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A-Power Reports Third Quarter 2010 Financial Results
Dec 1, 2010
SHENYANG, China, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. (Nasdaq: APWR) ("A-Power" or "the Company"), a leading provider of distributed power generation systems in China and a fast-growing manufacturer of wind turbines, today announced unaudited interim consolidated financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010.
Third quarter 2010 financial highlights
Revenues decreased 40.7% to $57.3 million from $96.6 million in the third quarter 2009.
Gross profit decreased 2.5% to $12.3 million in the third quarter from $12.6 million in the third quarter 2009.
Gross profit margin was 21.5% in the third quarter compared to 13.1% in the third quarter 2009.
Income from operations decreased 63.2% to $3.4 million in the third quarter from $9.4 million in the third quarter 2009.
Net loss attributable to A-Power was $(1.0) million in the third quarter compared with a net loss of $(0.6) million in the third quarter 2009.
Net loss per diluted common share was $(0.02) in both the third quarter 2010 and third quarter 2009 on 34.0% higher weighted average common shares outstanding in the third quarter 2010 than in the prior third quarter.
Guidance for the year 2010 has been revised downward to revenues of $310 million and net income of $50 million due to lower-than-expected wind turbine sales.
Mr. Jinxiang Lu, A-Power's Chairman and CEO said, "A-Power's results in the third quarter were less than we hoped we would achieve. The shortfall was due mainly to lower revenues in our Distributed power generation segment because of the timing of work under contracts, and to less-than-planned sales in our Wind power segment. Although Wind power achieved revenues of $15.5 million in the third quarter, we had assumed we would be able to book revenues from a major customer, Spinning Star LLC. However to date, Spinning Star has been unable to secure the expected construction financing for its wind farm project in Texas.
"We believe our strategy to benefit from alternative power generation, in the forms of distributed power, wind power, and photovoltaic solar power, continues to be valid for the Company's long-term success and is in the best interests of our shareholders. Our design, engineering, suppliers, and operations are all in very good shape and remain competitive in the marketplace.
"Recently, we have won a major new contract in our Distributed power business for the engineering, procurement, and construction of four hydropower plants over a period of six years, to be located in the Jilin province of China. The project is expected to generate RMB 1.87 billion (about $279 million) over project's anticipated six year life.
"We are very aware of our responsibility to shareholders and are doing everything possible to simultaneously expand our businesses and protect our assets in the most prudent of ways.
"We hope to see greater predictability in financing for our customers in 2011 and the years ahead."
Third quarter 2010 financial results
Revenues in the 2010 third quarter decreased 40.7% or $39.3 million to $57.3 million in the third quarter 2010 from $96.6 million in the third quarter 2009. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease of $65.2 million in the Distributed power segment, partly offset by an increase of $15.5 million in the Wind power segment in the third quarter 2010 (the Wind power segment had no revenues in the third quarter 2009), an increase of $9.6 million in the Other construction segment, and revenue of $0.9 million in the newly established Solar power segment. The lower revenues in Distributed power segment were mainly due to fewer projects constructed in the third quarter of 2010 than the third quarter of 2009. Please see our financial statement of segment information below for more results by segment.
Gross profit in the third quarter decreased $0.3 million or 2.5% to $12.3 million in the third quarter 2010 from $12.6 million in the third quarter 2009. The gross profit margin, defined as gross profit divided by revenues, was 21.5% in the third quarter, up from 13.1% in the third quarter of 2009. The improvement in gross margin was due mainly to an increase in revenue in the Wind power segment in the third quarter 2010, which had a gross margin during the quarter of 32.4%, compared with no revenue in the Wind power segment in the third quarter of 2009.
Selling, general, and administrative expenses in the third quarter increased $5.6 million or 172.2% to $8.9 million compared with $3.3 million in the third quarter 2009. The increase was mainly due the acquisitions of Evatech Co. Ltd. ("Evatech") and Hallys Corporation ("Hallys") in 2010 that added $3.9 million in selling, general, and administrative expenses in the third quarter 2010 ($2.7 million in excess of revenues from these subsidiaries), and due to higher costs in the Distributed power and Wind power segments to further develop the businesses, and higher costs in the Wind power segment associated with the higher sales achieved. As a percentage of revenues, selling, general, and administrative expenses were 15.5% in the third quarter 2010 compared with 3.4% in the third quarter 2009.
As of September 30, 2010, the Company had cash and cash equivalents (excluding restricted cash) of $168.2 million compared with $166.5 million at December 31, 2009. Prepayments, deposits, and other receivables from customers were $83.5 million on September 30 compared with $52.5 million on December 31, 2009. Bank loans outstanding on September 30 totaled were $59.7 million compared with $19.9 million on December 31. Working capital (defined as current assets minus current liabilities) increased by approximately $38.0 million in the 2010 third quarter to $184.9 million at September 30 compared with $146.9 million on December 31. Total stockholders' equity rose $109.9 million to $362.5 million at September 30, 2010 from $252.6 million at December 31, 2009.
Liquidity and cash flow
At September 30, 2010, we had cash and cash equivalents of $168.2 million and working capital of approximately $184.9 million. Working capital is defined as current assets minus current liabilities.
Cash flow used in operating activities was $(25.8) million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010 compared with cash provided by operating activities of $18.9 million in the first nine months of 2009. Cash used in investing activities was $(92.4) million in the first nine months of 2010 compared with $(27.4) million in the first nine months of 2009. Cash provided by financing activities was $119.1 million in the first nine months of 2010 compared with $54.7 million in first nine months of 2009. Including the effect of exchange rate changes on cash, the net increase in cash and cash equivalents was $1.8 million in the first nine months of 2010 compared with $46.2 million in the first nine months of 2009.
Recent developments and updates
Hydropower engineering, procurement, and construction contract
In September, the Company signed a three-phase, six-year RMB 1.87 billion (approximately $279 million) engineering, procurement, and construction contract with Baishan Long Run Water Conservancy in Baishan city, Jilin province of China. A-Power will be responsible for all the planning, engineering, and construction within the hydropower stations, the building and repairing of access roads to the facilities, and the construction of the power stations' auxiliary projects, including office buildings, staff apartments, and hotels. Phase one requires completion of a 12.8 megawatt water control project. Phase two includes the design and construction of a 64 megawatt hydropower facility over the Hun river. The third phase includes the design and construction of two 16 megawatt hydropower facilities over the Baijianghe river. The Company expects to recognize revenues from this contract using the percentage of competition method of accounting over the anticipated six years of the project's life.Reduction of interest in Shenyang Power Group
In October 2010, the Company sold a portion of its shares of Shenyang Power Group ("SPG"), representing 42.5% of SPG's share capital, to three unaffiliated purchasers, Liaoning Northern Electrical Energy Construction Limited, Liaoning Northern Electrical Pipeline Construction Limited, and Liaoning Hi-tech Furnace Construction Insulation Antisepsis Construction Limited. The sale reduced the Company's ownership of SPG's share capital from 62% to 19.5%. The consideration for the sale consisted of the purchasers' assumption of a total of RMB 425 million (approximately $62.5 million) of the Company's indebtedness to SPG representing advances to the Company by Shenyang Power Group. The Company did not receive any cash in the transaction.
Operating income was $3.4 million or 5.9% of revenues in the third quarter of 2010 compared with $9.4 million or 9.7% of revenues in the third quarter 2009. The decreases were primarily due to higher selling, general, and administrative expenses associated with the Evatech and Hallys operations acquired in 2010, which, as noted above, were higher than revenues realized by them.
Net loss attributable to A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd., increased $(0.4) million or 66.7% to $(1.0) million, or $(0.02) per diluted common share, in the third quarter 2010 from $(0.6) million, or $(0.02) per common diluted share, in the third quarter 2009.
Non-GAAP net income, declined $7.5 million or 76.1% to $2.4 million in the third quarter 2010 from $9.9 million in the third quarter 2009.
Weighted average common shares outstanding on a diluted basis in the third quarter 2010 were 46.3 million shares, an increase of 34.0%, compared with 34.6 million shares in the third quarter 2009.
Please refer to the tables below for a financial review of our third quarter 2010 results and the reconciliation of our non-GAAP measure to the most comparable GAAP measure.