TAMPA, Florida, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
Reduces operating expenses by 40% versus the fourth quarter in 2016
Investor Call to be held on Tuesday, May 16th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
MagneGas Corporation ("MagneGas" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: MNGA), a leading clean technology company in the renewable resources and environmental solutions industries, today announced financial results and provided a business update for the first quarter ending March 31, 2017.
- Revenue increased 31% in the first quarter of 2017 versus the same period last year;
- Operating expenses decreased $1.9 million, or 40% for the three months ending March 31, 2017 as compared to the three months ending December 31, 2016;
- Significant reduction in production cost of MagneGas2®;
- Aggressive cost reduction program initiated;
- Completed $1 million bridge financing and warrant exchange to improve capital structure.
Ermanno Santilli, Chief Executive Officer of MagneGas, stated, "We continue to leverage MagneGas 2® to grow our industrial gas sales and are pleased to report a 31% increase in revenue for the three months ending March 31, 2017 versus the same period last year. At the same time, we have been streamlining our operations-reducing our operating expenses by 40% versus the fourth quarter in 2016. While our SG&A was down sequentially from the fourth quarter of 2016, we expect the true impact of our recent and future cost reductions to be reflected in future quarters. We also identified a more cost-effective feedstock for MagnegGas2®, which has significantly enhanced our gross margins and productivity. Given the fixed cost nature of our business, we see a clear path to profitability through organic growth and careful management of our expenses."
"In addition to organic growth, we are focused on acquiring accretive companies in the industrial gas market, as a means to rapidly scale the business and maximize profitability. In addition to potential acquisitions in Florida and Indiana, where the Company already has a strong presence and existing sales force, we are also seeking to penetrate new markets in the U.S. with a strong industrial base, and have identified a number of potential high-quality targets."
"In March, we announced that we successfully installed a Plasma-Arc Gasification system at Green Arc Supply, LLC in Louisiana which makes it the first unit operating outside of MagneGas headquarters in the U.S.A. Pursuant to the terms of the Gasifier Purchase Agreement, MagneGas received a total of $775,000 in addition to recurring royalty payments. We are excited to have our first operating system at a customer location and look forward to replicating this business model of upfront payments plus long-term, high margin royalties at additional locations."
"With continued sale growth, a 40% reduction in our operating expenses versus the fourth quarter of 2016, a significant reduction in our production costs of MagneGas 2® and several acquisition candidates in the pipeline, we are confident that we are on the right path to profitability in 2017."
Scott Mahoney, Chief Financial Officer of MagneGas, commented, "Last week, we announced that we completed a $1 million bridge financing and warrant exchange. The bridge financing provides us additional working capital for general corporate purposes at favorable terms and the warrant exchange will help to dramatically enhance our capital structure. By simplifying our capital structure we now have greater financial flexibility, which we believe will ultimately enhance value for shareholders as we execute our corporate restructuring and new growth initiatives."
"We significantly reduced the overall cost of operations in the first quarter of 2017. One of our top priorities coming into this year was to quickly address our cost structure and cash burn rate. We have cut our overall operating expenses by 40% in the first quarter of 2017 versus the fourth quarter of 2016 and we believe there is room for meaningful further improvements. We initiated a comprehensive review of our staffing model and began to make changes beginning in March. We expect the majority of our staffing changes to take place in the second quarter of 2017, further reducing our payroll and related compensation costs going forward. Our focus thereafter will be to primarily drive revenue growth, enabling our growing gross profit to cover ongoing cash operating expenses. Our goal remains to produce a stable, cash flow positive business model as quickly as possible, ideally no later than the end of 2017."
First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2017 were $871,788 as compared to $665,663 for the same period last year. This increase was primarily due to additional customers and distributors acquired through ESSI. Gross profit increased to $368,400 from $299,900 for the first quarter ending March 31, 2017 versus March 31, 2016.
Operating expenses for the first quarter ending March 31, 2017 were $2.9 million, unchanged from $2.9 million for the same period last year. Operating expenses decreased $1.9 million, or 39.9% for the three months ending March 31, 2017 as compared to the three months ending December 31, 2016. The primary cause for the decrease was a focus on vendor rationalization, reduction in consulting and third party services, and overall cost control efforts.
The Company has also taken additional cost cutting measures related to personnel. The Company has conducted a full review of the previous staffing model and has begun to eliminate redundant and non-essential positions. This has reduced compensation expense from approximately $3.8 million on an annualized basis to approximately $2.7 million. The Company continues to evaluate its costs structure, and may seek to reduce costs further throughout the remainder of 2017.
MagneGas' executive management team will host a conference call, Tuesday, May 16th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the company's financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2017, as well as the Company's corporate progress and other meaningful developments.
Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing (877)-407-8031 for U.S. callers or +1-(201)-689-8031 for international callers.
A teleconference replay of the conference call will be available approximately one hour following the call, through midnight June 15, 2017, and can be accessed by dialing (877)-481-4010 for U.S. callers or +1-(919) 882-2331 for international callers and entering conference ID: 10394.
About MagneGas Corporation
MagneGas® Corporation (MNGA) owns a patented process that converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas fuels. These fuels can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. The Company's testing has shown that its metal cutting fuel "MagneGas2®" is faster, cleaner and more productive than other alternatives on the market. It is also cost effective and safe to use with little changeover costs. The Company currently sells MagneGas2® into the metal working market as a replacement to acetylene.
The Company also sells equipment for the sterilization of bio-contaminated liquid waste for various industrial and agricultural markets. In addition, the Company is developing a variety of ancillary uses for MagneGas® fuels utilizing its high flame temperature for co-combustion of hydrocarbon fuels and other advanced applications. For more information on MagneGas®, please visit the Company's website at http://www.MagneGas.com.
The Company distributes MagneGas2® through Independent Distributors in the U.S and through its wholly-owned distributor, ESSI (Equipment Sales and Services, Inc). ESSI has four locations in Florida and distributes MagneGas2®, industrial gases and welding supplies. For more information on ESSI, please visit the company's website at http://www.weldingsupplytampa.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined within Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements relate to future events, including our ability to raise capital, or to our future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects our current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.
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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
March 31, December 31, 2017 2016 (Unaudited) Assets Current Assets Cash $ 53,578 $ 1,616,410 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $195,931 and $145,931, respectively 460,466 442,555 Inventory, net 1,724,035 1,615,933 Prepaid and other current assets 358,132 226,305 Total Current Assets 2,596,211 3,901,203 Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $1,592,114 and $1,474,944, respectively 6,285,012 6,402,931 Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $415,250 and $401,277, respectively 423,148 437,121 Security deposits 26,636 26,636 Goodwill 2,108,781 2,108,781 Total Assets $ 11,439,788 $ 12,876,672 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current Liabilities Accounts payable $ 941,869 $ 416,247 Accrued expenses 387,746 276,630 Deferred revenue and customer deposits 25,000 25,000 Capital leases, current 10,029 9,328 Derivative liabilities 6,441,579 7,700,585 Total Current Liabilities 7,806,223 8,427,790 Long Term Liabilities Note payable 520,000 520,000 Capital leases, net of current 23,302 25,317 Senior convertible debenture, net of debt discount of $709,000 121,080 75,000 Total Liabilities 8,470,605 9,048,107 Commitments and Contingencies Stockholders' Equity Preferred stock: $0.001 par; 10,000,000 shares authorized; 1,000,000 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 1,000 1,000 Common stock: $0.001 par; 90,000,000 shares authorized; 59,597,531 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and 58,040,267 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 59,597 58,040 Additional paid-in capital 58,317,493 57,328,005 Accumulated deficit (55,408,907) (53,558,480) Total Stockholders' Equity 2,969,183 3,828,565 Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 11,439,788 $ 12,876,672
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 2016 $871,788 $665,663 Revenue: Cost of 503,388 365,763 Revenues 368,400 299,900 Gross Profit Operating Expenses: Selling, general and administration 2,607,766 2,552,904 Research and 98,141 161,294 development Depreciation and 167,338 153,953 amortization Total Operating Expenses 2,873,345 2,868,151 Operating Loss (2,504,945) (2,568,251) Other Income and (Expense): Interest - (10,806) Amortization of debt discount (103,080) - Other income (4,536) 865 Change in fair value of derivative liability 762,134 956,797 Total Other Income 654,518 946,856 (Expense) Net Loss $ (1,850,427) $ (1,62 1,395) Net Loss per share: Basic and diluted $ (0.03) $ (0.04) Weighted average common shares: Basic and 59,17 45,68 diluted 9,672 5,248
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