Strong Growth in Sales to Military and Maritime Customers Offsets Pandemic-Related Softness in the Commercial Business; New Products Expected to Benefit 2021 Sales Growth
November 12, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time
SOLON, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Energy Focus, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFOI), a leader in sustainable and human-centric lighting technologies, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Third Quarter 2020 and Subsequent Business Highlights:
- Net sales of $6.0 million, up 104.6% compared to the third quarter of 2019 and up 78.8% sequentially from the second quarter of 2020, reflecting increased penetration in the military market and a shift in the timing of the partial shipment of a certain military contract order from the second quarter to the third quarter of 2020;
- Loss from operations of $1.0 million, compared to a loss from operations of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2019 and sequentially to a loss from operations of $0.9 million in the second quarter of 2020;
- Net loss of $1.2 million, or $(0.35) per basic and diluted share of common stock, compared to a net loss of $0.9 million, or $(0.38) per basic and diluted share of common stock, in the third quarter of 2019. Sequentially, the net loss improved by $3.2 million compared to a net loss of $4.3 million, or $(1.36) per basic and diluted share of common stock, inclusive of a $3.3 million non-cash adjustment in the fair value of outstanding warrants, in the second quarter of 2020;
- Cash of $2.6 million as of September 30, 2020, compared to $0.4 million as of December 31, 2019;
- Expanded available credit lines in August by completing two debt financing arrangements, which substantially increased the Company’s borrowing capacity and reduced its blended interest expense rate;
- Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2020, the Company launched a portfolio of germicidal UV-C disinfection (‘UVCD’) products with advanced, patent-pending technologies designed to inactivate over 99.9% of various pathogens such as influenza and coronavirus, including SARS-Cov-2.
“Our Military and Maritime business continues to demonstrate brisk, year-over-year growth with year-to-date net sales up more than 165% over the first nine months of last year,” stated James Tu, Chairman and CEO of Energy Focus, Inc. “Overall demand remained strong and steady, and we secured significant contracts for our new generation Intellitube products. On the other hand, during the quarter, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to significantly impact facility occupancy and retrofit budgets and activities, as well as timing and reliability of supply chain logistics, resulting in our sales coming in towards the lower end of our expected range.”
Mr. Tu continued, “Despite the myriad of short-term challenges brought on by the pandemic, we are more optimistic than ever in our long-term growth prospects, led by both our EnFocusTM lighting control platform products, which continued to be well received with initial shipments beginning in the third quarter, as well as our UVCD product lines that we recently introduced in October. With the pandemic still raging across most parts of the world, and elevated and routine disinfection practices expected to become the new normal for buildings and facilities, we believe that our complementary air and surface UVCD products represent some of the most advanced, powerful and affordable disinfection solutions in the market today. We have started to receive positive and enthusiastic feedback from customers, as well as existing and new channel partners, and remain on schedule to start delivering the products in the first quarter of 2021.”
“The UVCD product launches following our EnFocusTM launch in the second quarter this year, further bolster our position as a recognized leader in the emerging and rapidly growing human-centric lighting and healthy buildings markets,” continued Mr. Tu. “We continue to aggressively expand our agency and distribution network and we are in discussions with multiple significant channel partners to market and distribute our LED lighting and UVCD products that together, address broader needs for buildings and facilities seeking to improve sustainability as well as occupant health and safety.”
Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results:
Net sales were $6.0 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $2.9 million in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 104.6%. Net sales from commercial products were $1.5 million, or 24.4% of total net sales, for the third quarter of 2020, down from $1.7 million, or 59.5% of total net sales, in the third quarter of 2019, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related customer interruptions and project delays. Net sales from military and maritime products were $4.5 million, or 75.6% of total net sales, for the third quarter of 2020, up from $1.2 million, or 40.5% of total net sales, in the third quarter of 2019. Sequentially, net sales were up 78.8% compared to $3.3 million in the second quarter of 2020, reflecting a shift in the timing of the shipment of a portion of a $3.4 million U.S. Navy order for the Company’s new generation of military Intellitubes. On an aggregate basis, removing the impact related to the timing of this U.S. Navy order, second and third quarter 2020 aggregate revenue was $9.3 million compared to $6.0 million for the second and third quarters of 2019, representing period-over-period growth of 55.1%.
Gross profit was $1.4 million, or 23.1% of net sales, for the third quarter of 2020. This compares with gross profit of $1.0 million, or 35.3% of net sales, in the third quarter of 2019. Sequentially, this compares with gross profit of $1.3 million, or 40.3% of net sales, in the second quarter of 2020. Gross margin for the third quarter of 2020 was positively impacted by favorable price and usage variances for material and labor and changes in inventory reserves. These increases were more than offset by the negative impact from unexpected supply chain challenges related primarily to the Company’s military and maritime products, which negatively impacted gross margin by approximately 4.1% in the third quarter, and resulted in higher outbound freight costs. Adjusted gross margin, as defined under “Non-GAAP Measures” below, was 24.6% for the third quarter of 2020, compared to 23.6% in the third quarter of 2019 and 33.0% in the second quarter of 2020.
Operating loss was $1.0 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to an operating loss of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2019. Sequentially, this compares to an operating loss of $0.9 million in the second quarter of 2020. Net loss was $1.2 million, or $(0.35) per basic and diluted share of common stock, for the third quarter of 2020, compared with a net loss of $0.9 million, or $(0.38) per basic and diluted share of common stock, in the third quarter of 2019. Sequentially, this compares with a net loss of $4.3 million or $(1.36) per basic and diluted share of common stock, in the second quarter of 2020, which was inclusive of a $3.3 million non-cash, pre-tax loss resulting from the revaluation of the warrant liability at June 30, 2020.
Adjusted EBITDA, as defined under “Non-GAAP Measures” below, was a loss of $0.9 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared with a loss of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2019 and a loss of $0.7 million in the second quarter of 2020. The increased EBITDA loss from second quarter of 2020 and third quarter of 2019 was due to a combination of gross margin fluctuation, supply chain challenges and higher operating expenses due to our investment for future growth.
Cash was $2.6 million as of September 30, 2020. This compares with $0.4 million as of December 31, 2019. As of September 30, 2020, the Company had total availability, as defined under “Non-GAAP Measures” below, of $4.9 million, which consisted of $2.6 million of cash and $2.3 million of additional borrowing availability under its credit facilities. This compares to total availability of $1.9 million as of December 31, 2019 and total availability of $3.9 million as of June 30, 2020.
On August 11, 2020, the Company entered into two debt financing arrangements. The facilities consist of a two-year inventory financing facility for up to $3 million and a two-year receivables financing facility for up to $2.5 million. These facilities replaced our previous credit facility, substantially increasing the Company’s borrowing capacity and reducing its blended interest expense rate.
Fourth Quarter 2020 Outlook:
While activities for our military and maritime business remain stronger than levels a year ago, and we expect fourth quarter 2020 sales to grow from fourth quarter 2019, we continue to confront significant short-term uncertainties surrounding our commercial business and logistics challenges on select components due to the ongoing pandemic. Therefore, we are suspending our quarterly sales guidance for the time being and will resume outlook forecast as these external factors become more stable and predictable.
Earnings Conference Call:
The Company will host a conference call and webcast today, November 12, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss the third quarter 2020 results, followed by a Q & A session.
You can access the live conference call by dialing the following phone numbers:
- Toll free 1-877-451-6152 or
- International 1-201-389-0879
- Conference ID# 13712403
The conference call will be simultaneously webcast. To listen to the webcast, log onto it at: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=142169. The webcast will be available at this link through November 27, 2020. Financial information presented on the call, including this earnings press release, will be available on the investors section of Energy Focus’ website, investors.energyfocus.com.
About Energy Focus:
Energy Focus is an industry-leading innovator of sustainable LED lighting and lighting control technologies and solutions. As the creator of the first flicker-free LED lamps, Energy Focus develops high quality LED lighting products that provide extensive energy and maintenance savings, as well as aesthetics, safety, health and sustainability benefits over conventional lighting. Our EnFocusTM lighting control platform enables existing and new buildings to provide quality, convenient and affordable, dimmable and color-tunable, circadian and human-centric lighting capabilities. Our patent-pending UV-C Disinfection technologies and products, announced in October 2020, aim to provide effective, reliable and affordable UVCD solutions for buildings, facilities and homes. Energy Focus’ customers include U.S. and foreign navies, U.S. federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, as well as Fortune 500 companies. Since 2007, Energy Focus has installed approximately 900,000 lighting products across the U.S. Navy fleet, including tubular LEDs, waterline security lights, explosion-proof globes and berth lights, saving more than 5,000,000 gallons of fuel and 300,000 man-hours in lighting maintenance annually. Energy Focus is headquartered in Solon, Ohio. For more information, visit our website at www.energyfocus.com.
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We believe that important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) disruptions and a slowing in the U.S. and global economy and business interruptions experienced by us, our customers and our suppliers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related stay-at-home orders, quarantine policies, school attendance restrictions and restrictions on travel, trade and business operations; (ii) our ability to realize the expected novelty, disinfection effectiveness, affordability and estimated delivery timing of our UVCD products and their performance and cost compared to other products; (iii) market acceptance of our LED lighting, control and UVCD technologies and products; (iv) our need for additional financing in the near term to continue our operations; (v) our ability to refinance or extend maturing debt on acceptable terms or at all; (vi) our ability to continue as a going concern for a reasonable period of time; (vii) our ability to implement plans to increase sales and control expenses; (viii) our reliance on a limited number of customers for a significant portion of our revenue, and our ability to maintain or grow such sales levels; (ix) our ability to add new customers to reduce customer concentration; (x) our reliance on a limited number of third-party suppliers and research and development partners, our ability to manage third-party product development and obtain critical components and finished products from such suppliers on acceptable terms and of acceptable quality, and the impact of our fluctuating demand on the stability of such suppliers; (xi) our ability to timely and efficiently transport products from our third-party suppliers to our facility by ocean marine channels; (xii) our ability to increase demand in our targeted markets and to manage sales cycles that are difficult to predict and may span several quarters; (xiii) the timing of large customer orders, significant expenses and fluctuations between demand and capacity as we invest in growth opportunities; (xiv) our ability to compete effectively against companies with lower cost structures or greater resources, or more rapid development efforts, and new competitors in our target markets; (xv) our ability to successfully scale our network of sales representatives, agents, and distributors to match the sales reach of larger, established competitors; (xvi) our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, and to do so in a timely manner; (xvii) the impact of any type of legal inquiry, claim or dispute; (xviii) general economic conditions in the United States and in other markets in which we operate or secure products; (xix) our dependence on military maritime customers and on the levels and timing of government funding available to such customers, as well as the funding resources of our other customers in the public sector and commercial markets; (xx) the possible impact on our military maritime customers and their ability to honor the timing for existing orders or place future orders due to COVID-19 breakouts amongst personnel that might impact the use of ships in service; (xxi) business interruptions resulting from geopolitical actions, including war and terrorism, natural disasters, including earthquakes, typhoons, floods and fires, or from health epidemics or pandemics or other contagious outbreaks; (xxii) our ability to respond to new lighting technologies and market trends, and fulfill our warranty obligations with safe and reliable products; (xxiii) any delays we may encounter in making new products available or fulfilling customer specifications; (xxiv) any flaws or defects in our products or in the manner in which they are used or installed; (xxv) our ability to protect our intellectual property rights and other confidential information, and manage infringement claims by others; (xxvi) our compliance with government contracting laws and regulations, through both direct and indirect sale channels, as well as other laws, such as those relating to the environment and health and safety; (xxvii) risks inherent in international markets, such as economic and political uncertainty, changing regulatory and tax requirements and currency fluctuations, including tariffs and other potential barriers to international trade; (xxviii)our ability to maintain effective internal controls and otherwise comply with our obligations as a public company; and (xxix) our ability to regain compliance with the continued listing standards of The Nasdaq Stock Market. For additional factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, please refer to our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.