Exhibit 99.1

 

 

Ocean Power Technologies Announces Results for the

Fiscal Third Quarter Ended January 31, 2013

 

Pennington, NJ – March 14, 2013 – Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPTT) (“OPT” or “the Company”) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 third quarter and the nine months ended

January 31, 2013.

 

Highlights


 

OPT reported a decreased net loss of $10.6 million for the nine months ended January 31, 2013, versus $11.1 million from the comparable period in fiscal 2012.


 

The Company announced that it received approximately $1.5 million under the State of New Jersey’s Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program. The Program enables companies to raise cash to finance their growth and operations and is administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the New Jersey Department of the Treasury’s Division of Taxation. Under the Program, New Jersey-based technology or biotechnology companies with fewer than 225 US employees may be eligible to sell NJ state net tax operating losses and research and development tax credits to unaffiliated corporations.


 

To focus its on-going efforts to target new opportunities in the autonomous market, OPT established a new business unit to assess, target and develop opportunities in the large potential markets for OPT’s non-grid connected PowerBuoys. OPT’s products for this sector have been developed for off-grid applications such as defense and homeland security, offshore oil and gas operations and oceanographic data gathering. The Company believes that the Autonomous PowerBuoy market represents an important opportunity for profitable growth.


 

Efforts continued under the award of a ¥70 million (approximately US $0.8 million) contract from Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (“MES”). OPT is teaming with MES to develop PowerBuoy technology enhancements for application in Japanese sea conditions. This analysis and design work is expected to be completed by the end of OPT’s fiscal year ending April 30, 2013 after which a decision will be made on the next steps toward ocean trials of a demonstration PowerBuoy system. This would provide the basis for a prospective build-out of a commercial-scale OPT wave power station in Japan.


 

OPT and Lockheed Martin (“LM”) are continuing to develop a planned 19MW wave energy project at Portland, Victoria, Australia, which would be one of the largest wave energy projects in the world. LM is assisting with the design of OPT’s PowerBuoy and will lead the production and system integration and support overall program management. Funding for this project includes a grant from the Commonwealth of Australia. The grant is subject to certain terms, including achievement of significant external funding milestones. OPT recently retained Brookfield Financial Australia Securities Limited as financial advisor to assist in structuring and securing the power purchase agreements and appropriate financing for the project. In addition, OPT is working with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Commonwealth’s agency that manages the grant, regarding the project.


 

The Company announced the appointment of Dr. Mike Mekhiche to the position of Vice President, Engineering. Dr. Mekhiche joins OPT from BAE Systems, where he most recently held the position of Director of Programs. Dr. Mekhiche will be responsible for the Company’s engineering and advance technology development. This will include technology delivery, continuing enhancements and development of OPT’s wave energy technology portfolio, and the development of the next generation of PowerBuoy systems.

 

 
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The following information was filed by Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPTT) on Thursday, March 14, 2013 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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