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Fuel Tech Reports 2022 First Quarter Financial Results

FTEK

Fuel Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTEK), a technology company providing advanced engineering solutions for the optimization of combustion systems, emissions control, and water treatment in utility and industrial applications, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

“Revenues increased by 10% during the first quarter of 2022, our second consecutive quarter of quarter-over-quarter revenue growth,” said Vincent J. Arnone, President and CEO. “Selling, general and administrative expenses declined slightly, our operating loss narrowed, and we ended the first quarter with $35.2 million in total cash and no debt. Our consolidated backlog at March 31, 2022 improved to $9.6 million from $9.1 million at December 31, 2021 and included $5.3 million of previously announced domestic and international Air Pollution Control awards. We continue to pursue a global sales pipeline of $50-75 million addressing emission protocols across a variety of fuel sources and are confident that total revenues for 2022 will show a modest improvement from 2021. We are also making substantive progress advancing towards the commercialization of our Dissolved Gas Infusion (DGITM) technology initiative to address the water pollution control and treatment market.”

Q1 2022 Consolidated Results Overview

Consolidated revenues for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 (“Q1 2022”) rose to $5.5 million from $5.0 million in the first quarter of 2021 (“Q1 2021”), reflecting a $1.3 million increase at APC, driven by the timing of project execution and new APC orders, partially offset by a $0.8 million decline in revenues at FUEL CHEM, due to decreased demand for power generation.

Gross margin for Q1 2022 was 41.4% of revenues compared to 46.9% of revenues in Q1 2021, reflecting lower gross profit margin at both operating segments.

SG&A expenses were stable at $3.1 million for the 2022 and 2021 periods.

Operating loss narrowed to $(1.0) million from an operating loss of $(1.2) million in Q1 2021, as higher revenues were offset by a decline in gross margin.

Net loss in Q1 2022 was $(1.0) million, or $(0.03) per share, compared to net income of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per share, in Q1 2021. Net income for Q1 2021 included $1.6 million in other income reflecting full forgiveness of the loan proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program, established pursuant to the CARES Act.

Consolidated APC segment backlog at March 31, 2022 rose to $9.6 million from $9.1 million at December 31, 2021.

APC segment revenues rose to $2.2 million from $0.9 million in Q1 2021. APC gross margin in Q1 2022 was 35.2% compared to 41.5% in Q1 2021, due to a modification in product mix.

FUEL CHEM segment revenues were $3.3 million compared to $4.1 million in Q1 2021. Segment gross margin was 45.5% compared to 48.0% in Q1 2021, due to lower revenues and higher material, freight, and labor costs.

Adjusted EBITDA loss was $(0.9) million in Q1 2022 compared to Adjusted EBITDA loss of $(0.9) million in Q1 2021.

Financial Condition

At March 31, 2022, cash and cash equivalents were $34.2 million and restricted cash was $1.1 million. Stockholders’ Equity at March 31, 2022 was $45.1 million, or $1.49 per share, and the Company had no debt.

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 10:00 am ET / 9:00 am CT to discuss the results and business activities. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing:

  • (877) 423-9820 (Domestic) or
  • (201) 493-6749 (International)

The conference call will also be accessible via the Upcoming Events section of the Company’s web site at www.ftek.com. Following management’s opening remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. Questions may be asked during the live call, or alternatively, you may e-mail questions in advance to dsullivan@equityny.com. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an online replay will be available at www.ftek.com.

About Fuel Tech

Fuel Tech develops and commercializes state-of-the-art proprietary technologies for air pollution control, process optimization, water treatment, and advanced engineering services. These technologies enable customers to operate in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner. Fuel Tech is a leader in nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction and particulate control technologies and its solutions have been in installed on over 1,200 utility, industrial and municipal units worldwide. The Company’s FUEL CHEM® technology improves the efficiency, reliability, fuel flexibility, boiler heat rate, and environmental status of combustion units by controlling slagging, fouling, corrosion and opacity. Water treatment technologies include DGI™ Dissolved Gas Infusion Systems which utilize a patented nozzle to deliver supersaturated oxygen solutions and other gas-water combinations to target process applications or environmental issues. This infusion process has a variety of applications in the water and wastewater industries, including remediation, aeration, biological treatment and wastewater odor management. Many of Fuel Tech’s products and services rely heavily on the Company’s exceptional Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling capabilities, which are enhanced by internally developed, high-end visualization software. For more information, visit Fuel Tech’s web site at www.ftek.com.

NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and reflect Fuel Tech’s current expectations regarding future growth, results of operations, cash flows, performance and business prospects, and opportunities, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, our management. Fuel Tech has tried to identify forward-looking statements by using words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “will,” and similar expressions, but these words are not the exclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements. These statements are based on information currently available to Fuel Tech and are subject to various risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including, but not limited to, those discussed in Fuel Tech’s Annual Report on Form 10-K in Item 1A under the caption “Risk Factors,” and subsequent filings under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which could cause Fuel Tech’s actual growth, results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, performance and business prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. Fuel Tech undertakes no obligation to update such factors or to publicly announce the results of any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events, developments, or changed circumstances or for any other reason. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in Fuel Tech’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

FUEL TECH, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)(in thousands, except share and per share data)

March 31,

December 31,

2022

2021

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

34,174

$

35,893

Restricted cash

1,066

891

Accounts receivable, net

4,795

3,259

Inventories, net

361

348

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,060

1,074

Total current assets

41,456

41,465

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $18,325 and $18,243, respectively

4,554

4,609

Goodwill

2,116

2,116

Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $355 and $341, respectively

448

448

Restricted cash

270

Right-of-use operating lease assets

210

242

Other assets

837

824

Total assets

$

49,621

$

49,974

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

2,240

$

1,561

Accrued liabilities:

Operating lease liabilities - current

106

113

Employee compensation

637

688

Other accrued liabilities

999

861

Total current liabilities

3,982

3,223

Operating lease liabilities - non-current

98

122

Deferred income taxes, net

139

139

Other liabilities

269

290

Total liabilities

4,488

3,774

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock, $.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized, 31,272,303 and 31,227,300 shares issued, and 30,296,297 and 30,263,791 shares outstanding, respectively

313

312

Additional paid-in capital

164,216

164,199

Accumulated deficit

(115,547

)

(114,549

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,674

)

(1,604

)

Nil coupon perpetual loan notes

76

76

Treasury stock, at cost

(2,251

)

(2,234

)

Total stockholders’ equity

45,133

46,200

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

49,621

$

49,974

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

FUEL TECH, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per-share data)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2022

2021

Revenues

$

5,535

$

5,033

Costs and expenses:

Cost of sales

3,245

2,675

Selling, general and administrative

3,054

3,100

Research and development

220

415

6,519

6,190

Operating loss

(984

)

(1,157

)

Interest expense

(5

)

(4

)

Interest income

1

1

Other (expense) income, net

(10

)

1,558

(Loss) income before income taxes

(998

)

398

Income tax expense

Net (loss) income

$

(998

)

$

398

Net (loss) income per common share:

Basic net (loss) income per common share

$

(0.03

)

$

0.01

Diluted net (loss) income per common share

$

(0.03

)

$

0.01

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

30,267,000

27,510,000

Diluted

30,267,000

27,737,000

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

FUEL TECH, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2022

2021

Net (loss) income

$

(998

)

$

398

Other comprehensive loss:

Foreign currency translation adjustments

(70

)

(193

)

Comprehensive (loss) income

$

(1,068

)

$

205

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

FUEL TECH, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2022

2021

Operating Activities

Net (loss) income

$

(998

)

$

398

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash used in operating activities:

Depreciation

94

168

Amortization

14

34

Loss on disposal of equipment

2

Provision for doubtful accounts, net of recoveries

(25

)

47

Stock-based compensation, net of forfeitures

18

20

Gain of forgiveness on Paycheck Protection Plan Loan

(1,556

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(1,520

)

1,831

Inventories

(13

)

(59

)

Prepaid expenses, other current assets and other non-current assets

(3

)

422

Accounts payable

682

(874

)

Accrued liabilities and other non-current liabilities

5

(658

)

Net cash used in operating activities

(1,746

)

(225

)

Investing Activities

Purchases of equipment and patents

(53

)

(4

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(53

)

(4

)

Financing Activities

Proceeds from sale of common stock issued in connection with private placement

25,812

Costs related to sale of common stock issued in connection with private placement

(1,783

)

Taxes paid on behalf of equity award participants

(17

)

(52

)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(17

)

23,977

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash

2

(223

)

Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(1,814

)

23,525

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period

37,054

12,606

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

35,240

$

36,131

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

FUEL TECH, INC.

BUSINESS SEGMENT FINANCIAL DATA

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

Air
Pollution

FUEL
CHEM

Three months ended March 31, 2022

Control
Segment

Segment

Other

Total

Revenues from external customers

$

2,204

$

3,331

$

$

5,535

Cost of sales

(1,429

)

(1,816

)

(3,245

)

Gross margin

775

1,515

2,290

Selling, general and administrative

(3,054

)

(3,054

)

Research and development

(220

)

(220

)

Operating income (loss) from operations

$

775

$

1,515

$

(3,274

)

$

(984

)

Air Pollution

FUEL CHEM

Three months ended March 31, 2021

Control Segment

Segment

Other

Total

Revenues from external customers

$

907

$

4,126

$

$

5,033

Cost of sales

(531

)

(2,144

)

(2,675

)

Gross margin

376

1,982

2,358

Selling, general and administrative

(3,100

)

(3,100

)

Research and development

(415

)

(415

)

Operating income (loss) from operations

$

376

$

1,982

$

(3,515

)

$

(1,157

)

FUEL TECH, INC.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

Information concerning Fuel Tech’s operations by geographic area is provided below. Revenues are attributed to countries based on the location of the customer. Assets are those directly associated with operations of the geographic area.

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2022

2021

Revenues:

United States

$

3,688

$

4,463

Foreign

1,847

570

$

5,535

$

5,033

March 31,

December 31,

2022

2021

Assets:

United States

$

46,142

$

46,271

Foreign

3,479

3,703

$

49,621

$

49,974

FUEL TECH, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME (LOSS) TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2022

2021

Net (Loss) Income

$

(998

)

$

398

Interest expense, net

4

3

Depreciation expense

94

168

Amortization expense

14

34

EBITDA

(886

)

603

Gain on forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Plan loan

--

(1,566

)

Stock compensation expense

18

20

ADJUSTED EBITDA

$

(868

)

$

(943

)

Adjusted EBITDA

To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), the Company has provided an Adjusted EBITDA disclosure as a measure of financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation expense, amortization expense, stock compensation expense, and intangible assets abandonment and building impairment. The Company's reference to these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP standards, but are not a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.

Adjusted EBITDA is provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance and ability to generate cash flow, which we believe is a meaningful measure for our investor and analyst communities. In many cases non-GAAP financial measures are utilized by these individuals to evaluate Company performance and ultimately determine a reasonable valuation for our common stock. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the nearest GAAP measure of net income (loss) has been included in the above financial table.