Azure Dynamics Reports Record 3rd Quarter 2011 Revenues

  • Third quarter revenues up 579% to $12.4 million from $1.8 million, representing 272 units shipments
  • Q3 YTD revenues up 171% to $23.1 million from $8.5 million, representing 525 unit shipments
  • Q3 gross margin improves to 221% to $167,000 from ($138,000)
  • Q3 YTD orders for 2011 deliveries total $33.0 million, representing 719 vehicle orders
  • Reaffirms 2011 revenue range of $38 to $45 million - expects 2011 revenues to be at the lower-end of this range

OAK PARK, MI, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - 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 light and medium duty commercial vehicles, today announced its financial results for the periods ending September 30, 2011 and confirmed its 2011 financial outlook.

Revenues for the 2011 third quarter increased 579% to $12.4 million compared to $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2010.  For the nine months ended September 2011, revenues rose 171% to $23.1 million from $8.5 million for the comparable period a year ago. Unit sales for the 2011 third quarter increased 196% to 272 compared to 92 for the same period last year. The 2011 third quarter included shipments of 143 Transit Connect Electric vans, which launched in April and June, 2011 in North America and Europe, respectively.

"We made significant progress in the third quarter on a number of fronts, and are particularly pleased to report initial revenue from our European operations," said Scott Harrison, CEO of Azure Dynamics. "Although European shipments began in late June, about one-third of our revenues were generated from outside North America in the third quarter.  As we continue to establish distribution relationships in additional countries, and subsequently increase our visibility with commercial fleet buyers, we expect the European contribution to continue to rise."

"Meanwhile, despite sluggish municipal spending, revenue from the BalanceTM Hybrid Electric powertrain was up 196% in the quarter to $3.7 million," Harrison said.  "Although we expect Balance sales to continue to be negatively impacted by tight municipal budgets, these customers have substantial product needs and we remain hopeful that they will seek our energy and environmentally efficient products when they inevitably return to market."

Net loss for the 2011 third quarter totaled $9.8 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to a loss of $6.7 million, or $0.01 per share, in the third quarter of 2010. Net loss for the 2011 nine month period totaled $26.1 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to a loss of $17.7 million, or $0.03 per share, in the comparable period a year ago.  Unit sales for the 2011 nine month period totaled 525, including 249 BalanceTM Hybrid Electric vehicles, 241 Transit Connect Electric vans, 34 Force DriveTM components and one LEEP unit.  This compares to unit sales for the 2010 nine month period of 451, including 136 BalanceTM Hybrid Electric vehicles, 67 Force DriveTM and other components and 248 LEEP units.

Gross profit for the 2011 third quarter improved 221%, to $167,000 and for the 2011 nine-month period rose to $470,000, or 2.0% of sales.  Gross profit for the 2010 third quarter was ($138,000) and for the 2010 nine-month period was ($6,000).

New orders received during the third quarter of 2011 relating to current year deliveries were $10.6 million, representing 178 vehicles, compared with second quarter 2011 orders of $5.6 million and first quarter 2011 orders of $16.8 million. For the 2011 nine-month period, new order intake for 2011 deliveries total $33.0 million, representing 719 vehicle orders.

Engineering, research and development ("R&D") expenses in the 2011 third quarter totaled $5.7 million (including $2.7 million in product development costs), compared to $4.0 million (including $3.8 million in product development costs, offset by $1.4 million in customer contributions and $1.3 million in government grants) for the same period in 2010.  R&D expenses for the 2011 nine-month period totaled $15.1 million (including $8.6 million in product development costs, offset by $3.4 million in customer contributions), compared to $9.5 million (including $9.6 million in product development costs, offset by $2.2 million in customer contributions and $5.6 million in government grants) for the same period in 2010.

As of September 30, 2011, the Company's net cash and cash equivalents totaled $1.3 million, and working capital totaled $6.0 million, compared to cash and cash equivalents of $11.7 million, and working capital of $14.7 million, as of June 30, 2011.

On November 4, 2011, Johnson Controls' Canadian subsidiary acquired, on a private placement basis, 30,796,969 common shares of Azure, at a price of CDN$0.165 per common share, for gross proceeds to Azure of CDN$5,081,500. As a result of this investment, Johnson Controls, through its Canadian subsidiary, now holds approximately 7.2% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Azure.

On November 11, 2011, the Company filed a final short form prospectus with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities indicating the terms and pricing of its previously announced public offering of common shares and warrants for gross proceeds of up to CDN$6.1 million.  The public offering is expected to close on or about November 18, 2011, subject to customary closing conditions.

2011 FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

"Our focus in 2011 for Transit Connect Electric was to successfully introduce the program worldwide, establish and optimize our manufacturing facilities, begin building the distribution network and realize initial sales.  We believe we have accomplished those goals and are encouraged by the interest shown for the product," Harrison concluded.

Based on current market conditions, orders to date and future order expectations, the Company reaffirms its previous issued 2011 revenue range of $38 to $45 million and expects 2011 revenues to be at the lower-end of this range.

The Company's 2011 third quarter financial statements and MD&A are available at www.sedar.com or on the Company's website at www.azuredynamics.com.

Conference Call

Management will host a webcast and conference call on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time to discuss today's announcement in more detail. Interested listeners can access the call toll free at 1-877-317-6789 from the United States and at 1-866-605-3852 from Canada.  Participants from outside North America can participate in the call by dialing 1-412-317-6789. 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, 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 website no later than November 17, 2011.

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 light and medium duty 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 www.azuredynamics.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements Advisory

Certain information included in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements and information and future-oriented financial information under applicable securities legislation and is provided for the purpose of expressing management's current expectations and plans for the future.  Readers are cautioned that reliance on such information may not be appropriate for other purposes, such as making investment decisions.

More particularly, this press release contains statements concerning Azure's anticipated: business development strategy, customer orders, product deliveries, sales, revenue and revenue growth, production costs, gross margins, third quarter 2011 results and financial outlook for 2011. 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.

Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve numerous risks and uncertainties that contribute to the possibility that the projections and forecasts in the forward-looking statements will not occur and that actual performance or results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks associated with Azure's stage of development, history of losses and lack of historical product revenues, unprecedented recent volatility in global financial and capital markets, uncertainty as to product development and sales milestones being met, product defect and performance risks, competition for capital and market share, uncertainty as to target markets, dependence upon third parties, changes in environmental laws or policies, uncertainty as to patent and proprietary rights, availability and retention of management and key personnel, exchange rate and currency fluctuations, uncertainties relating to potential delays or changes in plans with respect to product development or capital expenditures, the ability of Azure to access sufficient capital on acceptable terms, and environmental and safety risks. This is not an exhaustive list and additional information on these risks and other factors that could affect Azure's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and can be accessed through the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com

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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)
As at   September 30
2011
December 31
2010
    $ $
ASSETS      
       
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents   1,291 11,737
Accounts receivable   7,325 10,107
Inventory (Note 3)   13,545 5,590
Prepaid expenses   1,238 949
Total current assets   23,399 28,383
       
Non-current assets      
Restricted cash   629 597
Investment in ND Solectria, LLC (Note 9)   324 319
Property and equipment (Note 9)   3,514 2,781
Other assets   74 114
Intangible assets   4,709 5,590
Goodwill   2,932 2,932
Total non-current assets   12,182 12,333
       
Total assets   35,581 40,716
       
       
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
       
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   16,023 15,783
Customer deposits & deferred revenue   112 96
Current portion of government financial obligations (Note 4, 9)   1,143 993
Current portion of obligations under capital leases   106 82
Total current liabilities   17,384 16,954
       
Non-current liabilities      
  Obligations under capital leases   75 96
  Customer deposits & deferred revenue   494 507
  Government financial obligations (Note 4, 9)   4,481 4,582
Total non-current liabilities   5,050 5,185
       
Shareholders' equity      
  Share capital (Note 5)   227,170 208,570
  Contributed surplus   10,040 8,271
  Cumulative translation adjustment (Note 9)   363 32
  Deficit   (224,426) (198,296)
Total equity   13,147 18,577
       
Total equity and liabilities   35,581 40,716
       
       

 
 
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 September 30
  For the nine months
ended September 30
    2011 2010   2011 2010
    $ $   $ $
             
Revenues   12,426 1,830   23,125 8,545
             
Cost of sales   12,259 1,968   22,655 8,551
             
Gross profit   167 (138)   470 (6)
             
Expenses            
  Engineering, research, development and related costs, net   5,703 3,952   15,100 9,452
  Selling and marketing   1,036 553   2,821 1,640
  General and administrative   2,628 1,931   7,687 6,303
Total expenses   9,367 6,436   25,608 17,395
             
Loss from operations   (9,200) (6,574)   (25,138) (17,401)
             
Interest and other income, net   11 62   126 190
Interest expense   (256) (241)   (776) (690)
Foreign currency gains/(losses)   (464) 19   (540) (52)
    (709) (160)   (1,190) (552)
             
Net loss before the following   (9,909) (6,734)   (26,328) (17,953)
             
Share of profit from investment in ND Solectria, LLC (Note 9)   66 72   198 214
Net loss for the period   (9,843) (6,662)   (26,130) (17,739)
             
Other comprehensive (loss) income            
  Foreign currency translation differences of foreign operations   523 (19)   331 (1)
             
Total comprehensive income (loss) for the period   (9,320) (6,681)   (25,799) (17,740)
             
             
Loss per share - basic and diluted   (0.01) (0.01)   (0.04) (0.03)
             
Weighted average number of shares - basic and diluted   689,433,691 626,739,390   679,676,180 613,434,616
             

 
 
Azure Dynamics Corporation
Unaudited Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts and number of shares)
         
    For the three months
ended September 30
  For the nine months
ended September 30
    2011 2010   2011 2010
    $ $   $ $
             
Cash flows from operating activities            
  Net loss for the period   (9,843) (6,662)   (26,130) (17,739)
  Adjustments for:            
   Amortization of property and equipment   322 252   930 707
   Amortization of intangible assets   331 328   992 982
    Amortization of other assets   19 -   52 -
    Unrealized foreign currency (gains)/losses   104 (20)   40 28
    Share of profit receivable from ND Solectria, LLC (Note 9)   (96) (72)   (216) (214)
    Stock option compensation expense   281 123   1,597 631
    Deferred share units compensation expense   79 63   227 180
    Accretion expense on government financial obligations   250 235   762 669
    (8,553) (5,753)   (21,746) (14,756)
  Changes in non-cash working capital items   (1,481) (1,348)   (4,970) 203
Total net cash flows from operating activities   (10,034) (7,101)   (26,716) (14,553)
             
Cash flows from financing activities            
  Proceeds from issue of common shares   8 13   20,205 6,355
  Payment for share issuance costs   - -   (1,660) (49)
  Principal repayments on government financial obligations   - -   (713) (26)
  Repayment of obligations under capital lease   (15) (36)   (66) (129)
  Other assets   - (122)   (12) (122)
Total cash flows from financing activities   (7) (145)   17,754 6,029
             
Cash flows from investing activities            
  Acquisition of property and equipment   (410) (333)   (1,525) (868)
  Acquisition of intangible assets   (36) (46)   (111) (114)
  Dividend received from ND Solectria, LLC (Note 9)   71 69   207 209
  Changes in restricted cash   - (1)   - (13)
Total cash flows from investing activities   (375) (311)   (1,429) (786)
             
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (10,416) (7,557)   (10,391) (9,310)
             
Exchange impact on cash held in foreign currency   (17) 8   (55) (14)
             
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   11,724 31,707   11,737 33,482
             
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   1,291 24,158   1,291 24,158
             

 
 
Azure Dynamics Corporation
Unaudited Interim Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts and number of shares)
 
For the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010
  Number of
shares
Share
capital
Contributed
surplus
Cumulative
translation
adjustment
Retained
earnings
(deficit)
Total
January 1, 2011 626,880,454 208,570 $      8,271 $           32 $(198,296) $  18,577
Equity financing 60,984,848 20,125 - - - 20,125
Share issue costs - (1,660) - - - (1,660)
Exercise of options 1,616,193 80 - - - 80
Reclass on exercise of options to share capital - 55 (55) - - -
Share-based compensation - - 1,597 - - 1,597
Awards of Deferred share units - - 227 - - 227
Net loss - - - - (26,130) (26,130)
Effects of foreign currency translation - - - 331 - 331
September 30, 2011 689,481,495 227,170 10,040 363 (224,426) $  13,147
             
             
January 1, 2010 605,084,932 202,250 7,150 - (169,081) 40,319
Equity financing (Note 5) 21,080,000 6,324 - - - 6,324
Share issue costs - (49) - - - (49)
Exercise of options 702,333 31 - - - 31
Reclass on exercise of options to share capital - 18 (18) - - -
Share-based compensation - - 631 - - 631
Awards of Deferred share units - - 180 - - 180
Net loss - - - (17,739) (17,739)
Effects of foreign currency   translation - - (1) - (1)
September 30, 2010 626,867,265 $  208,574 $      7,943 $        (1) $(186,820) $  29,696

 

 

SOURCE Azure Dynamics Corporation

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Juris Pagrabs, Vice President, Investor Relations, (248) 298-2403 ext 7570
Email: jpagrabs@azuredynamics.com

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