SHENYANG, China, June 10 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. (Nasdaq: APWR) ("A-Power" or "the Company"), a leading provider of distributed power generation systems ("DG") in China and a fast-growing manufacturer of wind turbines, today reported its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.
First Quarter Financial Highlights -- Revenues were $67.3 million representing a 115.8% year-over-year increase; -- Gross margin increased to 14.5% from 12.6% in the first quarter of 2009; -- Net income (GAAP) attributable to A-Power was $29.3 million, or $0.64 per diluted share; -- Cash, cash equivalent and restricted cash were $220.4 million; -- Prepayments, deposits, other receivables from customers were $102.4 million; -- Annual guidance for 2010 raised to revenues of $500 million with net income of $60 million.
Mr. Jinxiang Lu, A-Power's Chairman and CEO commented, "We are very excited with our strong revenue growth and solid gross margin expansion in the first quarter. Although the first quarter is typically a slow season in our DG activities in most parts of China due to the winter weather condition, we set new records for both revenue and net income growth in first quarter of 2010. Our geographic diversification into southern China and international projects are contributing more DG revenues. Our wind turbine business continues to gain traction and we remain confident in the market outlook, as our larger turbines are receiving favorable consideration in China, and the outlook for future turbine exports also appears promising. With more components arriving and our production expanding, we are continuing to move forward on all facets of our wind turbine business, both domestically and internationally. On the financial side, we continued to work to strengthen our balance sheet and manage our cash flow to prepare ourselves for further expansion during 2010."
First Quarter 2010 Financial Results
Revenues in the 2010 first quarter increased 115.8% to $67.3 million from $31.2 million in the first quarter of 2009. The increase was primarily due to continuing DG contracts including $9.8 million in revenue from our DG project in Vietnam.
Gross profit increased 248.4% to $9.8 million from $3.9 million in the same period of 2009. Gross margin was 14.5%, up from 12.6% in the same quarter of 2009. The improvement in gross margin was mainly attributable to higher sales and improved operating efficiencies.
Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses amounted to $8.9 million compared with $2.6 million in the previous year's same quarter. The increase in SG&A expenses was mainly due to the growth of the businesses and $2.8 million of SG&A expenses from Evatech Co. Ltd. ("Evatech") which the Company acquired in January 2010. As a percentage of revenues, SG&A expenses increased to 13.2% for the first quarter of 2010 from 8.2% in the first quarter of 2009.
Operating income was $0.9 million in the first quarter of 2010 compared with $1.4 million in the same period of 2009. This reduction in operating income was attributable principally to increased SG&A expenses, including $2.8 million of Evatech-related operating expenses.
During the 2010 first quarter, the Company recorded a one-time gain of $13.6 million from the investment in and acquisition of Evatech and a $14.2 million increase in the fair value of outstanding warrants.
GAAP net income attributable to A-Power for the 2010 first quarter was $29.3 million compared with net income of $1.6 million in the same period of 2009. Diluted earnings per share were $0.64 compared with diluted earnings per share $0.04 in the same quarter of 2009. In the 2010 first quarter, total shares outstanding on a diluted basis were 45.7 million shares compared with 34.7 million in the same period of 2009.
Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2010 was $2.0 million, representing a 13.5% year-over-year increase from $1.8 million at the end of March 2009. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.05, flat year-over-year, but based upon a significantly greater number of diluted shares outstanding in the 2010 quarter.
As of March 31, 2010, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaling $220.4 million compared with $179.8 million at December 31, 2009. Prepayments, deposits, other receivables from customers were $102.4 million compared with $52.5 million at the end of 2009. Short-term loans outstanding, as of March 31, 2010, were $69.1 million. Working capital increased by approximately $18.0 million in the 2010 first quarter to $173.4 million. Total stockholders' equity rose to $339.6 million at March 31, 2010 from $252.6 million at December 31, 2009.
Please refer to the tables below for a complete financial overview of our first quarter results for 2010 and a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures included in this announcement to the most comparable GAAP financial measures.
A-Power celebrated the launch of the final development phase of its jointly owned Texas Wind Farm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. The event was attended by representatives of the Shenyang local government, A-Power, Shenyang Power Group, US Renewable Energy Group, Cielo Wind, and other parties involved in the development of the Texas Wind Farm project. Executives from American Nevada Group also attended with respect to the planning for our proposed Nevada turbine facility.
Management raised its view that revenues for 2010 will reach $500 million and net income will reach $60 million, from previously announced annual guidance of $380 million in revenues and $45 million in net income, respectively. These targets are based on the Company's current views on the operating and market conditions, which are subject to change and to future developments, including those referred to under our safe harbor statement below.
The Company will host a conference call, to be simultaneously webcast, on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time or 8:00 p.m. Beijing Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing +1-866-831-6162 (North America) or +1-617-213-8852 (International), passcode: 21047672, approximately 10 minutes before the call start time. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at http://www.apowerenergy.com .
A replay of the call will be available starting on approximately 11:00 a.m. EDT on June 10, or 11:00 p.m. Beijing Time through June 15, 2010. An archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at http://www.apowerenergy.com . Interested parties may access the replay by dialing +1-888-286-8010 (North America) or +1-617-801-6888 (International) and entering passcode: 56967299.
A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. ("A-Power"), through its China-based operating subsidiaries, is the largest provider of distributed power generation systems in China, focusing on energy-efficient and environmentally friendly projects of 25MW to 400MW. In 2008, A-Power entered the wind energy market and has built China's largest wind turbine manufacturing facility, located in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, with a total annual production capacity of 1,125MW. In March 2009, A-Power entered into an agreement to establish a Joint Venture partnership with GE Drivetrain Technologies to produce wind turbine gearboxes in Shenyang. In addition to the establishment of strategic relationships with the world's leading wind energy design and engineering companies, A-Power has formed joint research programs with Tsinghua University and the China Academy of Sciences to develop and commercialize other renewable energy technologies. For more information, please visit http://www.apowerenergy.com .
Safe Harbor Statement
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our financial results presented on a GAAP basis, we have presented the non-GAAP measure indicated in the table and language in this press release, which excludes certain business combination accounting entries and expenses related to acquisitions, as well as expenses for stock-based compensations. We believe both management and investors benefit from the ability to assess our business operations and financial performance after elimination of the non-recurring effects of the acquisition and other identified non-cash activities and that our presentation of non-GAAP net income is useful for understanding and assessing underlying business performance and operating trends. Our presentation of non-GAAP net income is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income determined in accordance with GAAP, and should be read only in conjunction with the accompanying financial information, which is derived from our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP net income as presented herein may not be comparable to any similar measures presented by other companies. Our non-GAAP financial measures reflect adjustments based on the following items: 1) Stock-based compensation expenses: We have excluded the effect of stock-based compensation expenses from our non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measures. Although stock-based compensation is a key incentive offered to our employees, and we believe such compensation contributed to the revenues earned during the periods presented and also believe it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues such expense is not an indicator used by management to measure the Company's core operating results and business outlook. 2) Gain from acquisition: We have excluded the effect of Gain from acquisition from our non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measures. The gain from acquisition is non-recurring and is not indicative of the Company's core operating results. 3) Change in fair value of warrants: We have excluded the effect of change in fair value of warrants from our non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measures. The Company values the warrants quarterly and the Change in fair value of warrants does not represent cash inflows or outflows.
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Lin Chief Operating Officer A-Power Energy Generation Systems Email: email@example.com Dixon Chen Investor Relations Grayling Phone: +1-646-284-9403 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Tables Follow - A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (In Thousands of United States Dollars) March 31, December 31, 2010 2009 (Unaudited) (Audited) Assets Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 157,639 $ 166,476 Restricted cash 62,740 13,399 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $Nil(2009-$Nil) 15,145 12,463 Prepayments, deposits, other receivables 102,367 52,452 Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted projects 2,986 2,967 Inventory 23,940 10,327 Due from related parties 106 105 Total current assets 364,923 258,189 Deferred income tax asset 4,387 2,321 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $Nil(2009-$Nil) 5,603 5,738 Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $14,149(2009-$2,912) 71,929 58,617 Intangible assets, net of accumulated depreciation of $630 (2009 - $169) 43,166 22,412 LT prepayment and other assets 36 -- Deposits on intangible assets 1,407 5,657 Long-Term Investment 40,629 2,423 Total assets 532,080 355,357 Liabilities and Stockholder's Equity Current Liabilities Accounts payable 16,802 15,415 Other payable and accrued liabilities 31,772 24,619 Customer deposits 12,036 9,994 Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted projects 3,961 4,887 Unearned Revenue 2 1,419 Due to related parties 18,943 4,158 Income and business taxes payable 5,634 4,078 Short-term Loans 69,090 19,852 Defer tax Liability 3,847 31 Warrants liability 28,051 17,750 516 Fair Value of Forward Contracts 1,428 -- Retirement benefit obligation 915 -- Total liabilities 192,481 102,719 Stockholders' equity Common shares, 150,000,000 authorized with par value of $0.0001 per share, 45,363,638 Shares and 39,585,706 shares issued as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 respectively 5 4 Additional paid-in capital 257,943 203,491 Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,217 6,459 Statutory reserves 4,197 4,155 Retained earnings (deficit) 27,608 (1,651) Total A-Power Energy Generation System Ltd. stockholders' equity 293,970 212,458 Noncontrolling interest 45,629 40,180 Total stockholders' equity 339,599 252,638 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 532,080 $ 355,357 A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income (In Thousands of United States Dollars, Except Shares and per share amounts ) Three Months ended March 31, 2010 2009 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Revenues $ 67,337 $ 31,199 Cost of sales and business taxes 57,566 27,266 Gross profit 9,771 3,933 Expenses Selling, general and administrative expenses 8,916 2,564 Income from operations 855 $1,369 Other income (expense) Finance costs (746) -- Gain on investment acquisition of Evatech 13,589 -- Other income 1,510 139 Change in fair value of warrants 14,200 -- Income before provision for income taxes $ 29,408 $ 1,508 Provision for income taxes 226 10 Net Income $ $29,182 $ $1,498 Add:Net loss in subsidiaries attributable to noncontrolling interest 119 67 Net income attributable to A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltd. $ $29,301 $ $1,565 Loss in Foreign currency translation (2,241) (211) Comprehensive income $ $27,060 $ $1,354 Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic 44,079,653 33,706,938 Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - diluted 45,703,745 34,706,938 EARNINGS PER SHARE - BASIC $ 0.66 $ 0.04 EARNINGS PER SHARE - DILUTED $ 0.64 $ 0.04 A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows For the three months period ended March 31, 2010 (In Thousands of United States Dollars) Three months ended Three months ended March 31, 2010 March 31, 2009 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 29,182 $ 1,498 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities: Stock-based compensation 498 206 Amortization - PPE 973 255 Amortization - Intangible assets 624 -- Future income tax recovery 152 -- Change in fair value of warrants (14,200) -- Change in fair value of derivatives 911 -- Foreign exchange gain/loss (771) -- Amortization of deferred financing costs (117) -- Loss recognized from GE Joint Venture 33 -- Gains on purchase of Evatech (13,589) -- 3,696 1,959 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (1,813) (4,346) Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts (19) 74 Prepayments, deposits and other receivables (46,462) (58) Inventories (243) (785) Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (18,667) 4,273 Customer deposits 2,042 13,518 Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts (926) 225 Income and business taxes payable 656 793 Unearned revenue (1,417) -- Retirement benefit obligation 23 -- Due (from) related parties 1 -- Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (63,129) 15,653 Cash flows from investing activities: (Increase) decrease in restricted bank balances (49,331) 2,000 Purchase of property, plant, and equipment (169) (327) Payments of deposits on intangible assets (1,407) -- Purchase of intangible assets (1,200) -- Construction in progress -- (2,726) Loan to third parties (4,541) (500) Long-term investment (36,625) -- Net cash used in investing activities (93,273) (1,553) Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from bank loans 49,900 -- Proceeds from share capital, net of cost 5,566 -- Proceeds from private placement, net of direct cost 78,456 -- Due to related parties 14,718 3,000 Cash received from Evatech upon acquisition 169 -- Net cash used in financing activities: 148,809 3,000 Effect of exchange rate change (1,245) (58) Net increase in cash and cash equivalents (8,838) 17,042 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period $ 166,476 $ 43,518 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 157,638 $ 60,560 GAAP-non-GAAP Reconciliation Table (unaudited) (In thousands of United States Dollars, except per share data) Three Months Ended March 31, 2010 2009 Net Income attributable to A-Power -GAAP $ 29,301 $ 1,565 Add Back Non-cash Stock-based Compensation $ 498 $ 206 Subtract Change in fair value of warrants $ (14,200) $ -- Evatech-related acquisition gain (13,589) -- Adjusted Net Income attributable to A-Power -non-GAAP $ 2,010 $ 1,771 Diluted earning per share - GAAP $ 0.64 $ 0.05 Adjustment (0.59) -- Adjusted diluted earning per share non-GAAP $ 0.05 $ 0.05
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