Beacon Power Corporation (NASDAQ: BCON), a leading provider of advanced products and services to support a more stable, reliable and efficient electricity grid, announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.
In Fiscal Year 2009, the Company:
- Began operating a second and third megawatt (MW) of revenue-generating flywheel-based frequency regulation capacity within the New England Independent System Operator region (ISO-NE) under its Alternative Technologies Regulation pilot program. Beacon’s initial 1 MW system has been in operation since the pilot program began in November 2008.
- Broke ground on its 20 MW plant in Stephentown, New York, for which it received a $43 million conditional loan guarantee commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
- Received notification from DOE that it has been awarded a stimulus grant valued at $24 million, for use in the construction of the Company’s second 20 MW flywheel energy storage plant, to be located in the PJM Interconnection operating area.
- Continued making significant progress in promoting regulatory reforms that will allow the Company to gain better access to its target markets.
- Raised $32.5 million from the sale of stock and warrants.
- Lowered its net loss from operations for 2009 by $4.9 million (or 21%) compared to 2008.
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, Beacon Power reported revenue of $926,000 and a net loss of $19.1 million, or ($0.16) per share, compared with revenue of $68,000 and a net loss in 2008 of $23.6 million, or ($0.26) per share. During 2009, Beacon Power earned revenue from frequency regulation service provided through an ISO-NE pilot program that began in November 2008, and from its research and development contracts.
Net cash used in operating activities increased from $13.8 million in 2008 to $20.6 million in 2009. Net cash used in investing activities decreased from $17.1 million in 2008 to $3.2 million in 2009. This was primarily due to reduced purchases of property, plant and equipment during 2009, as most of the materials used in flywheel manufacturing in 2009 had been purchased in 2008. Financing activities of $32 million in 2009 were primarily from the sale of Company stock and warrants. As of December 31, 2009, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $22.6 million, as compared to $14.4 million at the end of 2008, and working capital of $18.4 million at December 31, 2009, as compared to $6.4 million at December 31, 2008.
In 2009, Beacon began to classify as “Operations and Maintenance” on its income statement expenses related to the manufacturing, materials handling and procurement functions, Smart Energy Matrix™ operations, and expensed non-fungible costs associated with its flywheel installations. Prior to 2009, such expenses were included under “Research and Development.” On a combined basis, Operations and Maintenance and Research and Development expenses were approximately 37% lower in 2009 as compared to 2008. This decrease was primarily due to lower legal costs, as well as reduced material expenses, subcontractor costs and stock compensation expense. In 2009, selling, general and administrative expenses remained relatively flat, increasing by approximately 1% over the same period in 2008.
For the fourth quarter of 2009, the Company reported revenue of $303,000 and a net loss of $4.7 million, or ($0.04) per share, compared to revenue of $15,000 and a net loss of $7.2 million, or ($0.08) per share, for the fourth quarter of 2008. The gross margin earned on frequency regulation services during the fourth quarter of 2009 was 33%. The lower net loss during the fourth quarter of 2009 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2008 was primarily due to lower research and development spending, which was partially offset by increases in depreciation and amortization expense and in general and administrative spending.
During the fourth quarter of 2009, Beacon Power incurred costs of $1.8 million in selling, general and administrative expense, compared to $1.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. On a combined basis, research and development and operations and maintenance expenses were $2.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to $5.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. Total operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2009, were $4.6 million, compared to $7.2 million for the same period in 2008, which is a net decrease of $2.5 million, or 36%.
The Company will need to raise additional funds through a combination of equity and/or project financing to execute its business plan and continue as a going concern. Because of the continued uncertainty of successfully completing the required financing, the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm has maintained an explanatory paragraph related to a going concern uncertainty in their Audit Report on the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.
Conference Call Details
The Company will host a conference call today, March 15, 2010, at 11:00 am Eastern Time. During the call, Bill Capp, Beacon Power president and CEO, and Jim Spiezio, CFO, will review the Company’s operations and results, followed by a question and answer session. Beacon Power invites all those interested in hearing management’s discussion to join the call by dialing 857-350-1669 and entering participant access code 88603928 when prompted. A live webcast of the call will also be available via the Company’s website, at www.beaconpower.com. Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the webcast to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be needed.
A replay of the event will be available two hours after its completion, and for 7 days following the call, by dialing 617-801-6888 and entering access code 51217569 when prompted. The webcast will also be archived on the Beacon website at www.beaconpower.com.
About Beacon Power
Beacon Power Corporation designs, develops and is taking steps to commercialize advanced products and services to support stable, reliable and efficient electricity grid operation. The Company’s primary business strategy is to commercialize its patented flywheel energy storage technology to perform frequency regulation services on the grid. Beacon’s Smart Energy Matrix, which is now in production, being operated and earning revenue, is a non-polluting, megawatt-level, utility-grade flywheel-based solution to provide sustainable frequency regulation services. Beacon is a publicly traded company with its research, development and manufacturing facility in the U.S. For more information, visit www.beaconpower.com.
Safe Harbor Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The Material contained in this press release may include statements that are not historical facts and are considered “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements reflect Beacon Power Corporation’s current views about future events, financial performances, and project development. These “forward-looking” statements are identified by the use of terms and phrases such as “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” and similar expressions identifying forward-looking statements. Investors should not rely on forward-looking statements because they are subject to a variety of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Beacon’s expectation. These factors include: a limited commercial operating history; the need to raise additional funding to build frequency regulation power plants and support the Company’s operations; success in closing the DOE loan and the Company’s ability to meet DOE loan and grant covenants; volatility in the pricing for frequency regulation and the effects of changes in electricity demand and natural gas prices on the frequency regulation market; the ability to obtain site interconnection approval or other zoning and construction approval in a timely manner; limited experience manufacturing flywheels in volume production or supplying frequency regulation services on a commercial basis; the ability to integrate 200 flywheels into a 20 MW facility; the ability to construct and operate plants in a variety of locations; the Company’s ability to make its technology fully compatible with 50 Hz. electrical design requirements for use in overseas markets; the ability to sell regulation services and plants at attractive margins; the uncertainty of the global economy; meeting the technical requirements of foreign markets based upon their specific grid and market characteristics; dependence on third-party suppliers; competition from companies with greater financial resources, especially from companies that are already in the frequency regulation market; possible government regulation that may impede the ability to market products or services or impact market size; possible product liability claims and the negative publicity which could result; any failure to protect intellectual property, or any possible infringement of third party patents; the ability to retain key executives and continue to attract additional talented human resources; and the historical volatility of the Company’s stock price. These factors are elaborated upon and other factors may be disclosed from time to time in Beacon Power filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Beacon Power expressly does not undertake any duty to update forward-looking statements.
|BEACON POWER CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||22,605,147||$||14,357,475|
|Accounts receivable, trade||46,907||11,840|
|Unbilled costs on government contracts||577,356||16,804|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||636,887||880,729|
|Total current assets||23,866,297||15,266,848|
|Property and equipment, net||24,373,941||23,027,909|
|Deferred financing and other assets||1,549,685||96,033|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Accrued compensation and benefits||1,764,053||1,410,038|
|Other accrued expenses||1,543,507||3,253,407|
Advance billings on contracts
|Accrued contract loss||257,698||132,526|
|Deferred rent - current||138,558||112,808|
|Current portion of long term debt||608,105||117,023|
|Total current liabilities||5,501,952||8,862,133|
|Long term liabilities:|
|Lease liability - long term||746,518||885,076|
|Long term debt, net of discount||3,676,569||3,237,061|
|Total long term liabilities||4,423,087||4,122,137|
|Deficit accumulated during the development stage||(205,955,693||)||(186,895,207||)|
|Less: treasury stock, at cost||(712,839||)||(712,839||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||40,077,441||25,611,540|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||50,002,480||$||38,595,810|
|BEACON POWER CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
Three months ended December
Twelve months ended December
|Cost of goods sold||286,961||43,070||991,481||53,005|
|Operations and maintenance||764,112||--||2,931,315||--|
|Research and development||1,493,413||5,827,700||6,796,025||15,398,374|
|Selling, general and administrative||1,759,549||965,375||7,115,905||7,074,211|
|Loss on contract commitments||106,062||--||238,562||86,601|
|Depreciation and amortization||493,625||367,077||1,839,164||1,294,532|
|Total operating expenses||4,616,761||7,160,152||18,920,971||23,853,718|
|Loss from operations||(4,601,037||)||(7,187,873||)||(18,944,031||)||(23,838,592||)|
|Other income (expense), net||(60,741||)||(40,585||)||(116,455||)||270,229|
|Loss to common shareholders||$||(4,661,778||)||$||(7,228,458||)||$||(19,060,486||)||$||(23,568,363||)|
|Loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.04||)||$||(0.08||)||$||(0.16||)||$||(0.26||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding||141,023,526||97,281,814||122,200,781||90,866,039|