Energy Focus, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Despite Continued COVID-19 Impact, Company Targets Sequential Recovery and Growth Throughout 2021

May 13, 2021 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SOLON, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Energy Focus, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFOI), a leader in sustainable and human-centric lighting (“HCL”) technologies, and who recently announced development of a range of UV-C disinfection (“UVCD”) products, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

First Quarter 2021 and Subsequent Business Highlights:

  • Net sales of $2.6 million, down 30.3% compared to the first quarter of 2020 and down 29.6% sequentially from the fourth quarter of 2020, reflecting fluctuations in timing of military orders and funding, and continued COVID-19-related challenges in the commercial sector
  • Loss from operations of $2.3 million, compared to a loss from operations of $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2020 and sequentially to a loss from operations of $0.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020
  • Net loss of $1.6 million, or $(0.45) per basic and diluted share of common stock, compared to a net loss of $0.5 million, or $(0.18) per basic and diluted share of common stock, in the first quarter of 2020. Sequentially, the net loss increased by $1.7 million compared to net income of $0.1 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share of common stock, inclusive of a $1.2 million non-cash gain from the change in fair value of outstanding warrants, in the fourth quarter of 2020
  • $0.8 million Paycheck Protection Program loan was forgiven in February 2021
  • Cash of $0.5 million as of March 31, 2021, compared to $1.8 million as of December 31, 2020. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company increased its inventory-based line of credit by $0.5 million and secured a net $1.5 million bridge loan, increasing overall liquidity

“On top of fluctuations in the timing of military orders and funding, first quarter results reflect the full impact of the pandemic on our commercial business as enterprise facilities remained well under-occupied and lighting retrofit budgets remained highly constrained during the quarter,” stated James Tu, Chairman and CEO of Energy Focus, Inc. “That said, over the past few weeks, we have begun to see initial signs of increasing project activities in the commercial sector, as retrofit budgets begin to loosen due to economy reopening in some parts of the country. Barring significant and unexpected delays in logistics or component delivery lead times, we are cautiously optimistic that the worst from the pandemic is now behind us, and we expect sequential top and bottom-line improvements in the second quarter and beyond.”

“Despite the past year’s unprecedented challenges in the lighting and retrofit industry, we are more excited than ever about the Company’s long-term prospects,” continued Mr. Tu. “Over the past year, we continued to invest in expanding our EnFocusTM lighting control platform technologies, and we developed a comprehensive UV-C disinfection (UVCD) product portfolio that leverages our extensive know-how in lighting, as well as advanced technologies from our engineering development partners. We plan to launch next generation, award-winning EnFocusTM products with occupancy sensing and autonomous circadian lighting for both commercial and residential applications in the second half of the year. Meanwhile, we just launched our pilot mUVeCrewTM robotic disinfection services in the Cleveland area, and expect our nUVoTM air disinfection devices to be available in the third quarter, including nUVoTM Tower, a powerful disinfection device for large rooms and nUVoTM Traveler, a tumbler-sized portable UV-C disinfection device that is ideal for automobiles and other personal spaces, as well as our abUVTM modular UV-C disinfection and human-centric lighting fixture. We continue to expand our agency distribution and channel partner networks to market and distribute our LED lighting and upcoming UVCD products. As the economy starts to reopen more broadly and our new products enter the markets in the coming months, we look forward to helping businesses and homes elevate safety, health and sustainability performances through our advanced and impactful human-centric lighting products.”

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results:

Net sales were $2.6 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $3.8 million in the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of 30.3%. Net sales from commercial products were $0.9 million, or 34.6% of total net sales, for the first quarter of 2021, down from $1.7 million, or 45.9% of total net sales, in the first quarter of 2020, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related and continued customer interruptions and project delays. Net sales from military maritime products were $1.7 million, or 65.4% of total net sales, for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $2.0 million, or 54.1% of total net sales, in the first quarter of 2020, primarily due to fluctuations in the timing of military orders and funding. Sequentially, net sales were down 29.6% compared to $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, reflecting primarily the timing fluctuations of military orders in addition to seasonal slowdowns in the military market, as well as the continued impact of the pandemic, particularly in the commercial market.

Gross profit was $0.6 million, or 21.0% of net sales, for the first quarter of 2021. This compares with gross profit of $1.0 million, or 27.3% of net sales, in the first quarter of 2020. Sequentially, this compares with gross profit of $1.4 million, or 38.3% of net sales, in the fourth quarter of 2020. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2021 was positively impacted by favorable price and usage variances for material and labor of $0.2 million and offset by unfavorable changes in inventory and warranty reserves of $0.1 million. Adjusted gross margin, as defined under “Non-GAAP Measures” below, was 24.3% for the first quarter of 2021, compared to 25.2% in the first quarter of 2020 and 27.7% in the fourth quarter of 2020, primarily being driven by product mix in the military maritime product sales during first quarter of 2021 as compared to the first and fourth quarters of 2020.

Operating loss was $2.3 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to an operating loss of $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2020. Sequentially, this compares to an operating loss of $0.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Net loss was $1.6 million, or $(0.45) per basic and diluted share of common stock, for the first quarter of 2021, compared with a net loss of $0.5 million, or $(0.18) per basic and diluted share of common stock, in the first quarter of 2020. Sequentially, this compares with net income of $0.1 million or $0.01 per basic and diluted share of common stock, in the fourth quarter of 2020, which was inclusive of a $1.2 million non-cash, pre-tax gain resulting from the revaluation of the warrant liability during the fourth quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA, as defined under “Non-GAAP Measures” below, was a loss of $2.0 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared with a loss of $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2020 and a loss of $0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The increased adjusted EBITDA loss from fourth quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2020 was due to a combination of gross margin fluctuation and higher operating expenses due to our investment for future growth primarily in the areas of sales and engineering personnel.

Cash was $0.5 million as of March 31, 2021. This compares with $1.8 million as of December 31, 2020. As of March 31, 2021, the Company had total availability, as defined under “Non-GAAP Measures” below, of $1.2 million, which consisted of $0.5 million of cash and $0.7 million of additional borrowing availability under its credit facilities. This compares to total availability of $4.1 million as of March 31, 2020 and total availability of $3.5 million as of December 31, 2020.

Financings:

On February 11, 2021, the entire principal balance and interest of the Company’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan were forgiven, for approximately $0.8 million. The loan was originally issued to the Company in April 2020 pursuant to the PPP under Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, during April, the Company expanded its inventory line of credit by $0.5 million. The Company has two debt financing arrangements that mature on August 11, 2022, consisting of a two-year inventory financing facility for up to $3.5 million (following the increase), and a two-year receivables financing facility for up to $2.5 million. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, also during April, the Company secured a $1.5 million, net bridge loan on favorable terms.

Earnings Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call and webcast today, May 13, 2021, at 11 a.m. ET to discuss the first quarter 2021 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# 13719505

The conference call will be simultaneously webcast. To listen to the webcast, log onto it at: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=144795. The webcast will be available at this link through May 28, 2021. 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 UVCD 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.

Forward-Looking Statements:

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By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Although we base these forward-looking statements on assumptions that we believe are reasonable when made in light of the information currently available to us, we caution you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and industry developments may differ materially from statements made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this release. 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 impacts 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) our ability to extend our product portfolio into commercial services and consumer products; (iv) market acceptance of our LED lighting, control and UVCD technologies and products; (v) our need for additional financing in the near term to continue our operations; (vi) our ability to refinance or extend maturing debt on acceptable terms or at all; (vii) our ability to continue as a going concern for a reasonable period of time; (viii) our ability to implement plans to increase sales and control expenses; (ix) 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; (x) our ability to add new customers to reduce customer concentration; (xi) 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; (xii) our ability to timely and efficiently transport products from our third-party suppliers to our facility by ocean marine channels; (xiii) our ability to increase demand in our targeted markets and to manage sales cycles that are difficult to predict and may span several quarters; (xiv) the timing of large customer orders, significant expenses and fluctuations between demand and capacity as we invest in growth opportunities; (xv) 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; (xvi) our ability to successfully scale our network of sales representatives, agents, and distributors to match the sales reach of larger, established competitors; (xvii) our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified personnel, and to do so in a timely manner; (xviii) the impact of any type of legal inquiry, claim or dispute; (xix) general economic conditions in the United States and in other markets in which we operate or secure products; (xx) 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; (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 maintain 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.