FULL YEAR SUMMARY:
- Signed 15-year deal with Schlumberger to provide exclusive rights to VorTeq® hydraulic fracturing technology which included a $75 million payment amortized over the term of the agreement (see details below)
- Total revenue increased 47% compared to a year ago to $44.7 million driven primarily by strengthening demand in the global water desalination industry
- Gross profit margin improved to 56% from 55%, an increase of 100 basis point year-over-year
- Net loss of $(11.6) million, or $(0.22) per share compared to $(18.7) million, or $(0.36) per share in 2014
- Net cash flow of $84.4 million in 2015 primarily attributable to $75 million exclusivity fee received from Schlumberger
- Total non-recurring expenses of $6.2 million, offset by $(0.6) million of tax credit in Ireland
- Adjusted net loss of $(6.0) million, or $(0.11) per share in 2015
FOURTH QUARTER SUMMARY:
- Total revenue increased 10% compared to a year ago to $16.3 million
- Gross profit margin decreased to 55% from 61%, a decrease of 600 basis points year-over-year
- Operating expenses decreased 30% year-over-year to $9.6 million
- Net income of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per share compared to net loss of $(4.9) million, or $(0.09) per share, in the prior year quarter
SAN LEANDRO, Calif., March 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy Recovery Inc. (NASDAQ:ERII), the leader in pressure energy technology for industrial fluid flows, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.
Joel Gay, Chief Executive Officer, remarked, “2015 was a transformational year for our company and reflects the success of our reloaded strategy and focus on corporate-speed and efficiency. During the year, we consummated a 15-year licensing agreement with Schlumberger for our VorTeq technology proving the ubiquitous nature of our pressure exchanger technology. We achieved significant revenue growth, up 47%, driven by growth in the global desalination market including $26 million in announced large scale projects and 100% market share in the Mega Project Division. Looking forward, our future as a Company has never been brighter or more promising. We ended the year with a robust balance sheet and significant momentum to achieve break-even profitability in 2016 and drive value creation for our shareholders.”
Chris Gannon, the Company's Chief Financial Officer, added, “The $75 million influx of cash associated with the Schlumberger licensing agreement strengthened an already robust balance sheet. We established a tax optimization structure to maximize the value of this initial payment, future royalty income from the licensing agreement and other income generated from our oil & gas products. We are well-positioned and funded to execute against our long-term corporate strategy.”
The Company generated total revenue of $16.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, reflecting an increase of 10% when compared to the same period of the prior year. Total revenue increased by $1.5 million primarily due to increased mega-project shipments. Product revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $15.2 million, and license and development revenue was $1.0 million.
During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company executed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Schlumberger for the use of the VorTeq technology which includes $125 million in upfront payments paid in stages (pre-commercialization payments). Under the terms of the agreement, the Company immediately received an exclusivity fee of $75 million. For accounting purposes, the Company recognized $1.0 million of license and development revenue which is representative of the straight-line amortization over the fifteen year term of the agreement. Schlumberger will also pay two (2) separate $25 million milestone payments (for a total of $50 million) subject to the Company satisfying certain key performance indicators. Following commercialization, Schlumberger will pay an annual royalty of $1.5 million per VorTeq in service for the duration of the license agreement. Total annual royalties are dictated by minimum adoption requirements as a percentage of Schlumberger’s active fleets.
For the year ended December 31, 2015, total revenue increased by $14.3 million, or 47%, to $44.7 million from $30.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. The increase was primarily due to significantly higher mega-project shipments in the current year as compared to the previous year, as well as increases in OEM and Aftermarket channels. In addition, the Company recognized $1.0 million in license and development revenue associated with the amortization of the Schlumberger exclusivity fee. Product revenue for the 2015 full year was $43.7 million.
Product gross margin decreased by 600 basis points to 55% in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 61% in the fourth quarter of 2014. This decrease was primarily due to the impact of manufacturing overhead resulting from a slower than anticipated production ramp-up throughout the year. Non-recurring expenses associated with property taxes also contributed to the decrease in gross margin, however were offset by favorable price and mix.
For the full year 2015, product gross margin increased to 56% in 2015 from 55% in 2014 due to higher sales volume and favorable shift in product and channel mix.
Including the revenue associated with the Schlumberger exclusivity fee, total gross margin increased by 200 basis points to 57% in 2015.
Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by $4.2 million to $9.6 million from $13.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. The decline in operating expenses was due to lower research & development and legal expenses.
For the full year 2015, operating expenses increased by $2.2 million, to $37.4 million from $35.2 million in 2014. The increase is primarily due to non-recurring CEO transition expenses and legal expenses, partially offset by austerity measures initiated in the first quarter of 2015 and lower research and development expenses throughout 2015.
Total non-recurring expenses were $0.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $6.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.
Bottom Line Summary
To summarize financial performance on a full-year basis, the Company reported a net loss of $(11.6) million, or $(0.22) per share; largely due to higher water segment sales volume, a favorable shift in water segment product and channel mix, the Schlumberger exclusivity fee amortization, and non-recurring operating expenses related to the CEO transition and legal matters. Comparatively, the Company reported a net loss of $(18.7) million, or $(0.36) per share, in 2014.
Excluding non-recurring items, the Company incurred a net loss of $(6.0) million, or $(0.11) per share for the year ended in 2015.
For the fiscal year ended in 2015, the Company generated net cash flow of $84.4 million. The net loss of $(11.6) million included non-cash expenses of $7.3 million, the largest of which were share-based compensation of $4.1 million, and depreciation and amortization of $3.8 million.
Operating activities generated cash of $69.1 million which was largely driven by the $75 million licensing fee from Schlumberger. Also favorably impacting cash from operating activities by $2.0 million was the decrease in inventory due to water product shipments, offset by a $(1.7) million litigation settlement. Cash generated from investing activities was $14.0 million; favorably impacting cash from investing activities by $12.9 million and $1.7 million were maturities of marketable securities and the release of restricted cash, respectively, this was partially offset by $0.6 million of capital expenditures. Cash generated by financing activities was $1.4 million; positively impacting cash from financing activities was $1.3 million in proceeds from issuance of common stock related to option and warrant exercises.
The Company ended the year with unrestricted cash of $99.9 million, current and non-current restricted cash of $3.8 million, and short-term investments of $0.3 million, all of which represent a combined total of $104.0 million.
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to us and on management’s beliefs, assumptions, estimates, or projections and are not guarantees of future events or results. Because such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, the Company's actual results may differ materially from the predictions in these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and the Company assumes no obligation to update such statements. In addition to any other factors that may have been discussed herein regarding the risks and uncertainties of our business, please see “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 3, 2016 as well as other reports filed by the Company with the SEC from time to time.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position, or cash flows that either exclude or include amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America, or GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting, differ from GAAP measures with the same captions and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures with the same or similar captions that are used by other companies. As such, these non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures to analyze its operating performance and future prospects, develop internal budgets and financial goals, and to facilitate period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of its operations that, when viewed with its GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting its business.
Conference Call to Discuss Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results for 2015
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About Energy Recovery Inc
Energy Recovery (ERII) is an energy solutions provider to industrial fluid flow markets worldwide. Energy Recovery solutions recycle and convert wasted pressure energy into a usable asset and preserve pumps that are subject to hostile processing environments. With award winning technology, Energy Recovery simplifies complex industrial systems while improving productivity, profitability, and efficiency within the oil & gas, chemical processing, and water industries. Energy Recovery products save clients more than $1.6 billion (USD) annually. Headquartered in the Bay Area, Energy Recovery has offices in Ireland, Shanghai, and Dubai. For more information about the Company, please visit our website at www.energyrecovery.com.
ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
except share data and par value)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||99,931||$||15,501|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $166 and $155 at December 31, 2015 and 2014||11,590||10,941|
|Unbilled receivables, current||1,879||1,343|
|Deferred tax assets, net||938||240|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||943||1,317|
|Total current assets||123,531||53,241|
|Restricted cash, non-current||2,317||2,850|
|Unbilled receivables, non-current||6||414|
|Property and equipment, net||10,622||13,211|
|Other intangible assets, net||2,531||3,166|
|Other assets, non-current||2||2|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||7,808||8,427|
|Income taxes payable||2||4|
|Accrued warranty reserve||461||755|
|Deferred revenue, current||5,878||519|
|Current portion long-term debt||10||—|
|Total current liabilities||16,024||11,522|
|Long-term debt, net of current portion||38||—|
|Deferred tax liabilities, non-current, net||2,360||1,989|
|Deferred revenue, non-current||69,000||59|
|Other non-current liabilities||718||2,453|
|Commitments and Contingencies (Note 9)|
|Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding||—||—|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 54,948,235 shares issued and 52,468,779 shares outstanding at December 31, 2015 and 54,398,421 shares issued and 51,918,965 shares outstanding at December 31, 2014||55||54|
|Additional paid-in capital||129,809||124,440|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(64||)||(73||)|
|Treasury stock, at cost 2,479,456 shares repurchased at December 31, 2015 and 2014||(6,835||)||(6,835||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||63,659||69,918|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||151,799||$||85,941|
ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
| || Years Ended |
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Product cost of revenue||19,111||13,713||17,323|
|Product gross profit||24,560||16,713||25,722|
|License and development revenue||1,042||—||—|
|General and administrative||19,773||14,139||15,192|
|Sales and marketing||9,326||10,525||7,952|
|Research and development||7,659||9,690||4,361|
|Amortization of intangible assets||635||842||921|
|Total operating expenses||37,393||35,196||28,610|
|Loss from operations||(11,791||)||(18,483||)||(2,888||)|
|Other (expense) income:|
|Other non-operating (expense) income||(139||)||69||109|
|Loss before income taxes||(11,972||)||(18,414||)||(2,779||)|
|(Benefit from) provision for income taxes||(334||)||291||327|
|Loss per share:|
|Basic and diluted||$||(0.22||)||$||(0.36||)||$||(0.06||)|
|Number of shares used in per share calculations:|
|Basic and diluted||52,151||51,675||51,066|
ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
|Years Ended December 31,|
|Cash Flows From Operating Activities|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||3,838||4,028||3,797|
|Amortization of premiums on investments||162||453||409|
|Provision for warranty claims||135||156||126|
|Provision for doubtful accounts||112||299||69|
|Loss on fair value of put options||58||—||—|
|Loss (gain) on foreign currency transactions||1||(153||)||(27||)|
|Loss on disposal of fixed assets||—||38||71|
|Gain on fair value remeasurement of contingent consideration||—||(149||)||—|
|Non-cash restructuring charges||—||—||184|
|Reversal of accruals related to expired warranties||(395||)||—||(340||)|
|Deferred income taxes||(326||)||315||227|
|Valuation adjustments for excess or obsolete inventory||(250||)||320||297|
|Other non-cash adjustments||(35||)||375||(123||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Deferred revenue, license and development||73,958||—||—|
|Deferred revenue, product||343||(331||)||(420||)|
|Prepaid and other assets||316||(254||)||3,227|
|Accrued expenses and other liabilities||(708||)||1,864||(686||)|
|Income taxes payable||(3||)||(18||)||(18||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities||69,055||(3,715||)||2,088|
|Cash Flows From Investing Activities|
|Maturities of marketable securities||12,925||6,027||9,573|
|Purchases of marketable securities||—||(273||)||(15,278||)|
|Proceeds from sale of capitalized assets||—||—||1,163|
|Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities||14,018||6,498||(4,852||)|
|Cash Flows From Financing Activities|
|Net proceeds from issuance of common stock||1,326||2,405||504|
|Proceeds from long-term debt||55||—||—|
|Repayment of long-term debt||(7||)||—||—|
|Repurchase of common stock||—||(2,835||)||—|
|Payment of contingent consideration||—||(1,375||)||—|
|Repayment of capital lease obligation||—||—||(18||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||1,374||(1,805||)||486|
|Effect of exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents||(17||)||152||7|
|Net change in cash and cash equivalents||84,430||1,130||(2,271||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year||15,501||14,371||16,642|
|Cash and cash equivalents, end of year||$||99,931||$||15,501||$||14,371|
|Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:|
|Cash paid for interest||$||42||$ —||$||1|
|Cash received for income tax refunds||$||4||$||1||$||3,123|
|Cash paid for income taxes||$||24||$||35||$||22|
|Supplemental disclosure of non-cash transactions:|
|Purchases of property and equipment in trade accounts payable and accrued expenses and other liabilities||$||43||$||1||$||31|
Chris Gannon Chief Financial Officer 510-483-7370