Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.
Delivering on Commercialization Strategy Through Sales and Marketing Successes
MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J., Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocean Power Technologies (Nasdaq: OPTT), a leader in innovative and cost-effective ocean energy solutions today announced financial results for the fiscal first quarter of 2019 ended July 31, 2018.
“The strong momentum that OPT saw in our first fiscal quarter is indicative of our team’s success in its sales and marketing efforts,” said George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Power Technologies. “For the first time, our company is executing multiple contracts to supply PowerBuoys™ in new markets across multiple applications. Likewise, our new plant, people and processes position us to deliver high quality products and services to our customers. We successfully shipped our PB3 PowerBuoy™ for deployment in the Adriatic Sea, fulfilling a key milestone with Eni S.p.A. We are also preparing to deliver a PB3 PowerBuoy™ to Premier Oil for our upcoming deployment in the North Sea. Given our robust pipeline of opportunities, brand recognition as an innovator in offshore power, and broadening demand for our solutions, we anticipate securing additional orders to deliver PB3 PowerBuoys™ to prospective partners around the world.”
First Fiscal Quarter Financial & Recent Operational Highlights
Shipped PB3 PowerBuoy™ to Eni S.p.A. for deployment in Adriatic Sea;
Signed contract in June 2018 with Premier Oil to supply a PowerBuoy™ for the Huntington Field, one of Premier Oil’s offshore fields in the Central North Sea;
Signed agreement with Enel Green Power to evaluate a PowerBuoy™ deployment off the coast of Chile;
Received an important patent to optimize energy harvesting in low to moderate sea states;
Added key senior leadership in business development with extensive experience in defense, offshore oil and gas, and offshore communications;
Entered common stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital Fund;
Continued to build and address increasing demand for the PB3 PowerBuoy™ by responding to multiple requests for proposals, technical information and pricing, and through expanded branding and marketing activities.
First Fiscal Quarter Operations Review
“Our highly skilled and talented team is delivering positive results for customers and prospective partners as we continue to innovate and address critical needs for our technology in important end-markets in oil and gas, defense and security, science and research, and communications. For instance, the contract with Premier Oil to supply a PowerBuoy™ to their Huntington Field is a significant opportunity for OPT to provide critical surveillance services to our oil and gas partners,” Mr. Kirby added. “The addition of Matthew May as our Vice President of Global Business Development continues to enable our success in forging a robust pipeline through new and expanding relationships as we bring our technology to a broader market.
Additionally, we obtained a new patent which allows us to optimize energy in lower sea states. The technology can be applied to serve additional subsea demands and will be highlighted at upcoming conferences and exhibitions.”
First Fiscal Quarter Financial Review
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $31,000, compared to $195,000 for the prior-year period. The decline in revenue is due to the timing of the new contracts signed with Eni and Premier Oil in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and the MES and ONR contracts being completed in the fiscal 2018.
The net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $3.2 million, compared to a net loss of $2.7 million for the prior-year period. The increase in net loss was a direct result of costs associated with scaling business development, engineering, and marketing for focus towards commercial contracts.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Total cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities were $8.4 million as of July 31, 2018, down from $12.2 million on April 30, 2018. Net cash used in operating activities was $3.8 million during the three months ended July 31, 2018 as compared to $4.2 million during the prior-year period.
Conference Call & Webcast Details
Ocean Power Technologies’ management will host a conference call and webcast to review the first quarter financial and operating results on September 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Interested parties may access the conference call by dialing 1-844-473-0979 (toll free in the U.S.) or 1-574-990-1390 for international callers and entering passcode conference ID 8585504.
Investors, analysts and members of the media interested in listening to the live presentation are encouraged to join a webcast of the call available on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at https://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com.
A replay will be available starting within a few hours after the conference concludes and will be available until September 19, 2018. To access the rebroadcast please dial 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406 and use replay access code 8585504. The webcast will also be archived on the Ocean Power Technologies investor relations website.
About Ocean Power Technologies
Headquartered in New Jersey, Ocean Power Technologies aspires to transform the world through durable, innovative and cost-effective ocean energy solutions. Our PB3 PowerBuoy™ uses ocean waves to provide clean, reliable and persistent electric power and real-time communications for remote offshore applications in markets such as oil and gas, defense, security, science and research, and communications. To learn more, visit www.oceanpowertechnologies.com.
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Investor Relations Contact:
Steve Calk or Jackie Marcus
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Ocean Power Technologies Announces Fiscal 2019 First Quarter Results