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Echelon Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

May 8, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

  • Q1 Revenues: $17.8 million
  • Q1 GAAP Net Loss: $4.0 million; GAAP Net Loss per Share: $0.09
  • Q1 Non-GAAP Net Loss:$3.1 million; Non-GAAP Net Loss per Share: $0.07

    “Execution of our strategic initiatives remains our most significant priority as we position Echelon to meet the emerging demand for Industrial Internet of Things solutions,” said Ron Sege, Chairman and CEO of Echelon. “This quarter we announced new products, began expanding our distribution channels under new sales leadership, and achieved significant milestones towards grid awards in Eastern Europe. As we move forward, we believe we can help our customers take advantage of emerging IIoT applications, add value as the lighting market transitions to LEDs and position ourselves well for grid modernization awards in our target geographies. By aligning our investments with these opportunities, we are focused on returning value to our shareholders long term.”

    Total revenues for the first quarter were $17.8 million, down from $25.2 million in the same period last year. Revenues from Echelon’s Grid business were $6.9 million for the first quarter, down from $13.4 million in the same period last year. Revenues from Echelon’s IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) business were $10.9 million in the first quarter, down from $11.8 million a year ago, including $1.5 million of sales to Enel in the quarter compared with $1.9 million in the same period last year.

    Total GAAP gross margins in the first quarter were 48.6% compared with 46.8% in the first quarter of 2013. Higher gross margins were largely driven by higher support revenue. Total operating expenses for the quarter declined to $12.5 million from $21.1 million in the same period last year as a result of the restructuring activities and Finmek related litigation charges last year.

    GAAP net loss for the first quarter was $4.0 million, or $0.09 per share, compared with a net loss of $9.2 million, or $0.22 per share, in the same period last year. Non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter was $3.1 million, or $0.07 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $1.9 million, or $0.04 per share for the first quarter of 2013.

    Business Outlook

    Echelon offers the following guidance for the second quarter of 2014:

  • Total revenues are expected to be $15.0 million to $16.5 million, with Grid revenues accounting for approximately 35% and IIoT revenues accounting for 65%.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin is expected to be in a range of 45% to 47%.
  • Stock-based compensation expense is expected to be approximately $1 million.
  • Non-GAAP loss per share amounts are expected to range from $0.09 to $0.13, based on 43.3 million fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding.
  • GAAP loss per share is expected to be between $0.11 to $0.15.

    For those interested in further discussion regarding this release, Echelon's management will participate in a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the call, dial (888) 771-4371 or (847) 585-4405 outside the U.S. and provide the confirmation number 37122208. An archived replay of the webcast will be available approximately two hours following the end of the call.

    Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

    Echelon continues to provide all information required in accordance with GAAP, but believes that an investor’s evaluation of our ongoing operating results may not be as useful if an investor is limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Accordingly, we provide non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share data as additional information relating to Echelon’s operating results. Echelon presents these non-GAAP financial measures to provide investors with an additional tool for evaluating Echelon’s operating results in a manner that focuses on what Echelon believes to be its ongoing business operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or net income per share prepared in accordance with GAAP.

    Echelon’s management uses certain non-GAAP financial information, namely operating results excluding restructuring charges, litigation charges, the impact of stock-based compensation charges made in accordance with ASC 718 (formerly SFAS 123R), as well as certain other non-routine charges, to evaluate its ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. Accordingly, we believe it is useful for Echelon’s investors to review, as applicable, information that both includes and excludes these charges (and the related tax impact) in order to assess the performance of Echelon’s business and for planning and forecasting in future periods. Whenever Echelon reports such non-GAAP financial measures, a complete reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measure is provided. Investors are encouraged to review these reconciliations to ensure they have a thorough understanding of the reported non-GAAP financial measures and their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

    About Echelon Corporation

    Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON), a foundational leader in the Industrial Internet of Things, delivers elements necessary to design, install, monitor and control industrial-strength 'communities of devices' within the lighting, building automation, grid, Internet of Things, 'maker' and other markets worldwide. Echelon develops and sells complete systems and subsystems for target applications, plus system-on-chips (SoCs), embedded software, and commissioning and management tools for OEMs. With more than 100 million Echelon-powered devices installed worldwide, the company helps its customers easily and safely migrate existing control systems to the most modern platforms, while bringing new devices and applications into an ever-growing global Industrial Internet. Echelon helps its customers reduce operational costs, enhance satisfaction and safety, grow revenues and perform better in both established and emerging markets. More information about Echelon can be found at http://www.echelon.com and at the company's blog at http://blog.echelon.com/.

    Echelon, the Echelon logo, and IzoT are trademarks of Echelon Corporation registered in the United States and other countries. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

    Risk Factors Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 21A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and is subject to the safe harbor created thereby. Echelon advises caution in reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements include, without limitation, those relating to the recovery of the smart grid markets, the potential success of the IzoT platform, the company’s opportunities for future growth and the Company’s guidance for the second quarter of 2014. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties, include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the continued development and growth of markets for Echelon's products and services; failure to achieve revenue estimates, maintain expense controls or achieve gross margins targets; circumstances that may delay the time frame for achieving our business outlook; the risk that global economic conditions will affect our customers’ ability to receive regulatory or other approval or financing for system or sub-system-based deployments; the timely development of Echelon's products and services and the ability of those products and services to perform as designed and meet customer expectations; the risk that Echelon does not meet expected or required shipment, delivery or acceptance schedules for its products and that Echelon may incur penalties or additional expenses or delay revenue recognition as a result; and other risks identified in Echelon's SEC filings. The discussion of risk factors are detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including reports on its most recently filed Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. The financial information presented in this release reflects estimates based on information that is available to us at this time. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially. Echelon undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    The condensed consolidated financial statements that follow should be read in conjunction with the notes set forth in Echelon's Annual Report on Form 10-Q when filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

     

    ECHELON CORPORATION

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

    (In thousands)

    (Unaudited)

       

       March 31,   

    2014

    December 31,

    2013
    ASSETS
    Current Assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 17,311 $ 14,648
    Short-term investments 37,991 42,987
    Accounts receivable, net 9,880 10,522
    Inventories 5,618 6,445
    Deferred cost of goods sold 1,600 1,649
    Other current assets 2,199   2,040
    Total current assets 74,599 78,291
    Property and equipment, net 18,119 18,670
    Other long-term assets 9,164   9,167
    $ 101,882   $ 106,128
    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
    Current Liabilities:
    Accounts payable $ 6,290 $ 5,424
    Accrued liabilities 5,552 7,395
    Current portion of lease financing obligations 2,314 2,257
    Deferred revenues 6,762   6,125
    Total current liabilities 20,918   21,201
    Long-term liabilities 16,257 16,950
    Total stockholders’ equity 64,707   67,977
    $ 101,882   $ 106,128
     

    ECHELON CORPORATION

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

    (In thousands, except per share amounts)

    (Unaudited)

     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2014   2013
    Revenues:  
    Product $ 16,128 $ 24,250
    Service 1,663     932  
    Total revenues 17,791     25,182  
    Cost of revenues:
    Cost of product (1) 8,739 13,078
    Cost of service (1) 405     328  
    Total cost of revenues 9,144     13,406  
    Gross profit 8,647     11,776  
    Operating expenses:
    Product development (1) 5,073 6,744
    Sales and marketing (1) 3,642 4,493
    General and administrative (1) 3,770 3,886
    Litigation charges 3,452
    Restructuring charges     2,522  
    Total operating expenses 12,485     21,097  
    Loss from operations (3,838 ) (9,321 )
    Interest and other income, net 11 284
    Interest expense on lease financing obligations (288 )   (321 )
    Loss before provision for income taxes (4,115 ) (9,358 )
    Income tax (benefit)/ expense (25 )   37  
    Net loss $ (4,090 ) $ (9,395 )
    Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 117     148  
    Net loss attributable to Echelon Corporation stockholders (3,973 )   (9,247 )
    Net loss per share:
    Basic $ (0.09 )   $ (0.22 )
    Diluted $ (0.09 )   $ (0.22 )
    Shares used in computing net loss per share:
    Basic 43,264     42,929  
    Diluted 43,264     42,929  
    (1) Amounts include stock-based compensation costs as follows:
    Cost of product 108 143
    Cost of service 27 15
    Product development 343 542
    Sales and marketing 89 308
    General and administrative 316   375  
    Total stock-based compensation expenses 883   1,383  
     

    ECHELON CORPORATION

    RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP RESULTS

    Excluding adjustments itemized below

    (In thousands, except per share amounts)

    (Unaudited)

     

    An itemized reconciliation between net earnings on a GAAP basis and non-GAAP basis is as follows:

     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2014   2013
    GAAP net loss

    $(3,973

    )

    $(9,247

    )
    Stock-based compensation 883 1,383
    Litigation charges 3,452
    Restructuring charges   2,522  
    Total non-GAAP adjustments to earnings from operations (3,090 ) (1,890 )
    Income tax effect of reconciling items      
    Non-GAAP net loss

    $(3,090

    )  

    $(1,890

    )
    Non-GAAP net loss per share:
    Diluted

    $(0.07

    )

    $(0.04

    )
    Shares used in computing net loss per share:
    Diluted 43,264 42,929
     
    ECHELON CORPORATION
    INFORMATION BY SEGMENTS
    (In thousands, except per share amounts)
    (Unaudited)
     
    The following table summarizes financial information for each segment used by the CODM for the quarter ended March 31, 2014:
                         
    Grid IIoT

    Shared/

    Corporate

    Stock

    Compensation

    expenses

    Adjustments to

    reconcile to

    GAAP

    reported

    amounts

    Company-

    wide total

    Revenues $ 6,867 $ 10,924 $ $ $ $ 17,791
    Segment gross profit 1 1,909 6,873 (135 ) 8,647
    Segment contribution (2,104 ) 2,720 (3,454 ) (883 ) (3,721 )
    Corporate unallocated expenses
    Interest and other income (expense), net 11 11
    Interest expense on lease financing obligations (288 ) (288 )
    Income tax benefit $ 25 $ 25  
    Net loss attributable to Echelon Corporation Stockholders $ (3,973 )


    1 Represents unallocated share based compensation expenses considered in GAAP results as part of cost of revenues, but excluded from segment gross profit calculation as presented to the CODM. This amount has been presented to reconcile the segment gross profit to total gross profit presented in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations.

     

    ECHELON CORPORATION

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

    (In thousands)

    (Unaudited)

     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2014   2013
     
    Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities:
    Net loss including noncontrolling interest $ (4,090 ) $ (9,395 )
    Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
    Depreciation and amortization 923 1,058
    Increase in allowance for doubtful accounts 33 11
    Loss on disposal of fixed assets 3 3
    Reduction of (increase in) accrued investment income 5 (6 )
    Stock-based compensation 883 1,383
    Change in operating assets and liabilities:
    Accounts receivable 609 609
    Inventories 824 1,172
    Deferred cost of goods sold 33 (117 )
    Other current assets 22 (514 )
    Accounts payable 605 (809 )
    Accrued liabilities (1,912 ) 5,197
    Deferred revenues 647 (297 )
    Deferred rent (9 ) (9 )
    Net cash used in operating activities (1,424 ) (1,714 )
     
    Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities:
    Purchases of available-for-sale short-term investments (8,993 ) (12,984 )
    Proceeds from maturities and sales of available-for-sale short-term investments 13,983 12,990
    Change in other long-term assets 3 6
    Capital expenditures (302 ) (172 )
    Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 4,691   (160 )
     
    Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities:
    Principal payments of lease financing obligations (541 ) (503 )
    Proceeds from exercise of stock options 17
    Repurchase of common stock from employees for payment of taxes on vesting of restricted stock units and upon exercise of stock options (7 ) (17 )
    Net cash used in financing activities (531 ) (520 )
     
    Effect of exchange rates on cash: (73 ) (392 )
    Net change in cash and cash equivalents 2,663 (2,786 )
    Cash and cash equivalents:
    Beginning of period 14,648   18,876  
    End of period $ 17,311   $ 16,090  





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