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LONDON, July 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VivoPower International PLC (VVPR) (“VivoPower” or the “Company”), an international solar and critical power services company, today announced its financial results for the year ended March 31, 2019.
“Fiscal 2019 has seen a significant improvement in results for VivoPower, reflecting a strong turnaround in performance during the second half of the year,” said Art Russell, VivoPower’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. “We are particularly pleased with the performance of our critical power services businesses, which have strongly outperformed, delivering 28% year-over-year growth in revenue (excluding currency changes). With a record forward order book of $54.2 million to be delivered in fiscal 2020, these businesses are leading the turnaround of VivoPower, supported by the increasing momentum of our Australian solar development business.”
“VivoPower’s primary objective for the year ahead is to return to profitability, as well as enhance and maximize the value from the monetization of our U.S. 1.7 GW solar portfolio. To this end, we have made significant reductions in corporate and solar overhead ($5.8 million, 54%, reduction in fiscal 2019) and, after a detailed bottom up review of our U.S. solar portfolio, have appointed a new in-house sales leader to take a more hands-on approach to value enhancement and the broader sales process,” said Mr. Russell.
Kevin Chin, Chairman, commented: “VivoPower expects to return to profitability in the coming year given the strong order book in Australia and reduced overhead base. Further, monetization of the U.S. portfolio in a manner that maximizes value will enable the Board to evaluate and execute on value accretive strategic pivot options.”
Fiscal Year 2019 Highlights:
Record revenues of $39.0 million, representing 16% year-over-year growth
Gross profit has increased 23% to $6.3 million due to operational efficiencies and pricing initiatives
Corporate and solar overheads reduced by $5.8 million, or 54%
Unrestricted cash resources increased to $4.5 million from $1.9 million in prior year
Net debt reduced by $5.7 million to $14.7 million
Completed sale of North Carolina projects for $11.5 million
Critical Power Services business achieved record forward order book
Australian solar development gaining momentum and on target to deliver first 15 MW solar project
U.S. solar portfolio sales management reorganized with focus on strategy to enhance value and accelerate monetization
As previously announced, Kevin Chin, Chairman, and Art Russell, Interim Chief Executive Officer, will hold an earnings conference call on Monday July 15, 2019 at 17:00 EDT.
The dial-in phone numbers for the live audio call are:
United Kingdom: +44 (0) 2071 928000
United States: +1 631-510-7495
Australia: +61 (0) 2 8607 8541
Conference Code: 8279337
A replay of the webcast will also be available two hours after the conclusion of the call and can be accessed from the links noted above for a period of one year.
VivoPower is an international solar and critical power services business, providing critical energy infrastructure generation and distribution solutions to a diverse range of commercial and industrial customers, including the development, construction, and sale of photovoltaic solar projects.
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