Orion Energy Systems Q2’23 Earnings: Revenue and Gross Profit Percentage Down YOY, Reiterates FY’23 Outlook

MANITOWOC, Wis., Nov. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OESX) (Orion Lighting), a provider of energy-efficient LED lighting and controls, maintenance services and electrical vehicle (EV) charging station solutions, today reported results for its fiscal 2023 second quarter ended September 30, 2022 (Q2’23). Orion will hold an investor call today at 10:00 a.m. ET (details below); online pre-registration required to receive the call dial-in information.

Q2 Financial Summary Prior Three Quarters
$ in millions except
per share figures
Q2’23 Q2’22 (1) Change Q1’23 Q4’22 Q3’22
Revenue $17.6 $36.5 ($18.9) $17.9 $22.1 $30.7
Gross Profit $4.4 $10.8 ($6.4) $3.6 $5.3 $7.6
Gross Profit %  25.3%  29.5% (430bps)  19.8%  23.8%  24.9%
Net (Loss) Income ($2.3) $3.7 ($6.0) ($2.8) ($1.2) $1.1
EPS ($0.08) $0.12 ($0.20) ($0.09) ($0.04) $0.04
Adjusted EBITDA (2) ($1.5) $4.0 ($5.5) ($2.9) ($0.4) $2.1
Cash & Equivalents $12.5 $14.7 ($2.2) $9.4  $14.5  $17.3
(1) Q2’22 results include a $1.6M employee retention payroll tax credit which increased gross profit by $0.8M and reduced operating expense by $0.8M.
(2) See EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation below. 

Q2 Financial Highlights

  • Q2’23 revenue was $17.6M compared to revenue of $36.5M in Q2’22 and $17.9M in Q1’23.
  • Q2’23 gross profit percentage was 25.3% vs. 29.5% in Q2’22 and 19.8% in Q1’23. The year-over-year variance was primarily due to the fixed cost absorption impact of lower business volume, while the improvement over Q1’23 reflected a higher margin revenue mix and cost management efforts.
  • Orion had a Q2’23 net loss of ($2.3M), or ($0.08) per share, compared to net income of $3.7M, or $0.12 per share, in Q2’22 and ($2.8M), or ($0.09) per share, in Q1’23.
  • Q2’23 Adjusted EBITDA was negative ($1.5M) compared to $4.0M in Q2’22, reflecting lower revenue and gross profit, but improved over negative ($2.9M) in Q1’23, due to a higher gross profit percentage.
  • Orion ended Q2’23 with $32.5M in working capital, including inventory of $16.8M. Orion had approximately $23.7M of liquidity at the close of Q2’23, comprised of $12.5M of cash and equivalents and $11.2M of availability on its credit facility.

CEO Commentary
Mike Altschaefl, Orion’s CEO, commented, “The first half of our fiscal year was impacted by the continuation of customer project delays which began in the second half of last year, as well as some project cancelations. However, we did see several customers re-engaging during Q2’23, which should enable us to initiate several larger LED lighting projects in our second half and into the next fiscal year. We continue to support a diversified pipeline of large project opportunities for logistics, automotive, and other industrial companies, as well as for public sector entities, that we expect to commence in the second half. Our long-term outlook is excellent, with a broad range of opportunities. Our principal challenge today is assessing when some larger projects will begin.

“In our lighting and electrical maintenance services business, the integration of Stay-Light Lighting with Orion Maintenance Services (OMS) is progressing well. Lighting and electrical maintenance services provide an important, growing base of recurring revenue that complements our other solutions and supports our ‘customer for life’ philosophy.

“Last month, we entered the electric vehicle (EV) charging market through the acquisition of Voltrek, a top-tier commercial EV charging solutions provider. EV charging is a high-growth market that is highly complementary to our project management capabilities, our national account, ESCO, and distribution partner paths to market and our maintenance business. Charging stations are an increasingly important part of a high-quality retail customer experience as well as an integral amenity for employees and other stakeholders. We see significant cross-selling potential across these businesses and demand driven by ramping EV sales, supported by significant state and federal subsidies for EV charging infrastructure. EV charging has the potential to become a significant revenue opportunity for Orion over the next three to five years.”

Business Outlook
FY 2023 revenue to date has progressed more slowly than expected due primarily to ongoing customer project delays and some project cancellations. Based on its current project pipeline, Orion continues to expect FY 2023 second half revenue to be much stronger than the first half, with full year revenue ranging between $90M and $110M. The mid-point of this revenue range would represent double-digit revenue growth compared to FY 2022, outside of the revenue from Orion’s largest customer.

Key factors expected to impact Orion’s FY 2023 performance include:

  • Large national logistics, automotive, industrial, and public sector customers moving forward with delayed and new projects.
  • Growth in Orion’s maintenance services business revenue to over $15M in FY 2023.
  • Continued revenue growth in the Company’s ESCO channel and from electrical contractors.
  • Revenue of approximately $15M in FY 2023 from the Company’s largest customer via a mix of projects for new facilities, exterior LED lighting, other lighting and electrical projects and maintenance services.
  • Additional revenue from new customers as a result of ongoing sales and marketing activities.

Orion cautions investors that its business outlook is subject to a range of factors that are difficult to predict, including but not limited to those listed above, as well as supply chain disruptions, including shipping and logistics issues, component availability, rising input costs, labor supply challenges, the continuous effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other potential business and economic environment impacts.

Q2 Financial Results
Orion’s Q2’23 revenue was $17.6M compared to $36.5M in Q2’22. The prior-year quarter benefitted from several large projects, including projects for a large national retail customer and a global online retailer, which did not recur in Q2’23.

Q2’23 gross profit percentage was 25.3% compared to 29.5% in Q2’22 and 19.8% in Q1’23. The year-over-year decrease is primarily due to lower fixed cost absorption from lower revenues. The sequential gross margin improvement versus Q1’23 was due to a higher-margin revenue mix of projects, ongoing supply chain and cost management efforts, and the benefit of prior price increases helping to offset higher input costs.

Total operating expenses grew to $7.4M in Q2’23 from $5.8M in Q2’22, principally due to non-cash equity-based compensation costs associated with our CEO’s retirement and G&A expenses related to Stay-Lite Lighting, which was acquired at the beginning of Q4’22. Sequentially, operating expenses increased approximately $0.2M, primarily related to growth and integration initiatives in the combined maintenance services business and non-cash equity-based compensation costs associated with our CEO’s retirement.

Orion reported a Q2’23 net loss of ($2.3M), or ($0.08) per share, as compared to Q2’22 net income of $3.7M, or $0.12 per share, mainly due to lower revenues and gross profit percentage in the current year period, as well as the benefit of a $1.6M tax credit in Q2’22. Likewise, Orion generated negative Adjusted EBITDA of ($1.5M) in Q2’23 versus Adjusted EBITDA of $4.0M in Q2’22.

Balance Sheet
Orion ended Q2’23 with $32.5M in working capital, including inventory of $16.8M. Orion had approximately $23.7M of liquidity at the close of Q2’23, including cash and cash equivalents of $12.5M and $11.2M available on its working capital credit facility. Orion drew $5.0M on its working capital credit facility at the end of Q2’23 to provide greater liquidity to support the business and in anticipation of the Voltrek acquisition which closed in October. On November 4, Orion amended its credit facility to add selected working capital from its acquired businesses to the borrowing base, thereby providing Orion with additional available borrowing capacity and liquidity.

Webcast/Call Detail

Date / Time: Tuesday, November 8th at 10:00 a.m. ET
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About Orion Energy Systems (www.orionlighting.com)
Orion provides energy efficiency and clean tech solutions, including LED lighting and controls, maintenance services and electrical vehicle (EV) charging solutions. Orion specializes in turnkey design-through-installation solutions for large national customers, with a commitment to helping customers achieve their business and environmental goals with healthy, safe and sustainable solutions that reduce their carbon footprint and enhance business performance.

Orion is committed to operating responsibly throughout all areas of our organization. Learn more about Orion’s ESG priorities, goals and progress here or visit Orion’s website.

Non-GAAP Measures
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Orion has also included the non-GAAP measures, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), and Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA adjusted for stock-based compensation, payroll tax credit, and acquisition expenses). The Company has provided these non-GAAP measures to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate performance of the business and believes these measurements enable it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and Orion compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Consistent with Regulation G under the U.S. federal securities laws, the non-GAAP measures in this press release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measures, and this reconciliation is located under the heading “Unaudited EBITDA Reconciliation” following the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows included in this press release.

Safe Harbor Statement  
Certain matters discussed in this press release, including under the headings “Q2 Financial Highlights”, “CEO Commentary”, “Business Outlook”, and “Q2 Financial Results” are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may generally be identified as such because the context of such statements will include words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” or words of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe our future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those expected, including, but not limited to, the following: (i) our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the Voltrek acquisition; (ii) we may encounter substantial difficulties, costs and delays involved in integrating our operations with Voltrek’s business; (iii) disruption of management’s attention from ongoing business operations due to the Voltrek acquisition; (iv) our ability to manage general economic, business and geopolitical conditions, including the impacts of natural disasters, pandemics and outbreaks of contagious diseases and other adverse public health developments, such as the COVID-19 pandemic; (v) the deterioration of market conditions, including our dependence on customers’ capital budgets for sales of products and services, and adverse impacts on costs and the demand for our products as a result of factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of tariffs; (vi) our ability to adapt and respond to supply chain challenges, especially related to shipping and logistics issues, component availability, rising input costs, and a tight labor market; (vii) our ability to recruit, hire and retain talented individuals in all disciplines of our company; (viii) our ability to successfully launch, manage and maintain our refocused business strategy to successfully bring to market new and innovative product and service offerings; (ix) our recent and continued reliance on significant revenue to be generated in fiscal 2023 from the lighting and controls retrofit projects for two major global logistics companies; (x) our dependence on a limited number of key customers, and the potential consequences of the loss of one or more key customers or suppliers, including key contacts at such customers; (xi) our ability to identify and successfully complete transactions with suitable acquisition candidates in the future as part of our growth strategy; (xii) the availability of additional debt financing and/or equity capital to pursue our evolving strategy and sustain our growth initiatives; (xiii) our risk of potential loss related to single or focused exposure within the current customer base and product offerings; (xiv) our ability to sustain our profitability and positive cash flows; (xv) our ability to differentiate our products in a highly competitive and converging market, expand our customer base and gain market share; (xvi) our ability to manage and mitigate downward pressure on the average selling prices of our products as a result of competitive pressures in the LED market; (xvii) our ability to manage our inventory and avoid inventory obsolescence in a rapidly evolving LED market; (xviii) our increasing reliance on third parties for the manufacture and development of products, product components, as well as the provision of certain services; (xix) our increasing emphasis on selling more of our products through third party distributors and sales agents, including our ability to attract and retain effective third party distributors and sales agents to execute our sales model; (xx) our ability to develop and participate in new product and technology offerings or applications in a cost effective and timely manner; (xxi) our ability to maintain safe and secure information technology systems; (xxii) our failure to comply with the covenants in our credit agreement; (xxiii) our ability to balance customer demand and production capacity; (xxiv) our ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting; (xxv) price fluctuations (including as a result of tariffs), shortages or interruptions of component supplies and raw materials used to manufacture our products; (xxvi) our ability to defend our patent portfolio and license technology from third parties; (xxvii) a reduction in the price of electricity; (xxviii) the reduction or elimination of investments in, or incentives to adopt, LED lighting or the elimination of, or changes in, policies, incentives or rebates in certain states or countries that encourage the use of LEDs over some traditional lighting technologies; (xxix) the cost to comply with, and the effects of, any current and future industry and government regulations, laws and policies; (xxx) potential warranty claims in excess of our reserve estimates; and (xxxi) the other risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More detailed information about factors that may affect our performance may be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at http://www.sec.gov or at http://investor.oriones.com/ in the Investor Relations section of our Website.

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Investor Relations Contacts

Per Brodin, CFO William Jones; David Collins
Orion Energy Systems, Inc. Catalyst IR
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(in thousands, except share amounts)

September 30,
March 31, 2022
Cash and cash equivalents $ 12,520 $ 14,466
Accounts receivable, net 11,591 11,899
Revenue earned but not billed 1,346 2,421
Inventories, net 16,849 19,832
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,493 2,631
Total current assets 44,799 51,249
Property and equipment, net 10,911 11,466
Goodwill 564 350
Other intangible assets, net 2,282 2,404
Deferred tax assets 19,426 17,805
Other long-term assets 3,203 3,543
Total assets $ 81,185 $ 86,817
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Accounts payable $ 5,938 $ 9,855
Accrued expenses and other 6,263 8,427
Deferred revenue, current 76 76
Current maturities of long-term debt 16 16
Total current liabilities 12,293 18,374
Revolving credit facility 5,000
Long-term debt, less current maturities 11 19
Deferred revenue, long-term 526 564
Other long-term liabilities 2,380 2,760
Total liabilities 20,210 21,717
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value: Shares authorized: 30,000,000 at
September 30, 2022 and March 31, 2022; no shares issued and outstanding at
September 30, 2022 and March 31, 2022
Common stock, no par value: Shares authorized: 200,000,000 at September 30, 2022
and March 31, 2022; shares issued: 41,352,020 at September 30, 2022 and
40,570,909 at March 31, 2022; shares outstanding: 31,355,911 at
September 30, 2022 and 31,097,872 at March 31, 2022
Additional paid-in capital 159,460 158,419
Treasury stock, common shares: 9,996,109 at September 30, 2022 and 9,473,037 at
March 31, 2022
(36,239 ) (36,239 )
Retained deficit (62,246 ) (57,080 )
Total shareholders’ equity 60,975 65,100
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 81,185 $ 86,817

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Three Months Ended September 30, Six Months Ended September 30,
2022 2021 2022 2021
Product revenue $ 12,833 $ 27,811 $ 26,316 $ 56,057
Service revenue 4,727 8,699 9,150 15,554
Total revenue 17,560 36,510 35,466 71,611
Cost of product revenue 9,287 18,864 19,672 38,297
Cost of service revenue 3,838 6,858 7,805 12,296
Total cost of revenue 13,125 25,722 27,477 50,593
Gross profit 4,435 10,788 7,989 21,018
Operating expenses:
General and administrative 3,945 2,753 7,699 5,864
Acquisition costs 333 347
Sales and marketing 2,649 2,687 5,538 5,932
Research and development 451 317 965 773
Total operating expenses 7,378 5,757 14,549 12,569
(Loss) income from operations (2,943 ) 5,031 (6,560 ) 8,449
Other income (expense):
Other income 1 1
Interest expense (16 ) (14 ) (33 ) (33 )
Amortization of debt issue costs (16 ) (15 ) (31 ) (31 )
Total other expense (31 ) (29 ) (64 ) (63 )
(Loss) income before income tax (2,974 ) 5,002 (6,624 ) 8,386
Income tax (benefit) expense (643 ) 1,343 (1,458 ) 2,217
Net (loss) income $ (2,331 ) $ 3,659 $ (5,166 ) $ 6,169
Basic net (loss) income per share attributable to
common shareholders
$ (0.08 ) $ 0.12 $ (0.17 ) $ 0.20
Weighted-average common shares outstanding 30,891,309 31,031,098 31,240,475 30,946,105
Diluted net (loss) income per share $ (0.08 ) $ 0.12 $ (0.17 ) $ 0.20
Weighted-average common shares and share
equivalents outstanding
30,891,309 31,287,826 31,240,475 31,310,965

(in thousands)

Six Months Ended September 30,
2022 2021
Operating activities
Net (loss) income $ (5,166 ) $ 6,169
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash used in
operating activities:
Depreciation 663 622
Amortization of intangible assets 104 113
Stock-based compensation 987 372
Amortization of debt issue costs 31 31
Deferred income tax (1,620 ) 2,075
Gain (loss) on sale of property and equipment 10 (15 )
Provision for inventory reserves 175 313
Provision for bad debts 20 8
Other 117
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 233 (9,972 )
Revenue earned but not billed 1,075 722
Inventories 2,808 (495 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets 448 (1,015 )
Accounts payable (3,954 ) (633 )
Accrued expenses and other (2,486 ) (2,208 )
Deferred revenue, current and long-term (40 ) (43 )
Net cash used in operating activities (6,595 ) (3,956 )
Investing activities
Cash to fund acquisition 55
Cash paid for investment (500 )
Purchases of property and equipment (442 ) (312 )
Additions to patents and licenses (10 ) (7 )
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 17
Net cash used in investing activities (397 ) (802 )
Financing activities
Payment of long-term debt (8 ) (7 )
Proceeds from revolving credit facility 5,000
Payments of revolving credit facility
Payments to settle employee tax withholdings on stock-based compensation (2 ) (6 )
Deferred financing costs (5 )
Net proceeds from employee equity exercises 56 123
Net cash provided by financing activities 5,046 105
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (1,946 ) (4,653 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 14,466 19,393
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 12,520 $ 14,740

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended
30, 2022
June 30,
March 31,
31, 2021
30, 2021
Net (loss) income $ (2,331 ) $ (2,835 ) $ (1,180 ) $ 1,102 $ 3,659
Interest 16 17 21 26 14
Taxes (643 ) (815 ) (247 ) 189 1,343
Depreciation 309 354 391 314 313
Amortization of intangible assets 52 52 69 45 46
Amortization of debt issue costs 16 15 16 15 15
EBITDA (2,581 ) (3,212 ) (930 ) 1,691 5,390
Stock-based compensation 733 254 222 219 211
Payroll tax credit (1,587 )
Acquisition expenses 333 14 334 178
Adjusted EBITDA (1,515 ) (2,944 ) (374 ) 2,088 4,014