NEW YORK, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ener1, Inc. (Nasdaq: HEV), a leading manufacturer of lithium-ion energy storage systems for transportation, utility grid and industrial applications, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2010. Net sales were $33.1 million in the year's final quarter, an increase of 202% over net sales of $11.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. For fiscal year 2010, net sales were $77.4 million, an increase of 122% over net sales of $34.8 million for 2009. Gross profit margin improved to 25.8% in the fourth quarter of 2010, up from 9.8% in the fourth quarter of 2009. For the full year, gross profit margin increased to 17.9% from 11.7% in 2009.
"We believe our financial results demonstrate that 2010 was a successful year for Ener1," said Ener1 Chairman and CEO Charles Gassenheimer. "Our strategy of creating three business units – transportation, grid and small-pack – has put us on the right track by bringing a laser focus to our solutions-based execution." Gassenheimer added: "But, Ener1 is more than just a lithium-ion battery manufacturer. Our cells and our modular packaging design are distinct advantages over our competitors, and we have used this advantage to create best-in-class product suites for each business segment. This approach has helped us secure incremental orders from existing customers, and quickly ramp-up to win opportunities from customers in new industry segments."
"The highlight of the year remains the launch of our grid energy storage division led by industry veteran Bruce Curtis," Gassenheimer continued. "In a compressed time frame of five months, Ener1 was able to secure a $40MM supply agreement with the MGTES division of the Russian Federal Grid Company. "Yesterday, we signed an MOU with MGTES contemplating the development of uninterruptible power supply systems for transmission substations in Russia. We have estimated global opportunities in the emerging markets to be in the range of hundreds of megawatt-hours and are confident that there will be further demand in these markets for the products we are developing."
"As announced in the second quarter, Ener1 is continuing to make advances in the heavy-duty transportation market," said Tom Goesch, president of Ener1's transportation division. "Ener1 is currently working under contract for the supply of prototype packs for a medium-duty hybrid truck with a new OEM customer. We believe that our products are demonstrating superior quality, safety and longevity, and satisfying our customers' expectations."
"Looking forward, Ener1 will continue to focus on the growing grid energy storage and heavy-duty transportation markets. We believe the need for energy-dense, transportable storage for the grid is urgent and the opportunities are large in scale," concluded Gassenheimer. "The bus and truck market segments are increasingly demanding lithium-ion solutions, and we're optimistic that our products provide optimum characteristics for meeting these customer needs. Ener1 will also continue to pioneer new products for pure electric and hybrid passenger vehicles."
- Secured $40MM supply agreement with MGTES division of Russia's Federal Grid Company, as well as a second MOU to explore the development of additional projects
- Finalized Zhejiang Wanxiang Ener1 Power Systems Ltd. joint venture agreement in China
- Developing secondary use applications for community and home energy storage with Duke Energy
- Launched three separate grid energy storage demonstration projects in Japan with ITOCHU Corporation
- Invested in third manufacturing facility based near Indianapolis
- Completed $187.3MM in capital raises through strategic and private investments
Management will host a call this evening at 5:00 p.m. (EST) to discuss the fourth quarter and full-year results for 2010. The call is being webcast by Thomson Financial and can be accessed on Ener1's web site at http://www.ener1.com/?q=content/ener1-events. To participate in the audio call, please dial 888.713.4215 from within the United States, or 617.213.4867 from outside the United States. The participant pass code is 71410676.
A recording of the call will be available from March 10, 2011, 8 PM (EST) until March 17, 2011. To access the recording, please dial 888.286.8010 from within the United States, 617.801.6888 from outside the United States. The participant pass code is 84238194.
About Ener1, Inc.
Ener1, Inc. is a publicly traded (Nasdaq: HEV) energy technology company that develops compact, lithium-ion-powered battery solutions for the transportation, utility grid storage and industrial markets. Headquartered in New York City, the company has more than 700 employees with manufacturing locations in the United States and Korea. Ener1 also develops commercial fuel cell products, nanotechnology-based materials and manufacturing processes.
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