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Why Energous Stock Plummeted Today

Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

What happened

Shares of Energous (NASDAQ: WATT) have plummeted today, down by 25% as of 12:30 p.m. EST, after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings results. The wireless charging specialist also announced pricing of a direct offering.

So what

Revenue in the fourth quarter was approximately $56,000, which translated into a net loss of $12.5 million, or $0.48 per share. Adjusted EBITDA was negative $8.3 million, and Energous finished the quarter with $20.1 million in cash and cash equivalents on the balance sheet. The company acknowledged that sales fell short due to delays at two major customers.

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"The fourth quarter financial performance was under our expectations due to the delay in engineering services revenue and chip orders from two top tier consumer electronic companies, as a result of changes to their own internal schedules," CEO Stephen Rizzone said in a statement. "While such a scenario is not uncommon when introducing a completely new, game changing technology to some of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world, we continue to drive toward commercialization of WattUp."

Now what

Energous also noted that its first customer product received FCC certification in December, and just yesterday obtained its first customer EU approval. This week, Energous also announced a partnership with vivo Global to explore integrating its WattUp technology into smartphone designs to enable wireless charging.

The company also said it priced a $25 million direct offering, issuing 3.33 million shares at a price of $7.50 to certain institutional investors. Each share being sold to investors will come with a warrant to purchase another half share at an exercise price of $10 per share. The net proceeds to Energous from the offering are expected to be roughly $23.3 million.

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