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Maxwell (MXWL) Q4 Loss Wider than Expected, Revenues Beat

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Maxwell Technologies, Inc. MXWL incurred adjusted loss of 28 cents per share in the fourth-quarter of 2016 (considering stock-based compensation as a regular expense), wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 21 cents by 33.3%. On a year-over-year basis, the quarterly loss widened from the year-ago loss of 2 cents per share.



Excluding one-time items, the company reported loss of 38 cents per share, substantially wider than the loss of 7 cents incurred in the prior-year quarter.

During 2016, the company incurred adjusted loss of 84 cents per share, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 60 cents by 40%. The full-year adjusted loss figure was also wider than the year-ago loss of 48 cents per share.


Maxwell Technologies’ fourth-quarter revenues of $26.4 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $26.1 million by 1.3%. However, revenues plunged 47% from the year-ago figure of $49.8 million. High voltage revenues grew 53.6% in the fourth quarter, whereas ultracapacitor revenues declined 65.9%, resulting in the decrease in total revenue.

In 2016, the company’s revenues of $121.2 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $120.7 million by 0.4%. Full-year revenues, however, declined 27.6% year over year from $167.4 million at year-end 2015.

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Operational Highlights

In the quarter under review, the company’s cost of revenue was $20.7 million, down 41.8% year over year.

Total operating expenses were $15.6 million in the quarter (or 59.1% of revenues) compared with $15.8 million (or 31.7% of revenues) in the prior-year quarter.

Financial Condition

As of Dec 31, 2016, Maxwell Technologies had cash and cash equivalents of $25.4 million compared with $24.4 million as of Dec 31, 2015.

As of Dec 31, 2016, long-term debt (excluding current portion) was $0.04 million as against $0.05 million as of Dec 31, 2015.


Maxwell expects total revenue in the range of $25–$27 million in the first quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP gross margin is expected to be 20–24%. Non-GAAP operating expenses are projected in the range of $12.4–$12.8 million.

Key Strategic Initiatives

Along with the earnings call, Maxwell announced a few key strategic initiatives that management has recently undertaken for business diversification and cost restructure. As part of these initiatives, Maxwell has agreed to purchase Nesscap Energy, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor products, for $23.2 million. The deal is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2017. Once closed, the transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to the company’s adjusted earnings per share as well as deliver positive adjusted EBITDA in 2017.

Also, Maxwell announced that it has launched a global restructuring plan that includes a reduction-in-force, significant cost-containment actions as well as a manufacturing and supply chain consolidation to further optimize cost structure and position it to better withstand near-term headwinds. Maxwell expects to achieve approximately $6 million in annualized savings through these initiatives.

Further, the company has expanded its partnership with CRRC Qingdao Sifang Rolling Stock Research Institute Co. Ltd. To this end, the company entered into a definitive agreement in Jan 2017 to localize manufacturing of ultracapacitor-based modules for use in the China bus market. This partnership will enable Maxwell to compete more effectively in the China bus market, going ahead.

Zacks Rank

Maxwell currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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