Altair Nanotechnologies Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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RENO, NV--(Marketwired - Aug 8, 2013) - Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. ("Altair") (NASDAQ: ALTI), today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Altair reported revenues of $3.2 million for the second quarter compared to $0.5 million for the same period in 2012. The gross loss was $0.1 million, due to inventory cost adjustments and the launching of new electric grid products, compared to $0.6 million for the same period in 2012.

Operating expenses were $3.0 million for the second quarter, a $1.4 million decrease from $4.4 million for the same period in 2012. Planned reductions were achieved and accounted for the decrease of $1.4 million in the research and development and sales and marketing departments. General and administrative costs increased due to the ramp up of our China operations.

The net loss for the second quarter of 2013 was $3.0 million ($0.26 per share) compared to a net loss of $4.9 million ($0.42 per share) for the same period in 2012.

"Sixteen months ago, we put into action our plan to position the company for growth, reduce costs, and drive revenue opportunities," stated Alexander Lee, Altair's Chief Executive Officer. "We focused heavily on the execution of our deliverables to achieve these goals. Today, our teams in the U.S. and China act as one, and we are nearing the completion of our new nano lithium titanate and energy storage system plants on 106 acres that we acquired the land use rights for in Wu'an, China.

"In addition, we have delivered multiple grid-scale systems to leading grid operators that have stated how impressed they are with our product's performance and that we can use as key references. We have reduced our operating expenses by 36% as compared to the quarter immediately preceding my start date back in April 2012, and we hit this target while ramping up our China team from just a few employees to a 78 person team. With respect to revenue, we recognized $3.2 million in revenue this quarter, which brings our mid-year revenue total to $5.0 million. We currently have $5.5 million in deferred revenue, and we are on track to have one of our best years on record. As we noted last quarter, 2013 will truly be a milestone year for Altair."

Highlights for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 and subsequent events include:

  • In June 2013, we entered into a memorandum of understanding with Tauron Dystrybucja S.A. to jointly determine the necessary infrastructure needs for stationary energy storage systems based on nano lithium titanate batteries, and for the construction of power and frequency stabilization systems in Poland. TAURON is a subsidiary of TAURON Polska Energia S.A., Poland's second largest energy company.

  • In May 2013, Northern Altair acquired a second conditional 50-year land use right with respect to approximately 40 acres of industrial land in Wu'an, China with an acquisition price of approximately $8.6 million which includes various land transfer taxes and fees that are equal to approximately $1.2 million. In turn, we expect to receive cash incentives as part of our economic development deal, which shall be equal to our acquisition price. The closing occurred on May 27, 2013. This Land will be used for the Company's nano lithium titanate and energy storage system manufacturing operations in China.

  • In May 2013, we decommissioned our nano lithium titanate manufacturing equipment in Reno and shipped it to Northern Altair. This equipment is currently being installed in our new nano lithium titanate manufacturing facility in Wu'an, China.

  • In April 2013, Altair completed a contract with Hawaiian Electric Light Company ("HELCO") and Hawaii Natural Energy Institute ("HNEI") for a 1.0 megawatt ALTI-ESS system. The system was commissioned at the Hawi Wind Farm on Hawaii's Big Island in March 2013.

  • In April 2013, Northern Altair transferred $1.5 million to Altair as a pre-payment for the transfer of Altair's nano lithium titanate materials and equipment to Northern Altair. Northern Altair transferred $0.9 million to Altair as a pre-payment in March 2013, and they expect to transfer the balance due of $0.2 million in August 2013.

  • In April 2013, Northern Altair received $1.9 million in cash incentives from the City of Wu'an, China. The total cash incentives received to date from Wu'an under our economic development deal is $13.7 million.

  • Altair continues to have discussions with large transportation and industrial customers in the U.S., Europe and Asia, who are interested in using our battery systems in a variety of applications where the high-power attributes of our battery are a key consideration. Several customers are now testing our application kits, modules and Power Rack systems for various commercial applications.

Altair's cash and cash equivalents decreased by $3.7 million, from $12.4 million at December 31, 2012 to $8.7 million at June 30, 2013. The net decrease of $3.7 million resulted from the net decrease in operating activities of $4.2 million, the net decrease in investing activities of $1.6 million and the net increase in financing activities of $2.4 million. The investing activities included the acquisition of the second land use right from the Government of Wu'an, China, which was paid for by using restricted cash, and the purchase of fixed assets by Northern Altair. The financing activity included the increase of deferred income due to receiving $1.9 million in cash incentives from the purchase of the first land use right.

Revenues increased by $2.7 million, from approximately $0.5 million during the quarter ended June 30, 2012 to approximately $3.2 million during the quarter ended June 30, 2013, primarily a result of revenue recognized for the sale of one ALTI-ESS system sold to HELCO and HNEI for their Hawi Wind farm on the Big Island of Hawaii.

"We continue to focus on improving our overall financial performance and have implemented additional cost reduction measures this past quarter that should further reduce our monthly operating expenses by approximately $200,000 when fully implemented," stated Mr. Lee. "Our overall cash position, including restricted and long-term restricted classifications, currently stands at $17.8 million and we expect to receive $8.6 million in cash incentives from the Government of Wu'an in the second half of 2013.

"We have made significant progress in China marked by the nearing completion of construction of our manufacturing facilities. Our business development efforts in China are gaining traction, and we expect to launch several new projects there over the course of the next year. We are also encouraged by the many significant opportunities we have identified and are pursuing in Europe and the Americas. Our top-line revenue performance continues to gain momentum and we expect to post strong results in the second half of the year," concluded Mr. Lee.

Second Quarter 2013 Conference Call
Altair will hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2013 results on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Shareholders and members of the investment community are invited to participate in the conference call. The dial-in number for both U.S. and international callers is +1 678-224-7719. Please dial in to the conference five minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. Ask the operator for the Altair Nanotechnologies call.

Post call, a phone-based audio replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, August 8, 2013 until Midnight EDT, August 15, 2013. It can be accessed by dialing +1 404-537-3406 and entering the conference number 27959345. Additionally, the conference call and replay will be available online, and can be accessed by visiting Altair's web site, www.altairnano.com.

About Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.
Altair is a leading provider of high-power, energy storage systems for the electric grid, industrial equipment and transportation markets. The company's lithium titanate technology is built on a proprietary nano-scale processing technology that creates high-power, rapid-charging battery systems with industry-leading performance and cycle life. Altair is headquartered in Reno, Nevada and maintains operations in Anderson, Indiana; Zhuhai, China; and Wu'an, China. For additional information, please visit: www.altairnano.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This report may contain forward-looking statements as well as historical information. Forward-looking statements, which are included in accordance with the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, may involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Altair's actual results and performance in future periods to be materially different from any future results or performance suggested by the forward-looking statements in this report. These risks include the risk that our revenue will not increase for various reasons, including our failure to close on expected orders; that our land use rights may be worth significantly less than the appraised or recorded value, particularly in light of the risk of forfeiture and the requirement that we make a substantial investment related to the property prior to pledging or selling the land use rights; that the Company will run into regulatory, finance or other obstacles as it attempts to expand its operations into China or other countries; that the company will be unable to close sales due to its pricing; the characteristics of its products, competing energy storage systems or alternatives to energy storage systems; that the Company will be unable to expand production capacity (or contract with its suppliers to expand their capacity) in order to meet the demand of product orders, particularly with respect to products like electric vehicles which the Company does not itself manufacture and will have to source from third parties; that the Company will not experience expected costs savings as a result of its expansion into China and that the Company will not experience an increase in sales volume or, even if it experiences such an increase, that the Company will experience low (or negative) gross margins and not operate profitably in China and generally. Other risks are identified in Altair's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. Altair expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements found herein to reflect any changes in Altair expectations or results or any change in events.

             
             
ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(Expressed in thousands of United States Dollars, except shares)  
             
   
    (Unaudited)        
    June 30,     December 31,  
    2013     2012  
ASSETS            
Current assets                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 8,676     $ 12,372  
  Restricted cash     6,104       6,245  
  Accounts receivable, net     843       1,498  
  Product inventories, net     4,766       7,416  
  Prepaid expenses and other assets, current     1,138       937  
  Deferred contract costs     1,904       4,532  
  Other assets, related party     1,791       1,754  
    Total current assets     25,222       34,754  
                 
Restricted cash     3,000       11,803  
Property, plant and equipment, net     6,453       4,076  
Property, plant and equipment, net held and not used     1,638       1,857  
Patents, net     236       274  
Other assets     1,182          
Land use right, net     22,334       13,625  
                 
Total Assets   $ 60,065     $ 66,389  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
                 
Current Liabilities                
  Trade accounts payable   $ 1,555     $ 2,599  
  Accrued salaries and benefits     515       632  
  Accrued warranty     589       418  
  Accrued liabilities     333       384  
  Deferred revenues     5,491       7,218  
  Warrant liabilities     100       90  
  Note payable, current     5,730       6,680  
  Capital lease obligation     6       5  
    Total current liabilities     14,319       18,026  
                 
Deferred income     13,943       11,803  
Note payable     950          
Capital lease obligation, less current portion     1       4  
                 
Total Liabilities     29,213       29,833  
                 
Commitments and Contingencies                
                 
Stockholders' equity                
  Common stock, $.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized; 11,590,067 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012    

246,667
     

246,667
 
  Additional paid in capital     12,499       12,410  
  Accumulated deficit     (228,815 )     (222,409 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     501       (112 )
    Total stockholders' equity     30,852       36,556  
                 
      Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 60,065     $ 66,389  
                       
                       
           
                         
ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(Expressed in thousands of United States Dollars, except shares and per share amounts)  
           
                         
    (Unaudited)              
    Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
Revenues                                
  Product sales   $ 3,092     $ 394     $ 4,886     $ 591  
  License fees     60       60       120       120  
    Total revenues     3,152       454       5,006       711  
                                 
Cost of goods sold                                
  Product     3,213       1,074       5,380       1,494  
    Total cost of goods sold     3,213       1,074       5,380       1,494  
                                 
Gross loss     (61 )     (620 )     (374 )     (783 )
                                 
Operating expenses                                
  Research and development     757       1,789       2,045       3,622  
  Sales and marketing     247       925       682       1,845  
  General and administrative     1,736       1,425       2,935       3,174  
  Depreciation and amortization     325       250       619       519  
  Gain on disposal of assets     (19 )             (19 )        
    Total operating expenses     3,046       4,389       6,262       9,160  
Loss from operations     (3,107 )     (5,009 )     (6,636 )     (9,943 )
                                 
  Interest (expense) income, net     (32 )     32       212       30  
  Change in market value of warrants     120       102       (10 )     179  
  Other income     28               28          
    Total other income, net     116       134       230       209  
                                 
Net loss   $ (2,991 )   $ (4,875 )   $ (6,406 )   $ (9,734 )
                                 
Loss per common share - basic and diluted   $ (0.26 )   $ (0.42 )   $ (0.55 )   $ (0.84 )
Weighted average shares - basic and diluted     11,590,067       11,590,067       11,590,067       11,590,067  
                                 
                                 
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