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Energy Recovery Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Commissioning of the First PX G1300(TM) for CO2 Refrigeration

03 August 2022

Energy Recovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:ERII) ("Energy Recovery" or the "Company") today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Revenue of $20.3 million, as guided in the first quarter. Full year revenue guidance of $130 million, or 25% year-on-year growth, reaffirmed within gross margin expectations guided last year.
  • Loss from operations of $2.9 million and adjusted loss from operations (1) of $41 thousand driven by lower revenue during the quarter due to the expected timing of mega project shipments and one-time expenses of $1.3 million related to the cessation of the VorTeqcommercialization efforts.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (1) of $1.0 million.
  • Net loss per share of $0.04, adjusted net income per share (1) of less than $0.01.
  • Share repurchases of $18.6 million, or 1.0 million shares, pursuant to the Company's March 2021 share buyback program. The program was completed on July 1, 2022.
  • Cash and investments of $86.5 million, which include cash, cash equivalents, and short-term and long-term investments.
  • IR Magazine awarded Energy Recovery as the winner of the "Best ESG Reporting (small to mid-cap company)" and "Best ESG Communications" for our 2020 ESG Report and proactive and transparent investor engagement on the topic.
  • Our MSCI ESG rating was upgraded for the second year in a row to "AA" in April.

"Our desalination and industrial wastewater businesses remain on track for the year, and in fact we are seeing a long-awaited resurgence in OEM desalination sales. We expect significant increases in sales in the second half of fiscal 2022 to achieve our target revenue of $130 million for the year," said Robert Mao, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Recovery.

"In a key milestone for our CO 2 business, we successfully commissioned our PX G1300 with our partner in a new supermarket in southern Europe in late June and are very encouraged by its strong initial performance. We also entered into a second joint-development agreement with a U.S. refrigeration rack manufacturer in early July and are continuing discussions with several others. This new partnership should lead to a second supermarket installation in the U.S. and is another important milestone as we prove the value of our PX technology to help the refrigeration industry transition to more climate-friendly, natural refrigerants."

Financial Highlights

Second Quarter (Quarter to Date)

  GAAP Non-GAAP (1) 
  Q2 2022  Q2 2021 
vs. Q2 2021
 Q2 2022  Q2 2021 
vs. Q2 2021
 
 (In millions except for percentages, basis points and per share amounts)
Revenue
 $20.3  $20.6 
down 2%
 $20.3  $20.6 
down 2%
 
Gross margin
  65.9%  65.1%
up 75 bps
  66.4%  65.6%
up 80 bps
 
Operating margin
  (14.3%)  1.4%
down 1570 bps
  (0.2%)  8.3%
down 853 bps
 
Net (loss) income
 $(2.4) $1.1 
down 321%
 $0.2  $1.8 
down 88%
 
Net (loss) income per share
 $(0.04) $0.02 
down 300%
 $0.00  $0.03 
down 100%
 
Effective tax rate
  15.7%  (227.9%)   (215.4%)  (0.3%)  
Adjusted EBITDA
          $1.0  $2.7 
down 64%
 
Free cash flow
          $8.5  $9.7 
down 12%
 

Fiscal Year (Year to Date)

  GAAP Non-GAAP (1) 
  2022  2021 
2022 vs. 2021
 2022  2021 
2022 vs. 2021
 
  (In millions, except net income per share, percentages and basis points) 
Revenue
 $52.8  $49.5 
up 7%
 $52.8  $49.5 
up 7%
 
Gross margin
  68.9%  67.4%
up 155 bps
  69.4%  67.8%
up 155 bps
 
Operating margin
  10.1%  13.0%
down 292 bps
  19.0%  19.7%
down 68 bps
 
Net income
 $5.5  $7.9 
down 30%
 $9.3  $8.9 
up 4%
 
Net income per share
 $0.10  $0.13 
down 23%
 $0.16  $0.16 
no change
 
Effective tax rate
  0.1%  (21.1%)   14.6%  14.8%  
Adjusted EBITDA
          $12.1  $11.8 
up 3%
 
Free cash flow
          $4.9  $9.1 
down 46%
 

(1) "Adjusted loss from operations," "Adjusted net income per share," "Free cash flow" and "Adjusted EBITDA" are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to the sections "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release and on the conference call are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including our expectations on full year revenue guidance, the resurgence of the OEM market, our expectation of significant increases in sales in the second half of fiscal 2022, our expectation of future PX G1300 supermarket installations, and the Company's belief that our PX technology will help the refrigeration industry transition to more climate-friendly, natural refrigerants. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to us and on management's beliefs, assumptions, estimates, or projections and are not guarantees of future events or results. Potential risks and uncertainties include any other factors that may have been discussed herein regarding the risks and uncertainties of the Company's business, and the risks discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for the year ended December 31, 2021, as well as other reports filed by the Company with the SEC from time to time. Because such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, the Company's actual results may differ materially from the predictions in these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and the Company assumes no obligation to update such statements.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted income (loss) from operations, adjusted net income per share, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position, or cash flows that either exclude or include amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America, or GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting, differ from GAAP measures with the same captions, and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures with the same or similar captions that are used by other companies. As such, these non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures to analyze its operating performance and future prospects, develop internal budgets and financial goals, and to facilitate period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of its operations that, when viewed with its GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting its business.

Notes to the Second Quarter and Year to Date 2022 Financial Results

  • Adjusted income (loss) from operations is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company defines as income (loss) from operations which excludes share-based compensation, non-recurring costs, such as severance costs and accelerated depreciation.
  • Adjusted net income per share is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company defines as adjusted net income, which excludes share-based compensation, non-recurring costs, such as severance costs, accelerated depreciation and the applicable tax effect, divided by basic shares outstanding.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company defines as income (loss) from operations which excludes depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation, non-recurring costs, such as severance costs.
  • Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company defines as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures.

Conference Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
LIVE CONFERENCE CALL:
Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 2:00 PM PT / 5:00 PM ET
Listen-only, US / Canada Toll-Free: +1 (877) 709-8150
Listen-only, Local / International Toll: +1 (201) 689-8354

CONFERENCE CALL REPLAY:
Expiration: Saturday, September 3, 2022
US / Canada Toll-Free: +1 (877) 660-6853
Local / International Toll: +1 (201) 612-7415
Access code: 13731126

Investors may access the live call and the replay (approximately three hours after the live call concludes) over the internet at:
ir.energyrecovery.com/websites/energyrecover/English/2200/calendar.html

Disclosure Information

Energy Recovery uses the investor relations section on its website as means of complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, investors should monitor Energy Recovery's investor relations website in addition to following Energy Recovery's press releases, SEC filings, and public conference calls and webcasts.

About Energy Recovery

Energy Recovery creates technologies that solve complex challenges for industrial fluid-flow markets worldwide. Building on our pressure exchanger technology platform, we design and manufacture solutions that make industrial processes more efficient and sustainable. What began as a game-changing invention for desalination has grown into a global business accelerating the environmental sustainability of customers' operations in multiple industries. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Energy Recovery has manufacturing, research and development facilities across California and Texas with sales and on-site technical support available globally. For more information, please visit www.energyrecovery.com .

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ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

 
 
June 30,
2022
  
December 31,
2021
 
 
 (In thousands) 
ASSETS
      
Cash, cash equivalents and investments
 $86,511  $107,988 
Accounts receivable and contract assets
  14,225   21,108 
Inventories, net
  28,235   20,383 
Prepaid expenses and other assets
  4,914   4,582 
Property, equipment and operating leases
  32,856   35,014 
Goodwill and other intangible assets
  12,822   12,827 
Deferred tax assets and other assets
  11,913   11,788 
TOTAL ASSETS
 $191,476  $213,690 
 
        
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
        
Liabilities
        
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
 $12,199  $14,903 
Contract liabilities
  1,560   3,406 
Lease liabilities
  15,682   16,443 
Other liabilities, non-current
  174   159 
Total liabilities
  29,615   34,911 
 
        
Stockholders' equity
  161,861   178,779 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 $191,476  $213,690 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)

 
 Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
 
 2022  2021  2022  2021 
 
 (In thousands, except per share data) 
Revenue
 $20,292  $20,607  $52,838  $49,547 
Cost of revenue
  6,920   7,181   16,418   16,162 
Gross profit
  13,372   13,426   36,420   33,385 
 
                
Operating expenses
                
General and administrative
  6,996   6,178   13,547   12,788 
Sales and marketing
  3,849   2,537   7,213   5,240 
Research and development
  5,431   4,424   10,342   8,926 
Total operating expenses
  16,276   13,139   31,102   26,954 
Income (loss) from operations
  (2,904)  287   5,318   6,431 
Other income, net
  106   39   223   121 
Income (loss) before income taxes
  (2,798)  326   5,541   6,552 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes
  (439)  (743)  6   (1,383)
Net income (loss)
 $(2,359) $1,069  $5,535  $7,935 
 
                
Net income (loss) per share
                
Basic
 $(0.04) $0.02  $0.10  $0.14 
Diluted
 $(0.04) $0.02  $0.10  $0.13 
 
                
Number of shares used in per share calculations
                
Basic
  56,218   57,253   56,499   57,066 
Diluted
  56,218   58,999   57,858   58,822 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)

 
 Six Months Ended June 30, 
 
 2022  2021 
 
 (In thousands) 
Cash flows from operating activities:
      
Net income
 $5,535  $7,935 
Non-cash adjustments
  7,542   4,921 
Net cash (used in) provided by operating assets and liabilities
  (5,598)  (1,315)
Net cash provided by operating activities
  7,479   11,541 
 
        
Cash flows from investing activities:
        
Net investment in marketable securities
  (10,543)  2,827 
Capital expenditures
  (2,436)  (2,444)
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities
  (12,979)  383 
 
        
Cash flows from financing activities:
        
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock
  985   8,697 
Repurchase of common stock
  (26,623)  (11,554)
Net cash used in financing activities
  (25,638)  (2,857)
 
        
Effect of exchange rate differences
  4   (20)
Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
 $(31,134) $9,047 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period
 $43,327  $103,405 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Unaudited)

Channel Revenue

 
 Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, 
 
 2022  2021 
vs. 2021
 2022  2021 
vs. 2021
 
 
 (In thousands, except percentages) 
Megaproject
 $10,070  $13,275 
down 24%
 $33,910  $37,032 
down 8%
 
Original equipment manufacturer
  7,689   4,274 
up 80%
  12,360   7,065 
up 75%
 
Aftermarket
  2,533   3,058 
down 17%
  6,568   5,450 
up 21%
 
Total Revenues
 $20,292  $20,607 
down 2%
 $52,838  $49,547 
up 7%
 

Segment Activity

 
 Three Months Ended June 30, 2022  Three Months Ended June 30, 2021 
 
 Water  Emerging Technologies  Corporate  Total  Water  Emerging Technologies  Corporate  Total 
 
 (In thousands) 
Revenue
 $20,213  $79  $-  $20,292  $20,568  $39  $-  $20,607 
Cost of revenue
  6,920   -   -   6,920   7,181   -   -   7,181 
Gross profit
  13,293   79   -   13,372   13,387   39   -   13,426 
 
                                
Operating expenses
                                
General and administrative
  1,534   1,354   4,108   6,996   1,779   1,315   3,084   6,178 
Sales and marketing
  2,654   633   562   3,849   2,121   229   187   2,537 
Research and development
  1,143   4,288   -   5,431   595   3,829   -   4,424 
Total operating expenses
  5,331   6,275   4,670   16,276   4,495   5,373   3,271   13,139 
Operating income (loss)
 $7,962  $(6,196) $(4,670) $(2,904) $8,892  $(5,334) $(3,271) $287 
 
 Six Months Ended June 30, 2022  Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 
 
 Water  Emerging Technologies  Corporate  Total  Water  Emerging Technologies  Corporate  Total 
 
 (In thousands) 
Revenue
 $52,729  $109  $-  $52,838  $49,508  $39  $-  $49,547 
Cost of revenue
  16,400   18   -   16,418   16,162   -   -   16,162 
Gross profit
  36,329   91   -   36,420   33,346   39   -   33,385 
 
                                
Operating expenses
                                
General and administrative
  2,998   2,262   8,287   13,547   3,340   2,481   6,967   12,788 
Sales and marketing
  4,955   1,160   1,098   7,213   4,285   408   547   5,240 
Research and development
  1,943   8,399   -   10,342   1,096   7,830   -   8,926 
Total operating expenses
  9,896   11,821   9,385   31,102   8,721   10,719   7,514   26,954 
Operating income (loss)
 $26,433  $(11,730) $(9,385) $5,318  $24,625  $(10,680) $(7,514) $6,431 

Share-based Compensation

 
 Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
 
 2022  2021  2022  2021 
 
 (In thousands) 
Stock-based compensation expense charged to:
            
Cost of revenue
 $100  $90  $246  $228 
General and administrative
  1,024   711   1,992   1,607 
Sales and marketing
  373   333   806   777 
Research and development
  227   295   562   731 
Total stock-based compensation expense
 $1,724  $1,429  $3,606  $3,343 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (1)
(Unaudited)

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial information because we plan and manage our business using such information. The following table reconciles the GAAP financial information to the non-GAAP financial information.

  Quarter-to-Date  Year-to-Date 
  Q2'2022  Q2'2021  2022  2021 
  (In millions, except shares, per share and percentages) 
Gross margin
  65.9%  65.1%  68.9%  67.4%
Share-based compensation as a percent of revenue
  0.5%  0.5%  0.5%  0.5%
Adjusted gross margin
  66.4%  65.6%  69.4%  67.8%
 
                
Income (loss) from operations
 $(2.9) $0.3  $5.3  $6.4 
Share-based compensation
  1.7   1.4   3.6   3.3 
Severance
  0.3   -   0.3   - 
Accelerated depreciation
  0.9   -   0.9   - 
Adjusted income (loss) from operations
 $-  $1.7  $10.1  $9.8 
 
                
Operating margin
  (14.3%)  1.4%  25.3%  21.2%
Share-based compensation as a percent of revenue
  14.1%  6.9%  9.0%  6.8%
Adjusted operating margin
  (0.2%)  8.3%  19.0%  19.7%
 
                
Net income (loss)
 $(2.4) $1.1  $5.5  $7.9 
Share-based compensation
  1.7   1.4   3.6   3.3 
Severance
  0.3   -   0.3   - 
Accelerated depreciation
  0.8   -   0.7   - 
Share-based compensation discrete tax item
  (0.2)  (0.7)  (0.8)  (2.4)
Adjusted net income
 $0.2  $1.8  $9.3  $8.9 
 
                
Net income (loss) per share
 $(0.04) $0.02  $0.10  $0.13 
Adjustments to net income (loss) per share (2)
  0.04   0.01   0.06   0.03 
Adjusted net income per share
 $-  $0.03  $0.16  $0.16 
Diluted shares used in calculating adjusted net income per diluted share (in thousands)
  56,218   57,253   56,499   57,066 
 
                
Effective tax rate
  15.7%  (227.9%)  0.1%  (21.1%)
Adjustments to effective tax rate (3)
  (231.1%)  227.6%  9.4%  31.0%
Adjusted effective tax rate
  (215.4%)  (0.3%)  9.5%  9.9%
 
                
Income (loss) from operations
 $(2.9) $0.3  $5.3  $6.4 
Share-based compensation
  1.7   1.4   3.6   3.3 
Severance
  0.3   -   0.3   - 
Depreciation and amortization
  1.9   1.0   2.9   2.0 
Adjusted EBITDA
 $1.0  $2.7  $12.1  $11.8 
 
                
Free cash flow
                
Net cash provided by operating activities
 $9.1  $11.5  $7.5  $11.5 
Capital expenditures
  (0.6)  (1.8)  (2.6)  (2.4)
Free cash flow (non-GAAP)
 $8.5  $9.7  $4.9  $9.1 

(1) Amounts may not total due to rounding.
(2) Adjustments to net income (loss) per share reflects the adjustments for share-based compensation, share-based compensation discrete tax item, and severance costs and accelerated depreciation, net of taxes, on a per share basis.
(3) Adjustments to effective tax rate reflects adjustments for share-based compensation, share-based compensation discrete tax item, severance costs and accelerated depreciation.

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