 26, 2015.

Broadwind Energy CEO Peter C. Duprey stated, "The tower qualification issues in the Abilene tower facility which arose in the third quarter have taken longer than expected to rectify, resulting in lower revenue and additional labor and logistics costs. We are working closely with the customer to ensure the end product meets their standards, and expect final approval before the end of this quarter. The issues are isolated to the Abilene facility and a single customer. Our Manitowoc plant continues to meet and/or exceed its production goals. We and our dedicated employees are confident we have taken the necessary steps to remedy the situation in Abilene."

About Broadwind Energy

Broadwind Energy (Nasdaq:BWEN) applies decades of deep industrial expertise to innovate integrated solutions for customers in the energy and infrastructure markets. From gears and gearing systems for wind, oil and gas and mining applications, to wind towers and specialty weldments, to comprehensive remanufacturing of gearboxes and blades, to operations and maintenance services, we have solutions for the energy needs of the future. With facilities throughout the U.S., Broadwind Energy's talented team of nearly 900 employees is committed to helping customers maximize performance of their investments—quicker, easier and smarter. Find out more at www.bwen.com.

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CONTACT: INVESTOR CONTACT: Joni Konstantelos, 708.780.4819 joni.konstantelos@bwen.com LHA CONTACT: Jody Burfening/Carolyn Capaccio, 212.838.3777 ccapaccio@lhai.com

Source:Broadwind Energy, Inc.