MONTCHANIN, Del., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Acorn Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACFN) an energy technology holding company, today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011.
For the second quarter ended June 30, 2011, revenues were $10.7 million compared to $8.2 million in the second quarter of last year. The net loss for the quarter was $2.1 million vs. $3.2 million in the prior year, or $0.12 vs. $0.21 per share.
For the six month period, revenues were $17.6 million compared to $15.3 million in the prior year period. The net loss was $4.3 million vs. $6.3 million or $0.25 vs. $0.45 per share.
On July 28, 2011, Acorn announced an agreement to sell CoaLogix for $101 million to Energy Capital Partners. Acorn noted that it anticipates that its proceeds from its 65% fully diluted ownership will approximate $61.8 million pre-tax, or $3.53 per share, and its taxes should not exceed $5.0 million. The transaction is expected to close by mid-September.
John Moore, CEO of Acorn Energy stated, "The agreement to sell CoaLogix is our second exit of over $45 million in the past four years. It validates our strategy of acquiring category creating energy technology businesses, building them and selling at substantial profit for the benefit of our shareholders. We believe our remaining three businesses each have tremendous potential."
Second quarter revenue of $6.6 million was an increase of 36% from the $4.9 million in the prior year quarter and a $2.9 million or 76 % increase over the first quarter of this year. The increased revenue from the first quarter of 2011 was due to higher demand following the decision by potential customers to postpone certain catalyst regeneration jobs in the first quarter. First half 2011 revenue was $10.4 million reflecting an increase of $1.0 million, or 11% over of the first half of 2010. CoaLogix reported reduced gross margins in the first six months as its Steele Creek facility, while operational, it is running at less than planned capacities for maximum efficiency.
During the second quarter, CoaLogix received new orders totaling $9.5 million and as of June 30th, its backlog was $10.0 million. On August 11, 2011, CoaLogix announced additional orders of $4.1 million for regenerated catalysts and services.
DSIT recorded revenues of $4.8 million in the first half of 2011, a decrease of approximately $0.6 million or 11% compared to the first half of 2010. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to the completion of an AquaShield™ DDS project in the end of 2010 and the slowdown of progress on another DDS project due to the customer changing configurations of the system.
During the first half of 2011, new orders of approximately $2.9 million were received, bringing backlog to $5.4 million as of June 30, 2011, compared to $6.4 million on December 31, 2010. DSIT does anticipate a major order for sonar systems in the second half of the year, and its timing will determine the growth and profitability of DSIT in 2011.
In June 2011, GridSense received an order from a leading electric utility in the Southeastern United States to adopt GridSense Transformer IQ™ to monitor over 2,000 transformers in one metropolitan county of its service territory. In the first half of 2011, GridSense reported revenue of $2.1 million of which $1.5 million was recorded in the second quarter, an increase of $0.9 million from the first quarter of 2011. GridSense continues to have strong sales pipeline and it expects to be awarded additional large-scale projects in the future, although long sales cycles in the utility industry could cause some delays in the granting of these large contracts.
US Seismic Systems
In the first half of 2011, US Seismic ("USSI") continued to focus on customer "proof-of-concept" contracts for its Ultra High Sensitivity (UHS) seismic sensors which dramatically improve the detection of oil and gas reservoirs as well as reduce the costs for remotely monitoring pipeline leaks and damage. During the second quarter of 2011 it recorded $205,000 of revenue compared to $43,000 in the 2011 first quarter. More importantly, at the end of the second quarter and at the beginning of the third quarter, USSI received three additional contracts valued at over $1.6 million from several major oilfield service and equipment companies. USSI expects to deliver on these contacts in the next twelve months, and continues to grow its sales pipeline and pipeline of pilot projects in all major product lines anticipating significant growth in revenue for the balance of 2011 and into 2012.
Conference Call Information
Acorn Energy will host an investor call on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 8:30am ET to discuss its second quarter 2011 results and developments. To participate in the conference call, please dial 800-860-2442 or 412-858-4600 (Intl) (no pass code required). You may also access the call through the Internet at www.acornenergy.com. If you are unable to participate in the live call, a digital replay of the call will be available through 9:00am on August 24, 2011 by dialing 877-344-7529 or 412-317-0088 and entering access code # 452154.
About Acorn Energy, Inc.
Acorn Energy, Inc. is a holding company focused on technology driven solutions for energy infrastructure asset management. Our four businesses in which we have controlling interests, improve the world's energy infrastructure by making it cleaner and less expensive to operate air pollution systems for coal and gas-fired power plants (CoaLogix), more secure by providing security solutions for underwater energy infrastructure (DSIT), more reliable by providing condition monitoring instruments for critical assets on the electric grid (GridSense) and more productive and efficient by increasing oil and gas production while lowering costs through use of ultra-high sensitive seismic tools for more precise pinpointing of oil and gas reservoirs (US Seismic Systems, Inc.). For more information visit www.acornenergy.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. There is no assurance that CoaLogix, DSIT, US Seismic Systems or GridSense will continue to grow their respective businesses. A complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties which may affect Acorn Energy's business generally is included in "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Investor Contact: Paul G. Henning Cameron Associates (212) 554-5462 Paul@cameronassoc.com
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ACORN ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
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Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders
Common stock - $0.01 par value per share:
Authorized – 30,000,000 shares; Issued –18,067,925 and 18,291,083 shares at December 31, 2010 and June 30, 2011, respectively
Additional paid-in capital
Treasury stock, at cost – 801,920 shares at December 31, 2010 and
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