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Broadwind Energy Announces Preliminary Q4 and Full Year 2017 Results

CICERO, Ill., Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Broadwind Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWEN) today announced that its financial results for the quarter and year ending December 31, 2017 are expected to be below the Company’s previous estimates.

Based on preliminary results, Q4 2017 revenue totaled approximately $18 million, $2 million below expectations due to weak CNG sales and lower gearing shipments caused by delayed material receipts primarily due to a tightening of the oil and gas supply chain. The Company now expects the consolidated Q4 2017 EBITDA loss to be approximately $3.5-3.7 million, versus guidance of a $2-3 million loss provided in October.

Broadwind CEO Stephanie Kushner stated, “Our gearing orders were up more than 150%, due to market recovery and share gains with new oil and gas customers. However, with the surge in orders, our supply chain partners have extended their lead times and have had difficulties meeting scheduled production dates, causing us to miss delivery dates with our customers. Our Gearing segment revenues totaled $8.5 million in the quarter, down from our expectation of $9-9.5 million. Despite the weaker than anticipated shipment levels to end the year, our Gearing backlog remains strong and we are currently booking orders to support Q3 2018 volumes."

Kushner continued, “Due to the weaker results, we have worked with our bank to waive our debt covenant for the quarter and reset covenants for 2018. At year-end, $10.6 million was drawn against the credit line and availability totaled $12 million. Operating working capital declined by $4 million due to the timing of customer deposits in Q4 2017 to support higher 2018 tower production."

Kushner added, “As expected, our tower business is firming in 2018 and we are improving our capacity utilization. We are actively bidding on tower contracts with multiple customers in order to supplement the baseload of approximately $50 million in 2018 shippable backlog which we booked in 2016 under a multi-year contract. As the tower segment recovers, we expect consolidated revenues to rebound to $28-30 million in the first quarter, and then to rise to about $40 million in the second quarter with a return to positive EBITDA.”

Fourth quarter and full-year earnings are scheduled to be announced on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, before market open. An investor conference call will follow at 10 a.m. Central time. For real-time internet access to the conference call, visit investors.bwen.com/investors/events-and-presentations. An archived replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website shortly after the call concludes.

About Broadwind Energy, Inc.
Broadwind Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWEN) is a precision manufacturer of structures, equipment and components for clean tech and other specialized applications. From gears and gearing systems for wind, oil and gas and mining applications, to wind towers and industrial weldments, we have solutions for the clean tech, energy and infrastructure needs of the future. With facilities throughout the U.S., Broadwind Energy's talented team is committed to helping customers maximize performance of their investments—quicker, easier and smarter. Find out more at www.bwen.com

Forward-Looking Statements
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Non-GAAP Financial Measure
The Company provides non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, share based compensation, and other stock payments) as supplemental information regarding the Company’s business performance. The Company’s management uses adjusted EBITDA when it internally evaluates the performance of the Company’s business, 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, and it 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.

BWEN INVESTOR CONTACT: Joni Konstantelos 708.780.4819 joni.konstantelos@bwen.com

Source:Broadwind Energy, Inc.