August 1, 2013

Broadwind reports Q2 2013 results

Cicero, Ill., August 1, 2013—Broadwind Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWEN) today reported sales of $51.4 million for the second quarter of 2013, a 9% decrease compared to $56.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Highlights:

 

  • New tower orders surged to $52 million; Backlog of $143 million up 4% from prior- year second quarter; $70 million tower order received in July
  • Gross profit margin (ex. restructuring) rose to 7.4%, double prior-year second quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $2.7 million up significantly from $1.1 million in 2012 due to strong Towers and Weldments segment results
  • Sale of idle tower facility for $12 million closed on April 22, 2013
  • Strengthened balance sheet as of June 30: Cash and equivalents totaled $17.6 million, operating line of credit undrawn; Debt balance of $3.1 million outstanding

 

Cicero, Ill., August 1, 2013— Broadwind Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWEN) today reported sales of $51.4 million for the second quarter of 2013, a 9% decrease compared to $56.3 million in the second quarter of 2012. The decline reflected weaker activity in the Gearing and Services segments, partly offset by stronger revenue in the Towers and Weldments segment due in part to a 42% increase in industrial weldments revenue compared to the prior-year second quarter.

The Company reported a net loss from continuing operations of $.2 million or $.01 per share in the second quarter of 2013, compared to a loss of $4.2 million or $.30 per share during the second quarter of 2012. The improvement was due to stronger operating results in the Towers and Weldments segment as well as the gain on the sale of the Company’s idle tower facility during the current-year quarter. The Company reported non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based payments and restructuring costs) of $2.7 million during the second quarter of 2013, compared to $1.1 million during the second quarter of 2012.

Peter C. Duprey, president and chief executive officer, stated, “Our second-quarter results showed the strength of our Towers and Weldments segment in which we booked $52 million of new orders during the period, and announced another $70 million after quarter-end. We have sold out our 2013 capacity, and are now booking orders well into 2014. We expect 2014 production to reach or exceed our design capacity of 500 towers. During the second quarter, we demonstrated a dramatic improvement in productivity and tower through-put compared with last year when we were experiencing production issues associated with manufacturing multiple tower types at the same time. Process improvements that we initiated in 2012 and a generally better mix of towers resulted in strong EBITDA in the quarter.

Gearing had a challenging quarter and continues to be impacted by weak demand from customers in the mining and natural gas sectors. In addition, Gearing revenues were affected by production issues relating to a greater number of gearboxes versus loose gearing in the mix and delays associated with the first article qualification process for a new customer. These production issues have caused us to review our front-end processes as part of our continuous improvement efforts. We believe we are getting to the root cause of these manufacturing issues and feel confident that the turnaround in Gearing will be significantly underway by the end of the year.

The Services segment also had a difficult quarter. New turbine installations were at an all-time industry low and wind-farm operators have redeployed staff that ordinarily would be supporting new installations to perform non-routine maintenance activities. As a result of the lower order rate, we have adjusted this segment’s expense structure to be more in line with its current revenue outlook. We believe this situation will improve as we approach the end of the year and construction efforts accelerate.

Finally we have strengthened our balance sheet by achieving some major milestones, including selling our idle Brandon, South Dakota tower facility for $12 million, paying down additional debt of $6 million and ending the quarter with $18 million of cash.”

Orders and Backlog

The Company booked $59 million in new orders during the second quarter of 2013. Additionally, a $35 million tower order from 2010 was removed from backlog due to a change in the customer’s U.S. wind requirements. As a result, net orders for the second quarter of 2013 were $25 million, a 17% decrease compared to the prior-year second quarter. Towers and Weldments orders, which vary considerably from quarter-to-quarter, totaled $18 million, net of the $35 million cancellation noted above. Second-quarter net Gearing orders totaled $5 million, a 70% decrease from the prior-year second quarter, reflecting continued weakness in orders from natural gas and other industrial customers as well as less demand for wind replacement gearing. Net orders for Services totaled $3 million compared to $5 million in the prior-year quarter, due to weaker demand for field services, as a number of customers have insourced work during a period of low turbine construction activity.

At June 30, 2013, backlog totaled $143 million, up from $137 million at June 30, 2012. Subsequent to quarter-end, the Company announced new tower orders of $87 million, $17 million of which were included in backlog as of June 30, 2013.

Segment Results

Towers and Weldments

Broadwind Energy fabricates specialty weldments for wind, oil and gas, mining and other industrial applications, specializing in the production of wind turbine towers.

Towers and Weldments segment sales totaled $37.5 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $37.0 million in the second quarter of 2012. Tower section volume in the second quarter of 2013 was down 12% compared to the prior year. The prior-year production consisted of a greater number of lighter, lower-value sections as compared to the current-year second quarter. Additionally, $4.4 million of completed tower sections remained in inventory at quarter-end because a customer first article qualification process was not completed as planned. Revenue for these sections will be included in the third-quarter results. Consistent with the Company’s strategic focus on diversifying end markets, industrial weldments sales of $3.2 million increased 42% compared to the prior-year period, more than offsetting the tower shortfall noted above. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $5.3 million; nearly triple the prior-year second quarter adjusted EBITDA of $1.8 million. The dramatic improvement was the result of improved operating efficiencies and a less variable and more profitable mix of towers. During the second quarter of 2012, productivity suffered due to the production of multiple tower types in that quarter. Towers and Weldments segment operating income for the second quarter of 2013 was $4.1 million, up $3.5 million from the second quarter of 2012 due to the factors described above.

Gearing

Broadwind Energy engineers, builds and remanufactures precision gears and gearboxes for oil and gas, mining, steel and wind applications.

Gearing segment sales totaled $10.4 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $14.1 million in the second quarter of 2012. The 26% decrease was due primarily to lower demand from mining and natural gas customers as well as protracted manufacturing issues with a new line of gearboxes for an industrial customer. Gearing segment non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2013 was a loss of $.1 million, decreasing from $1.3 million in the prior-year second quarter due in part to lower volumes and lower margins, partly offset by reductions in fixed costs and lower compensation, bad debt and other professional expenses. Gearing segment operating loss for the second quarter of 2013 increased to $3.9 million, from $1.6 million in the prior-year second quarter. The increased operating loss was partly attributable to $.7 million of higher restructuring charges and $.5 million of accelerated amortization as well as the factors described above.

Services

Broadwind Energy specializes in non-routine drivetrain and blade maintenance services. The Company also offers comprehensive installation support and field services to the wind industry.

Revenue from the Services segment was $4.1 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared with $5.7 million in the second quarter of 2012. The 29% decrease was due in large part to depressed field service activity as a result of very low wind turbine installations across the United States, reflecting the curtailment of development work in late 2012 in response to the uncertainty regarding the production tax credit as mentioned above. This has resulted in wind farm operators insourcing non-routine maintenance projects during this same period. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA loss for the second quarter of 2013 was $.6 million, compared with $.5 million in the prior-year second quarter. As a result of the 29% drop in sales, the Company reduced headcount during the quarter and reduced SGA costs compared to the prior-year second quarter. Services segment operating loss of $1.3 million in the second quarter of 2013, increased $.2 million, from a loss of $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2012, reflecting $.1 million of additional restructuring charges in the current-year second quarter as well as the factors described above.

Corporate and Other

Corporate and other expenses totaled $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared with $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2012. The increase in expense was primarily attributable to increased employee compensation partly offset by lower legal expense.

Cash and Liquidity

During the quarter, operating working capital decreased $14.0 million to $9.5 million or 5% of annualized second-quarter 2013 sales. The decrease from March 31, 2013 was due primarily to an increase in customer deposits of $13.4 million at June 30, 2013 related to the significant tower orders announced during the quarter.

Cash and equivalents surged to $17.6 million at June 30, 2013, an increase of $16.7 million from March 31, 2013 due primarily to the reduction in working capital noted above. Additionally, as previously announced, the Company completed the sale of its idle Brandon, South Dakota tower facility during the second quarter of 2013, realizing net proceeds of $11.8 million, of which $3.5 million was used to repay the underlying mortgage debt. At June 30, 2013, the Company’s $20 million line of credit was not drawn.

About Broadwind Energy, Inc.

 
Broadwind Energy (NASDAQ: BWEN) applies decades of deep industrial expertise to innovate integrated solutions for customers in the energy and infrastructure markets. From gears and gearing systems for wind, oil and gas and mining applications to wind towers, to comprehensive remanufacturing of gearboxes and blades, to operations and maintenance services, and industrial weldments, we have solutions for the energy needs of the future. With facilities throughout the U.S., Broadwind Energy's talented team of 800 employees is committed to helping customers maximize performance of their investments-quicker, easier and smarter. Find out more at www.bwen.com.

Forward-Looking Statements


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