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Company to host conference call tomorrow, November 2 at 10:00 am ET

AYER, Mass., Nov. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AMSC (Nasdaq: AMSC), a leading system provider of megawatt-scale power resiliency solutions that orchestrate the rhythm and harmony of power on the grid™ and protect and expand the capability and resiliency of our Navy’s fleet, today reported financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2022 ended September 30, 2022.

Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 were $27.7 million compared with $27.9 million for the same period of fiscal 2021. The year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by less Wind segment revenues, versus the year ago period. 

AMSC’s net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 was $9.9 million, or $0.35 per share, compared to a net loss of $4.4 million, or $0.16 per share, for the same period of fiscal 2021. The Company’s non-GAAP net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 was $6.5 million, or $0.23 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $5.1 million, or $0.19 per share, in the same period of fiscal 2021. Please refer to the financial table below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash on September 30, 2022, totaled $37.4 million, compared with $49.5 million at March 31, 2022.

“Our second quarter of fiscal year 2022 was driven by positive orders momentum and strong market demand,” said Daniel P. McGahn, Chairman, President and CEO, AMSC. “We booked nearly $30 million of new orders and ended the second quarter of fiscal 2022 with a solid backlog of over $100 million. Our positive bookings momentum validates our confidence in the future of our grid business, and we expect a strong end to fiscal year 2022.”                                                                                 

Business Outlook
For the third quarter ending December 31, 2022, AMSC expects that its revenues will be in the range of $22 million to $26 million. The Company’s net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 is expected not to exceed $9.0 million, or $0.32 per share. The Company’s net loss guidance assumes no changes in contingent consideration. The Company’s non-GAAP net loss (as defined below) is expected not to exceed $7.0 million, or $0.25 per share. The Company expects operating cash flow to be a burn of $4.5 million to $6.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2022. The Company expects cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash on December 31, 2022, to be no less than $30 million.

Conference Call Reminder
In conjunction with this announcement, AMSC management will participate in a conference call with investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, to discuss the Company’s financial results and business outlook. Those who wish to listen to the live or archived conference call webcast should visit the “Investors” section of the Company’s website at https://ir.amsc.com. The live call can be accessed by dialing 877-270-2148 or 412-902-6510 and asking to join the AMSC call. A replay of the call may be accessed 2 hours following the call by dialing 877-344-7529 and using conference passcode 6175235.

About AMSC (Nasdaq: AMSC)
AMSC generates the ideas, technologies and solutions that meet the world’s demand for smarter, cleaner … better energy™. Through its Gridtec™ Solutions, AMSC provides the engineering planning services and advanced grid systems that optimize network reliability, efficiency and performance. Through its Marinetec™ Solutions, AMSC provides ship protection systems and is developing propulsion and power management solutions designed to help fleets increase system efficiencies, enhance power quality and boost operational safety. Through its Windtec™ Solutions, AMSC provides wind turbine electronic controls and systems, designs and engineering services that reduce the cost of wind energy. The Company’s solutions are enhancing the performance and reliability of power networks, increasing the operational safety of navy fleets, and powering gigawatts of renewable energy globally. Founded in 1987, AMSC is headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts with operations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit www.amsc.com.

AMSC, American Superconductor, D-VAR, D-VAR VVO, Gridtec, Marinetec, Windtec, Neeltran, NEPSI, Smarter, Cleaner … Better Energy, and Orchestrate the Rhythm and Harmony of Power on the Grid are trademarks or registered trademarks of American Superconductor Corporation. All other brand names, product names, trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Any statements in this release regarding our goals and strategies, order book and market demand, our expectation that we will have a strong end to fiscal 2022, our expected GAAP and non-GAAP financial results for the quarter ending December 31, 2022, our expected cash burn during the quarter ending December 31, 2022, our expected cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash balance on December 31, 2022, and other statements containing the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “will” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements represent management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. There are a number of important factors that could materially impact the value of our common stock or cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These important factors include, but are not limited to: We have a history of operating losses, which may continue in the future. Our operating results may fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter and may fall below expectations in any particular fiscal quarter; We have a history of negative operating cash flows, and we may require additional financing in the future, which may not be available to us; We may be required to issue performance bonds or provide letters of credit, which restricts our ability to access any cash used as collateral for the bonds or letters of credit; Changes in exchange rates could adversely affect our results of operations; If we fail to maintain proper and effective internal control over financial reporting, our ability to produce accurate and timely financial statements could be impaired and may lead investors and other users to lose confidence in our financial data; We may not realize all of the sales expected from our backlog of orders and contracts; Our contracts with the U.S. government are subject to audit, modification or termination by the U.S. government and include certain other provisions in favor of the government. The continued funding of such contracts remains subject to annual congressional appropriation, which, if not approved, could reduce our revenue and lower or eliminate our profit; The COVID-19 pandemic could adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations; Changes in U.S. government defense spending could negatively impact our financial position, results of operations, liquidity and overall business; We rely upon third-party suppliers for the components and subassemblies of many of our Grid and Wind products, making us vulnerable to supply shortages and price fluctuations, which could harm our business; Uncertainty surrounding our prospects and financial condition may have an adverse effect on our customer and supplier relationships; We have not manufactured our Amperium wire in commercial quantities, and a failure to manufacture our Amperium wire in commercial quantities at acceptable cost and quality levels would substantially limit our future revenue and profit potential; Our success is dependent upon attracting and retaining qualified personnel and our inability to do so could significantly damage our business and prospects; A significant portion of our Wind segment revenues are derived from a single customer. If this customer’s business is negatively affected, it could adversely impact our business; Our success in addressing the wind energy market is dependent on the manufacturers that license our designs; Our business and operations would be adversely impacted in the event of a failure or security breach of our or any critical third parties information technology infrastructure and networks; Failure to comply with evolving data privacy and data protection laws and regulations or to otherwise protect personal data, may adversely impact our business and financial results; Many of our revenue opportunities are dependent upon subcontractors and other business collaborators; If we fail to implement our business strategy successfully, our financial performance could be harmed; Problems with product quality or product performance may cause us to incur warranty expenses and may damage our market reputation and prevent us from achieving increased sales and market share; Many of our customers outside of the United States may be either directly or indirectly related to governmental entities, and we could be adversely affected by violations of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar worldwide anti-bribery laws outside the United States; We have had limited success marketing and selling our superconductor products and system-level solutions, and our failure to more broadly market and sell our products and solutions could lower our revenue and cash flow; We may acquire additional complementary businesses or technologies, which may require us to incur substantial costs for which we may never realize the anticipated benefits; Our success depends upon the commercial adoption of the REG system, which is currently limited, and a widespread commercial market for our products may not develop; Adverse changes in domestic and global economic conditions could adversely affect our operating results; We have operations in, and depend on sales in, emerging markets, including India, and global conditions could negatively affect our operating results or limit our ability to expand our operations outside of these markets. Changes in Indias political, social, regulatory and economic environment may affect our financial performance; Our products face competition, which could limit our ability to acquire or retain customers; Our international operations are subject to risks that we do not face in the United States, which could have an adverse effect on our operating results; Growth of the wind energy market depends largely on the availability and size of government subsidies, economic incentives and legislative programs designed to support the growth of wind energy; Lower prices for other fuel sources may reduce the demand for wind energy development, which could have a material adverse effect on our ability to grow our Wind business; The increasing focus on environmental sustainability and social initiatives could increase our costs, and inaction could harm our reputation and adversely impact our financial results; We may be unable to adequately prevent disclosure of trade secrets and other proprietary information; Our patents may not provide meaningful protection for our technology, which could result in us losing some or all of our market position; There are a number of technological challenges that must be successfully addressed before our superconductor products can gain widespread commercial acceptance, and our inability to address such technological challenges could adversely affect our ability to acquire customers for our products; Third parties have or may acquire patents that cover the materials, processes and technologies we use or may use in the future to manufacture our Amperium products, and our success depends on our ability to license such patents or other proprietary rights; Our technology and products could infringe intellectual property rights of others, which may require costly litigation and, if we are not successful, could cause us to pay substantial damages and disrupt our business; We face risks related to our legal proceedings; We face risks related to our common stock; and the important factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in Part 1. Item 1A of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022, and our other reports filed with the SEC. These important factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements made herein and presented elsewhere by management from time to time. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of the date of this press release. While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    September 30,     September 30,  
    2022     2021     2022     2021  
Revenues                                
Grid   $ 25,698     $ 24,619     $ 45,527     $ 48,119  
Wind     1,982       3,289       4,833       5,209  
Total revenues     27,680       27,908       50,360       53,328  
                                 
Cost of revenues     25,710       24,647       46,169       46,698  
                                 
Gross margin     1,970       3,261       4,191       6,630  
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
Research and development     2,314       2,669       4,992       5,711  
Selling, general and administrative     7,350       6,697       14,911       13,838  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles     688       627       1,369       1,212  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration     (290 )     (2,430 )     (120 )     (2,330 )
Total operating expenses     10,062       7,563       21,152       18,431  
                                 
Operating loss     (8,092 )     (4,302 )     (16,961 )     (11,801 )
                                 
Interest income, net     45       25       70       57  
China dissolution     (1,921 )           (1,921 )      
Other income (expense), net     73       24       240       (40 )
Loss before income tax expense     (9,895 )     (4,253 )     (18,572 )     (11,784 )
                                 
Income tax expense (benefit)     (14 )     181       18       (1,947 )
                                 
Net loss   $ (9,881 )   $ (4,434 )   $ (18,590 )   $ (9,837 )
                                 
Net loss per common share                                
Basic   $ (0.35 )   $ (0.16 )   $ (0.67 )   $ (0.36 )
Diluted   $ (0.35 )   $ (0.16 )   $ (0.67 )   $ (0.36 )
                                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding                                
Basic     27,867       27,252       27,714       27,040  
Diluted     27,867       27,252       27,714       27,040  

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(In thousands, except per share data)

    September 30, 2022     March 31, 2022  
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 27,811     $ 40,584  
Accounts receivable, net     20,391       20,280  
Inventory, net     36,342       23,666  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     6,861       7,052  
Restricted cash     3,574       2,754  
Total current assets     94,979       94,336  
                 
Property, plant and equipment, net     12,798       13,656  
Intangibles, net     9,911       11,311  
Right-of-use assets     3,274       3,502  
Goodwill     43,471       43,471  
Restricted cash     5,968       6,148  
Deferred tax assets     1,023       1,224  
Other assets     323       239  
Total assets   $ 171,747     $ 173,887  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                
                 
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 36,082     $ 29,140  
Lease liability, current portion     822       740  
Debt, current portion     72       72  
Contingent consideration     1,080       1,200  
Deferred revenue, current portion     28,824       22,812  
Total current liabilities     66,880       53,964  
                 
Deferred revenue, long term portion     6,630       7,222  
Lease liability, long term portion     2,572       2,900  
Deferred tax liabilities     203       297  
Debt, long-term portion     58       90  
Other liabilities     21       25  
Total liabilities     76,364       64,498  
                 
Stockholders’ equity:                
Common stock     293       289  
Additional paid-in capital     1,136,028       1,133,536  
Treasury stock     (3,639 )     (3,639 )
Accumulated other comprehensive gain (loss)     1,798       (291 )
Accumulated deficit     (1,039,097 )     (1,020,506 )
Total stockholders’ equity     95,383       109,389  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 171,747     $ 173,887  

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)

    Six Months Ended September 30,  
    2022     2021  
Cash flows from operating activities:                
                 
Net loss   $ (18,590 )   $ (9,837 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operations:                
Depreciation and amortization     2,799       2,631  
Stock-based compensation expense     2,052       2,393  
Provision for excess and obsolete inventory     1,015       1,203  
Deferred income taxes     63       (2,137 )
Change in fair value of contingent consideration     (120 )     (2,330 )
China dissolution     1,921        
Other non-cash items     (134 )     197  
Unrealized foreign exchange loss on cash and cash equivalents     (3 )     1  
Changes in operating asset and liability accounts:                
Accounts receivable     (92 )     (8,657 )
Inventory     (13,749 )     (475 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets     211       1,521  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     6,885       3,475  
Deferred revenue     6,170       281  
Net cash used in operating activities     (11,572 )     (11,734 )
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (560 )     (510 )
Cash paid for acquisition, net of cash acquired           (11,479 )
Proceeds from the maturity of marketable securities           5,189  
Change in other assets     (99 )     (30 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (659 )     (6,830 )
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Repurchase of treasury stock           (46 )
Repayment of debt     (33 )     (18 )
Proceeds from exercise of employee stock options and ESPP     128       125  
Net cash provided by financing activities     95       61  
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash     4       (47 )
                 
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     (12,132 )     (18,550 )
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period     49,486       75,539  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period   $ 37,354     $ 56,989  

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET LOSS TO NON-GAAP NET LOSS
(In thousands, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Six Months Ended
September 30,
 
    2022     2021     2022     2021  
Net loss   $ (9,881 )   $ (4,434 )   $ (18,590 )   $ (9,837 )
China dissolution     1,921             1,921        
Stock-based compensation     1,019       1,100       2,052       2,393  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles     688       668       1,400       1,289  
Acquisition costs           (7 )           (2,330 )
Change in fair value of contingent consideration     (290 )     (2,430 )     (120 )     681  
Non-GAAP net loss   $ (6,542 )   $ (5,103 )   $ (13,337 )   $ (7,804 )
                                 
Non-GAAP net loss per share – basic   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.48 )   $ (0.29 )
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic     27,867       27,252       27,714       27,040  

Reconciliation of Forecast GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Loss
(In millions, except per share data)

    Three months ending  
    December 31, 2022  
Net loss   $ (9.0 )  
Stock-based compensation         1.3    
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles     0.7    
Non-GAAP net loss   $ (7.0 )  
Non-GAAP net loss per share   $ (0.25  
Shares outstanding     28.1    

Note: Non-GAAP net loss is defined by the Company as net loss before: China dissolution; stock-based compensation; amortization of acquisition-related intangibles; acquisition costs; change in fair value of contingent consideration; other non-cash or unusual charges, and the tax effect of adjustments calculated at the relevant rate for our non-GAAP metric. The Company believes non-GAAP net loss assists management and investors in comparing the Company’s performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding these non-cash, non-recurring or other charges that it does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance. Actual GAAP and non-GAAP net loss for the fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2022, including the above adjustments, may differ materially from those forecasted in the table above, including as a result of the inclusion of the change in fair value of contingent consideration.

Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s performance, financial position or cash flow that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measure included in this release, however, should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, operating income or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP net loss is set forth in the table above.

AMSC Contacts
Investor Relations Contact:
LHA Investor Relations
Carolyn Capaccio
(212) 838-3777
[email protected]

Public Relations Contact:
RooneyPartners LLC
Joe Luongo
(914) 906-5903
[email protected]

AMSC Communications Manager:
Nicol Golez
978-399-8344
[email protected]

 

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