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Pioneer Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

Company Achieves Profitability Guidance, Delivers $7.4 Million Improvement in Operating Income vs. Full Year 2015; Year-End Backlog of $38.6 Million Reinforces Expectation of Significantly Improved Profitability in 2017

Fort Lee, NJ, March 9, 2017 / PRNewswire / – Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPSI) (“Pioneer” or the “Company”), a company engaged in the manufacture, sale and service of electrical transmission, distribution and on-site power generation equipment, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year periods ended December 31, 2016.

Full-Year 2016 Results:

  • Revenue of $114.4 million, an increase of 7.4% year-over-year
  • Gross margin of 21.8%, up year-over-year from 20.4% in 2015
  • Operating income of $2.1 million, inclusive of $2.4 million in non-recurring charges related to restructuring and integration charges compared to an operating loss of $(5.3) million, inclusive of $5.6 million in non-recurring charges related to restructuring and integration efforts, in 2015
  • Net loss of $(569,000) compared to $(5.9) million in the year-ago period
  • Adjusted EBITDA* of $8.8 million compared to $3.8 million in the year-ago period, within the guidance range
  • Backlog increased 34.5% year-over-year to $38.6 million

Fourth Quarter Results

  • Revenue of $28.5 million, an increase of 8.6% over the prior year quarter
  • Gross margin of 21.0% compared to 23.2% in Q4 2015
  • Operating loss of $(1.6) million compared to $(1.2) million in Q4 2015
  • Net loss of $(1.7) million compared to $(1.3) million in Q4 2015
  • Adjusted EBITDA* of $2.6 million compared to $1.9 million in Q4 2015

Nathan Mazurek, Pioneer's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “This was a highly successful year for Pioneer, benefitting from our continued penetration of fast-growing market segments and our ongoing initiatives to consolidate operations and enhance margins. We delivered a $7.4 million improvement in operating income, and annual adjusted EBITDA was well within our guidance range. In total, we grew our adjusted EBITDA by approximately $5 million for the year, a stable baseline from which we plan to deliver continued profitable growth. These improvements exclude any contribution from the oil and gas sector. We increased sales by 7.4% driven by our growing service business, expanded presence in emerging market segments like distributed generation/microgrid and the incremental contribution from data center equipment customers and other new customers. Looking toward 2017, we expect to see the benefit of increased infrastructure spending, such as Keystone and Dakota pipelines, high-speed electric rail projects and other mass transit projects, and seaport expansion, on top of our solid base of business, we anticipate a meaningful increase in profitability in 2017.”

Revenue

Total revenue for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 increased to $28.5 million, up 8.6% compared to $26.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase was the result of increased sales of dry type transformer products, typically utilized for commercial construction and industrial applications, data center expansions and mobile power, as well as custom switchgear products for applications for supermarket chains, waste water treatment plants and U.S. Embassy projects around the world. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2016, total consolidated revenue increased by $7.9 million, or 7.4%, to $114.4 million, up from $106.5 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2015.

Gross Margin

For the fourth quarter of 2016, gross margin was 21.0% of revenues, as compared to 23.2% for the fourth quarter of 2015. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2016, Pioneer’s gross profit was $24.9 million, or 21.8% of revenues, up 14.4% compared to the $21.8 million, or 20.4% gross margin, for the year-ago period. The decrease in gross margin was related to operational challenges in switchgear manufacturing and lower margin switchgear sales during the period.

Operating Income (Loss)

Fourth quarter operating loss was $(1.6) million compared to $(1.2) million for the same period last year. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2016, operating income was $2.1 million compared to an operating loss of $(5.3) million for the prior year.

Adjusted EBITA*

For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, there were approximately $2.6 million of non-recurring expenses, including $2.2 million in restructuring and integration charges. For the quarter ended December 31, 2015, there were approximately $3.2 million of non-recurring expenses, including $2.1 million in restructuring and integration charges. The fourth quarter of 2016 and 2015 included non-cash expenses consisting of depreciation, amortization of acquisition intangibles, and stock-based compensation for employee and director stock options of $800,000 and $867,000, respectively.

The Company’s Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was approximately $2.6 million compared to $1.9 million in the same quarter last year. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2016, the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA was $8.8 million, as compared to $3.8 million last year. Please refer to the financial tables included below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results

* Note: Pioneer has presented non-GAAP measures such as Adjusted EBITDA because many of our investors use these non-GAAP measures to monitor the Company's performance. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP measures as an indicator of the Company's operating performance.

Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flow that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measures included in this release, however, should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, operating income, cash flows, or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Please refer to the financial tables included below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Income Taxes

Pioneer’s effective income tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2016 was 117% of earnings before tax, as compared to 47% for the same quarter last year. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2016, the effective income tax rate was 200% of earnings before tax, as compared to 31% for the same period last year. The increase in Pioneer’s effective income tax rate during 2016 resulted from recording the reconciliation of the Company’s prior year income tax returns to the financial statements, an audit of the Company’s previously filed income tax returns in Canada, and the permanent benefit resulting from the abatement of payroll tax penalties. Excluding these items, the Company’s tax rate would have been 19% for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Net Earnings (Loss) and Per Diluted Share

The Company generated a net loss of $(1.7) million and $(569,000) for the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2016, respectively, as compared to $(1.3) million and $(5.9) million during the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2015. Net loss per basic and diluted share for the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2016 were $(0.19) and $(0.07), respectively, as compared to $(0.18) and $(0.76) for the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2015, respectively.

On a non-GAAP basis, the Company reported net earnings of approximately $1.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, or $0.21 per diluted share, as compared to $1.3 million, or $0.15 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2016, non-GAAP earnings were $6.3 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, up from $2.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, for the 12 months ended December 31, 2015. Please refer to the financial tables included below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

On a non-GAAP basis, the Company reported net earnings of approximately $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, or $0.16 per diluted share, as compared $(1.3) million, or $(0.18) per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2015, non-GAAP earnings were $1.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, down from $1.8 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the 12 months ended December 31, 2014. Please refer to the financial tables included below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results and guidance.

Backlog

Order backlog at December 31, 2016 was $38.6 million compared to $28.7 million at December 31, 2015. Backlog is based on orders expected to be delivered in the future, most of which is expected to occur during the next 12 months.

2017 Outlook

The Company reaffirmed its full-year 2017 guidance which is based on expected business trends and the current composition of the order backlog, excluding the impact of any potential acquisitions, as their timing and investment levels cannot be known with certainty. In addition, this outlook excludes any significant fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. Pioneer's 2017 full-year guidance is based on a foreign currency exchange rate of 74 cents U.S. per Canadian Dollar, an effective tax rate at 28% and a share count of approximately 8.7 million shares. In addition, the impact of any restructuring and non-cash charges arising out of Pioneer's cost-optimization plans is excluded.

For the full year 2017, the Company expects:

  • Revenue between $120 and $127 million
  • Net income between $3.5 and $4.1 million
  • Diluted EPS between $0.40 and $0.47 based on 8.7 million shares

This reflects non-GAAP results of:

  • Adjusted EBITA of $10.0 million to 11.0 million
  • Non-GAAP EPS between $0.83 to $0.93

Conference Call Information

Management will host a conference call at 10 a.m. Eastern Time Friday, March 10, 2017, to discuss the results with the investment community. Details are as follows:

About Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc.

Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. manufactures, sells and services a broad range of specialty electrical transmission, distribution and on-site power generation equipment for applications in the utility, industrial, commercial and backup power markets. The Company's principal products and services include custom-engineered electrical transformers, low and medium voltage switchgear and engine-generator sets and controls, complemented by a national field-service organization to maintain and repair power generation assets. Pioneer is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and operates from 13 additional locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for manufacturing, centralized distribution, engineering, sales, service and administration. To learn more about Pioneer, please visit its website at www.pioneerpowersolutions.com

Safe Harbor Statement:

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such statements may be preceded by the words "intends," "may," "will," "plans," "expects," "anticipates," "projects," "predicts," "estimates," "aims," "believes," "hopes," "potential" or similar words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, are based on certain assumptions and are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control, and cannot be predicted or quantified and consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with (i) the Company has been delinquent in payment of its federal payroll tax obligations and may not be successful in its requests for the abatement of penalties and payment of past due amounts over an extended period, (ii) the Company's ability to expand its business through strategic acquisitions, (iii) the Company's ability to integrate acquisitions and related businesses, (iv) the fact that many of the Company's competitors are better established and have significantly greater resources, and may subsidize their competitive offerings with other products and services, which may make it difficult for the Company to attract and retain customers, (v) the Company's dependence on Hydro-Quebec Utility Company and Siemens Industry, Inc. for a large portion of its business, and the fact that any change in the level of orders from Hydro-Quebec Utility Company or Siemens Industry, Inc. could have a significant impact on the Company's results of operations, (vi) the potential loss or departure of key personnel, including Nathan J. Mazurek, the Company's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, (vii) the fact that fluctuations between the U.S. dollar and the Canadian dollar will impact the Company's revenues, (viii) the Company's ability to generate internal growth, (ix) market acceptance of existing and new products, (x) the Company's dependence on a distributor agreement with Generac Power Systems through which it derives a significant portion of its revenues, (xi) operating margin risk due to competitive pricing and operating efficiencies, supply chain risk, material, labor or overhead cost increases, interest rate risk and commodity risk, (xii) restrictive loan covenants or the Company's ability to repay or refinance debt under its credit facilities that could limit the Company's future financing options and liquidity position and may limit the Company's ability to grow its business, (xiii) general economic and market conditions in the electrical equipment, power generation, commercial construction, industrial production, oil and gas, marine and infrastructure industries, (xiv) the impact of geopolitical activity on the economy, changes in government regulations such as income taxes, climate control initiatives, the timing or strength of an economic recovery in the Company's markets and the Company's ability to access capital markets, (xv) the fact that unanticipated increases in raw material prices or disruptions in supply could increase production costs and adversely affect the Company's profitability, (xvi) the fact that the Company's Chairman controls a majority of the Company's combined voting power, and may have, or may develop in the future, interests that may diverge from yours, (xvii) material weaknesses in the Company's internal control over financial reporting that could have an adverse effect on the Company's business and common stock price, and (xviii) the fact that future sales of large blocks of the Company's common stock may adversely impact the Company's stock price. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Investors and security holders are urged to read these documents free of charge on the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:
Brett Maas, Managing Partner
Hayden IR
(646) 536-7331
brett@haydenir.com

 

Tables Follow

 

PIONEER POWER SOLUTIONS, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheet
(In thousands)
 December 31,
2016
December 31,
2015
ASSETS  
Current assets:  
Cash and cash equivalents$246$648
Accounts receivable, net17,50814,223
Inventories, net26,52817,663
Income taxes receivable72576
Prepaid expenses and other current assets2,2161,924
Total current assets46,57035,034
Property, plant and equipment, net6,5917,349
Deferred income taxes5,4053,642
Other assets830827
Intangible assets, net8,1689,956
Goodwill9,97210,068
Total assets$77,536$66,876
   
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY  
Current Liabilities  
Bank overdrafts$1,200$1,923
Revolving credit facilities17,6899,874
Short Term Borrowings3,973-
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities17,77320,030
Current maturities of long-term debt and capital lease obligations1,3796,037
Income taxes payable1,360237
Total current liabilities43,37438,101
Long-term debt, net of current maturities4,005165
Pension deficit17263
Other long-term liability892372
Noncurrent deferred income taxes2,400781
Total liabilities50,84339,482
Stockholders’ Equity  
Preferred stock, par value $0.001; 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued--
Common stock, par value $0.001; 30,000,000 shares authorized;99
8,699,712 shares issued and outstanding  
Additional paid-in capital23,15323,153
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(5,863)(5,669)
Retained earnings9,3329,901
Total stockholders’ equity26,69327,394
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$77,536$66,876

 

 

PIONEER POWER SOLUTIONS, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 Three Months
Ended
December 31,
Year Ended
December 31,
 2016201520162015
Revenues$28,513$26,251$114,402$106,522
Cost of goods sold22,51420,15689,50084,753
Gross profit5,9996,09524,90221,769
Operating expenses    
Selling, general and administrative5,5815,19520,73721,859
Restructuring, integration and impairment2,2262,1382,4265,577
Foreign exchange gain(222)(40)(364)(367)
Total operating expenses7,5857,29322,79927,069
Operating income (loss)(1,586)(1,198)2,103(5,300)
Interest expense5852421,736748
Other expense (income)(759)1,002(205)2,535
Income (loss) before taxes(1,412)(2,442)572(8,583)
Income tax (benefit) expense242(1,154)1,141(2,702)
Net Loss$(1,654)$(1,288)$(569)$(5,881)
     
Net Loss per common share:    
Basic$(0.19)$(0.18)$(0.07)$(0.76)
Diluted$(0.19)$(0.18)$(0.07)$(0.76)
     
Weighted average common shares outstanding:    
Basic8,7007,2228,7007,746
Diluted8,7007,2228,7007,746

 

 

PIONEER POWER SOLUTIONS, INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures

(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended
December 31,
Year Ended
December 31,
 2016201520162015
Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITA and EPS:    
Net earnings (loss) (GAAP measure)$(1,654)$(1,288)$(569)$(5,882)
Interest expense5852421,736748
Income tax expense (benefit)241(1,154)1,141(2,702)
Depreciation and amortization7728103,0893,164
Restructuring, integration and impairment2,2262,1382,4265,577
Non-recurring expenses from strategic changes (a)1,121-1,121-
Stock based compensation285762231
Other non-operating expenses (b)(760)1,049(206)2,703
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP measure)2,5591,8548,8003,839
Tax effects - 28% rate(717)(519)(2,464)(1,075)
Non-GAAP net earnings$1,842$1,335$6,336$2,764
Non-GAAP net earnings per diluted share$0.21$0.15$0.73$0.36
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding8,7008,6928,7007,746

(a) - costs incurred prior to implementing the strategic changes to concentrate on service sales in Critical Power Solutions segment and medium voltage switchgear in the Transmission & Distribution Solutions segment

(b) - costs incurred from penalties and interest for non payment of payroll taxes as well as professional fees and costs incurred in connection with business acquisition activities

Some costs incurred in prior 2016 quarters were reclassified during the current quarter

Tax Rate assumed to be 28%

Note: Pioneer has presented non-GAAP measures such as non-GAAP net earnings and Adjusted EBITDA because many of our investors use these non-GAAP measures to monitor the Company's performance. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP measures as an indicator of the Company's operating performance.

Non-GAAP net earnings is defined by the Company as net earnings before amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, stock-based compensation, non-recurring acquisition costs and reorganization expense, impairments, other unusual gains or charges and any tax effects related to these items. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net earnings before interest, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, non-cash compensation and non-recurring acquisition costs and reorganization expenses and other non-recurring or non-cash items.

Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flow that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measures included in this release, however, should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, operating income, cash flows, or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP net income is set forth in the table above.

Amounts may not foot due to rounding.