Fuel Tech Reports 2019 Second Quarter Financial Results

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Fuel Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTEK), a technology company providing advanced engineering solutions for the optimization of combustion systems, emissions control and water treatment in utility and industrial applications, today reported financial results for the second quarter (“Q2 2019”) and six months ended June 30, 2019.

“Our Q2 2019 operating loss from continuing operations of $843,000 included operating losses at our soon-to-be suspended Air Pollution Control (“APC”) China operations (“Beijing Fuel Tech”) of $540,000,” said Vincent J. Arnone, Chairman, President and CEO of Fuel Tech. “Excluding the impact of these Beijing Fuel Tech losses, our consolidated operating loss from continuing operations for Q2 2019 was approximately $300,000. We have substantially completed the wind down of our Beijing Fuel Tech operations and we expect that this process will be finished by year end. Upon completion, we expect to eliminate approximately $2.0 million in annual operating losses associated with Beijing Fuel Tech.

“Business development activity for our APC business segment has been slower than anticipated during the first half of this year, as many of the contracts that we had hoped to secure have been delayed or canceled by the end customer and in a couple of select cases lost to competing bids. As a result, Q2 2019 APC revenues declined from Q2 2018. We continue to pursue a promising pipeline of APC contract opportunities, particularly in the US, and we remain in various stages of negotiation with potential clients for contract award opportunities that we expect will close during 2019.

“Performance at FUEL CHEM® was strong, with Q2 2019 revenues rising 20% from Q2 2018 and operating income up 26%. We expect FUEL CHEM performance for the second half of 2019 to modestly improve from the level achieved in the first half of 2019.”

Mr. Arnone continued, “At June 30, 2019, total cash was $14.9 million, including restricted cash of $3.3 million, down from restricted cash of $6.0 million at December 31, 2018 reflecting our new credit agreement and reductions in our outstanding letters of credit with existing customers. Stockholders’ equity was $32.1 million, or $1.32 per share, and the Company had zero debt.”

Q2 2019 Consolidated Results Overview

Consolidated revenues declined to $8.9 million from $11.8 million in Q2 2018, reflecting lower revenues at APC partially offset by higher revenues at FUEL CHEM.

Gross margin was 43.6% of revenues compared to 31.4% of revenues in Q2 2018, reflecting the mix between APC and FUEL CHEM revenues recognized during the quarter and to an improvement in APC gross margin to 38.1% from 24.7% in Q2 2018.

SG&A expenses declined to $4.5 million from $4.8 million in Q2 2018. As a percentage of revenues, SG&A totaled 49.8% of revenues in Q2 2019 as compared to 40.2% of revenues in Q2 2018.

Net loss from continuing operations was $(0.9) million, or $(0.04) per diluted share, compared to net loss from continuing operations of $(1.7) million, or $(0.07) per diluted share, in Q2 2018. Net loss from continuing operations in Q2 2019 included the above-referenced losses at Beijing Fuel Tech of $0.5 million.

Capital projects backlog at June 30, 2019 was $8.0 million, $6.4 million of which was domestic.

APC segment revenues declined to $4.8 million from $8.4 million in Q2 2018, primarily the result of a lower capital projects backlog and a delay in new contract awards. APC gross margin was $1.8 million, or 38.1%, as compared to $2.1 million, or 24.7%, in Q2 2018. APC results for Q2 2019 included $0 revenues from Beijing Fuel Tech and an operating loss of $0.5 million. In Q2 2018, revenues from Beijing Fuel Tech were $0.7 million and the operating loss was $0.6 million.

FUEL CHEM segment revenues improved to $4.1 million from $3.4 million in Q2 2018, reflecting the addition of two new coal-fired units during Q2 2019. As previously announced, in addition to the normal sale of chemical as part of the FUEL CHEM program for the two new units that were installed during Q2 2019 , this project included an order for approximately $0.9 million for equipment and installation that was realized as revenue in Q2 2019. These units are not base-loaded units and the revenue potential on an annualized basis will be driven by power demand and dispatch on a seasonal basis. When operational, these new units are expected to generate historical FUEL CHEM gross margin levels. Segment gross margin was 49.9% in Q2 2019 and 47.8% in Q2 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA loss was $(0.5) million compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $(1.1) million in Q2 2018.

Six Month 2019 Overview

Consolidated revenues for the first six months of 2019 were $19.1 million as compared to $24.6 million in the same period last year, due primarily to the reasons cited above.

Gross margin was 41.4% as compared to 35.5% of revenues, due to the mix between APC and FUEL CHEM revenues recognized during the year and to the year on year improvement in APC gross margins.

SG&A expenses for the year declined 8.0% to $8.9 million from $9.7 million in the same period last year. On a total dollar basis, SG&A for the 2019 six-month period decreased by $0.8 million.

Net loss from continuing operations was $(2.2) million, or $(0.09) per share, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $(1.9) million, $(0.08) per share, in the 2018 six-month period.

Results for the 2019 and 2018 six-month periods included revenues from Beijing Fuel Tech of $0.3 million and $1.3 million, respectively, and operating losses of $1.4 million and $1.2 million, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA loss was $(1.4) million compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $(1.1) million in last year’s six month period.

Mr. Arnone concluded, “We continue to progress in developing our DGI™ Dissolved Gas Infusion (water) technology business and are in discussions with multiple potential customers. We target to have a demonstration up-and-running before the end of this year. While we do not expect our water treatment technology venture to have a significant impact on near-term results, we do look forward to it being a significant contributor in future years.”

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:00 am ET / 9:00 am CT to discuss the results and business activities. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing:

  • (877) 423-9820 (Domestic)
  • (201) 493-6749 (International)

The conference call will also be accessible via the Upcoming Events section of the Company’s web site at www.ftek.com. Following management’s opening remarks, there will be a question and answer session. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an online replay will be available at www.ftek.com.

About Fuel Tech

Fuel Tech develops and commercializes state-of-the-art proprietary technologies for air pollution control, process optimization, water treatment, and advanced engineering services. These technologies enable customers to operate in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner. Fuel Tech is a leader in nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction and particulate control technologies and its solutions have been in installed on over 1,200 utility, industrial and municipal units worldwide. The Company’s FUEL CHEM® technology improves the efficiency, reliability, fuel flexibility, boiler heat rate, and environmental status of combustion units by controlling slagging, fouling, corrosion and opacity. Water treatment technologies include DGI™ Dissolved Gas Infusion Systems which utilize a patented nozzle to deliver supersaturated oxygen solutions and other gas-water combinations to target process applications or environmental issues. This infusion process has a variety of applications in the water and wastewater industries, including remediation, aeration, biological treatment and wastewater odor management. Many of Fuel Tech’s products and services rely heavily on the Company’s exceptional Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling capabilities, which are enhanced by internally developed, high-end visualization software. For more information, visit Fuel Tech’s web site at www.ftek.com.

NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and reflect Fuel Tech’s current expectations regarding future growth, results of operations, cash flows, performance and business prospects, and opportunities, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, our management. Fuel Tech has tried to identify forward-looking statements by using words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “will,” and similar expressions, but these words are not the exclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements. These statements are based on information currently available to Fuel Tech and are subject to various risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including, but not limited to, those discussed in Fuel Tech’s Annual Report on Form 10-K in Item 1A under the caption “Risk Factors,” and subsequent filings under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which could cause Fuel Tech’s actual growth, results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, performance and business prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. Fuel Tech undertakes no obligation to update such factors or to publicly announce the results of any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events, developments, or changed circumstances or for any other reason. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in Fuel Tech’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

FUEL TECH, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

June 30,

2019

December 31,

2018

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

11,664

 

$

12,039

 

Restricted cash

2,768

 

6,020

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,216 and $1,411, respectively

14,627

 

18,399

 

Inventories, net

317

 

957

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

2,241

 

3,184

 

Income taxes receivable

129

 

118

 

Total current assets

31,746

 

40,717

 

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $26,481 and $26,528, respectively

5,832

 

5,976

 

Goodwill

2,116

 

2,116

 

Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $6,601 and $6,608, respectively

1,070

 

1,164

 

Restricted cash

487

 

 

Right-of-use operating lease assets

1,293

 

 

Assets held for sale

396

 

485

 

Other assets

1,041

 

1,261

 

Total assets

$

43,981

 

$

51,719

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

Accounts payable

$

3,890

 

$

9,499

 

Accrued liabilities:

 

 

Operating lease liabilities - current

472

 

 

Employee compensation

947

 

1,563

 

Other accrued liabilities

5,282

 

6,099

 

Total current liabilities

10,591

 

17,161

 

Operating lease liabilities - non-current

810

 

 

Deferred income taxes

172

 

171

 

Other liabilities

290

 

335

 

Total liabilities

11,863

 

17,667

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

Common stock, $.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized, 24,843,668 and 24,825,891 shares issued, and 24,186,824 and 24,170,585 shares outstanding, respectively

248

 

248

 

Additional paid-in capital

139,211

 

138,992

 

Accumulated deficit

(104,707

)

(102,495

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,224

)

(1,285

)

Nil coupon perpetual loan notes

76

 

76

 

Treasury stock, at cost

(1,486

)

(1,484

)

Total stockholders’ equity

32,118

 

34,052

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

43,981

 

$

51,719

 

FUEL TECH, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per-share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenues

$

8,948

 

$

11,847

 

$

19,103

 

$

24,638

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

5,050

 

8,125

 

11,191

 

15,891

 

Selling, general and administrative

4,455

 

4,763

 

8,913

 

9,684

 

Restructuring charge

30

 

 

625

 

 

Research and development

205

 

261

 

471

 

549

 

Intangible assets abandonment

51

 

317

 

51

 

317

 

 

9,791

 

13,466

 

21,251

 

26,441

 

Operating loss from continuing operations

(843

)

(1,619

)

(2,148

)

(1,803

)

Interest expense

(3

)

 

(4

)

 

Interest income

9

 

 

11

 

2

 

Other expense

(97

)

(59

)

(72

)

(67

)

Loss from continuing operations before income taxes

(934

)

(1,678

)

(2,213

)

(1,868

)

Income tax expense

(2

)

(1

)

(2

)

(2

)

Net loss from continuing operations

(936

)

(1,679

)

(2,215

)

(1,870

)

Loss from discontinued operations (net of income tax benefit of $0 in 2019 and 2018)

(9

)

(74

)

(19

)

(99

)

Net loss

$

(945

)

$

(1,753

)

$

(2,234

)

$

(1,969

)

Net loss per common share:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.07

)

$

(0.09

)

$

(0.08

)

Discontinued operations

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

Basic net loss per common share

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.07

)

$

(0.09

)

$

(0.08

)

Diluted

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.07

)

$

(0.09

)

$

(0.08

)

Discontinued operations

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

Diluted net loss per common share

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.07

)

$

(0.09

)

$

(0.08

)

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Basic

24,187,000

 

24,170,000

 

24,182,000

 

24,158,000

 

Diluted

24,187,000

 

24,170,000

 

24,182,000

 

24,158,000

 

FUEL TECH, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net loss

$

(945

)

$

(1,753

)

$

(2,234

)

$

(1,969

)

Other comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

(43

)

(594

)

61

 

(178

)

Unrealized losses from marketable securities, net of tax

 

(2

)

 

(3

)

Total other comprehensive income

(43

)

(596

)

61

 

(181

)

Comprehensive income (loss)

$

(988

)

$

(2,349

)

$

(2,173

)

$

(2,150

)

FUEL TECH, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

2019

2018

Operating Activities

 

 

Net loss

$

(2,234

)

$

(1,969

)

Loss from discontinued operations

19

 

99

 

Net loss from continuing operations

(2,215

)

(1,870

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

Depreciation

478

 

355

 

Amortization

68

 

106

 

Loss on disposal of equipment

2

 

17

 

Provision for doubtful accounts, net of recoveries

 

(62

)

Intangible assets abandonment

51

 

317

 

Stock-based compensation, net of forfeitures

219

 

38

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

Accounts receivable

3,870

 

(1,766

)

Inventories

640

 

213

 

Prepaid expenses, other current assets and other non-current assets

1,163

 

229

 

Accounts payable

(5,595

)

714

 

Accrued liabilities and other non-current liabilities

(1,485

)

(1,760

)

Net cash used in operating activities - continuing operations

(2,804

)

(3,469

)

Net cash used in operating activities - discontinued operations

(19

)

(43

)

Net cash used in operating activities

(2,823

)

(3,512

)

Investing Activities

 

 

Purchases of equipment and patents

(359

)

(214

)

Proceeds from the sale of equipment

 

2

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(359

)

(212

)

Financing Activities

 

 

Taxes paid on behalf of equity award participants

(2

)

(13

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(2

)

(13

)

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash

44

 

(217

)

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(3,140

)

(3,954

)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period

18,059

 

14,386

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

14,919

 

$

10,432

 

FUEL TECH, INC.

BUSINESS SEGMENT FINANCIAL DATA

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

Three months ended June 30, 2019

Air Pollution

Control Segment

FUEL CHEM

Segment

Other

Total

Revenues from external customers

$

4,803

 

$

4,145

 

$

 

$

8,948

 

Cost of sales

(2,975

)

(2,075

)

 

(5,050

)

Gross margin

1,828

 

2,070

 

 

3,898

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(4,455

)

(4,455

)

Restructuring charge

(30

)

 

 

(30

)

Research and development

 

 

(205

)

(205

)

Intangible assets abandonment

 

 

(51

)

(51

)

Operating income (loss) from continuing operations

$

1,798

 

$

2,070

 

$

(4,711

)

$

(843

)

 
 

Three months ended June 30, 2018

Air Pollution

Control Segment

FUEL CHEM

Segment

Other

Total

Revenues from external customers

$

8,407

 

$

3,440

 

$

 

$

11,847

 

Cost of sales

(6,328

)

(1,797

)

 

(8,125

)

Gross margin

2,079

 

1,643

 

 

3,722

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(4,763

)

(4,763

)

Research and development

 

 

(261

)

(261

)

Intangible assets abandonment

 

 

(317

)

(317

)

Operating income (loss) from continuing operations

$

2,079

 

$

1,643

 

$

(5,341

)

$

(1,619

)

 
 

Six Months Ended June 30, 2019

Air Pollution

Control Segment

FUEL CHEM

Segment

Other

Total

Revenues from external customers

$

10,592

 

$

8,511

 

$

 

$

19,103

 

Cost of sales

(6,864

)

(4,327

)

 

(11,191

)

Gross margin

3,728

 

4,184

 

 

7,912

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(8,913

)

(8,913

)

Restructuring charge

(625

)

 

 

(625

)

Research and development

 

 

(471

)

(471

)

Intangible assets abandonment

 

 

(51

)

(51

)

Operating income (loss) from continuing operations

$

3,103

 

$

4,184

 

$

(9,435

)

$

(2,148

)

 
 

Six months ended June 30, 2018

Air Pollution

Control Segment

FUEL CHEM

Segment

Other

Total

Revenues from external customers

$

16,990

 

$

7,648

 

$

 

$

24,638

 

Cost of sales

(11,924

)

(3,967

)

 

(15,891

)

Gross margin

5,066

 

3,681

 

 

8,747

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(9,684

)

(9,684

)

Research and development

 

 

(549

)

(549

)

Intangible assets abandonment

 

 

(317

)

(317

)

Operating income (loss) from continuing operations

$

5,066

 

$

3,681

 

$

(10,550

)

$

(1,803

)

Note: Fuel Tech is an integrated company that segregates its financial results into three reportable segments. The Air Pollution Control technology segment includes technologies to reduce NOx emissions in flue gas from boilers, incinerators, furnaces and other stationary combustion sources. The FUEL CHEM®technology segment, which uses chemical processes in combination with advanced CFD and CKM boiler modeling, for the control of slagging, fouling, corrosion, opacity and other sulfur trioxide-related issues in furnaces and boilers through the addition of chemicals into the furnace using TIFI®Targeted In-Furnace Injection™ technology. The “Other” classification includes those profit and loss items not allocated by Fuel Tech to each reportable segment.

FUEL TECH, INC.

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

Information concerning Fuel Tech’s operations by geographic area is provided below. Revenues are attributed to countries based on the location of the customer. Assets are those directly associated with operations of the geographic area.

 

 

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenues:

 

 

United States

$

7,562

 

$

8,830

 

$

16,377

 

$

19,072

 

Foreign

 

1,386

 

 

3,017

 

2,726

 

5,566

 

 

$

8,948

 

$

11,847

 

$

19,103

 

$

24,638

 

 

 

June 30,

2019

December 31,

2018

Assets:

 

 

United States

$

33,777

 

$

36,784

 

Foreign

 

10,204

 

 

14,935

 

 

$

43,981

 

$

51,719

 

FUEL TECH, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET LOSS TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net loss

$

(945

)

$

(1,753

)

$

(2,234

)

$

(1,969

)

Interest income

(9

)

 

(10

)

(2

)

Income tax expense

2

 

1

 

2

 

2

 

Depreciation expense

234

 

160

 

478

 

355

 

Amortization expense

36

 

53

 

68

 

106

 

EBITDA

(682

)

(1,539

)

(1,696

)

(1,508

)

Intangible assets abandonment

51

 

374

 

51

 

374

 

Stock compensation expense

123

 

97

 

219

 

38

 

ADJUSTED EBITDA

(508

)

(1,068

)

(1,426

)

(1,096

)

Adjusted EBITDA

To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), the Company has provided an Adjusted EBITDA disclosure as a measure of financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation expense, amortization expense, stock compensation expense, and intangible assets abandonment and building impairment. The Company's reference to these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP standards, but are not a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.

Adjusted EBITDA is provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance and ability to generate cash flow, which we believe is a meaningful measure for our investor and analyst communities. In many cases non-GAAP financial measures are utilized by these individuals to evaluate Company performance and ultimately determine a reasonable valuation for our common stock. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the nearest GAAP measure of net income (loss) has been included in the above financial table.