After Transitional Year, Acorn Reports Q4 and Full Year 2017 Results with Growth in Internet of Things (IoT) Remote Monitoring and Control of Generators, Pipelines and Other Industrial Assets

 

Dial-in Number for Investor Call Tomorrow, Tuesday 3/27, at 10:00 am EDT is 844-834-0644

 

Wilmington, DE – March 26, 2018 – Acorn Energy, Inc. (OTCQB: ACFN), a provider of remote monitoring and control systems and services for generators, pipelines and other industrial assets, today announced results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. Acorn will host a conference call tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. EDT (details below) to review its results and outlook.

 

Jan Loeb, President and CEO of Acorn, commented, “2017 was a pivotal year in the transformation of Acorn from a diverse holding company to a focused provider of remote monitoring and control solutions leveraging the value and cost efficiency of the Internet of Things (IoT). Following efforts during 2017 to find a suitable buyer, we completed the sale of our remaining stake in DSIT Solutions in February of this year. The DSIT sale allowed us to recapitalize Acorn by eliminating Acorn’s debt and providing the company with approximately $1.9 million in cash from the transaction, after utilizing sale proceeds to pay transaction expenses and to fully pay or satisfy all amounts due under the loans from Acorn’s directors and from DSIT.

 

“Our OmniMetrix remote monitoring business continued to grow nicely in 2017, with revenue increasing 21% and gross margin improving to 56%. New orders, a portion of which are booked in deferred revenue, grew 22% in 2017 versus 2016. We remain confident in the business’s ability to continue on a similar growth trajectory in 2018.

 

“In 2017, we also deconsolidated the GridSense business from our balance sheet following the dissolution of our GridSense subsidiary in the U.S. and deregistration of GridSense in Australia. Following the sale of DSIT and the deconsolidation of GridSense, we can focus 100% of our efforts on our OmniMetrix business. We seek to expand OmniMetrix both organically and by pursuing appropriate and attractively valued complementary technologies and lines of business in remote monitoring or the broader IoT space. We believe that a combination of fostering growth in OmniMetrix’s current business and product lines and a broadening of the Company’s technology and product offerings is the best strategy to accelerate growth in OmniMetrix, drive greater operating efficiencies and further our goal of moving Acorn to cash flow breakeven and ultimately to profitability. Achieving profitability would also allow us to begin utilizing our tax loss carryforwards, which are currently more than $60 million.

 

“Over the past two years, we’ve moved from a diversified holding company to a focused IoT service provider and at the same time we’ve reduced our annual corporate overhead expenses from $3.6 million to $1.1 million, eliminated corporate debt and improved our cash position. We feel there’s still more we can do to streamline corporate expenses in 2018, and this lower cost structure, combined with OmniMetrix growth, will continue to drive improved financial performance.”

 

   

 

 

Acorn Financial Results

 

DSIT’s results of operations were fully consolidated within Acorn’s financial statements during the period January 1, 2016 through April 21, 2016. Thereafter, DSIT’s results were deconsolidated and Acorn’s share of DSIT net income was recorded under the equity method as “Share of income in DSIT.”

 

Reflecting growth in its OmniMetrix subsidiary, Acorn’s fourth quarter 2017 revenue increased 8% to $1,124,000 from $1,041,000 in the fourth quarter 2016. Principally reflecting the impact of the DSIT deconsolidation in April 2016, Acorn’s revenue for the full year of 2017 decreased to $4,350,000 from $8,659,000 in 2016, which included $5,074,000 of DSIT revenue. Excluding DSIT, Acorn’s revenue from its OmniMetrix subsidiary increased 21% to $4,350,000 in 2017 from $3,585,000 recorded in 2016.

 

Acorn reported a fourth quarter 2017 net loss attributable to shareholders of $694,000, or $0.02 per share, compared to net income attributable to shareholders of $32,000, or $0.00 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2016. The fourth quarter of 2017 included a $308,000 impairment of Acorn’s investment in DSIT which was sold in February 2018. The impairment was the result of the reduction of the carrying value of Acorn’s investment to the sales price of the February 2018 sale.

 

For the full year 2017, Acorn reported a net loss attributable to shareholders of $1,169,000, or $0.04 per share ($0.06 from continuing operations), versus net income attributable to shareholders of $145,000, or $0.01 per share ($0.02 from continuing operations), in 2016. The 2016 results included a $3.5 million ($0.12 per share) gain on the sale of a portion of Acorn’s interest in DSIT.

 

OmniMetrix

 

As compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, revenue from Acorn’s OmniMetrix remote monitoring and control business rose 8% to $1,124,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017. The improvement was driven by increased sales of hardware monitoring equipment and monitoring services.

 

OmniMetrix’s full year revenue performance is reviewed in the table below:

 

($ in thousands)  2017   2016   % Increase   % Increase on normalized 2016 revenue 
Hardware revenue  $2,115   $1,689    25%   25%
Monitoring revenue  $2,235   $1,896    18%   10%*
Total revenue  $4,350   $3,585    21%   17%
                     
* 2016 monitoring revenue included a one-time negative adjustment of $130. Normalized revenue removes the impact of that adjustment.

 

   

 

 

As noted in the table above, revenue rose 21% in 2017 to $4,350,000 versus $3,585,000 in 2016. Excluding the impact of a second quarter 2016 revenue adjustment, revenue would have grown 17%.

 

OmniMetrix’s fourth quarter 2017 gross profit was $610,000, reflecting a gross margin of 54%, compared to fourth quarter 2016 gross profit of $588,000 and gross margin of 56%. The slightly lower margin was due to increased monitoring costs in the fourth quarter though monitoring margins remained high at 82%.

 

Full year 2017 gross profit was $2,447,000, reflecting a gross margin of 56%, compared to gross profit of $1,894,000 in 2016, which provided a gross margin of 53%. The increase in margin is attributable to gross margin on hardware revenue increasing to 27% in 2017 from 18% in 2016. This increase was due to reduced costs for Power Generation units, which benefited from product redesigns. Gross margin on monitoring revenue remained strong at 84% in 2017.

 

OmniMetrix’s operating costs were virtually unchanged, declining 1% to $815,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017, versus $825,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016. For the full year 2017, compared to 2016, OmniMetrix’s operating costs rose 5% to $3,230,000, reflecting increased levels of investment in sales and marketing in 2017 as well as higher R&D expense required for continued development of next generation Power Generation and innovative Cathodic Protection products.

 

OmniMetrix’s fourth quarter 2017 operating loss improved to $205,000 from $237,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016. For the full year 2017, higher revenue and gross profit led to a reduced operating loss of $783,000 versus an operating loss of $1,190,000 in 2016.

 

DSIT Solutions

 

Acorn recorded $450,000 as its share of DSIT’s net income in 2017, including $192,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017. On February 14, 2018, Acorn completed the sale of its remaining interest in DSIT for $5.8 million before transaction costs and withholding taxes. As a result of the sale, Acorn recorded an impairment charge of $308,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017 to adjust the equity investment balance for DSIT on Acorn’s balance sheet to reflect the terms of the DSIT sale.

 

From the sale, Acorn could also receive an additional $500,000 in the event that DSIT is successful in securing a certain multi-million dollar contract related to its new state-of-the-art fiber-optic pipeline monitoring solution. This amount could be held in escrow for up to twenty months and could be reduced by any representation or warranty claims by the purchasers of Acorn’s DSIT stake.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Net cash increased by $240,000 at year-end 2017 compared to year-end 2016. The closing of the February 2018 DSIT transaction provided Acorn with approximately $1.9 million in cash after paying transaction costs, withholding taxes and the repayment of director loans, including associated accrued interest, and $1.6 million due to DSIT. As a result, Acorn’s corporate cash balance on March 16, 2018, was approximately $2.4 million and the Company had no long-term debt.

 

   

 

 

In October 2017, OmniMetrix renewed its Loan and Security Agreement, providing OmniMetrix with access to accounts receivable formula-based financing of the lesser of 75% of eligible receivables or $1 million. Under this facility, $313,000 was outstanding as of December 31, 2017, with approximately $182,000 of remaining unused credit available.

 

Conference Call Details

 

  Date/Time: Tuesday, March 27th at 10:00 a.m. EDT
  Dial-in Number: 844-834-0644 or 412-317-5190 Int’l
  Questions: Email questions for the call to acfn@catalyst-ir.com
  Replay & Transcript: The call audio file and transcript will be posted to the Investor
    Relations section of Acorn’s website when available.

 

About Acorn (www.acornenergy.com) and OmniMetrix™ (www.omnimetrix.net)

 

Acorn Energy, Inc. owns an 80% equity stake in OmniMetrix, Inc. and consolidates its assets, liabilities and results of operations. OmniMetrix is a pioneer and leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) wireless remote monitoring and control for gas pipelines and stand-by generators used in cell towers, medical facilities, data centers, public transportation systems and for other critical equipment, including at federal, state and municipal government facilities. OmniMetrix offers proven, cost-effective solutions for making critical systems more reliable with thousands of monitored assets and thousands of customers, including 23 in the Fortune 500 or Fortune Global 500.

 

Safe Harbor Statement

 

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. There is no assurance that Acorn will be successful in growing its business; reaching profitability; or maximizing the value of its operating company and other assets. A complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties, which may affect Acorn Energy’s business, including the businesses of its subsidiaries is included in “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

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ACORN ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(

IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT NET LOSS PER SHARE DATA)

 

   Three Months Ended   Year Ended 
   December 31,   December 31, 
   2017   2016   2017   2016 
                 
Revenue  $1,124   $1,041   $4,350   $8,659 
Cost of sales   514    453    1,903    5,134 
Gross profit   610    588    2,447    3,525 
Operating expenses:                    
Research and development expenses, net   128    136    518    927 
Selling, general and administrative expenses   1,018    806    3,840    5,651 
Total operating expenses   1,146    942    4,358    6,578 
Operating loss   (536)   (354)   (1,911)   (3,053)
Finance expense, net   (92)   (13)   (231)   (572)
Gain on sale of interest in DSIT, net of transaction costs               3,543 
Loss before income taxes   (628)   (367)   (2,142)   (82)
Income tax expense           (41)   (19)
Net loss after income taxes   (628)   (367)   (2,183)   (101)
Share of income in DSIT   192    205    450    268 
Impairment of investment in DSIT   (308)        (308)    
Income (loss) before discontinued operations   (744)   (162)   (2,041)   167 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes       137    698    (286)
Net loss   (744)   (25)   (1,343)   (119)
Non-controlling interest share of loss – continuing operations   50    57    174    264 
Net income (loss) attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders.  $(694)  $32   $(1,169)  $145 
                     
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders:                    
From continuing operations  $(0.02)  $(0.00)  $(0.06)  $0.02 
From discontinued operations   0.00    0.00    0.02    (0.01)
Net income (loss) per share attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders  $(0.02)  $0.00   $(0.04)  $0.01 
Weighted average shares outstanding attributable to Acorn shareholders – basic   29,500    29,323    29,423    28,488 
                     
Weighted average shares outstanding attributable to Acorn shareholders –diluted   29,500    29,323    29,423    28,531 

 

   

 

 

ACORN ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)

 

  

As of

December 31,

 
   2017   2016 
ASSETS          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $481   $222 
Escrow deposit       579 
Accounts receivable, net   1,103    1,005 
Inventory, net   229    202 
Other current assets   1,090    932 
Investment in DSIT   5,800    5,658 
Current assets – discontinued operations       119 
Total current assets   8,703    8,717 
Property and equipment, net   139    214 
Other assets   380    309 
Total assets  $9,222   $9,240 
           
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Short-term bank credit  $313   $376 
Accounts payable   489    708 
Accrued payroll, payroll taxes and social benefits       327 
Deferred revenue   2,753    2,149 
Due to Acorn directors   1,690     
Due to DSIT   1,624     
Other current liabilities   651    629 
Current liabilities – discontinued operations       997 
Total current liabilities   7,520    5,186 
Long-term liabilities:          
Deferred revenue   811    629 
Other long-term liabilities   139    202 
Due to Acorn director       165 
Due to DSIT       1,171 
Total long-term liabilities   950    2,167 
Commitments and contingencies          
Equity:          
Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders          
Common stock - $0.01 par value per share:          
Authorized – 42,000,000 shares; Issued – 30,302,271 and 30,124,494 shares at December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively   303    301 
Additional paid-in capital   99,819    99,767 
Warrants   1,600    1,600 
Accumulated deficit   (98,215)   (97,046)
Treasury stock, at cost – 801,920 shares at December 31, 2017 and 2016   (3,036)   (3,036)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss       (254)
Total Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders’ equity   471    1,332 
Non-controlling interests   281    555 
Total equity   752    1,887 
Total liabilities and equity  $9,222   $9,240 

 

   

 

 

 

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