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05/03/18

Energy Recovery Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results


SAN LEANDRO, Calif., May 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy Recovery Inc.  (NASDAQ: ERII) ("Energy Recovery" or the "Company"), the leader in pressure energy technology for industrial fluid flows, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended on March 31, 2018.    

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First Quarter Summary:

  • Total revenue of $13.8 million
  • Product gross margin of 70%
  • Total gross margin(1) of 76%
  • Net loss of $0.7 million, or ($0.01) per share
  • Adjusted net income(1) of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per share

President and CEO Chris Gannon remarked, "Q1 was a solid quarter for our company.  Despite softness at the top line as a result of a decrease in Oil & Gas revenue associated with our IsoBoost® shipment, we demonstrated growth in our core Water business and we were able to generate record results in both product and total gross margin(1). Furthermore, with the elimination of non-recurring CEO transition expenses, we generated positive Adjusted Net Income(1) of $0.3 million." 

Mr. Gannon added, "Our core Water business remains robust. Through the dedicated efforts of our Water team, we achieved year-over-year growth in not only the top line, but also growth in product gross margins of 370 basis points as compared to the first quarter of 2017. We expect the strength of our Water business to continue throughout the balance of 2018 and into 2019."

Mr. Gannon continued, "We are keenly focused on our near-term strategy of: 1) the commercialization of VorTeq™, 2) the continued growth and reinvestment in our Water business, and 3) the further development of MTeq™. We believe our focus on these key objectives will maximize our ability to deliver value to our Shareholders."

Mr. Gannon concluded, "Our Engineering and Operations teams continue to make substantial progress on the development of both the VorTeq and MTeq technologies. We are focused on driving the VorTeq to commercialization as well as achieving success in the upcoming milestone test. We will provide an update during our conference call on May 3rd 2018."

Revenues
For the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, the Company generated total revenue of $13.8 million.  Total revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 decreased by $0.7 million, or (5%), from $14.5 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  Of the $0.7 million decrease in total revenue, $1.0 million was attributable to lower Oil & Gas segment revenue, offset by a $0.3 million increase in the Water segment revenue.

The Water segment generated total product revenue of $11.0 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to $10.7 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, an increase of $0.3 million, or 3%. This increase was due to higher original equipment manufacturer ("OEM") and aftermarket ("AM") shipments offset by lower mega-project ("MPD") shipments.

The Oil & Gas segment generated total revenue of $2.8 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to $3.8 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, a decrease of $1.0 million or (27%).  This decrease was due to lower cost-to-total cost (previously known as percentage of completion ("PoC")) revenue recognition associated with the sale of multiple IsoBoost systems, offset by an increase in license and development revenue. The increase in license and development revenue was primarily due to higher costs incurred according to input measures, based on changes required due to the adoption of the new revenues standard in Q1.

Gross Margin
For the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, product gross margin was 70.0%.  Product gross margin increased by 770 basis points from 62.3% in the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  This increase was largely driven by favorable price and product mix.  Including license and development revenue, total gross margin(1) was 76.0% for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.  Total gross margin(1) increased by 780 basis points from 68.2% in the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. 

The Water segment generated product gross margin of 70.8% for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.  Water segment product gross margin increased by 370 basis points, compared to 67.1% in the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  This increase was largely driven by favorable price and manufacturing efficiencies.

The Oil & Gas segment generated product gross margin of (760.0%) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to 28.8% in the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  This decrease was attributable to higher project costs and revenue adjustments.  Including license and development revenue, the Oil & Gas segment total gross margin(1) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 was 96.9%.

Operating Expenses
For the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, operating expenses were $11.8 million, an increase of $2.3 million from $9.5 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  This increase in operating expenses was primarily due to increases in Oil & Gas segment and corporate expenses.

The Water segment operating expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 were $2.2 million, $0.1 million lower than the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

The Oil & Gas segment operating expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 were $4.7 million, $1.4 million higher than the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. This increase was driven by the Company's continued investment in research and development activities.

The Corporate operating expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 were $5.0 million, $1.0 million higher than the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  This increase was chiefly driven by non-recurring expenses related to equity award modifications and recruiting fees associated with the Company's CEO transition.

Bottom Line Summary
To summarize the Company's financial performance, on a quarterly basis, the Company reported a net loss of $0.7 million, or ($0.01) per diluted share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to a net income of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  On an adjusted basis, the Company reported an adjusted net income(1) of $0.3 million or $0.01 per diluted share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

Cash Flow Highlights
The Company finished the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 with cash and cash equivalents of $32.2 million, restricted cash of $1.3 million, and short-term investments of $58.1 million, all of which represent a combined total of $91.6 million.  In the quarter ended March 31, 2018, 409,850 shares of the Company's common stock were repurchased for $3.5 million under the stock repurchase program authorized by the Company's Board of Directors on March 7, 2018.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain matters discussed in this press release and on the conference call are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including the Company's belief that the Company's Water business will remain robust throughout the balance of 2018 and into 2019;  the Company's belief that focusing on the 1) the commercialization of VorTeq, 2) continued growth and reinvestment in our Water business, and 3) the further development of MTeq, will maximize the Company's ability to deliver value to our Shareholders, the Company's belief that we may achieve success in the upcoming VorTeq milestone test.  These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to us and on management's beliefs, assumptions, estimates, or projections and are not guarantees of future events or results.  Potential risks and uncertainties include the Company's ability to achieve the milestones under the VorTeq license agreement, any other factors that may have been discussed herein regarding the risks and uncertainties of the Company's business, and the risks discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K filed with the U.S.  Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for the year ended December 31, 2017 as well as other reports filed by the Company with the SEC from time to time.  Because such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, the Company's actual results may differ materially from the predictions in these forward-looking statements.   All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and the Company assumes no obligation to update such statements.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including total gross margin.  Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position, or cash flows that either exclude or include amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America, or GAAP.  These non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting, differ from GAAP measures with the same captions, and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures with the same or similar captions that are used by other companies.  As such, these non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.  The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures to analyze its operating performance and future prospects, develop internal budgets and financial goals, and to facilitate period-to-period comparisons.  The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of its operations that, when viewed with its GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting its business.

(1)

"Total gross margin" and "Adjusted net income" are non-GAAP financial measures.  Please refer to the discussion under headings "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Conference Call to Discuss First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

LIVE CONFERENCE CALL:
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 3:00 PM PDT / 6:00 PM EDT
Listen-only, US / Canada Toll-free: +1 877-709-8150
Listen-only, Local / International Toll: +1 201-689-8354
Access code: 13679038

CONFERENCE CALL REPLAY:
Expiration: Sunday, June 3, 2018
US / Canada Toll-free: +1 877-660-6853
Local / International Toll: +1 201-612-7415
Access code: 13679038

Investors may also access the live call or the replay over the internet at ir.energyrecovery.com.  The replay will be available approximately three hours after the live call concludes.

Disclosure Information
Energy Recovery uses the investor relations section on its website as means of complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.  Accordingly, investors should monitor Energy Recovery's investor relations website in addition to following Energy Recovery's press releases, SEC filings, and public conference calls and webcasts.

About Energy Recovery Inc.
Energy Recovery, Inc. (ERII) is an energy solutions provider to industrial fluid flow markets worldwide. Energy Recovery solutions recycle and convert wasted pressure energy into a usable asset and preserve pumps that are subject to hostile processing environments. With award-winning technology, Energy Recovery simplifies complex industrial systems while improving productivity, profitability, and efficiency within the oil & gas, chemical processing, and water industries. Energy Recovery products save clients more than $1.8 billion (USD) annually. Headquartered in the Bay Area, Energy Recovery has offices in Houston, Ireland, Shanghai, and Dubai. For more information about the Company, please visit www.energyrecovery.com.

Contact
Emily Smith
esmith@energyrecovery.com
(510) 697-3105

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share data and par value)

(Unaudited)



March 31,
2018


December 31,
2017*


(In thousands, except share data and par value)

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

32,153



$

27,780


Restricted cash

1,205



2,664


Short-term investments

58,108



70,020


Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $77 and $103 at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively

12,754



12,465


Contract assets

4,948



6,278


Inventories

7,328



5,514


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,545



1,342


  Total current assets

118,041



126,063


Restricted cash, non-current

85



182


Deferred tax assets, non-current

8,309



7,933


Property and equipment, net

12,742



13,393


Operating lease, right of use asset

2,511



2,843


Goodwill

12,790



12,790


Other intangible assets, net

1,112



1,269


Other assets, non-current

267



12


  Total assets

$

155,857



$

164,485


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

2,341



$

4,091


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

3,990



7,948


Lease liabilities

1,641



1,603


Income taxes payable

429



432


Accrued warranty reserve

359



366


Contract liabilities

16,831



15,909


Current portion of long-term debt

12



11


  Total current liabilities

25,603



30,360


Long-term debt, less current portion

13



16


Lease liabilities, non-current

1,273



1,698


Contract liabilities, non-current

37,239



40,517


Other non-current liabilities

255




  Total liabilities

64,383



72,591


Commitments and Contingencies (Note 9)




Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017




Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 58,699,997 shares issued and 54,027,314 shares outstanding at March 31, 2018 and 58,168,433 shares issued and 53,905,600 shares outstanding at December 31, 2017

59



58


Additional paid-in capital

152,850



149,006


Accumulated comprehensive loss

(168)



(125)


Treasury stock, at cost, 4,672,683 shares repurchased at March 31, 2018 and 4,262,833 shares repurchased at December 31, 2017

(23,981)



(20,486)


Accumulated deficit

(37,286)



(36,559)


  Total stockholders' equity

91,474



91,894


    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

155,857



$

164,485



*Prior-period information has been retrospectively adjusted due to our adoption of ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) and ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) on January 1, 2018.

 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017*


(In thousands, except per share data)

Product revenue

$

11,058



$

12,245


Product cost of revenue

3,314



4,612


Product gross profit

7,744



7,633






License and development revenue

2,749



2,248






Operating expenses:




General and administrative

5,837



4,408


Sales and marketing

1,912



2,453


Research and development

3,917



2,509


Amortization of intangible assets

158



158


  Total operating expenses

11,824



9,528


(Loss) income from operations

(1,331)



353






Other income (expense):




Interest income

301



171


Interest expense



(1)


Other non-operating expense, net

(53)



(53)


  Total other income, net

248



117


(Loss) income before income taxes

(1,083)



470


(Benefit from) provision for income taxes

(357)



48


Net (loss) income

$

(726)



$

422






(Loss) income per share:




Basic

$

(0.01)



$

0.01


Diluted

$

(0.01)



$

0.01






Number of shares used in per share calculations:




Basic

53,987



53,825


Diluted

53,987



56,056



*Prior-period information has been retrospectively adjusted due to our adoption of ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) on January 1, 2018.

 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017*


(In thousands)

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:




Net (loss) income

$

(726)



$

422


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:




Stock-based compensation

2,242



1,113


Depreciation and amortization

1,124



881


Amortization of premiums on investments

90



113


Provision for warranty claims

48



55


Reversal of accruals related to expired warranties

(50)



(63)


Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign currency translation

113



(15)


Provision for doubtful accounts

8



4


Adjustments for excess or obsolete inventory

4



71


Deferred income taxes

(376)



(93)


Loss on disposal of fixed assets

21




Other non-cash adjustments

3



(31)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(297)



2,581


Contract assets

1,330



(3,556)


Inventories

(1,824)



(343)


Prepaid and other assets

(127)



(553)


Accounts payable

(1,467)



189


Accrued expenses and other liabilities

(4,092)



(3,566)


Income taxes payable

(3)



124


Contract liabilities

(2,354)



(2,157)


Net cash used in operating activities

(6,333)



(4,824)


Cash Flows From Investing Activities:




Maturities of marketable securities

25,623



9,646


Purchases of marketable securities

(13,935)



(9,355)


Capital expenditures

(626)



(532)


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

11,062



(241)


Cash Flows From Financing Activities:




Net proceeds from issuance of common stock

1,636



2,992


Tax payment for employee shares withheld

(37)



(153)


Repayment of long-term debt

(2)



(2)


Repurchase of common stock

(3,495)




Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(1,898)



2,837


Effect of exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents

(14)



15


Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

2,817



(2,213)


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of year

30,626



65,748


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

33,443



$

63,535



*Prior-period information has been retrospectively adjusted due to our adoption of ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) and ASU No. 2016-18, Statement of Cash Flows, Restricted Cash (Topic 230) on January 1, 2018.

 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION BY SEGMENT

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended March 31, 2018


Three Months Ended March 31, 2017*


Water


Oil & Gas


Total


Water


Oil & Gas


Total


(In thousands)

Product revenue

$

11,048



$

10



$

11,058



$

10,716



$

1,529



$

12,245


Product cost of revenue

3,228



86



3,314



3,524



1,088



4,612


Product gross profit

7,820



(76)



7,744



7,192



441



7,633














License and development revenue



2,749



2,749





2,248



2,248














Operating expenses:












General and administrative

305



651



956



318



349



667


Sales and marketing

1,445



344



1,789



1,499



641



2,140


Research and development

244



3,665



3,909



262



2,246



2,508


Amortization of intangibles

158





158



158





158


   Operating expenses

2,152



4,660



6,812



2,237



3,236



5,473














Operating income (loss)

$

5,668



$

(1,987)



3,681



$

4,955



$

(547)



4,408














Less: Corporate operating expenses





5,012







4,055


Consolidated operating loss





(1,331)







353


Non-operating income





248







117


Loss before income taxes





$

(1,083)







$

470



*Prior-period information has been retrospectively adjusted due to our adoption of ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) on January 1, 2018.

 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)


This press release includes non-GAAP financial information because we plan and manage our business using such information.  Our non-GAAP Total Gross Margin is determined by adding back the license and development revenue associated with the amortization of the VorTeq exclusivity fee.  Our non-GAAP Adjusted Net Income or Loss is determined by adding back non-recurring operating expenses.



Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017*

Product revenue

$

11,058



$

12,245


License and development revenue

2,749



2,248


Total revenue

$

13,807



$

14,493






Product gross profit

$

7,744



$

7,633


License and development revenue

2,749



2,248


Total gross profit (non-GAAP)

$

10,493



$

9,881






Product gross margin

70.0

%


62.3

%

Total gross margin (non-GAAP)

76.0

%


68.2

%





Net (loss) income

$

(726)



$

422


Reversal of non-recurring expense (benefit)

1,011




Adjusted net income (loss) (non-GAAP)

$

285



$

422






(Loss) income per share:




Diluted

$

(0.01)



$

0.01


Diluted (non-GAAP)

$

0.01



$

0.01






Number of diluted shares used in per share calculations




Diluted shares

53,987



56,056


Diluted shares (non-GAAP)

55,675



56,056



*Prior-period information has been retrospectively adjusted due to our adoption of ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) on January 1, 2018.

 

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