Tecogen Reports Record Revenues for Full Year 2018

Generates Fourth Quarter ’18 Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $502 thousand

WALTHAM, MA / ACCESSWIRE / March 28, 2019 / Tecogen® Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN, the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of clean energy products which, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer’s carbon footprint, reported record revenues of $35,883,684 for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to $33,202,666 for the same period in 2017, an 8% increase. Chiller sales of $7,157,771 led the year’s product sales with an increase of $2,352,039, or 49%.

Gross profit increased to $13,591,862 for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to $12,954,404 for the prior year, a 4.9% improvement. Gross margin for 2018 was 38% compared to 39% for 2017.

Fourth quarter revenues were $9,316,408, a decrease of 9%, year over year, while overall gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased to 40% compared to 37% for the same period in the prior year.

Net income attributable to Tecogen Inc. for Q4 2018, exclusive of goodwill impairment, was $18.7 thousand compared to $269.0 thousand for Q4 2017. Operating expenses in 2018 before goodwill impairment increased 7% as compared to Q4 2017. Much of the increase in operating expenses was associated with legal fees in connection with the acquisition of American DG Energy Inc., as well as selling expenses incurred from our increased focus on chiller sales.

Excluding non-recurring merger related costs, goodwill impairment, mark to market adjustments and stock compensation expense, adjusted non-GAAP EBITDA(1) was $502,160 and $217,454 for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, respectively, compared to $532,765 and $1,102,780 for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.

In May 2018, the Company secured a commercial line of credit for up to $10 million, with a three year term. The availability of funds is based on the Company’s accounts receivable and inventory. Concurrent with establishing this credit line, the Company repaid its note due to a related party in the amount of $850,000, plus the related accrued interest.

The Company completed the sale of eight American DG Energy power purchase agreements and related assets for an aggregate price of $7 million to a company managed by an investment firm in the energy efficiency and decentralized generation market. Tecogen will continue to provide maintenance for the equipment and various administrative tasks for the duration of the power purchase agreements. Performance incentives were also included for energy savings in excess of agreed minimums, which will be split evenly by both parties.

CEO Benjamin Locke noted, “2018 was a transformational year for the Company. We adjusted our product mix and sales strategy to maximize our opportunity with our exclusive natural gas engine cooling technology, substantially improved the profitability of the ADG fleet, and made significant progress developing our Ultera emissions technology for fork truck and automotive applications. Our recent transaction strengthened our balance sheet and puts us in an excellent position to achieve our 2019 goals.”

2018 Major Highlights:

Financial

  • Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 was a record $35.9 million compared to $33.2 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of 8%.
  • Product revenue for the full year 2018 was $12.6 million compared to $13.0 million for the full year 2017, a decrease of 2.8%. Chiller sales were at the record level of $7.2 million, an increase of 49% over 2017. Cogeneration sales declined by 33% in 2018, compared to 2017.
  • Service revenue for the full year 2018 was $16.9 million, showing 3% growth from the $16.4 million in service-related revenues in 2017. Full year 2018 service revenue benefited from 5% growth in installations revenue as the Company’s turnkey installation offerings continue to gain traction with customers.
  • Full year 2018 consolidated gross margin was 38% compared to 39% in 2017; and despite the slight decrease in margin, the year delivered a 5% year-on-year increase in gross profit dollars.
  • Energy production revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 was $6.4 million, providing a gross margin of 41% and gross profit of $2.6 million.
  • The Company recorded goodwill impairment in the fourth quarter of 2018 in the amount of $4.4 million, which represents the excess of the carrying value of the Company’s energy production reporting unit over its estimated fair value based on discounted cash flow analysis. Prior to the impairment, the goodwill asset associated with the energy production reporting unit was $13.3 million. As of December 31, 2018 goodwill associated with the energy production reporting unit was $8.9 million.
  • Net income before goodwill impairment for Q4 2018 was $18,686 compared to comprehensive income of $288,662 for the same period in 2017. Net loss before goodwill impairment for the year 2018 was $1.3 million compared to a comprehensive loss of $117,881 for the year 2017.

Sales and Operations

  • Sales backlog of product and installation projects grew to $16.6 million at year end 2018 compared to $15.7 million at year end 2017. Product and installation backlog is $29.9 million as of March 25, 2019, with product related backlog at $15.4 million and installation backlog at $14.5 million.
  • Chiller revenue for Q4 2018 was $2,952,482 compared to $2,433,620 for Q4 2017, an increase of 21%. Cogeneration sales for Q4 2018 were $750,128, a decline of 66% when compared to Q4 2017, a result of both sales timing and an overall shift in product mix from cogeneration to chiller sales.
  • Service contract revenue rose by 11% to $2,217,758 for Q4 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. Installation revenue decreased by $368,166 to $1,747,094 for Q4 2018 compared to that of Q4 2017.
  • Fourth quarter 2018 energy production revenue was $1.6 million compared to $1.5 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of 10% year over year, illustrating the performance improvement of these sites.
  • Overall gross margin for Q4 2018 was 40% compared to 37% for the same period in 2017, an improvement of 8% year over year.
  • Received largest order ever for $8.3 million turnkey trigeneration installation in Manhattan data center. The sale was financed through a third party ESCO.
  • Delivered 13 Tecochill systems to 7 different indoor cannabis growing facilities in 2018.
  • Granted ETL certification to ANSI/UL 1741 SA for smart inverters in August 2018.
  • Added a Florida service center to support the growing fleet in the Southeast portion of the United States.
  • Re-introduced Tecofrost gas engine ammonia refrigeration product line.

Research and Development

In 2018, Company expenses relating to R&D totaled $1.3 million for product development and improvement, product certifications, and patents. Key activities are summarized below.

Product R&D:

  • Industrial Refrigeration Product Reintroduction (Tecofrost). Based on favorable and stable gas pricing, Tecogen is reintroducing an ammonia refrigeration line of natural gas compressors incorporating the Ultera emissions after-treatment system. Initial responses to Tecofrost have been very favorable.
  • Online Data Product Communication and Control. Development of a cloud-based remote communication system for our products, known as “CHP Insight,” continued throughout the year, and new features for data analysis and improved graphics have been added.
  • UL 1741SA Phase 1 Certification. This “smart” inverter certification, a requirement in California, was obtained for the InVerde e+. The certification requires inverters to be more tolerant of grid disturbances and capable of changing operation to assist the grid under certain conditions.
  • Battery Integration with InVerde e+. We have obtained a battery system for integration into the InVerde e+ inverter, and we expect to begin testing the system in 2019.

Ultera Emissions R&D:

  • Forklift Truck Application of Ultera Emissions System. Following completion of the initial research funded by the Propane Education and Research Council, Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift of America has elected to work with Tecogen to refine the technology in preparation for full evaluation at its test facility.
  • Stationary Emissions Technologies. To date, Ultera is the only known technology that enables rich-burn engines to comply with the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Best Available Control Technology (BACT) Guideline for stationary non-emergency electrical generators powered by a spark-ignition internal combustion engine. Following successful operation of two Ultera kits sold several years ago, a public-sector customer in Southern California has opened discussions with Tecogen to retrofit additional engines with the Ultera system. Tecogen has provided quotes this month for Ultera systems in several large sizes and awaits feedback regarding next steps.
  • Ultera Automotive Catalyst Development. A leading US research and development organization is completing the first phase of a program to advance the Ultera technology in mobile applications and has identified a promising catalyst material to improve performance of the Ultera process.
  • Ultera Intellectual Property. We obtained two additional Ultera-related US patents, and our core Ultera patent was granted in the European Union.

Conference Call Scheduled for Today at 11:00 am ET

Tecogen will host a conference call today to discuss the fourth quarter and year end results beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. To listen to the call dial (877) 407-7186 within the US and Canada or (201) 689-8052 from other international locations. Participants should ask to be joined to the Tecogen year-end 2018 earnings call. We suggest call participants begin dialing at least 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time. The earnings press release will be available on the Company website at www.Tecogen.com in the “News and Events” section under “About Us.” The earnings conference call will be webcast live. To view the associated slides, register for and listen to the webcast, go to https://ir.tecogen.com/ir-calendar. Following the call, the webcast will be archived for 30 days.

The earnings conference call will be recorded and available for playback one hour after the end of the call. To listen to the playback, dial (877) 660-6853 within the U.S. and Canada, or (201) 612-7415 from other international locations and use Conference Call ID#: 13672659.

About Tecogen

Tecogen Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, installs, and maintains high efficiency, ultra-clean, cogeneration products including natural gas engine-driven combined heat and power, air conditioning systems, and high-efficiency water heaters for residential, commercial, recreational and industrial use. The company is known for cost efficient, environmentally friendly and reliable products for energy production that, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer’s carbon footprint.

In business for over 35 years, Tecogen has shipped more than 3,000 units, supported by an established network of engineering, sales, and service personnel across the United States. For more information, please visit www.tecogen.com or contact us for a free Site Assessment.

Tecogen, InVerde, InVerde e+, Ilios, Tecochill, Tecopower, Tecofrost and Ultera are registered or pending trademarks of Tecogen Inc.

Forward Looking Statements

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In addition to those factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q under “Risk Factors”, among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from past and projected future results are the following: fluctuations in demand for our products and services, competing technological developments, issues relating to research and development, the availability of incentives, rebates, and tax benefits relating to our products and services, changes in the regulatory environment relating to our products and services, integration of acquired business operations, and the ability to obtain financing on favorable terms to fund existing operations and anticipated growth.

In addition to GAAP financial measures, this press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA which excludes certain expenses as described in the presentation. We use Adjusted EBITDA as an internal measure of business operating performance and believe that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides a meaningful perspective of the underlying operating performance of our current business and enables investors to better understand and evaluate our historical and prospective operating performance by eliminating items that vary from period to period without correlation to our core operating performance and highlights trends in our business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures.

Tecogen Media & Investor Relations Contact Information:

Benjamin Locke
P: 781-466-6402
E: benjamin.locke@tecogen.com

TECOGEN INC
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
As of December 31, 2018 and 2017

2018 2017
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash
and cash equivalents
$ 272,552 $ 1,673,072
Accounts receivable, net
14,176,452 9,536,673
Unbilled revenue
4,893,259 3,963,133
Inventory, net
6,294,862 5,130,805
Due
from related party
9,405 585,492
Prepaid and other current assets
722,042 771,526
Total
current assets
26,368,572 21,660,701
Property, plant and equipment, net
11,273,115 12,265,711
Intangible assets, net
2,893,990 2,896,458
Goodwill
8,975,065 13,365,655
Other
assets
393,651 482,551
TOTAL ASSETS
$ 49,904,393 $ 50,671,076

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Revolving line of credit, bank
$ 2,009,435 $
Accounts payable
7,153,330 5,095,285
Accrued expenses
1,528,014 1,416,976
Deferred revenue
2,507,541 1,293,638
Loan
due to related party
850,000
Interest payable, related party
52,265
Total
current liabilities
13,198,320 8,708,164
Long-term liabilities:
Deferred revenue, net of current portion
2,375,700 538,100
Unfavorable contract liability, net
6,292,599 7,729,667
Total
liabilities
21,866,619 16,975,931

Commitments and contingencies (Note 10)

Stockholders’ equity:
Tecogen Inc. stockholders’ equity:
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 24,824,746 and 24,766,892 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively
24,825 24,767
Additional paid-in capital
56,427,928 56,176,330
Accumulated other comprehensive loss-investment securities
(165,317 )
Accumulated deficit
(28,670,095 ) (22,796,246 )
Total Tecogen Inc. stockholders’ equity
27,782,658 33,239,534
Noncontrolling interest
255,116 455,611
Total
stockholders’ equity
28,037,774 33,695,145
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
$ 49,904,393 $ 50,671,076

TECOGEN INC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017
(unaudited)

2018 2017
Revenues
Products
$ 3,702,610 $ 4,642,124
Services
3,964,852 4,118,406
Energy production
1,648,946 1,503,633
9,316,408 10,264,163
Cost
of sales
Products
2,201,319 2,750,767
Services
2,430,973 2,737,539
Energy production
972,749 980,776
5,605,041 6,469,082
Gross profit
3,711,367 3,795,081
Operating expenses
General and administrative
2,667,985 2,477,998
Selling
758,898 713,448
Research and Development
304,511 295,864
Goodwill impairment
4,390,590
Total operating expenses
8,121,984 3,487,310
Income (loss) from operations
(4,410,617 ) 307,771
Other income (expense)
Interest and other income
104 6,593
Interest expense
(63,820 ) (40,056 )
Unrealized loss on investment securities
(59,042 )
Total other expense, net
(122,758 ) (33,463 )
Income (loss) before income taxes
(4,533,375 ) 274,308
Income tax provision
(9,931 )
Consolidated net income (loss)
(4,523,444 ) 274,308
(Income) loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest
151,540 (5,327 )
Net
income (loss) attributable to Tecogen Inc
$ (4,371,904 ) 268,981
Other comprehensive income-unrealized gain on securities
19,681
Comprehensive income
$ 288,662
Net
income (loss) per share – basic and diluted
$ (0.18 ) $ 0.01
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic
24,821,832 24,736,707
Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted
24,821,832 23,342,627

Non-GAAP financial disclosure (1)
Net
income (loss) attributable to Tecogen Inc
$ (4,371,904 ) $ 268,981
Interest expense, net
63,716 33,463
Provision for income taxes
(9,931 )
Depreciation and amortization, net
202,934 184,882
EBITDA
(4,115,185 ) 487,326
Stock-based compensation
47,380 45,439
Unrealized loss on securities
59,042
Merger related expenses
120,333
Goodwill impairment
4,390,590
Adjusted EBITDA
$ 502,160 $ 532,765

TECOGEN INC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
For the Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

2018 2017
Revenues
Products
$ 12,624,867 $ 12,991,283
Services
16,859,291 16,377,443
Energy production
6,399,526 3,833,940
Total revenues
35,883,684 33,202,666
Cost
of sales
Products
7,797,591 8,012,012
Services
10,693,077 10,201,732
Energy production
3,801,154 2,034,518
Total cost of sales
22,291,822 20,248,262
Gross
profit
13,591,862 12,954,404
Operating expenses
General and administrative
10,790,841 9,520,497
Selling
2,651,128 2,271,826
Research and development
1,297,612 936,929
Goodwill impairment
4,390,590
Total operating expenses
19,130,171 12,729,252
Income (loss) from operations
(5,538,309 ) 225,152
Other
income (expense)
Interest and other income
8,030 27,626
Interest expense
(120,015 ) (155,082 )
Unrealized loss on investment securities
(118,084 )
Total other expense, net
(230,069 ) (127,456 )
Income (loss) before income taxes
(5,768,378 ) 97,696
State
income tax provision
32,748
Consolidated net income (loss)
(5,801,126 ) 97,696
(Income) loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest
92,594 (50,260 )
Net
income (loss) attributable to Tecogen Inc.
$ (5,708,532 ) 47,436
Other
comprehensive loss-unrealized loss on securities
(165,317 )
Comprehensive loss
$ (117,881 )

Net
income (loss) per share – basic
$ (0.23 ) $
Net
income (loss) per share – diluted
$ (0.23 ) $
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic
24,815,926 23,171,033
Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted
24,815,926 23,342,627

Non-GAAP financial disclosure (1)
Net
income (loss) attributable to Tecogen Inc
$ (5,708,532 ) $ 47,436
Interest expense, net
111,985 127,456
Depreciation and amortization, net
789,123 587,822
Provision for income taxes
32,748
EBITDA
(4,774,676 ) 762,714
Stock-based compensation
181,188 183,768
Unrealized loss on investment securities
118,084
Merger related expenses
302,268 156,298
Goodwill impairment
4,390,590
Adjusted EBITDA
$ 217,454 $ 1,102,780

TECOGEN INC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
For the Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

CASH
FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
2018 2017
Consolidated net income (loss)
$ (5,801,126 ) $ 97,696
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in
operating activities:
Depreciation, accretion and amortization, net
789,123 587,822
Gain
on contract termination
(124,733 )
Loss
on sale of assets
22,088 2,909
Provision (recovery) for losses on accounts receivable
4,395 (16,600 )
Provision of inventory reserve
1,000 17,000
Stock-based compensation
181,188 183,768
Goodwill impairment
4,390,590
Non-cash interest expense
32,225 1,491
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of
acquisition:
(Increase) decrease in:
Accounts receivable
(4,467,939 ) (336,051 )
Unbilled revenue
(697,586 ) (1,676,409 )
Inventory, net
(1,165,057 ) (298,167 )
Due
from related party
576,087 (325,651 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
49,484 (47,498 )
Other non-current assets
113,284 (32,252 )
Increase (decrease) in:
Accounts payable
1,173,979 1,335,042
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
111,038 (494,095 )
Deferred revenue
1,006,893 375,499
Interest payable, related party
(52,265 ) 34,240
Net
cash used in operating activities
(3,857,332 ) (591,256 )
CASH
FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property and equipment
(828,086 ) (580,044 )
Proceeds on sale of property and equipment
2,003,606
Purchases of intangible assets
(226,847 ) (453,598 )
Cash
acquired in acquisition
442,746 971,454
Expenses associated with asset acquisition
(2,457 )
Return of investment in Ultra Emissions Technologies Ltd
2,000,000
Payment of stock issuance costs
(377,246 )
Distributions to noncontrolling interest
(107,901 ) (47,921 )
Net
cash provided by investing activities
1,281,061 1,512,645
CASH
FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Proceeds from revolving line of credit
21,533,143
Payments on revolving line of credit
(19,435,306 )
Payments for debt issuance costs
(145,011 )
Payments made on loan due to related party
(850,000 ) (3,150,000 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
72,925 179,918
Net
cash provided by (used in) financing activities
1,175,751 (2,970,082 )
Change in cash and cash equivalents
(1,400,520 ) (2,048,693 )
Cash
and cash equivalents, beginning of the year
1,673,072 3,721,765
Cash
and cash equivalents, end of the year
$ 272,552 $ 1,673,072

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow
information:

Cash
paid for interest
$ 140,055 $ 110,979
Cash
paid for taxes
$ 32,748 $
Issuance of stock to acquire American DG Energy, net
$ $ 18,482,656
Issuance of Tecogen stock options in exchange for American DG Energy options
$ $ 114,896

(1) Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting net income, a U.S. generally accepted accounting principle (“GAAP”) measure, this news release contains information about EBITDA (net income (loss) attributable to Tecogen Inc adjusted for interest, depreciation and amortization, stock based compensation expense, goodwill impairment and merger related expenses), which is a non-GAAP measure. The Company believes EBITDA allows investors to view its performance in a manner similar to the methods used by management and provides additional insight into its operating results. EBITDA is not calculated through the application of GAAP. Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for the GAAP measure of net income and, therefore, should not be used in isolation of, but in conjunction with, the GAAP measure. The use of any non-GAAP measure may produce results that vary from the GAAP measure and may not be comparable to a similarly defined non-GAAP measure used by other companies.

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