Orion Reports Strong 4Q

June 4 [addtoany]

MANITOWOC, Wis., June 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OESX) (Orion Lighting), a provider of enterprise-grade LED lighting and energy project solutions, today reported results for its FY 2019 fourth quarter (Q4’19) and fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 (FY’19). Orion will hold an investor call today at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) to review its results and its outlook for FY 2020 – call details below.

  FY
2019
FY
2018
Change Q4’19 Q4’18 Change
Revenue ($M) $65.8 $60.3 +9% $22.4 $15.1 +49%
Gross Profit ($M) $14.6 $14.7 -1% $4.4 $3.2 +36%
Net Loss ($M) $(6.7) $(13.1) 49% $(0.9) $(1.5) 40%
Adj. EBITDA ($M)* $(3.5) $(9.6) 64% $0.0 $(0.6) 92%

Highlights

  • Q4’19 revenue rose 49% to $22.4M and FY’19 revenue rose 9% to $65.8M
  • Q4’19 net loss improved 40% to $(0.9M) and FY’19 net loss improved 49% to $(6.7M)
  • Q4’19 adjusted EBITDA* improved to $(49,000) compared to $(0.6M) in Q4’18
  • Secured $110M in turnkey LED retrofit projects from a national customer with completion anticipated by the end of FY 2020. The project includes $11M in initial orders that were substantially completed in Q4’19
  • FY 2019 benefitted from more than $6.0M in annual overhead reductions completed in FY 2018

CEO Commentary
Mike Altschaefl, Orion’s CEO and Board Chair, commented, “Orion’s fourth quarter and full year FY 2019 operational improvements reflected solid execution in our national accounts channel, continued efforts building our energy service company (ESCO) and agent driven distribution channels along with realizing the benefits of cost discipline and significant operating expense reductions implemented in FY 2018.

“Orion’s primary market differentiation is our ability to provide a single source solution whereby we manage and are responsible for an entire project, from initial site surveys and energy audits through to installation and controls integration. Our ability to offer such comprehensive turnkey project management services, coupled with best-in-class customer service, allows us to deliver energy reductions and cost savings to our customers in timely, orderly and planned multi-facility roll-outs nationwide.

“We are dedicating increasing resources to capitalize on our unique capabilities for large national accounts. This focus enabled us to achieve some very significant contracts that contributed to a strong finish to FY 2019 and provides good visibility for substantially increased FY 2020 revenues.

“Looking ahead, our sales growth is rooted in a few key strategic initiatives:

  • Focus on marketing Orion’s turnkey LED retrofit capabilities to large national account customers – Orion’s strongest competitive advantage is our ability to deliver full turnkey, single source of accountability, combined LED lighting and controls project capabilities. Starting with energy audits and site assessments, our comprehensive turnkey solution includes custom engineering and manufacturing to fully managed installations. This coupled with our superior customer service, high quality designs, and unmatchable delivery responsiveness will lead our growth momentum for FY 2020 and beyond.
  • Support success of our ESCOs and agent driven distribution sales channels – Orion continues to focus on building its relationships and product and sales support for its ESCO and agent driven distribution sales channels. These efforts include an array of product and sales training efforts, as well as the development of new products to cater to the unique needs of these sales channels. Reflecting our progress, Orion’s sales from its ESCO channel grew 24% in FY 2019 versus FY 2018.
  • Continued product innovation – Orion continues to innovate, developing lighting fixtures and features that address specific customer requirements, while also working to maintain a leadership position in energy efficiency, smart product design and installation benefits. We also continue to deepen our capabilities in the integration of smart lighting controls. Our goal is to provide state-of-the-art lighting products with modular plug-and-play designs to enable lighting system customization from basic controls to advanced Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities.
  • Leveraging of Orion’s smart lighting systems to support Internet of Things applications – Orion is ideally positioned to help customers to efficiently deploy new Internet of Things (IoT) controls and applications by leveraging the “Smart Ceiling” capabilities of the Orion solid state lighting system. IoT capabilities can include the management and tracking of facilities, personnel, resources and customer behavior, driving both sales and lowering costs. As a result, these added capabilities provide customers an even greater return on investment from their lighting system and make Orion an even more attractive partner.”

FY ‘20 Outlook 
Based on current revenue visibility, resulting from our recently announced $110 million national account retrofit and growth expectations for the ESCO and agent driven distribution channels, Orion has set an initial FY 2020 revenue goal of $135M to $145M, representing growth of 100% to 120% over FY 2019. Orion expects to achieve an EBITDA margin of at least 10%, as well as positive net income and EPS, for the full year FY 2020.

Orion believes it has sufficient available capital and liquidity resources to execute its growth plans in FY 2020. Orion reminds investors that its financial objectives are targets not implied guidance, and performance may vary materially on a sequential and year-over-year basis due to the challenge of estimating the size, the timing and terms of customer order activity.

Q4’19 Results
Orion’s Q4’19 revenue rose 49% to $22.4M compared to $15.1M in Q4’18 primarily due to a contract from a national account customer.

Gross profit rose 36% to $4.4M in Q4’19 compared to $3.2M in Q4’18. Gross margin decreased to 20% in Q4’19 compared to 21% in Q4’18, primarily due to product mix and certain large customer project start-up costs.

Total operating expenses increased 5% to $5.1M in Q4’19 compared to $4.8M in Q4’18, which benefitted from a $1.4M non-recurring contingencies reserve adjustment. Excluding the prior year reserve benefit, Q4’19 total operating expenses demonstrated substantial improvement over Q4’18 due to cost reduction initiatives enacted by Orion during FY2018, as well as the Company’s continued cost management discipline.

Orion’s Q4’19 net loss improved to $(0.9M), or $(0.03) per basic share, compared with a net loss of ($1.5M), or ($0.05) per basic share in Q4’18.

Q4’19 adjusted EBITDA* loss was $(49,000) compared to adjusted EBITDA loss of $(0.6M) in Q4’18.

FY 2019 Results
Orion’s FY 2019 revenue rose 9% to $65.8M from $60.3M in FY 2018, primarily due to increased sales to major national account customers. Service revenue increased 102% to $9.5M in FY 2019 compared with $4.7M in FY 2018, primarily due to increased installation project activity in FY2019.

Gross profit was roughly flat at $14.6M in FY 2019 compared to $14.7M in FY 2018. Gross margin declined to 22% in FY 2019 compared to 24% in FY 2018, principally due to the impact of product mix in Q4’19 and certain large customer project start-up costs.

Total operating expenses decreased 25% to $20.7M in FY 2019 compared to $27.7M in FY 2018, benefitting from FY2018 cost reduction initiatives and continued cost management discipline.

Orion’s FY 2019 net loss was $(6.7M), or $(0.23) per basic share, compared to FY 2018 net loss of $(13.1M), or $(0.46) per basic share.

Orion’s FY2019 adjusted EBITDA* loss was $(3.5M) compared to adjusted EBITDA loss of $(9.6M) in FY 2018.

Balance Sheet 
Orion had net working capital of $14.0M, including $8.7M of cash and cash equivalents at the close of FY 2019. In addition, the company had additional borrowing capacity of $1.4M under its revolving credit facility.

On June 3, 2019, we amended our credit agreement to increase the maximum borrowing available, subject to certain conditions. The amendment provides for additional availability under our credit agreement; the impact of which, as of March 31, 2019, would have been to increase availability by $4.0 million, bringing unused borrowing capacity to $5.4M.

Conference Call Details
Date / Time: Today, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT)
Call Dial-In: (877) 754-5294 or (678) 894-3013 for international
Webcast/Replay: http://investor.oriones.com/events-and-presentations
Audio Replay: (855) 859-2056, conference ID: 1997848 (available shortly after the call through 06/11/2019)

About Orion Energy Systems
Orion is a provider of enterprise-grade LED lighting and energy project solutions. Orion manufactures and markets connected lighting systems encompassing LED solid-state lighting and smart controls. Orion systems incorporate patented design elements that deliver significant energy, efficiency, optical and thermal performance that drive financial, environmental, and work-space benefits for a wide variety of customers, including nearly 40% of the Fortune 500.

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), EBTIDA margin (EBITDA divided by total revenue), and Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation) as a measure of its quarterly performance. 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 EBITDA, EBITDA margin, and Adjusted EBITDA 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 the Company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurement. 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 and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation” following the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows included in this press release. With respect to Orion’s fiscal 2020 guidance, Orion is not able to provide a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP because it does not provide specific guidance for the various extraordinary, nonrecurring or unusual charges and other certain items. These items have not yet occurred, are out of Orion’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted. As a result, reconciliation of the non-GAAP guidance measures to GAAP is not available without unreasonable effort and Orion is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information.