OAK PARK, Michigan, June 14, 2011 /PR Newswire/ --
- Gross margin improves 193% year over year to 11% of sales
- Record quarterly order intake of $27.2 million, representing 838 vehicle orders
- Cash position remains strong with $17.7 million at quarter end
- Reaffirms 2011 revenue guidance of $52 - $68 million
Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD)(OTC: AZDDF), a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles, today announced its financial results for the period ending March 31, 2011. The results are issued for the first time under the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) which replaced Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) effective January 1, 2011 for all publicly accountable enterprises in Canada.
Revenue for the first quarter of 2011 totaled $1.4 million compared to $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2010. Net loss for the first quarter of 2011 totaled $9.1 million, or $(0.01) per share compared to a loss of $4.8 million or $(0.01) per share in the first quarter of 2010. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2011 improved 193% to $157,000, or 11% of sales, from ($169,000) in the comparable period a year ago. Before contributions, the Company's engineering, research and development ('R&D') expenses in the first quarter totaled $6.4 million (including $3.0 million in product development costs), compared to $5.3 million for the same period in 2010 (including $2.7 million in product development costs).
New orders received during the first quarter of 2011 were $27.2 million, representing 838 vehicles, compared with fourth quarter 2010 orders of $3.5 million, an improvement of $25.4 million, or 826%. This compares to first quarter 2010 of $6.2 million in orders representing 246 units.
'Although year over year revenue for the quarter was down, it was in-line with our expectations as the first quarter is typically the slowest due to the seasonality of our order flow,' said Scott Harrison, CEO of Azure Dynamics. 'In terms of order flow, the quarter itself was robust as we booked orders for 838 trucks from returning and new customers. Additionally, we made significant advancements in our European operations, including naming Lotus Lightweight Structures ('LLS') as our Transit Connect Electric manufacturing partner and Post Norway as our first customer. Our sales and marketing representation was also expanded in North America with 76 new Ford Commercial Truck Dealerships enrolling in Transit Connect Electric sales and service programs in key markets.'
Energy continues as the dominant theme in the new millennium and Azure is making valuable contributions. With President Obama mandating that all new federal fleet unit orders be alternative energy beginning in 2015, and renewing his commitment to having one million electric vehicles ('EV') on America's roads by that same year, Azure is quite literally living its mission to be 'Part of the Solution' for customers, partners, shareholders and society at large.
The highlight of the quarter was a 600 unit Balance[TM] Hybrid Electric order by Purolator, with 200 units to be delivered annually beginning in 2011. DHL placed a significant 80 unit order which included 50 Balance[TM] Hybrid Electric trucks and 30 Transit Connect Electric vans destined for an all-alternative energy facility in New York City. The order shows that major fleets often require different vehicle technologies and sizes to meet different delivery needs. Azure is prepared to meet most of these needs.
As of March 31, 2011, the Company's net cash and cash equivalents totaled $17.7 million, and working capital totaled $22.1 million, compared to cash and cash equivalents of $11.7 million, and working capital of $11.4 million, as of December 31, 2010.
On February 10, 2011, Azure successfully closed its bought deal offering of 60,984,848 common shares of the Company at a price of CDN$0.33 per Share. The total offering of Shares resulted in Azure receiving aggregate gross proceeds of approximately CDN$20.1 million.
2011 FINANCIAL OUTLOOK
Based on the Company's current backlog and future order expectations, the Company is reaffirming its previous 2011 financial outlook. 2011 revenues are expected to be in a range of $52 million to $68 million. The Company expects 2011 results to be significantly stronger beginning in the second quarter due to the launch of the Transit Connect Electric, which will continue into the second half of the year. Unit volume for 2011 is expected to be in the range of 1,300 to 1,500 units, consisting of approximately 700 to 800 Balance[TM] Hybrid Electric drive-trains and LEEP systems and 600 to 700 Force Drive™ Electric drive-trains for the Transit Connect Electric.
Scott Harrison, Azure Dynamics Chief Executive Office, and Ryan Carr, Chief Financial Officer will host an earnings call today, June 14th, at 5:00 PM EST. Interested listeners can access the call toll free at (877) 407-4134 and should call in at least 15 minutes before start time. Participants from outside North America can participate in the call by dialing (201)-689-8430. It is recommended that you access the call at least fifteen minutes before the scheduled start time. An accompanying presentation will be posted to the company's website, http://www.azuredynamics.com, immediately prior to the call.
For those unable to participate in the live conference, a call replay will be posted on Azure's site on June 15th.
Annual General Meeting information
All interested parties are invited to attend Azure Dynamics' Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. (local time) at the Company's Corporate Headquarters, 14925 W. 11 Mile Road, Oak Park, Michigan, 48237. In addition to the formal business described in the Management Information Circular, there will be a management presentation on business activities and the Company's 2010 financial results.
About Azure Dynamics
Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD)(OTC: AZDDF) is a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles. Azure is strategically targeting the commercial delivery vehicle and shuttle bus markets and is currently working internationally with a variety of partners and customers. The Company is committed to providing customers and partners with innovative, cost-efficient, and environmentally-friendly energy management solutions. For more information please visit http://www.azuredynamics.com.
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More particularly, this press release contains statements concerning Azure's anticipated: business development strategy, customer orders, product deliveries, sales, revenue and revenue growth. The forward-looking statements are based on a number of key expectations and assumptions made by Azure, including expectations and assumptions concerning achievement of current timetables for development programs and sales, target market acceptance of Azure's products, current and new product performance, availability and cost of labor and expertise, and evolving markets for power for transportation vehicles. Although Azure believes that the expectations and assumptions used to develop the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because Azure can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct.
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Azure Dynamics Corporation Unaudited Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts and number of shares) March 31 December 31 January 1 As at 2011 2010 2010 $ $ $ ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents 17,685 11,737 33,482 Accounts receivable 7,128 10,107 2,700 Inventory (Note 3) 9,916 5,590 5,415 Prepaid expenses 1,040 949 1,170 Total current assets 35,769 28,383 42,767 Non-current assets Restricted cash 582 597 831 Investment in ND Solectria, LLC (Note 9) 304 319 336 Property and equipment (Note 9) 3,198 2,781 2,309 Other assets 97 114 - Intangible assets (Note 9) 5,290 5,590 6,755 Goodwill (Note 9) 2,932 2,932 2,932 Total non-current assets 12,403 12,333 13,163 Total assets 48,172 40,716 55,930 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 12,533 15,783 9,988 Customer deposits & deferred revenue 106 96 731 Current portion of government financial obligations (Note 4, 9) 992 993 306 Current portion of obligations under capital leases 88 82 99 Total current liabilities 13,719 16,954 11,124 Non-current liabilities Obligations under capital leases Customer deposits & deferred revenue 62 96 117 Government financial obligations 485 507 603 (Note 4, 9) 4,843 4,582 3,767 Total non-current liabilities 5,390 5,185 4,487 Shareholders' equity Share capital (Note 5) Contributed surplus 227,089 208,570 202,250 Cumulative translation 9,365 8,271 7,150 adjustment (Note 9) (63) 32 - Deficit (207,328) (198,296) (169,081) Total equity 29,063 18,577 40,319 Total equity and liabilities 48,172 40,716 55,930
Azure Dynamics Corporation Unaudited Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts and number of shares) For the three months ended March 31 2011 2010 $ $ Revenues 1,422 2,847 Cost of sales 1,265 3,016 Gross profit 157 (169) Expenses Engineering, research, development and related costs, net 5,389 1,670 Selling and marketing 803 514 General and administrative 2,798 2,248 Total expenses 8,990 4,432 Loss from operations (8,833) (4,601) Interest and other income, net 85 65 Interest expense (266) (220) Other expense - (11) Foreign currency loss (84) (143) (265) (309) Net loss before the following (9,098) (4,910) Share of profit from investment in ND Solectria, LLC (Note 9) 66 71 Net loss for the period (9,032) (4,839) Other comprehensive (loss) income Foreign currency translation differences of foreign operations (95) 36 Total comprehensive income (loss) for the period (9,127) (4,803) Loss per share - basic and diluted (0.01) (0.01) Weighted average number of shares - basic and diluted 660,402,356 605,128,008
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